Quoted from Coz:
Seems like you enjoy Pat Lawlor games. I would suggest JJP’s Dailed In. It’s a great layout and I enjoyed the disaster theme. Saw a used standard for $6000 the other day.
Other good options:Twlight zone, Ripleys (RBION)
I'll have to go back and look at this one again. My only thing is that there is a ton going on in that game and I really want something where I can follow all of the rules. There was a Stern Star Wars I got into at the company office (I like Ritchie Too) that had a complicated rule set. It was much more fun once I grasped everything. Do you think Dialed In is any deeper.
Quoted from mbaumle:
I think Addams Family is more of an evolutionary successor. It has the same "shoot the scoop, start a mode, hit the ramp to light the scoop again" school of completion like Whirlwind started.
I think Monopoly is more of a "spiritual successor" to Whirlwind. Similar layout and everything. You seem to have similar tastes in games as I do, and I really enjoy Monopoly. The theme just isn't for me. Not sure if it's something you'd like.
I gotta look more into Monopoly. I've never actually played on. I really like Addams, but pretty much everyone does. If a deal showed up I'd have to look into it but wanted to know if there were any better options.
I want to like Twilight Zone but I just can't get into it. The one near me isn't in the best condition and this falls into the category of needing to understand a deeper ruleset.
Quoted from grantopia:
What is it about Whirlwind that you like? Layout? Rule set? Lawlor games in general? That will probably help narrow it down...that and your budget.
Monopoly is a good option honestly, it has a very similar layout but feels different. Not super deep but enough to do, I am a fan. I'm probably in the minority, but I'm not a fan of Funhouse. For the price I just don't have fun with it and much prefer Earthshaker - that's the only game I've sold so far that I'd like to have back. If you have the cash, TAF is probably your best bet. Ripleys is actually my favorite Lawlor game. The price is starting to rocket up but it has a lot of the WW-esque features.
For Whirlwind... it is just the right amount of difficulty for me. I don't like games that take 30 minutes, so initially when I played Whirlwind I didn't care for it but after opening my outlanes it is just right. I really like the 3rd flipper shot for jackpot which is really hard for me to get in multiball. I actually only get the millions jackpot every 3rd multiball or so. Its not stupid hard, and the game does a really good job of setting up and staging the shot with multiple ways to set up the shot. I really like that I can easily explain the rules. Hit the flashing lights to light the lock for jackpot for big points. Hit the scoop when it is flashing to get the cellar bonus. Get all the cellar bonuses for the special trap door bonus. Limited randomness in spinning disks, decent art package. Overall a great package.
I have liked all of the Lawlor games I have played, but am not a super fan of Twilight Zone. I've never tried Ripleys but will have to check it out. I am leaning heavily towards Addams but it's a bit pricey. We'll see what's on the market next year and go from there.