Let me preface by saying I understand AP isn't a huge manufacturer, I assume this is their first pin and for all intents it is a very nice game. I found it lacking in some areas and, as you can tell by my forum name, I have some interest in the topic. To say that I wouldn't want the pin in my collection is a pretty big statement.. already have a Theater of Magic and Houdini would be a nice addition. One thing I can't get away from is the hokey, low quality, poorly designed animations and voice overs. They all seem like someone did them with the built in mic on their computer and powerpoint. The colors, the images, just.. bad.
Another gripe I have is the overall concept implementation. There are some pretty iconic Houdini escapes and feats that should have been more prominent. The ball shooting out of the crate seems like a big "miss" in terms of featured functionality. I mean, how about a water torture cell where the ball disappears? It feels like there were no Houdini historians or magic consultants used in designing the game.
My overarching question is, for anyone who has seen Octoberfest in person or in more detail online, does this game fix those issues? Is it more professional looking?
I just acquired a WOZ and really, really appreciate the kind of quality and time the JJP put in to this game. I am hoping Octoberfest is going to follow along those same lines and it will be another option for me to add to my lineup. I would want to play it first, so not going to pre-order and I may just wait for used ones to hit the market first. I picked up a 2013 WOZ and it was about $3k cheaper but needed a bit of work, not sure how long or possible that is going to be with Octoberfest.