ronaldvg's ratings

Pinsider ronaldvg has rated 11 machines.

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ronaldvg has written 3 rating comments:

5 years ago
After owning the LE version of this game for three montyhs now I decided to add a rating as this might be the closest to a perfect pin for me. I see a lot of remarks about the theme being not relevant anymore, but I disagree fully. The movies are great (some better than others) full of humor and action. Best pirate movies around and that is only my opinion.

The game takes a little bit of knowledge getting to know it, but for me that is a good thing. I do not like the games where I can just shoot the blinking lights without thinking. JJP games are VERY well thought out and you do not need to look at the screen to understand what to do fully, but you do have to know what some colors of the inserts mean for instance. The screen is great for checking progression in a blink of an eye.
6 years ago
Bought this one NIB but sold it quite quickly because of what the majority here is also saying. Empty playfield and a bit boring. But after a while was feeling that I missed something so I watched some tutorial videos of the machine and after watching for a couple of hours I decided to buy back my own Smaug.

Now I am enjoying it very much as there are so many ways to play the game. It feels like the game takes you through the films if you want to. There is so much to do and cleverly programmed by Keith that it is just awesome.

I must say that I am a fan of deep rule games such as WoZ, TSPP, TZ so you have to be into that kind of games to enjoy learning the fine details of this game. It can be fun just to shoot the dragon, but that is not the point of this game. It requiers some commitment to fully enjoy it.

Contrary to what people think, you DO NOT have to watch the screen constantly. The clever use of RGB lighting points out everything right on the playfield. Screen is nice to check what you have accomplished so far.
8 years ago
I always liked the machine but waited to buy it because of the rather mediocre ratings, until I just wanted to have it in the line-up. This was just before the new code updates were released but when I had it in the gameroom the v1.24 update came out.

What can I say: this machine has it all. Flow, tight shots, bashing, great rules, many multiballs, great stacking of modes, great lightshow (except Bycicle Girl but I modded that), HORDE !!, great looks, great mods available which I like, with the unofficial Sound upgrade the sound is also great. Fun factor is very good after you learn some of the rules. Before getting to know the machine, it can be somewhat of a drain monster but actually that is not true. It is just a hard game.

I never expected this but this is by far my favorite Pinball, and I own Metallica and Woz also. Will be the last to leave and the software is not even done yet !

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