I have Pirates and Star Trek now, and owned Spider-Man for about four years before I traded it for something different. I'd take Spider-Man back in an instant, I definitely regret selling it. In my opinion, Spider-Man is the winner here. Pirates is fun too, but it can get boring a bit quickly. Pirates is the kind of game that I can't play over and over, but I like to come back to it from time to time. Star Trek is ok, but I feel like I'm having more fun when I play Spider-Man. The shots are more satisfying in Spider-Man, and the game makes me feel good about myself when I make shots (cool light and sound effects that are specific to certain shots). Star Trek has the warp ramp which is cool, but other than that I think Spider-Man is your best bet.
The one thing that irks me about Spiderman is that kickout from the black suit/sandman shot into the pops. It just seems so awkward. Like they didn't want to make a subway or just have a 1-way ball gate with a little kick through into the pops. It's this giant piece of bent metal that just dumps the ball straight down onto the playfield.
I know I'm in the minority here, but I like POTC the best of the three. The ship is a blast. I like going for the Kracken when the ship is down. The theme is fun for the whole family. The game and toys have a W/B quality feel to them. I felt that way about BDK as well, although that game is not quite as fun as any of these.
Yes, it's a stop and go game. But it works in this case, I think.
of those three pins, I'd say SM
PS I also love AcDc and Tron.
Anything other than POTC. The game is slow and very stop and go. Just about every shot results in a pause.
Between Spiderman and ST, it's a tough choice. I have a Spiderman, so I would lean that way. I wanted a ST until my buddy pointed out that everyone at PAPA was timing out the modes. That tells me the game isn't balanced. I haven't had a chance to play it since he pointed that out, so I'm only going on what he said. A few local collectors have also said they were disappointed with ST. I only played a handful of games back at Allentown and again in September. I really enjoyed the game, but don't have enough time on the game to form a solid opinion, so consider my comments an observation
Spiderman has held up well and is a very fun AND FAST game.
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