I must say, I have been playing my TFTC more and it is growing on me. I think the ramps are outstanding on the machine and some of the shots are hard to say the least, such as hitting the captive ball! Goodness! All of this, combined with the impressive light show, makes it a nice game. Well done Data East.
However, it does still have one down side in my opinion. The game has some obvious parallels with Jurassic Park in regards to general playfield layout. Also, some of the sounds are the exact same for the two games, even though those sounds fit well with the themes. As I am fortunate enough to have a Jurassic Park, I am not enamored with the few close similarities. Yet they are different machines and, as such, are unique enough to be able to sit next to each other and not feel too redundant.
Again, a nice job by Data East and, to date, I would give it an 8/10. It should be noted, though, that my machine needs the pop bumpers adjusted (they are weak!), a rubber ring kit, new pinballs, and some cleaning/waxing thus I could only guess my rating may be a solid 9+/10 when I am done.
I still feel that Jurassic Park is a better fit for my tastes, yet I am not complaining at all with the design and enjoyment with the Tales!