Quoted from o-din:
Simple layouts with simple goals are the funnest of them all. A cool theme is icing on the cake.
If there's one thing I've learned since I started collecting is if you have games like this, most people would rather play this kind than a more complicated DMD type game. One of the reasons my DMDs are all gone is they were barely getting played because there were now other options. The proof is in the pudding so to speak.
Now I won't go to somebody's house to play pinball or any location if there is only DMD games. Unless it is their only game. I find most of them monotonous and boring and can think of other things I'd rather be doing with my time.
I get that... but its not about complexity as much as its about FUN.
Games like Doodle Bug are simple.. yet FUN. It's FUN to get the get bug going. Simple, yet rewarding. Whoa Nellie lacked that IMO... The Hobbit lacks it currently. Two examples of extremes of complexity.. and neither is fun.
Themes help draw people in to try something... they give people something to relate to and content to use they enjoy or relate to. But ultimately the game has to be FUN.. and usually rewarding/payoff is a good portion of that.
I find Hobbit a chore to play.. in that.. I don't even really want to play it.
I was just speaking more to the idea that because of this beer theme.. it would do good. I'm sure it would sucker in a lot of people for 'let me check this out'... but I wouldn't see it HOLDING people and bringing them back.. because theme alone doesn't do that.