Tough call both fun games I like the haunted house theme more but I like black holes gameplay and layout more. So black hole gets my vote.
Black hole is such an ass kicker people complain about it, things like the ball drains the lower pf without completing a target bank you loose your ball. Well yeah, the ball drains you loose your ball.. anyway it is always a challenge. If I had the opportunity I'd buy a Haunted House and a Spirit also, because things are better in threes. If you get a BH and it isn't 100% working that could sour the whole Gottlieb idea it is cumbersome to work on HH probably not any better. I'd say try which ever one you can find in great condition and acceptable price, but most people rate them Spirit, Black Hole, Haunted House.
Haunted house is a really cool "world under glass".
But Black Hole is a great pinball game.
Both are really great games, tough call.
HH does have an upper pf, where BH does not. And while not of modern day ramps, there is a ramp to the upper pf on the HH, which is a nice feature and not present on BH.
I think HH music is a bit better in the long run, but for what is is and when it was made, BH music is fitting. I do like the creepy haunted music on HH though...
BH back glass, with the spinning circle and astronauts, when it is present and functional, makes a sweet reflection on the lower pf glass, which is a very nice feature and looks great. You do lose your ball if you fail the BH lower pf, which can be a drag, but can get you playing the game more just to show it who's boss. Haha.
Man, I don't know...I wish I had both, I'd play both equally..
Black Hole all the way. I have both and the only reason HH is still here is because I got it so cheap, $250 I wanna say. Boring game play.
To look at = HH
To play = BH
The ball spends most of the time on the main playfield, and on HH's main playfield there just isn't much to shoot for. You're always trying to get back upstairs or downstairs.
Because the basement is dangerous on BH there's a lot more strategy in completing main level objectives before heading down there. And the two level multiball is just awesome.
Black Hole is a better all round for play. Haunted House is fun too, just not as fun as Black Hole. I got both and no regrets yet...
Black Hole > Haunted House from an objective player’s POV, but I prefer HH on a personal level just a smidge more.
Black Hole feels more like work. Kinda stressful to play.
“No one escapes the black hole”
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