Attack From Mars Remake (AFMr) Owners Club

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Attack From Mars Remake (AFMr) Owners Club

By Pin_Guy

1 year ago

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Post #1 PinGuy's links to unboxing and SOL potential issue. Posted by Pin_Guy (1 year ago)

Post #5 SOL protector issue Posted by Pin_Guy (1 year ago)

Post #73 LED info Posted by stpcore (1 year ago)

Post #145 Cliffy install info Posted by evh347 (1 year ago)

Post #149 Firmware 1.0.0 Posted by Pin_Guy (1 year ago)

Post #189 info on using AFM cliffys Posted by GorillaBiscuits (1 year ago)

Post #357 Topper connector issue Posted by LTG (1 year ago)

Post #366 Image of Cliffy addition to scoop. Posted by sparechange1974 (1 year ago)

Post #368 Cliffy install info Posted by sparechange1974 (1 year ago)

Post #494 LCD screen info Posted by spazzman90 (1 year ago)

Post #639 workaround - to drooping shield targets Posted by markp99 (1 year ago)

Post #1966 Info on Easter eggs Posted by bigd1979 (1 year ago)

Post #2062 cliffy saucer install. Posted by PDFVT (1 year ago)

Post #2201 Urgent attention to flipper strength rates message from CGC Posted by NeilMcRae (1 year ago)

Post #2952 speaker lights for AFMR classic Posted by Lermods (1 year ago)

Post #3001 SOL PIC Posted by Damien (1 year ago)

Post #3167 Picture of crazed plastics defect on AfMr Posted by Onwallst (1 year ago)

Post #3174 list of issues Posted by Onwallst (1 year ago)

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3 weeks later
#1527 1 year ago

Have all the AFMr's had mylar added in front of the scoop and saucer target area. Just saw a LE with this from the factory.

#1605 1 year ago
Quoted from snaroff:

I'm not that much of topper guy, but if all toppers were designed/built like this, I'd become one pretty quickly
The attention to detail on the topper AND the packaging were a pleasant surprise. Wow.

Nice shoes snaroff!!!

#1666 1 year ago

LE#646 made it unharmed! Setting up after the holidays.
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#1834 1 year ago
Quoted from Robertstone0407:

Just installed pinstadium on my afmr le and all i can say is with the UV flasher what an awesome light show. I set mine to keep with the warm glow of the stock lighting

This is one game that doesn't need any extra lighting. It's one of the brightest games I have in my collection. I do like the UV flasher option. I have that with my RZLE. Enjoy either way.

#1835 1 year ago
Quoted from snaroff:

Now it looks perfect


Let us know the results of this fix. Thanks Snaroff.

#1885 1 year ago

Changing mine to Titans GITD. Didn't care for black either.

1 week later
#2165 1 year ago

Upgraded to Titan rubber, fluorescent green plastic protectors, black flipper bats. Waiting for my Cliffy's!
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#2175 1 year ago
Quoted from hoby1:

Joe where did you get the plastic protectors from and do you have a nice pic of them in the dark .

Pibits sells them. Clear, green or red. No pics right now. Have the game apart for install of cliffys.

2 weeks later
#2567 1 year ago
Quoted from VolunteerPin:

Overall, I'm very impressed with the customer service I have received and now that the topper is working...WOW! That alone makes the LE worth the money in my opinion.

Did you request the new chip or was it sent to you for the topper issue. Sounds like this is what everyone with issues needs.

1 week later
#2731 1 year ago
Quoted from eagleeyemma:

So my wife was vacuuming and she accidentally hit the cab. What's you guys suggestions on how to fix this.

Get rid of her

2 weeks later
#3088 1 year ago

No chipping on mine. I did put cliffy's on as I did with my 2 originals I previous had. This game was known for damage in certain area's and I would expect the same on the remakes. I also put mylar down to cover the inserts in front of the SOL hole. The clear on mine is excellent. Purchased last month #646. Not sure about the time line for newer vs. older and if this is even any reason for issues.
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#3093 1 year ago
Quoted from whthrs166:

I love those target decals! Where did you get those?

Pinball Decals, Inc.

#3132 1 year ago

Putting cliffys on isn't feeding the problem. If you didn't put cliffys on a original afm playfield, guess what happens. One of my original afms was restored by a top restorer. 8 coats of clear, long drying times. He told me to install cliffys because sooner or later it will get damaged at the usual areas. You or the manufacturer can't stop this type of damage. Look at monster bash and other games. My BSD was restored by HEP. I had wear starting at the bat hole after 100 plays. I needed to put a cliffy there. It happens. It's pinball. Putting cliffys helps to eliminate the damaged that can happen.

#3193 1 year ago

My new lucky T-shirt arrived today. I'll never wash it!
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#3341 1 year ago
Quoted from Mrawesome44:

So ive been following this thread for a good while and i was interested in picking any of the remakes up in may(fingers crossed). Frankly im a bit concerned about some of the issues people are having less than a year after they've dropped 7K+. I'm not trying to throw salt in no wounds but is anything being done about these issues?

So if you are concerned about chipping and don't want to use Clifffy's then don't buy it. 2 issues most had were the shooter lane issue and problem controlling coil default values along with blowing the board. Both issues have been addressed by CGC with directions on how to fix the shooter ramp and a new chip for the coil values/board blown issue. I had Cliffy's on my game from day 1. I have no chipping. CGC fixes worked and I have no more shooter lane issues and I set my default flipper strength is -5. My game has no planking, insert wear, cabinet issues or any other problems. I did have a chipped lock-down bar upon delivery which CGC took all of 6 days to get me a new one. I hope those with issues will have CGC be able to resolve them for you. I think CGC customer service is excellent. It's such an amazing game. The graphics are over the top and the light show blows you away. Good luck in deciding!

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#3420 1 year ago
Quoted from pintechev:

I’ve probably posted too much on this subject so I’m just going to leave it be. I’m good with my game and appreciate that you will make different decisions with yours.

Agreed. Reading these posts is tiresome. Enough is enough. Enjoy your game, sell your game, don't buy the game. Let the chipping posts go away.

#3429 1 year ago
Quoted from pintechev:

There aren’t a lot of problems. There are the same old problems, metal being harder than wood and all of the issues that come along with that. Principals or not, if you want to be fully protected, it’s a small price to pay given what you pay for the game to have your piece of mind.

How many times can you say the same thing. Some people dont want to hear the truth.

#3603 1 year ago
Quoted from Onwallst:

Issue is if you get one of those bad playfeilds you are on your own. Warranty is very discretionary. CGC warranty system is awesome on minor issues with quick shipping. Bigger items not so good.

I'm sorry about your playfield and I agree it should be replaced since it's not screened correctly. Instead of posting vague information about your issue over and over, could you be more specific about what CGC is or isn't going to do for you. I assume you put a ticket in for replacement. Has CGC given you a direct response yet on resolving the issue and any time frame. I apologize if I missed any of your posts with that information. That would be more helpful to owners and possible future owners. I would be upset if they didn't replace it. I couldn't have that playfield in my game and would do whatever I had to get it replaced. I wish you good luck and hope CGC does the right thing for you.

#3724 1 year ago
Quoted from Tuna_Delight:

As a prospective AFMr buyer, this thread has been bringin' me down somewhat lately. Just sayin' (I realize how important this info is to share and I appreciate it as such).

How about a happy post or two to change things up though? Any AFMr buyers still overjoyed with their game and experience with Chicago Gaming?

So I received a LE this past December. #646. I've had no problems except for the shooter lane issue, which CGC resolved with a home fix and not able to adjust my coil strength which CGC put out a chip to fix. I have no cabinet or playfield issues. I did put Cliffy's on my game before playing it. I do that with all my games including high end restores to protect them. So I can't speak on any excessive chipping more than expected if you don't use Cliffy's. I'm not liking the posts about others having major issues and not getting the problem solved by CGC. This can determine if I will buy another NIB from CGC or if it's a title I want, wait for it on the secondary market so I can inspect it. I would hate to get a problem game and be told you're stuck with it. I hope CGC is on Pinside and starts posting what they can do for the people with major issues.
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#3799 1 year ago

So how many 'nude' playfields are out there. They should be replaced asap. 1,2,???.

#3900 1 year ago
Quoted from Only_Pinball:

It may even be possible to get a dealer to unbox one before you take it given the concerns that have popped up. For the record, my table and the few that I have seen have NOT had any of the troubling PF issues. Good Luck!

I think that is a great idea. If you're close to dealership, get game shipped to them and then have it setup to give it a full inspection before taking it home. I will do this for MBr.

#4102 1 year ago

Only PDI glass left to go. Man, this game rocks "ALOT" with the powered sub!

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#4200 1 year ago
Quoted from Mrawesome44:

Something clearly went wrong with the last batch of afmr

Not sure how you can say this and what #'s you are using for description of latch batch. Many people including myself have a late number and recent delivery without any issues described. I think there are some known bad playfields whether screening issues or putty problems but I don't believe it's the norm or a "last bad batch". And I don't work for CGC or get paid by CGC to post here. The playfields in question should be resolved period. I will not order #3 as I would hate to be caught up in trying to resolve a major issue such as a defective playfield. If I want the next game produced, I'll wait on the secondary market so I can inspect the game. I hope CGC can make these customers whole. I want to continue to support them.

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#4572 1 year ago
Quoted from srmonte:

I am thinking about titan rings for my AFMLE does anyone have any photos of the glow in the dark rings installed on a game???

Excellent choice. I tried red, green and Titan gray but ended up with gitd. I think the gitd looks best with all the different playfield colors. It kinda casts an eerie light greenish hue.

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#4682 1 year ago
Quoted from paynemic:

On a different note, does anyone have plastics protectors on their afmr? Is that literally not necessary? I note the washers at the bottom of the slings, but I’d rather have something translucent there to show the art better.

Been shown before by me and others. You can always search pictures in this thread. Here you go to to help you save time.

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#4684 1 year ago
Quoted from paynemic:

Those look great! I was mostly wondering on colored ones if they wash out the art when the lights are on under them.

No, all art looks as is.

1 month later
#4942 11 months ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

I love mine in the black trim.
To me it seems to outline the artwork and match the lines of the game better.

I saw both in person. I agree that the black matches better to the artwork and lines. I didn't care for the green but it is much higher in sales than black per CGC. Amazing game with either color. GET 1!!!!!
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1 month later
#5251 9 months ago

I have mirror blades on almost all my games. Some fit tighter than others. Never had a problem getting scratched but you do need to be careful working on your machine and or raising the playfield.

2 weeks later
#5321 9 months ago

Little extra love for my LE!

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#5338 8 months ago
Quoted from rai:

Haven’t read too much about the remake, is there anything that’s is not great about the remake?

Have u read this thread at all. All u need to know is right here!

#5351 8 months ago
Quoted from delt31:

I ended up playing one and man - not to put anyone down as it's a gorgeous machine but that large display and speaker lights (but especially the large display) - something just doesn't seem right.

Good thing they made more than 1 version so everyone could purchase what suits them. I personally went for the LE because of the display and the topper. I love the speaker lights and have them on all my Stern games. People who come over and play AFMRLE are blown away by the graphics. But in the end it's all just based on what's your taste. The game play is still what makes this a top tier game no matter which model you buy. Enjoy your game.

#5399 8 months ago
Quoted from delt31:

Love how it ties in the eat at eddys like on the backglass.

See ya all at EDDY'S!!!!

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#5440 8 months ago

Congrats! Correct trim color choice as a bonus.

#5465 8 months ago

You worry too much. Just enjoy your new LE!

Quoted from rai:

I saw someone comment in another thread, he got a MM (no remake for me don’t want a future potential paperweight) .

Is that a real concern or is it just a rationalization by somone who prefers original pin not remakes?

#5500 8 months ago
Quoted from delt31:

so after playing some more AFMR SE I've learned to adjust to the bigger screen as the redone color looks great on it. I'll have to live with the blown up pixels I guess...the new color parts looks really good. Not sure I'm a huge fan of the smaller speakers but again, the new color parts (redrawn to not look like pixels) looks very good. They look good on classic too. Great game.

Why not put up a wanted add for a LE!

#5506 8 months ago
Quoted from delt31:

I absolutely love this game and decided i just want it all! haha

Very cool! Good luck with the hunt....

1 week later
#5567 8 months ago
Quoted from evh347:

Eat at Eddy's, Atomic Blaster, plastic protectors installed. Also, that's Lermod's backboard and trough lighting strips.

Thank you Mezel Mods for some great add-ons! Installation was pretty easy.

Very nice. I'm not a fan of the Atomic Blaster. It seems out of place. How does it look in person. Maybe the pictures make it look funny. Mezel Mods rock. Love my Eat at Eddy's!!!

3 weeks later
#5685 7 months ago

Didn't sound like a joke. Maybe a would help you next time.

4 months later
#6219 84 days ago

I don't care for the atomic blaster and I love mods.

#6266 79 days ago
Quoted from WhiskeyTango:

I've got an "Eat At Eddy's" mod that I pulled from my game before I sold it.

$100 plus shipping if you're interested. Thanks.

Looks used!

2 weeks later
#6334 60 days ago
Quoted from Pinballocd:

What is the general consensus on adding a powered sub to this LE Remake? I have them on every game in my collection.

Have it on mine and it makes a huge difference. One of the best upgrades to purchase almost for any pin.

#6351 56 days ago
Quoted from rrosenhouse:

Is there a connection for a subwoofer on AFMr? If not, how would one hook it up?

Use can use alligator clips to easily remove if wanted. I solder my connectors to make them a little more secure. Very easy either way.

3 weeks later
#6432 31 days ago

As a newbie and based on the questions your asking, I wouldn't suggest hooking that up by yourself. You can damage your game fairly easily if you do it incorrectly. Do you have anybody with knowledge that could help you. Even after another pinsider mentioned the power taps as a way to hook up, you moved on to that connector. Please be careful as LTG stated you can avoid the warranty.

#6433 31 days ago

Sorry, void the warranty.

#6437 28 days ago

I have a Polk external sub on mine and never had a problem. I would try your sub only on the afmr and see if that solves it.

3 weeks later
#6529 7 days ago

GITD Titans in mine also. Tried red, green and each looked off. The GITD create a cool effect. I also changed the flipper bats to black to make them stand out even more.

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