How much do you care about the theme, and the integration of the theme in a game? Sound, art, music etc.
To me it’s very important since I play pinball for fun, mostly, and I love the whole “art” package that a pinball machine actually is.
Cirqus Voltaire is actually one of my favourite games because of the theme, music etc. I guess it, more or less, sucks when it comes to the rules. Possibly the playfield as well. The random-ish kickouts, all over the place, are …nasty… But it’s still fun to play!
These days I don’t play games that I don’t like (and the theme is a big part in liking a game for me), in general. Back in the days… I used to play, more or less, every game. Even if I didn’t like it. To learn the rules etc.
Some of my favourite games, theme/art/sound wise, are:
Twilight Zone, Cirqus Voltaire, The Shadow, Dr. Who, Deadpool (seems like there’s an infinite number of songs in this machine), Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Attack from Mars. What’s yours?
PS. I’ve been waiting for the Kraftwerk pinball machine (We Are the Robots Multiball? Autobahn Orbits? Ruckzuck-Frenzy? Electric Café Wizard Mode?) for a long, long while now. I hope it will be out in 2020, or 2021! DS.