Quoted from Ockeyhead:
We went to the York Show this weekend & purchased a Houdini. I had the funds for any machine on the floor, so my wife & I took the plunge & opted for Houdini. Before making the decision I did a lot of research/reading here on Pinside & this is a title that seems to have either a love it or hate it opinion. But after playing this machine for virtually all weekend, I can absolutely state that we made the right decision. Houdini has everything that defines an A+ title ~ playfield layout, deep rule set, incredible theme, beautiful art, fantastic lightshow, alluring callouts, jaw dropping catapult, & very unique in every category. AP designed & produced a masterpiece that is an original & fresh depiction that separates itself from the rest of the pinball manufactures.
I'd wish you well in your pursuit of the perfect machine, but you really need not to look no further. For $63 & all of the modifications this is a steal of a deal! Someone buy this machine!
It kicks ass! I think some people are scared off by the shots. It's the only explanation. Those people need to try harder.