Quoted from jonesjb:
I actually think greenhornet isn’t trolling and may have identified a missed opportunity. Nothing catastrophic or anything, I might be misinterpreting though and might not be picking up on the same thing as him. Not intending to add to the vagueness... I’ll share my take later today (just out right now). If I don’t report back within 24 hours, hold me accountable
Here's my take on greenhornet's post about the gameplay design as promised. To preface, I could be totally wrong, and might have misinterpreted what he is referring to. Also, I don't think it is a gameplay flaw (In greenhornet's defense, he didn't either), but a potential missed opportunity, depending on opinion.
In short, I think he is referring to the inability for orbits to feed to the upper right flipper, which has a few effects:
1. In Alien, because the inner loop doesn't feed back on itself, you can't make a satisfying repeat a looping shot by hitting the shot successfully. Loops can incorporate some cool modes and scoring options.
2. The only way to make a shot from upper right flipper (intentionally - not counting the random dribble from the pops) is to consistently hit two previous shots successfully. If two separate, key shots are reliant on hitting two other shots (both) it makes these upper shots very rare. If the left orbit and inner loop fed back to the flipper, it would make the shots more balanced, and the upper right flipper an integral part of the gameplay.
3. Also the upper left inner loop and inner ramp shot are reliant on the upper right flipper. This is fine, but the ONLY way to get to an upper right flipper shot (aside from pops) is from the lower right flipper starting a chain of shots (making the lower left flipper completely unrelated to either the upper left or right flippers). Slightly changing the geometry, to allow the upper right flipper to be accessible from the lower left, would provide some more balance to flipper usage. THIS MEANS that all upper flipper shots are reliant on the right flipper, making the left flipper completely irrelevant to upper flipper shots.
Am I warm greenhornet? What do others think?