OK here is my take. I have had all the top data east games GNR, TOMMY, TFTC, JP. I have to say of these 4 I would rate them. I am rating the game on total fun factor.
2. JP (close second)
I agree. Some may find what I'm about to say silly since I've only owned my WWFRR for 5 days, so I may just be looking at it with those "newness" goggles.
As far as fun factor goes, WWFRR completely smokes JP. Everywhere I look on WWFRR there's something blinking waiting for me to shoot. Jurassic Park is VERY limited in shots. Add in that JP can be an absolute DRAIN monster if you miss a shot. Just look at that left outlane! I consider myself a decent player and, last I checked, my average ball time on JP was something like 37 seconds.
It may also help that I absolutely love WWFRR's theme. But JP is also one of my all time favorite movies.
I think TFTC has some of the best dotmation or dmd art of any pinball and is my favorite Data East. GnR second in my opinion and was a very solid earning machine and sure wish I had one back in my collection. I would pay top dollar for a CQ machine. Third for me is sort of a tie with TMNT, I loved the playfield spinner, real turtles toys and remember DE was the first in dot matrix technology and also tied for third is Rocky and Bullwinkle which had a great and distinctive sound package, loved that BSMT. Hard to imagine at one time Stern was such innovator in pinball with being the first in solid state flippers, dot matrix display and then even much larger display, easy to use backbox lock and finally digital sound which needs to make a come back!
This has been discussed for years.....There was a massive poll on rgp a few years ago thousands of votes and it came down to this.
These where the top 4 in order of all time for DE.
That was the order deemed by like 2,500 votes.
*edit* before anyone says shoot better Borg admitted his cad was off a 1/8th in reality a 1/16th would have done.
GNR is definitely my favorite theme but has the weakest rule-set of the bunch. I didn't really care for the sound/artwork on JP, but the rule-set was pretty deep and the game played well. TFTC and Tommy are definitely the cream of the Data East crop for me. I also enjoy Star Wars a lot although the game could use better rules.
R&B because it's crazy and twisted. The music reminds me of the B movie Terror Toons.
How about Time Machine? I've never played the real thing but really enjoyed playing it on my pinmame cab and love how the music changes as you go back in time and the use of real chimes add a nice touch to the game too.
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