I appreciate the comments so far. I'm actually surprised that a few of you already have both! I'm a big fan of both themes. Star Wars would win out slightly from a theme standpoint. I have played IM ten to twenty times and like it a lot. It's brutal and fast, without feeling like I lose the ball in cheap annoying ways despite the magnets -- it does feel like a battle. I'm only an average player at best so I have not made it to wizard modes on most of the games I play. I only buy a game every few years and it generally will result in swapping out another game. I have a lot of personal nostalgia for my Cyclone as it is the game that introduced me to pinball, but it rarely gets played and may be the one on the chopping block. Other than that I have a nice Shrek, a mint POTC, and Avengers LE. While these games are not at the top of most peoples list, I particularly like Avengers. All of these themes are among my and my families favorites, so they are sticking around for a while yet.
Not that I'm a good player, but the trick is to hit Iron Monger a glancing blow rather than head-on. I haven't had too many STDM events off of Iron Monger.
I got to play SW tonight and it so happened it was directly across from IM. I have to say my first impressions of SW were very positive. As I watched someone else play, I was surprise how good the LCD looked. I've seen AS and I have seen the videos of SW but it looked better in person than I expected. Also, when I look at the game in person, it doesn't looked any more "stripped down" than Star Trek (as the most similar comparison I would make) or IM (for purposes of this thread).
I found the gameplay to be fast and furious similar to IM in some ways. I like how the ball gets stopped periodically by posts in the horshoe and left return. While it's not magnets stopping the ball ( and I like magnets), it felt like it created some interaction with the ball and it wasn't a complete non-stop flow fest. Also, for all the crap the tie fighter has taken, I thought it had good visual effectiveness. Maybe not quite as good of a bash toy as on some games, but I liked it. I don't think it deserves the bashing (pun) it's taking on Pinside.
Only played 5 games on it. I'll get to play it again in 2 weeks. For similar money, I would probably lean towards SW right now because it is clearly the deeper game. I think IM may still give a slight more adrenaline rush, but I have a small collection and may want the fast but deeper game. I could also see my family having fun picking the different characters as we play against each other.
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