Quoted from ZMeny:
Looks like Big Game is closing in! Would be a nice game to stream for sure because I'd like to learn more about the rule set.
Big Game, like my other classic Sterns, has a simple rule set and two objectives.
The SECONDARY objective is to light up inserts around play field that spell B-I-G-G-A-M-E. This action lights up your spinners and the kickout saucer at top of play field and sets you up to get big points with both spinners and the saucer.
The PRIMARY objective is to light up all of the numbers in the "bingo cards" labeled "X", "Y" and "Z". You can set the game so two cards are always lighted at the same time. Or you can make it more difficult by only lighting one card at a time. If the "X" and "Y" are lit up and you hit the #1 drop target, the corresponding #1 inserts in cards "X" and "Y" will light up.
There are three sets of drop targets for a total of nine targets numbered 1 thru 9. Repeat the above action for all nine drop targets and you will have lighted up all nine inserts in cards "X" and "Y". But you have to do the same to card "Z", too. How do you do that? Read on.
There is one rollover switch in the middle of the play field and one pop bumper that switches which cards are in action as the ball moves around the play field. The card combos are "X-Y", X-Z", or "Y-Z". Or, as I said, you can make the game harder by setting up for only "X", or "Y" or "Z" to lighted up. You have little control over which card will be switched into action as it depends on how the ball is rolling. The best you can do is to try and target which targets to drop based on which cards are active.
The more inserts you can light up inside the cards the bigger the points. Get all 27 inserts in all three bingo cards lighted up for the real big point countdown.
The ruleset is easier to learn by watching than by reading what I just wrote. And while it is a simple rule set, getting all 27 inserts lighted up is not easy to do and does not happen all that often.
Some people do not like Big Game because they cannot figure out how to use the four flippers. There is a blocking bridge between the flippers so that the ball does not drain between the flippers as can happen on Gottlieb's Sinbad or Bally's Captain Fantastic; In other words, you cannot get "sissored" in Big Game ( there was one member here who posted pics of his Big Game and he removed those blocking bridges for some sort of different flipper challenge ). I get it but that is not the way Big Game was designed to be played.
What you can do is trap the ball with any one of the four flippers; Each of the flippers is set up to aim for one of the drop target assemblies; Learning to do backhand flipper shots is a must. Learning to flipper pass is a nice skill to learn, as well.
Big Game is fast and there is lots of pop bumper and drop target action. It is fun to play but it is not an easy game to master.