Quoted from phil-lee:
So if a patch of wood is showing lower play field then it doesn't have the MSD construction? Reason I ask is there is / was a Volley with the wires clipped off from the head for sale locally.Thought this to be a poor Title.
Quoted from CrazyLevi:
No idea about the construction.
It's a great game though, don't know where you heard it sucked.
If the wooden areas are painted over (usually in white) it's a particleboard playfield. This includes Volley, the Volley prototype (different playfield art), Big Hit, and Jacks Open. All (besides maybe the Volley prototype) were not defined to one type - the production runs for each were a mix between particleboard and plywood, it's hit or miss.
In my opinion Volley is a good game, and I thought it was regarded as one of the better ones. Things change though around here all the time. I thought the same about Aquarius (and I'm pretty sure it WAS), but recently it's been getting silly complaints. I still think it's a fantastic game and I have wanted one forever (and finally got one recently! So exciting!). I would definitely own a Volley if I had the chance at the right price. Vic Camp owns a very nice one, as he does an Aquarius. (That is also why I initially thought they were both pretty very well-liked titles, but of course you have to add in personal choice to the equation which is more apparent now than back then)
Honestly, it's a little refreshing to see some people have different opinions about these games finally. A few years ago it was "WEDGEHEAD?!?!?!?! OMG!" regardless of the title and the hype ignored the good or bad features about each title. As far as I remember both Volley and Aquarius were some of the greats. But it's very possible that the community opinion of Volley has changed in the meantime. I know it happened with Joker Poker EM, that was all the rage about a year and a half ago and now people are recognizing that it's starting to die down a little again.