Greetings Earthlings, new to the group here after picking up a nicely restored FG a couple of months ago.
Like many I hated this game when it came out, it was too fast, too complicated and too downright mean. I got really good at Xevious until the local snack bar replaced it with 8 Ball Deluxe which I was regularly booted from the bar with +20 credits in the bank...I was no stooge even back then, but FG got the better of me a lot.
Some 37+ years later I finally confirmed the 25 X bonus collect shot which is worth 475,000 not including the spinner values so probably 520,000+ points. There is something really satisfying hearing the bonus rack up at such speed that the digital sounds concertina to a standing wave.
I'm not sure if there is another single ball game that rewards a player for maxing out the bonus features (multiplier, top and bottom) in an orderly fashion then survives not only the chance to fall into the centre pop-out too soon, but Ming's sinister ways...only to have 15 seconds to hit the skill shot that is notoriously unaccommodating even when hit perfectly.
That was a 2,000,000+ first ball. The rest of the game was anti-climactic in no small part due to the sizzling temporal lobes trying to process "did I just do that?"
This game is more than next-level addictive. When you know how to get this skill shot set up and beating high scores is a bit passe, there will always be this challenge...I'm afraid it was "a once in a lifetime" ball...but I'll be chasing it again and again and again...