Quoted from Luppin:
First of all congrats for the work done, it is really excellent. I can see your great love for the hobby and for the themes. About the green color, I did not say I do not like the type of green chosen. For the technology available, I think you did a terrific job. What I am saying is that the technolgy is limiting: only 16 color per frame I guess do not allow for nuances and shades.. Also the definition of the dots is super pixellated, thats also its charm, but do not allow for nuances. What I am saying is that I am not a fan of coloring dots in general. Very personal opinion of course! Maybe it can produce nice effects on certain themes, but for the misty, dark feeling of this theme I think monocolor is more charmy.
I totally agree with you for MSF: bad implementation of the theme. Actually, considering the market for pinball I think that an implementation done so beautifully as BSD is a kind of miracle. Usually machines were produced for arcades, for young people having fun in an easy going, shallow type of atmosphere. So all themes are usually developed in a very commercial, non-deep, playful way. The movie by Coppola itself is very unusual for an Hollywood production, as it looks somehow more like an independent movie, which is exactly the type of movies I watch. I wish all licensed pinball machines were developed from independent movies, but thats impossible for obvious commercial reasons.
Regarding MB: I know its humorous, but thats exactly what I really avoid at all cost in pinball. I really do not like "humourous" machines!! When a read "great calls", "great humor" in pinball reviews, I know I have to run away immediately: not for me. Of course I can appreciate something light, as fluffy the vampire or the extra ball in BSD, thats great! But a machines entirely based on funny calls, no way! I bought RFM and that is the biggest regret by far. Thanksfully I managed to get rid of that piece of shit after 3 days, and that was the biggest relief ever! Funny calls, but what to do with funny calls after 20 games??? (If you ask me, that is not even a pinball machine: its a total failure, gameplay is shit - I respect the attempt to move on, but it failed brutally). In terms of theme implementation MB looks also very plastic, very cheap, very childish. I wonder how people can spend big money for such an horrendous piece of plastic.
About TZ you are super spot on and I totally agree! I own it and love it all, excluding the soundtrack. Of course after playing a game zillion times you get used to anything, even to crap. But I really think that rock music in general is probably the music style more far away from the TZ atmospheres. Basically any other genres would have been a better choice. I created my own personal soundtrack with Pinsound: deep house and some funky tunes (my favourite music genres). They are also not perfectly fitting the theme (well, deep house fits imho! but still much better than rock music.