My personal party lineup would be games that are easy to understand, with short ball times, to keep people moving around. I see multiple people recommending LOTR, but my thinking is anything programmed by Keefer or that is aimed at 45 minute games is out. That's just not a party game to me, that's a solo experience, and overly complicated. Not very satisfying for new players, too long for experienced ones. To each their own.
My list would be something like this:
Mystic - Good theme, easy to understand, relatively forgiving without long ball times, setting up the 3 in a row inserts with the drop targets is intuitive and easy to grasp while still being "so close, next time" to encourage another game
Attack from Mars - IMO still the best "shoot up the middle" fan layout game ever made. Easy to grasp, great theme, but the main shot is dangerous enough that ball times aren't long. Good humor and sounds, good rules for better players who grasp more than just starting multiball
Total Nuclear Annihilation - The best modern brutal game ever made, killer sound package, co-op rules for teaming up experienced and new players
Elvira and the Party Monsters - Several system 11s could work here, same reasons, modern enough to provide multiballs and more sounds, simple enough to not need a rulebook to explain how to play. Elvira not for more prudish parties maybe, but great theme if that's not a concern and my personal fav of that era
Addam's Family This is the game that will get people coming up to you telling you how they remember it from X. The most made modern pin is the one the most people will have experienced and will have an emotional reaction to
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