I have one pin now. Thinking of getting another. The catch: small budget that will absolutely not change for the better and no room with also no prospects of changing for the better, and too much hassle of getting pins up on second floor, so no chance of changing those two when they becoming boring. If that happens, I'll end my misery by selling them and getting out of the hobby because it would mean I would never be satisfied enough....probable end though, unfortunately.
I own The Shadow. It's tough, unique, reasonably deep, very short ball times, sort of my ZEN man vs machine get-in-the-flow machine. I wouldn't sell it, because it is all good pinball game should be playwise. But not themewise or journeywise, though, because it is not enough.
For that second pin I'd choose something that is more of a journey, a bit longer ball times, to be more approachable to nonpinheads, but not an easy pin, something to be immersed in pinball experience. I'd buy LOTR, but living in a second-soon to be third-world country, that is not an option. Neither are A list pins as TAF, IJ, TOTAN, TZ, SS, AFM, MM etc....
from B listers that I find interesting I chose three, I need help thinking through which of those would have bigger lastability in such a small collection:
Congo - I like the jungle theme, feels adventurous, goal orientation seems fun, lots of multiballs with different rules, collecting diamonds, it just seems non linear to me and I think I need that. I even don't hate the movie.
No Good Gofers - chance to get Pat pin that is not overpriced, I prefer that theme to TAF, whirlwind or TZ for which I don't really care much, lots of modes, good art and sound, interactive gofers, hole in one shot, seems like an obvious choice. If I can find one for a normal price I'd prefer this one over Congo, although I wouldn't mind getting either of them. Probably rarer here than Congo, I know of couple of Congos, never saw this one.
backup choice: Tommy - mostly because of close-to-TAF layout, Lyman rules and lots of modes and cool wizard mode. I dislike the theme and close to hate the music. Couldn't care less about WHO. as for rarity there were a lot of them here.
these are all cheaper in Europe than in US.
which one of these would be fresh longer for you? can you recommend something else if you dislike these? I need good gameplay and rules and that something special vibe that some pins have. not like FT which got stale after a less than two weeks, beautiful pin that has nothing to shoot for beside multiballs, because monster fishes and fishing take you nowhere.