Love CFTBL...theme, Creature Hologram, easy ruleset and great overall feel for the non-pinhead crew. Seems like everyone that comes over loves the Creature.
TZ....Great theme as well....mini playfield with magnets...a ton of stuff going on...widebody..power ball....great sounds and call outs...really looking forward to bringing it back into the Collection...
FH....just plain creepy....gotta have it!
calling addams family, funhouse, and twilight zone "horror" may be a bit of a stretch..
I'd say that list has a bunch of great games on it. Never played Freddy, so feel free to correct me, but that would be the only one that might approach dog status.
Missing a few:
Devils Dare - Widebody and Drop Target Fun...A bit slow
Mephisto - Rare in the US but great looking backglass
Class of 1812 - Unique and good sounds - Chicken overture
BoneBusters - The only Decent Premier Backglass
Phantom of the Opera - Great game if I could only find one
Spooky - Zaccaria and uncommon...one of few I've never played
Stern Dracula - Don't bother
Of those not commented on and I own:
MC - Great Audio, fun and interesting layout with some unique ramp flows...Not terribly deep
TFTC - Best bang for buck horror IMO
Creature and Scared Stiff you're paying for looks alone. Game play is very simple and monotonous on both. Neither lasted a month in my collection and I never considered them worth their going rate...and that was when Creature was a $3K game and Scared Stiff was a mid 3 game. What SS is going for now is ridiculous.
Phantom of the Opera is gorgeous and has great sound, but takes the cake as the worst playing pin I've ever owned. Bought and sold within 10 days. I'd avoid that one at all costs unless the theme is your favorite of all time.
Agreed on Creature, but I think that's a little unfair on Scared Stiff. It's admittedly not the deepest or most challenging game, but I wouldn't describe it as simple and monotonous. I would call it just a fun game, that isn't going to keep giving you more as you dig deeper.
Hands down, BSD is THE darkest pin out there. Aside from the multiball jackpot callouts, the game is pretty humorless and serious...and I love that.
Pinball Zombies is going to be great. Alecia may be singlehandedly bringing T/A back to pinball.......can't wait!
Took the list above, added my comments and one pin:
BSD- Very Good
Class of 1812-Fun
Devils Dare : Nice looking, OK playing
Mephisto - Only played once - was not so great
Class of 1812 - OK
BoneBusters - Never played
Phantom of the Opera - Very good
Spooky - Zaccaria : Good / Not the best Zac
Stern Dracula - OK
Haunted House - OK (no better than that, I don't like that pin)
Taito Mr Black (Brazilian clone of Williams defender) : Best looking / scary backglass ever.
TAF: Awesome theme and toys. Everything was integrated very well.
Mystery Castle: Great theme, awesome music and artwork, and fun ramps.
Mephisto: Great artwork and cool 80's video game type music/sound effects.
Freddy: Cool theme, but boring as heck.
MSF: Good rules and nice artwork.
Magic Castle: Neat backbox animation. The gameplay got old quick for me, and the computer-generated voice in the game is super annoying!
BSD: Great music, awesome callouts, and mist multiball is one of the coolest things ever.
I might as well at least mention one other very rare Spanish horror themed game that has eluded me for years: Terrific Lake. Some very cool artwork on this one! http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?any=terrific+lake&search=Search+Database&searchtype=quick
For Monster (maybe not *horror*) themed pins my favorites are (in descending order)...
MB - Best of AFM, MM, MB trio IMHO
CFTBL - many people have never even gotten to video mode, super scoring or super creature feature
SS - Great all around - Monster Multiball is awesome (just realize it's NOT a wizard mode)
Metallica - music and monsters - they even have a "Monster Version"
T3 and T2 - I'd qualify these as very good Monster theme games too
BSD - kind of a one trick pony for simplicity (stack the MB) - but a good one
These are my opinions only so don't bother telling me I'm wrong because of some need to defend. (I still own the top
CFTBL - Great, lots of hidden fun. Hated it at first but now it is in my top 5 of all time.
MB - Great, straight forward fun play.
AFM - Great, fun, a few different things to do with levels of difficulty.
TZ - Great. Not a personal favorite, but I can see why people rate it high. Lots of different things to do.
EATPM - Good, solid system-11 (not deep) with humor
TAF - Good, fun with some different things to do
SS - Good, fun and funny but not deep at all. Not great in a small connection for price.
HH - Fair, classic older game with a cool mood. But a slow pace game. When new this was probably the game that hooked me on pinball.
MC - Fair, cool feel but kind of simple. I have not put a lot of time on one. I wish a friend owned one.
FREDDY ANOE - Poor, too easy and just not much there.
Frankenstein (MSF) - Poor, but I will admit not a lot of time. Most I played had something wrong and they didn't want to bother fixing. Nothing seen that made me want to play more.
Gorgar - Poor. Great in its day. But boring two days later.
Lighting, colouring, art....POTO all the way! Definitely not the deep game, but when that organ goes off through a sub...chills!!! To me, the most haunting pin of them all.
The Terrific Lake machine mentioned earlier is awesome. I probably won't ever see one but if I do I'll have to try to buy it. The artwork looks amazing. I love the cabinet too. Does anyone know anything about it? The infinite knowledge on the interwebs seems to fall short here....
Yeah put me down for a terrific lake game...matt let's do a euro group buy of a few of those and Mr blacks
MSF is a great bang for the buck horror pin. I don't want to pump it up to much because I'm looking to replace the one I sold months ago.
I'll also chime in that Frankenstein is very fun. It's a favorite of my guests, and when people come over it gets more play than the Spiderman it is sitting beside. The modes are fun (I like Graveyard the best,) the graphics on the big DMD are great, and I really like being able to choose either the movie soundtrack or rocking out to Edgar Winter's Frankenstein. (We heard the song on the radio one day and my husband was all "Wait... where do I know this song from...") It looks really good and a lot brighter/newer when lit up with LED.
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