I have a Jurassic Park and love it. I saw an ad for a Whirlwind and couldn't help but notice... some striking similarities. It looks to me that Data East (Jurassic Park) Completely ripped off the playfield, and just replaced the top set of pops with the ball eating dinosaur. The lower pops and the scoop look identical, and the placement of the 3rd flipper and the top loop are the same. The ramps and kickback are in the same place. How did this not result in a lawsuit 25 years ago?
In any case, I don't think I've played Whirilwind since I was 10. For those of you that have played both, do they play alike or are they totally different? I feel like the Jurassic Park is a little clunky at times... does the Whrilwind feel as clunky?
Are you guys aware of other machines where layouts (vs theme) are ripped off?
I would like to say the ball eating dinosaur is a great toy, and I assume the spinning discs on whirlwind are fun too.
Also, for those with both machines, if you could only keep one which one would you keep?