Boy that's a tough one. I didn't like WH2O until recently but I like it a lot. Ripley's I had to play awhile to grow to like it but it's one of my favorites. I would say they are very similar in depth and difficulty. I guess if you found a good example of Whitewater since it's an older game and may be harder to find a good example, I would take that one. Whitewater may have better theme integration in the modes also. You really can't lose with either one.
White Water is just fun, each and every game!
My worst game, is still fun.
Ripleys,to me, is a challenge, an adventure, collecting jewels, achieving goals.
Its not as the WH2O doesnt have this as well, it just feels "different".
A rolling day in the water on a raft, or a global treasure adventure......
Owned both...doubt I will ever sell the White Water. RBION I had high hopes for. I like Lawlor and love the theme. Rules are OK, but did not like the shots that were meaningful in game. Orbits were only thing I liked shooting...but they are pretty worthless in the game.
Also just played slow for me even after restoration...and somewhat clunky too.
I like fast games with good flow...so got rid of RBION only after a few months. No regrets.
Couldn't wait to sell rbion. Couldn't get into yet another lawlor pin.
Wh20 is one of the most iconic pins ever created and is brilliant. Theme is amazing and the pin itself is hard getting to vacation jackpot. It's gorgeous too. It did get a bit stale after I got the jackpot.
Wh20 all day for me.
I have had 2 whitewaters and am on my 2nd RBION currently. I love both games but to me WH20 is a game you come home from work have a cold beer and relax while playing. RBION has way more strategy excitement and depth. I have sold both of my wh20s and I miss it a little but not nearly as much as I missed my RBION (traded even for a nice champs pub which is also sold and gone no regrets lol) so about 6 months ago I bought a super mint HUO RBION with only 88 original plays it is not leaving any time soon. Actually that's a bit of a problem because I'm out of space+cash and all three of my games are keepers to me LOL medieval madness, Metallica LE and RBION so I need to find more space lol.
Another thing to consider is that plastic replacement ramps for Whitewater are about $600 and a pain in the ass to change if ever needed
Quoted from Jam_Burglar:
White Water was so underrated for so long. It's gone up in price dramatically because it's the full package: fun; fast; good depth; great art and music. Everything integrates beautifully.
RBION, I think, is similarly underrated but it just doesn't have the same integration as White Water.
I would have to agree there. My love RBION runs deep but White water tells a better story.
Quoted from nocreditdot:
Wh20 is way better in my opinion. I have spent a lot of time on both.
I currently own both. I like both games, but I wouldn't say Wh2O is way better. I would say it's way easier, more fluid, and possibly more repetitive.
I think Stern really botched the RBION theme. I love the Ripleys musem, but playing RBION had me wanting to walk away after one game. Wish B/W had done Ripley's instead. If it was half as good as Theatre, I wouldve bought it in a heartbeat. WH2O is OK IMO, but too much going on, rules need a re-do. Still WH2O by a country mile, RBION is just plain repellent.
Thanks for the reply's all. Both games are in very good condition. RBION has all LEDS. I've only played the RBION once and liked the play. Played WH2O much more and hey, it's WH20. . I just don't see the RBION too much here. The greater majority say WH20. It really should come down to player preference but I like both games. WH20 it is!!
New parts such as plastics,decals,mantis protectors etc .. have helped the machine become what it is.The topper?,well.
Never played RBION, but I'm a Lawlor enthusiast all the same.
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