Quoted from Aniraf:
I’m more focused on that wallpaper in the background…is that an acid trip or what?
So, I’ve had a week with game #740 now and here’s a list of all the things I’ve had to do to the game to get it to play properly:
Update code (code it came with wouldn’t play background music)
Adjust flipper strength up
Cut down flipper bushings
Move left ramp
Adjust left ball guide
Adjust right ball guide
Replace right flipper leaf switch (kept flipping the upper flipper on ball launch -$10)
Reattach antigravity cable
Pull and reseat upper display cables
Add right ramp cover (due to huge air balls -$10)
Shim glass guides to reduce rattling
Adjust monitor settings due to washout
This is all from out of the box, and every single one of them could have been done at the factory. And this is on nearly the last machine to be built - imagine the horror show on the first ones off the line!
While looking around at the guts I also notice some other future issues - the wiring is undersized and also has almost zero slack, to the point where it’s under strain. For example, the launch button wiring is being physically pulled off the button. Would an extra 6” really have broken the bank?
The ramp cover and leaf switch ones particularly piss me off because I’m out of pocket on those. Maybe I’m also a bit extra salty because no one at Spooky will answer my emails asking about the replacement bushings or my tech questions.
That all said, the game itself is a triumph. The design is original and fresh, the mechs are cool and the code is both easy to understand while providing good strategy opportunities. Also it’s hilarious which is not something we see a lot of anymore. It’s an excellent game that Stern or JJP would never have done justice. I don’t regret my purchase at all.
But please, spend a little more time and money on the details.