Rocky and Bullwinkle are in the house for my wife who enjoyed the cartoon as a kid. For her, this one is all about theme.
The surprise favorite, however, is Fast Draw. Never thought the theme would appeal to her but she loves the game play, one of the few machines she'll play without invitation or prompting.
This list is looking more and more like, "What pinball games are good for beginners." Methinks everyone's wives and girlfriends are casual players. Chances are, if they get deep into the hobby, their tastes will mirror the top 100 pretty closely.
When I first started playing, all the games listed here (TOM, TOTAN, CFTBL) were my favorites too because of straightforward rules and cool themes. Get them more involved in the hobby, and they may even grow to love Angus's ugly mug.
Alichino... I agree that women need a challenge. My mom originally liked South Park when we played it at an expo, but after a few games claimed she'd not want to own it because it would get boring quick. A game needs to be appealing enough to get them interested, then deep enough to hold interest for awhile.
Junk Yard. Not so much with my wife, but when the non-pinball playing ladies come over it's the one that they say, "THIS is my game!" and play the most. It's somewhat fast but still plenty of downtime to regroup, jackpot in multiball doesn't get any simplier, and the video modes are fun and plentiful.
My wife and daughter liked Jokerz when they played it at Pin a Go-Go. I've never played it or even watched a video of gameplay, but I'm buying one right now sight unseen to keep them hooked.
Wife's favorites are Cirqus Voltaire, Spiderman, WOZ, Fish Tales, and although she didn't like it at first really was sad after I sold Pinbot after 7 years. She seems to like our latest acquisition, Pinball Magic.
On the opposite end she hated the Centaur I brought home and still makes fun of it as the ugliest game we've ever owned. And as far as theme, none of the Playboy pins will ever come home and actually I'm fine with that.
Great to see you're enjoying Pinside! Did you know Pinside is able to run thanks to donations from our visitors? Please donate to Pinside, support the site and get anext to your username to show for it! Donate to Pinside