Quoted from GCS2000:
Well I took a nose dive and brought this home today. I’m sure I’m in the minority and will of course crumble to pinside criticism and ditch it 30 seconds from now but for the time being once I get it unloaded it’s mine[quoted image]
Congratulations on your Houdini acquisition! I also took the plunge a few months ago. I'll even admit to trading a Dialed In LE toward a NIB Houdini plus cash. I believe that Houdini is one of, if not the best looking pinball machine ever made. The art package is just incredible. I often see criticism of the Photoshop/clip art that Stern is often guilty of, and American did such a great job with the cabinet and playfield. The art is original and beautiful. I often enjoyed just looking at that pin when I owned it. Yes, I found it to be very tight and unforgiving, but I also posted a top-10 score (at one time). Looks like I'm still #8 for those scores that are actually posted! Woohoo! You can get in "the zone," on this game, like you can on others. It just takes a bit of patience. This game features some incredible engineering and creative shot placement. Had this pin been a widebody, with just 1/4 inch more devoted to each shot, it may have been a masterpiece. I'm not being critical about your new pin, I think this game brings ALOT to the table. Every collection needs a really challenging pin, and this one happens to be stunning to look at! I love the mods for it too. The planchet, Ouija board and Houdini show poster are fantastic!
I still find myself looking for deals on these. I would own one again, and I miss having it in my collection! Congrats.