Quoted from Frogman:
I own a Houdini and the flipper settings were too strong so I had to dial them back. I have 220amps in my basement. Speaking of American Pinball, they know that Pinball is hard, but shipped a machine is less than a year from prototype.
I played Houdini at the PNW show and at an arcade - both places I found the game to be a little slow, I thought the flippers were weak both times. The machine is beautiful, Houdini seemed top notch in its construction, really beautiful I just did not find it fun. Personal taste I guess - I just thought it was slow for a new machine.
I guess I like Thunderbirds theme better. The games are 2 different price points and I think from the looks of it - the machine looked good. I think for a new company to get a pinball built in including manufacturing it is better than dream theme machines like Aliens, TBL - that promised and never delivered. I think we should supportive of anyone trying but not foolish and buy a machine that will never get built because of license issues etc. I think the fact they are assembled in China and shipped around the world is amazing, it is building a company from the ground up.
Just seemed to be a good first effort - perfect no - but neither is Stern, JJP, Spooky, etc. Think split cabinets on brand new sterns when people critique paint runs etc.
Maybe I will get to play one in a non-show environment - maybe the flippers won't seem so under-powered.