Quoted from Pimp77:
When I owned it we had a self-enforced rule that you could not wish yourself the gems (modes). It ruins the game. Also, I don't like being locked in a mode ball-to-ball until you finish it. If you drain while in a mode clear it out and make the player have to qualify it again to start it.
Wishing the Gems is what makes it so (too) easy to get to the (disappointing) Wizard Mode:
Quoted from smassa:
Any game where not finishing the wizard mode is more lucrative there is something wrong. Eliminate the jewels from the scoop as someone mentioned above. It's not a horrible game but is most likely in the top 10 mostly on looks alone. It sure is a great looking game! As a Player though it falls well short of the top 10 IMO.
Quoted from markmon:
This game does not suck. It's in the top 10. A few people might think its overrated but that doesn't equate to "it sucks". If it sucks so bad, why aren't they all for sale? Many people think Twilight Zone sucks.
TOTAN is a very unique game. It's the only one I know of that's truly a quest that can be completed and plays out as one. The game is hard until you figure it out.
A few people think it's overrated? Well, 96 people who took the time to vote in the poll (at last count) to be exact.
But I agree, being voted the most overrated pin in the Top 10 does not equate to the pin "sucking". There are certain things about it that are lacking as pointed out above. Despite being highly overrated, I'd still like to own one. For awhile, anyway. But not at current pricing.