I've had mine (used of course) about a week now, have done a few minor mods: post halfway up left side just above "cannibal island" moved to being a centerpost between flippers, bumper pins about half inch ahead of the sidewires, bits of soft foam slid in behind the slingshot arms (so they only trigger when they've been hit),
the little mods sure allow for a fighting chance, really improving the gameplay. I wouldnt call the mods "cheating", it can still slide the ball right down the three drains like a meannie, sometimes repeatedly choke-choke-choke..
THEN, right after getting it all dolled up, bumper cluster solenoid meltdown (fixed!), followed now with a main power transistor overheating issue (fixable replaceable I hope!).
after the little mods, gameplay was really good! when you get to "davey jones battle mode" you hear "welcome aboard" and the music changes to something a little darker mood, not so easy, even with the 3 bounce pins in. when you get to "wizard mode" (completing all targets twice again and several hits to the chest) the music changes again, very cool, and here comes the adrenaline!
it really has its plusses, the playfield (with minor mods) and gameplay are really good when everything is working as it should.. but that runs straight into its MINUSES (darnit-darnit-darnit!), they really should have spent a few extra bucks for better components, like slightly heavier wiring, solenoids and microswitches, and possibly a bit more "bulletproof" mainboard (?). I honestly wish they had, maybe theyed still be in production now. IMHO, reliability issues bit em in the hiney and they ran away leaving people unhappy, instead of upping their game to fix things.
reliability? I'd also just picked up an OLD tomy "StarCom" toy pinball. the battery cover missing, the tabs all corroded.
wired it up to a 4v transformer with a couple diodes to drop the voltage down to its "audio section" (1.5v), and the little thing runs like a champ! people familiar with them know -everything- runs from one little motor driving scads of little gears levers and cams, is pretty crazy, but it still works today now decades old.