WARNING: This will sound silly to some of you and you’re more than welcome to skip it.
I’m not a very good pinball player, but I love to play and have been doing since I found the Pat Lawlor’s Earthshaker back in 1996. The Addams Family — also by Pat Lawlor — has long been my favorite game.
Last night I watched the documentary Tilt! The Battle to Save Pinball and it helped inspire me to visit the bowling alley today. I could only get the change machine to give me 4 quarters. That’s only enough for two games! Luckily, I won two free games early one with a really good run of 130 million.
That was a great game, but I was about to have my best game ever. An all-time high score — 230,000,000 — that was about double my previous high-score. And much higher than I’ve ever reached playing the game on Visual Pinball either.
And at last I got my a chance to Tour the Mansion.
What a ride. I don’t know if I can ever do it again. Numerous Good Balls. There were some lucky shots involved, of course. And long periods where the ball just stayed away from the side channels. And times when it was eager to go where I wanted it. Plus there were three hard-earned extra balls.
Also I was using a new strategy. I tried to remain focused on reaching Tour the Mansion — the pay-off mode you can reach only by lighting up each of the other modes. In the past I’ve often lost balls trying to score points during, say, the Mamushka or Hit Cousin It. This time I tried to ignore all that and focus on Bear Kick Ramp with the left flipper followed by Electric Chair with the right flipper. Or anyway else I could make it happen.
Skillshots and train wrecks did most of the rest of it. I never got the big jackpot, though I may have gotten the quick multi-ball jackpot. I think I got a second multi-ball and it seemed as if Gomez said something a little different. “This thing’ll kill you” or something like that.
Exciting game for me, but nowhere near the machine’s high score, which is over 1 billion.
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