It took me a while to get over the sticker shock / money grab of BM66. The first BM66 I saw was the SLE, and I had a hard time seeing any value there. Since then I've seen and played all the models. And putting insane money aside, it's still a ripoff. It's a game I don't mind playing, but there are so many games that are much more fun. I'd never own one.
Iron Maiden, I don't like the band at all. So I really had low expectations. And I ran into a buzz saw of fun. From the first ball launch, I was amazed. This playfield is fun. There are easy shots, and tough ones, and the playfield multipliers need them all. The out of the box code was awesome. The screens were really cool, but the important info was duplicated in the inserts. Some of the flow was inanely well done. But most important, it was a blast to play.
So if it sounds like I'm comparing a mediocre game to a stunning game, it's because I am. This is a championship heavyweight boxer taking on a 98 pound kickboxer from the local gym. For the first time I'm even voting against Lyman. Even though I still don't like the band, if I'm playing pinball, Maiden wins.