Quoted from dmbjunky:
It's amazing how many people love TZ. I used to love watching the show but I don't get most of the references on the machine and shots are so tight it feels claustrophic. It's funny because I love Ripley's and at first glance the layout looks kind of similar and the shots are pretty tight on it.
Creature keeps growing on me though. I've never seen the movie but I love the dual theme of drive-in movies and the Creature film. The music is so catchy, I can hum it right now. The art is awesome and I love seeing the hologram.
I hated TZ when I first played it. After a while you get it and get into it. The excitement of the sound effects and animations for Jackpot, Powerball, Defeating the Power . . . Just awesome.
You have Creech pegged. It is less about the movie than about the Drive In Movie experience. Music, Snackbar, making out and all in 3-D.
I put Creech and WH2O over the MM, AFM, MB, TZ group, but they are not far behind. And I have owned them all over 10 years so ownership bias is moot.
I put Diner over Taxi but Diner is technically 1990. Fathom is fun, creative, frustrating at times but always a totally beautiful game. It shows how a creative use of layout does not require ramps. The upper inline drops to block a saucer with the long one-way gate to drop through is brilliant. But games like Taxi win to me since there are more things to go for and the humor involed. You can be working on the main task of the passengers and then get sidetracked into a heart pumping multiball that can make you go for the jackpot so hard you usually risk the whole round falling apart in panic.