Just updated. I'm pretending to work today, but really just decompressing from TPF - brousing Pinside.
I have not had time to learn all the modes - only put in a few games last night. I do know it is used in the 'Queens nest' mode, and you can also start a multi-ball by bashing it enough.
It was a show floor game. Here's the story. I knew several months back I wanted to add an ALIEN to my colletion. HOWEVER - I just don't do the 'pre-pay' thing. There is no way I'm dropping several thousand $$'s and then just crossing my fingers hoping a game shows up someday. So, I had contacted both Andrew and Melissa several times in the months/weeks leading up to the show, and let them know I would be bringing CASH. I had originally hoped to get one NIB - untouched by human hands - but Andrew was only able to get three machines ready for the show and wanted all three on the floor. In hindsight - this was a blessing in disguise. ...why?
Well, the Cointaker folks were nice enough to let me pick a game and un-box it. Unfortunately, the game I picked was damadged during shipping. The glass shattered, and those little diamonds were EVERYWHERE in the game, and slightly scratched the playfield. Good thing I hadn't just taken that one home. From there, my choice was between two machines. I played a few times over the weekend, and watched - both seemed to play great. On Sunday, I noticed the playfield LCD had sunk a bit on one of the games. It was causing the ball to 'jump' over that ledge - and occasionally got hung up there (I think someone mentioned this above). Those LCD's are adjustable so that's not a big problem, but on closer inspection I noticed a small chip in the paint/clear on that edge - so that made my choice pretty easy.
Andrew was great. Before taking it home, he went over the game with me - helped me tear it down and pack it up. Needless to say I was VERY excited to get home and set it up. Sorry if I blew past some folks on I-45 - left lane is for PASSING ONLY. ...anyway.
Let me tell you - playing this game at TPF (or any loud, bright venue) does not do this game justice. Get it in a dark, quiet place and it really SHINES!~! The lightshow and sounds are on-par with the best machines out there (if not better IMHO).
I have not had a chance to make any adjustments yet. The airlock scoop needs to be tweaked so it doesn't fire SDTM, and I'm going to gap the switches on the pops and slings - oh - and I'm most certainly going to adjust the left outlane post.
Overall, I could not be more happy or excited about my purchase.