Quoted from Kenswift:
I would love some thoughts from someone who has played DI and Wonka. As I get closer to making my purchase, I have never been able to play a Wonka and I would imagine a Wonka would hold its resale better, but I have played DI and think it’s the most amazing pin I have ever played. Thoughts?
I own Wonka. A few months ago one of my friends asked if I would swap mine with his dialed in for a few months. So right now I have dialed in in my home and I can hopefully give you a good idea of what I think.
Dialed in is a very fun game.
Wonka is a very fun game.
Even though there are modes in this game, it is not a mode-based game really at all. It focuses heavily on multi-ball so if you are good with multi-ball or you enjoy it then this is your game. The default settings make it nearly impossible to get more than two golden tickets out of the five required to get to the final wizard mode. Dial back the difficulty settings though, then you can experience some of the most amazing wizard modes ever made.
It is a little easier than Wonka. However, I put easier settings on both machines so I could get further into them. DI gets more fun as you get further in the game. Even with the easier settings, I've only been to the final wizard mode once (collecting all SIM cards is a pain in the butt but so rewarding). The lighting effects on DI are amazing. Hitting the SIM card slot directly with the upper flipper takes a bit of tuning, and it's very difficult even after that so it can be frustrating since this is the shot that will get you bigger points.
My advice: do what you can to put some games into a Wonka before you decide to buy it. You are right about DI though, it is a crazy amazing game. I think the resale will hold anyway from what I can see (but you'd be a fool to sell it).