Quoted from High_End_Pins:
I think it is hard to compare and make a decision based on the choices.
On one hand you have a MMR
On the other you have what sounds like possibly an amateur Mirco playfield swap.
There is a lot involved in not just swapping a playfield but properly doing it where you walk away with a good playing game.
I have used and installed many original as well as IPB and Mirco MM playfields without issue but there are definitely things you have to be on the lookout for during the build.
Your game might simply need some adjustments and dialing in.
This thread does address some of that.
Flipper alignment,ball guide alignment,verifying dimple accuracy and making adjustments are all a part of good gameplay. If not done it can give a bad impression.
First off, I respect the work you do greatly!
Not sure why you say it's an "amateur" job, as the game looks pretty good, and plays great. I think I enjoy how this one plays over MMR, because IMO (everyone is entitled to one) I thirty plays more like other B/W games I've been on or owned.
Not everyone agrees that it plays/feels differently than a remake, and even those who do, only have their own individual theories as to why.
I've only been in this hobby a couple of years, but to me, there is a noticeable difference in the way they play, and I have both side-by-side right now to compare. a lot of people here have owned both games but at different times which makes it very hard to do a fair comparison. I'm playing them pretty much in tandem.
One thing I wondered is if the game feel different due to materials, especially wood. If the remakes use laminate, and the originals used wood, then I'd imagine one should feel heavier and sturdier. Maybe that would also affect the play, since a machine is option nudges and interacted with on a physical level.
Again, I'm not sure what game I prefer more, but there is without a doubt in my mind, that these games do not play the same (and not the usual game to game variation of play).