(Background: I purchased and restored Road Show 10 years ago. In the past 9 months I've hardly played any pinball. I recently played some at a friend's house and got the bug... I went back to my collection and Road Show is my favorite at the moment! So I thought I'd share and hype it a little as it doesn't get the love it deserves)
If you aren't playing Road Show, you are missing out. I'm having as much fun playing Road Show as I did playing MMr, WoZ, TZ, IH, RBION, T2, WH2O... Give his pin a look (or a second look) if you've skipped it.
It's a wide body with great flow.
Ramp shots come back at you and may be diverted to different locations
It has 4 flipper baby!
Red and Ted and well integrated into the game, just not pretty faces. Their interaction with multi ball is great
Ted's bulldozer is a nice toy
The DMD is quite good for a game of this era
As are the sound effects
And yes, I even really like the music
Tons of modes (cities, like 15+) plus the "Wheel" with lots of goodies
The "flying rocks" left plunger that give you 4 targets to shoot (including the big "donk" if you his Ted's head)
The left ramp is a solid and fun shot, not particularly difficult
The right ramp requires some skill and is rewarding
The center loop is challenging to me
The lock / spinner / Bob's Souvenir Bunker shot feels perfect.
The sound and animation when the spinner is spinning is a great match
Shooting the "blast zone" with the little flipper is always a "blast"
Oh, shaker baby! If any game needed a shaker, it's roadshow. Very well integrated.
Multiball is one of the most fun of the games I've played
The various modes are fun in themselves
Deep but accessible rules
And most importantly, the gameplay is great. The shot difficulty is varied and well designed. There is flow, but there is also appropriate stops in action.
So maybe I'm just in a "I love it because I've rediscovered it" phase. But I'm thinking Road Show doesn't get the love it deserves. Skip that 6k (or 9k) new game and find yourself a road show! You get a lot of pin and fun for the money.