Stardust, it is great to see you becoming interested in pinball. It's also cool to see that you used the Pinball Arcade as an entry to it. I learned digitally, and I think it was a great place to start in order to understand pinball on the multiple levels you described. Now real pinball is my biggest and most focused hobby.
As far as a recreated table with real wood and real metal, it's not going to happen. Pinball tables cost $4,000 - $5,000 new, and the 3/4 size ones aren't that much smaller. The all-plastic Zizzles retailed for $300+ when they were new in 2006. If they were made today, they would probably be $500, and totally not worth it.
If you can make room by rearranging stuff, you can get some good EM games for $100 to $200. Just scour places like Craigslist. Even though they aren't as complicated as the later solid state games, they are still deeper than what you will find on a Zizzle, and will feel like the real deal too. Or you could invest in one of these
. At least with these you can use them as a table and stack stuff on top of them when you're not using them. Plus, they aren't much bigger than a 3/4 sized Zizzles, and they won't sit up as high either (no backbox to worry about).
As far as the 3/4 size ones, the Zizzle models are the only ones with real goals. You have to complete each light on the table to get to the wizard mode, and certain shots like the right ramp will keep rising in value if you can combo it. Unfortunately, the Zizzles are very cheap and in order for them to play right you will need to do some work to them. If you lived closer to VA, I'd give you mine!