Quoted from spinal:
Very nice Vic! What other playmatics have you owned and how do they compare to the Gottliebs?
This is my first experience with Playmatic. I have about 25 hours into this game and can only let you know what I have learned and encountered so far.
The cabinet is made up of particleboard and a very thin type of Laminate covering the complete surface area and the Laminate seems to be clear coated and long lasting, if not bumped to scraped etc. The playfield is clear coated and the protection from wear is superb and long lasting with proper maintenance. The internals parts are well made, but underneath the playfield is a little crowded when trying to change light bulbs or clean switches. The motor board and back box are easier to work on things, especially the score reels.
I found about a dozen or more of the bulb sockets in need of repair or replacement otherwise the game is again well made and trouble-free. All of the metal on this game is bright and shiny and didn't need anything but a polishing and is made of good quality.
Comparing to Gottlieb games there is a slight difference in sound, play, size and weight and really nothing that different that stands out. It actually plays more like my 1976 Williams Blue Chip, which also has extremely low plays on it. The New World has some nice features that the Gottlieb games don't have and the Gottlieb's have some nice features that the New World doesn't have. See my you tube video for details #11629
There really isn't that much overall difference between the two machines except you can tell which one is which, if you were blindfolded and got to play them both side by side. The thing that stands out to me the most about this New World is the smoothness of the playfield and how flat the lenses lay on the playfield.
It's obvious I played many Gottlieb's, Bally's and William's on route growing up in the 1960's and 1970's and prefer these games in my collection over other manufactures for sentimental reasons and more....but truthfully this Playmatic is a great pinball machine to have in your collection, if you have the extra space for it.