Quoted from jar155:
I've never heard anybody claim that Star Trek and Spider-Man had "very different" layouts. And I don't know how you can say that AFM and MM are closer in layout than The Getaway and High Speed...especially after owning them. That's, uh, just not true.
I can definitely see how similar Getaway and High Speed are. Heck, they both have the red bubble topper!
But consider this view. This is the description of the layout from left to right:
High Speed: orbit, stoplight target set, ramp entrance from upper flipper, entrance to pop bumpers, stoplight target set, saucer, orbit
Getaway: orbit, ramp entrance from lower right flipper, pop bumper exit, stoplight target set, entrance to pop bumpers / stoplight target set, saucer, orbit
Medieval Madness: Orbit, Ramp, Multiball lock, Bash toy with entrance, Saucer, Ramp, Orbit
Attack From Mars: Orbit, Ramp, Multiball lock, Bash toy with entrance, Saucer, Ramp, Orbit
I think High Speed and Getaway share nearly identical themes, but slightly different layouts and somewhat different rules. Medieval Madness and Attack From Mars have completely different themes, but extremely similar layouts and extremely similar rules.
Eh. None of this matters. I'm just representing the view that MM and AFM are similar. But if you like both of them, go for it! Once one gets engrossed in the game, none of this matters.
This might be the pinball equivalent of a Hollywood sequel. Even though Revenge From Mars is the official sequel to AFM, I would argue that MM is the spiritual sequel to AFM. Everyone loves a good sequel, even the ones who are too snobby to admit it.