The mini PF gets a bum rap. Capturing castles during modes on the mini PF is 7.5 million bonus per castle for the rest of the game. 7 house castles x 7.5 = 52.5 million base, x end of ball multiplier. For example, capturing 7 castles on ball 1 with a average bonus 10x multiplier x 3 balls can be 1.57 billion points.
I agree on the castle collections up to castle MB outside of modes - its a bit different place to play, but not worth score.
I don't mind the mini continued clock. A PF timer is usually in MB anyway - tough to pause a timer, when balls are on both mini and main PF.
I like the updated code for more mode time . That was an early bitch I had - it cost too much time and missed mode shots to stay up there. Combo multipiers timed out, lose Tyrell multipliers, no reward there. But now, during modes, helps on bonus, mode timer add and mode hits. Before that update, I agree, it was drop to main PF asap.