Quoted from Coolpinballdino:
I vote Elwin he knows how to make a good layout with interesting rules.
I think you have to go with Elwin. Iron Maiden I think is one of the best pinball games I've ever played.Only been playing seriously for about 2 years now, but I have played a lot of different machines, and I like to study and watch videos on youtube of machines I've never played. Maiden was really great in both the layout and code.
However, I think Jurassic Park is EVEN BETTER than Maiden. And Maiden was a dream theme for me. The Dio in my pinside name should give that away that I love heavy metal. Live for metal die for megadeth... Anyway, Maiden is my favorite band, but man that JP machine is just so amazing. I played both the Pro and the prem... Prem is the way to go, but pro is good... But, that moving dino is just such an amazing toy. Maybe one of the best of all time. And I know the code is going to be incredible, because its already damn good.
Now, if I had to pick the best 2 pinball designers of all time. I'd say its a tie at 1 with Ritchie and Lawlor. Mainly because they both are two of the most influential and groundbreaking designers, and they have some of the best all time pins that they designed. I do think Pat is a bit better at theme integration, but really its a tie with the both of them.
But, really the great thing about pinball, like all things we all stand upon the shoulders of giants. And there were great designers before Pat and Steve that enabled pinball to grow, so that they could come along and do their thing.
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