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Best multiplayer game with lock stealing?


By joelbob

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

Hey everyone. I recently purchased a The Hobbit which I LOVE but the ball times can get long for a multiplayer experience. For pin #2 I'm looking at getting something fast with great multiplayer interaction. I owned Total Nuclear Annihilation for a few weeks and I loved playing it with others but it got old playing by myself.

My question is what are some faster games that offer up great multiplayer experiences besides TNA? Preferably something with a simple ruleset that is easy to explain to beginners and has a cool interactive feature like ball lock stealing! Thanks!

#2 1 year ago

Four Million BC

I'd recommend a game with single ball stealing, not something where you lock two balls and then someone locks the third and they get a three ball multiball

#3 1 year ago

Radical has ball stealing and that game is fantastic

#4 1 year ago

Whirlwind.

One nice thing is that it remembers everyone's progress for locks, so it's not full lock stealing. If player 1 locks 2 balls and then player 2 lights 2 locks, locks those two bals, and then starts the MB, player one gets to relock those first 2 balls, but that's 2 extra shots to make. Plus, it's just a great game in general.

#5 1 year ago

For fast, fun, brutal, Multiball stealing gameplay I'd say Sorcerer

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#7 1 year ago

Probably owner bias here, but Space Shuttle gets the most fun competition going when we have people over. Two physical locks you can see, and a drain hazard shot to drop the ramp target, and then a tight ramp shot to release them. Plus you can start multiball with one or two balls locked, so there is always the risk/reward decision of do you just try and take the one ball locked and start MB with two, or push your luck and try to lock both balls then try and get to MB for better scoring potential. Rules are super simple and ball times aren't too long so people seem to gravitate to it.

#8 1 year ago
#11 1 year ago

Centaur and Big Guns don't have lock stealing?

Quoted from desertT1:

Whirlwind.
One nice thing is that it remembers everyone's progress for locks, so it's not full lock stealing. If player 1 locks 2 balls and then player 2 lights 2 locks, locks those two bals, and then starts the MB, player one gets to relock those first 2 balls, but that's 2 extra shots to make. Plus, it's just a great game in general.

I don't think that's considered lock stealing the same way TNA's is

#13 1 year ago

Another vote for space shuttle since it's so easy to steal.

I did set someone up with a juicy 2 locker in Elvira this weekend though

#14 1 year ago
#15 1 year ago

Heavy Metal Meltdown is blast for multiplayer games and also has lock stealing.

#16 1 year ago

You can steal the lower playfield locked ball in BH. The top ball will drain with your ball, though.

#18 1 year ago
#21 1 year ago

Rollergames -- the balls shooting around the "skate track" are a great tease.

#22 1 year ago

Great recommendations so far!

#23 1 year ago

older game but the Williams Scorpion has lock stealing.

#24 1 year ago

Firepower! Love me some Firepower

#25 1 year ago

These, and Firepower/Firepower II.

#26 1 year ago

TNA. Feels so good when you do it. Feels so bad when it gets done to you.

#27 1 year ago

Bally Atlantis

#28 1 year ago
Quoted from TractorDoc:

Rollergames -- the balls shooting around the "skate track" are a great tease.

I love stealing someone else’s multiball on my rollergames.

#29 1 year ago

Swords of Fury!

LIONMAN!

#31 1 year ago
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#32 1 year ago

There are so many games listed here that are not lock stealing games. Haha

#33 1 year ago

Fathom is my favorite too.

#34 1 year ago

Black Knight 2000
Worse than lock stealing is King’s RANSOM stealing.

#35 1 year ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

There are so many games listed here that are not lock stealing games. Haha

I consider it a steal when the player who steals doesn’t have to achieve any locks themselves and the player stolen from has to re-lock the balls after they were stolen. If the game tracks the original players lock status or forces the sebsequent player to achieve the lock themselves... not a steal.

#36 1 year ago
Quoted from Mudflaps:

You can steal the lower playfield locked ball in BH. The top ball will drain with your ball, though.

Yep, which is why I always try to lock the ball on the upper playfield first if I am playing against someone.

#37 1 year ago

I use the terms soft lock stealing and hard lock stealing.

Soft lock stealing is when you do not benefit opponents achievements. You need to do all the work yourself. And you do not set them back more than the re-locking necessary.

Hard lock stealing, you are really stealing. However, some games are fun and fine for even serious competitive play despite this. Usually when the multiball is only a 2 ball deal. And where making the lock is easier. But starting multiball is harder.

Taxi is the best one I can think of.

#38 1 year ago

Diner! At least mine does. Not the newest code on mine so not sure if this was changed.

#39 1 year ago

Robowar is a great, rarely seen game with a lock steal similar to Sorcerer. Both awesome pins. Like most of you, the first game that pops into my head when I think of lock stealing is the mighty Space Shuttle.

#40 1 year ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

There are so many games listed here that are not lock stealing games.

What are they?

#41 1 year ago

Party animal

#42 1 year ago

Like someone said, if the game doesnt require you to relight your locks, I do not consider that lock stealing. F2K and firepower are the top dogs in that respect.

Edit: Big Guns and Centaur too. I will need explanations on those two. Don't think I have ever stolen a MB from an opponent on those games. Maybe that is the disconnect. Are there lock stealing games and multiball stealing games?

Take Fire! I consider that lock stealing. I lock two balls, drain. You play and pick up right where I left off and get to multiball in two shots.

In firepower, yes, if you get to multiball after I lock some balls, fine, but you have to qualify and earn your locks like normal. Then when I get back up, I just need to relock my balls. I do not need to hit any targets or anything. In Fire, I have to do it ALL over again.

#43 1 year ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

Edit: Big Guns and Centaur too. I will need explanations on those two.

I played Big Guns Tuesday and player two stole a locked ball from me. I had to lock again after player three put up 3.5 million on ball one.

Haven't played Centaur in a while. I think I misremembered and it doesn't offer lock stealing.

#44 1 year ago
Quoted from YeOldPinPlayer:

I played Big Guns Tuesday and player two stole a locked ball from me. I had to lock again after player three put up 3.5 million on ball one.

You had to lock balls again, but so did player two. That’s my point. The balls were cleared when they started their MB, but their path to MB was no shorter than yours.

I don’t consider that lock stealing.

#45 1 year ago

Grinded down to semantics; as usual.

#46 1 year ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

You had to lock balls again, but so did player two. That’s my point. The balls were cleared when they started their MB, but their path to MB was no shorter than yours.

Are you thinking Big Guns empties the locks at the end of every ball? That's not how the one we play works.

#47 1 year ago
Quoted from YeOldPinPlayer:

Are you thinking Big Guns empties the locks at the end of every ball? That's not how the one we play works.

No what I’m saying is it behaves like firepower. There are only 3 balls in the game. The game remembers that you locked the balls and not him. He has to lock his balls while yours are locked, then shoot up the center. He didn’t get credit for the locks you got.

When he shoots one of the lock shots, the game doesn’t feed him another ball to the shooter lane. It gives him one of your locked balls so that he can keep playing. Then he needs to shoot the other lock. Then the game gives him your other locked ball. Then he shoots the center.

So this game is more of a stolen balls game.

Now on TNA or fire, they get your locks and only have to shoot the shots you didn’t shoot to get to Multiball. So when they step up and you have locked two balls, all they need to do is hit the shot that starts multiball. Your locks were stolen.

#48 1 year ago

Space Shuttle is a great recommendation. Jokerz! is another easy ruleset game with a fast ball steal available. Can still be gotten reasonably priced as well.

#49 1 year ago

On Diner, my daughter stole my lock without qualifying for her own lock. That's as bad as it gets.

#50 1 year ago
Quoted from twenty84:

Heavy Metal Meltdown is blast for multiplayer games and also has lock stealing.

Absolutely love my HMM its a blast

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