Quoted from f3honda4me:
Ok if I’ve never seen any Elvira films and don’t really know much about her works, would I still enjoy this pin? I like campy humor like MM or MBr type humor etc. Right now I’m debating either an Elvira premium or MMr LE.
Both options are great choices. (In addition to owning an original MM, I own both EATPM and SS).
I’m not a huge Elvira fan per se and don’t know a lot about her shows and movies but love the campiness, humor and what Cassandra has done with the brand. I really like the design and art that Dennis and Greg did for the first two games. The game is beautiful and complements the other two nicely. It looks like a Bally game would with the plastic ramps, specific Jackpot inserts and throwback hand drawn art.
The game does a good job at mixing all the elements - haunted house theme, horror, humor, camp - and the music is a big part of that. Early on I thought the game was going to be too dark for an Elvira game but as I have gotten further into the game I’ve found that’s not true. The music adds a lot to the game and can switch the tone of the game from creepy horror to flat out fun in an instant (the use of “Shout!” is epic!). The lighting will get there, but the RGB light shows on the house are simply amazing.
The shots are more satisfying than they initially appear and the modes use variety well. There are a number of modes that either don’t exist or aren’t complete yet and there is a significant amount of unused sound and custom Elvira video so I suspect there is more to see. There are callouts from Tim Kitzrow (EATPM, SS, AFM, RFM and others) and Elvira that help with the throwback feel. The ramps are smooth and wicked fast. The trunk, house and crypt are seemingly simple but a lot of fun and the lift ramp and subway add to the nostalgic feel.
Would I like the game if I didn’t have the first two? I think yes, because of the feel of the game, how it shoots and the fact it’s a Lyman game (as is Medieval). He did an incredible job with Batman and you can see where he’s going with this one. There are plenty of things you might appreciate only if you know Elvira and her shows or even just the first two Bally games but HOH doesn’t depend on either. The game will clearly end up being a deep one. But that will take some time.
You can’t go wrong with Medieval - it’s time tested classic with great flow, humor, smooth as butter ramps and one of the best toys ever in pinball. It’s a classic game from the 90’s where Elvira has that same 90’s vibe and feels like a game Bally might do today.
Both games execute their themes beautifully but, if I had to choose between MMr and EHOH for home use, Elvira would get a slight edge (primarily for the variety and depth of code).