I have owned this pin for about 2 years, this was my very first pin that i purchased which in retrospect was probably a terrible decision as i based my decision off of the looks, play field and not the actual game play. That being said this pin made me a great player on other machines but took an extremely long time to master. The rules are fairly simple but until you master the play-field your gonna have a rough time. It took me a good 4 months just to enter Forever Mode (3 balls only on hard mode) and another month or so after that to actually beat Forever mode which has got to be one of the hardest shots I've ever encountered in pinball thus far. If you dont know its a 4 ball multiball where you have to shoot the left ramp while the batwing is ALREADY moving, must be timed absolutely perfectly, which is a huge pain in the ass because its almost impossible to hit the ramp from a cradle. then once you make it you have one rotation to hit the mini ramp which is extremly hard to hit as well from the batwing.
Mastering the left and right ramps is KEY otherwise your halfway ramp shots almost always end in a drain. Understand that the easiest way to make the left ramp shot is when the ball enters the outer most in-lane on the right side and its hit on the move. I have the upgraded coil from LOTR and its still extremely hard for me to make that ramp from a cradle (it may just be my machine but who knows). The next easiest way to make the left ramp shot is from the innermost in-lane but the ball loses much of its momentum and i usually capitalize on this with a shot to the mini ramp (progresses Mystery Awards,) or to the ball lock if lit. the reason the ramps are key is for when you get the 20x bonus, each ramp is worth 20mil at this point. If you can make these ramp consistently you can shoot left ramp to right ramp then Baterang is usally activated so another left ramp batwing to mini ramp then middle ramp with upper flipper which restarts the sequence shooting for left ramp again. One sequence is at least 100mil from the ramps alone not to mention the batwing/or 2x batwing.
In addition during 20x its key to activate the hold bonus via matching both good heads, keeping in mind the centerset is usually a death shot if shot with the right flipper.
Mastering the ramps will also help you through 3 ball multiball which imo is extremly boring with no build up at all.
There is a way to activate multiball with 4 balls in play, this is not a glitch with an accidental extra ball sent into play the game knows there are 4 balls. i have absolutly no idea how to activate this but i think it has something to do with a 4way or 5way which is only attainable if if the game is on hard mode and the batwing needs more then just 2-3 baterangs/ramps to activate. i cant confirm this, i have research and cant find anything on the subject. it happens to me usually when i'm having a very good game.
I never activate an event for skill shot always mystery, with a few exceptions, im a mode away from forever especially if the mode is the circus (lighting all bat signals at the ramps and side shots) and i'm far from beating it. The main reason for this is to start the event is only one shot, why waste a skill for one shot vs 4-5 shots for the mystery award. Lock balls and 20mil are a waste as well imo.
Some other strategy i employ
If multiball is lit (2balls locked) i will attempt to lock rooftop chase as any other mode activation locks you out of multiball until said mode is over.
Face two face is one of the deadliest modes, sometimes Ill just cradle the ball until its over.
Brain drain I've only completed maybe 10 times but it was one of the most satisfying shots ever.
Keep laser kick lit as much as possible (non matching heads, bat lanes).
The ? target just to the right of the left ramp is deadly.
Once all mystery awards are awarded they will restart hence lots of mini ramp shots.
Here's a link to the rule set http://pinball.org/rules/batmanforever.html
Here's my score on hard mode, almost went to forever twice. Got the 20x after the first forever mode and so just the bonus from the mode completions was close to half a bil
any questions let me know....