Quoted from Atomicboy:
They [video modes] are all well implemented into the them, they are all challenging (provided you set them on difficult), and knowing all the vid modes out there, which for the most part I do not like in pinball, and hate most myself, these have to be considered some of the best. I'm not claiming I like vid modes, but these are fun to play FOR a vid mode.
I guess they are well implemented if you count starting them like a mode well implemented, but Escape in the Mine Cart is like the epitome of memorization video modes that I hate (I do find the frog thing funny), Choose Wisely is a simple shell game that takes far too long, and the Get the Medallion thing I honestly don't even remember, but I believe that it is like the BSD video mode, which I'll give it a pass for.
I honestly don't find many video modes tolerable at all, and I tend to not keep most games that have them around often. VND's I'm okay with - pounding the flippers really fast to get to the finish line first is stupid, but it's sort of a pinball skill... sort of. And BSD's is kind of cool which is why I am giving Get the Medallion a pass right now.
Other than that, unless it's a combo video / pinball mode, I just tend to completely dislike it. Put three of them in the same game, and even with 12 modes it means 25% of the time I'm going to be playing not-pinball when I start a mode. No thanks.
I agree with you that fan layouts can't be much different when there are just two flippers and I have made that argument before myself, but I also do think that no matter what, the game does just play slow as molasses, which bothers me. And the ball lock is awesome, but too big.
I *get* why people like it, but it just doesn't suit my style - which is fast, nasty, and no silly video modes - at all.