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Looking for Tutorials


By AVH7401

2 years ago



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  • 10 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 2 years ago by Snailman
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    #1 2 years ago

    Is there a source that has tutorials for specific pinball machines. I would like to find references that contain tips and strategies for reaching wizard modes, getting high scores, and explaining games in depth. Does anyone know where I could find something like this? I look forward to seeing what you guys suggest!

    #2 2 years ago

    The best I know of is PAPA's video tutorials on their youtube, or checking the rulesheets on papa or tiltforums. Sadly I don't think there's any unified source for listing them

    #3 2 years ago
    Quoted from AVH7401:

    Is there a source that has tutorials for specific pinball machines. I would like to find references that contain tips and strategies for reaching wizard modes, getting high scores, and explaining games in depth. Does anyone know where I could find something like this? I look forward to seeing what you guys suggest!

    Bowen's PAPA tutorials are great. The Buffalo Pinball guys also do a brief tutorial at the beginning of each video but are more quick hits on how to get the main features and multiball going. Not as deep as the PAPA stuff but fairly helpful if you just want a quick overview on a game.

    #4 2 years ago

    @ Todd Tuckey has done a bunch of videos on understanding pinball. Here is an Alien Poker for example.

    -Mike

    #5 2 years ago
    Quoted from zacaj:

    The best I know of is PAPA's video tutorials on their youtube, or checking the rulesheets on papa or tiltforums. Sadly I don't think there's any unified source for listing them

    If you're talking about something that brings all the sources together I don't think there is. I forget the exact title, but if you go to the PAPA YouTube channel page itself, they have a specific playlist for tutorials so you can scroll through them all instead of randomly searching around - but it's just PAPA stuff.

    #6 2 years ago

    Pinball videos.com has as part of their search function tutorials.

    #7 2 years ago

    https://papa.org/learning-center/players-guide/#1526496143817-2618203f-73ce

    You can sort by tutorial or competition.
    I've learned from every video I've watched on PAPA.

    #8 2 years ago
    Quoted from grantopia:

    Not as deep as the PAPA stuff but fairly helpful if you just want a quick overview on a game.

    Even the PAPA stuff leaves a bit to be desired as far as full tutorials go on newer machines. With just an hour of time Bowen can only cover so many rules so he tends to focus on just the popular strategies

    Quoted from grantopia:

    If you're talking about something that brings all the sources together I don't think there is.

    Yeah, that's what I mean. It'd be cool to have a user-submitted site like pintips.net for just gathering all knowledge on the rules and play of each game together. It could link the PAPA tutorials, rulesheets, any other tutorials people have made, etc

    #9 2 years ago
    Quoted from zacaj:

    Even the PAPA stuff leaves a bit to be desired as far as full tutorials go on newer machines. With just an hour of time Bowen can only cover so many rules so he tends to focus on just the popular strategies

    Yeah, that's what I mean. It'd be cool to have a user-submitted site like pintips.net for just gathering all knowledge on the rules and play of each game together. It could link the PAPA tutorials, rulesheets, any other tutorials people have made, etc

    Fair and true. He does often assume the audience knows more than they do and sometimes I can't help but laugh a bit when some of the advice comes down to "live catch perfectly every time then just hit all the shots"

    If OP is looking for pure rules, download the Pinball Arcade app too. You can flip through all the rules for free. Opinions on the game aside, I find it really helpful to learn the rules on an unfamiliar game.

    #10 2 years ago

    I use www.pinballvideos.com and just search for the game as well

    #11 2 years ago
    Quoted from grantopia:

    Fair and true. He does often assume the audience knows more than they do and sometimes I can't help but laugh a bit when some of the advice comes down to "live catch perfectly every time then just hit all the shots"

    Yeah, there's more than a few times where they forget the simplest parts of the rules. Watching X-Men tutorial and Bowen begins talking about which modes are best to stack, how to play them etc, but never covered how to start a mode

    Still trying to learn that live catch, but I'm getting there. It'd be cool to see Bowen do a series of tutorials without using any flipper skills and see how his approach would change, or just with him talking over someone else's shoulder

    #12 2 years ago

    Pinballvideos.com is the best for searching.
    Searching by pin on Youtube also works: it will pull up the PAPA tutorials, TNT tutorials, Buffalo Pinball tutorials, etc.
    It will not capture the videos that are archived on Twitch.

    Pintips.net is a good resource for a few quick hints.
    Tiltforums.com is great discussion board resource for all the newer pins, including nuances when code gets revved.

    #13 2 years ago

    Thank you to everyone who has responded. I should have included in the original post that I am usually looking for tutorials for brand new games such as the ones that Stern puts out. The on-location place I go to often brings in the new Stern games and I often have no idea what to do even after looking at the rule sheet. I know that PAPA makes great videos on older and more popular games, I particularly like the one they did on Attack from Mars.

    #14 2 years ago
    Quoted from AVH7401:

    Thank you to everyone who has responded. I should have included in the original post that I am usually looking for tutorials for brand new games such as the ones that Stern puts out. The on-location place I go to often brings in the new Stern games and I often have no idea what to do even after looking at the rule sheet. I know that PAPA makes great videos on older and more popular games, I particularly like the one they did on Attack from Mars.

    For really new games probably no one knows completely. Even the instructional text on the displays of some new Stern games doesn't know how to play the game.

    Tiltforums tries to keep updated but it's not always right. Check out Dead Flip on twitch/youtube, he tends to stream all the new sterns and gets deep into them, but it's not focused on being a tutorial.

    #15 2 years ago
    Quoted from AVH7401:

    Thank you to everyone who has responded. I should have included in the original post that I am usually looking for tutorials for brand new games such as the ones that Stern puts out. The on-location place I go to often brings in the new Stern games and I often have no idea what to do even after looking at the rule sheet. I know that PAPA makes great videos on older and more popular games, I particularly like the one they did on Attack from Mars.

    The code changes on new games every couple weeks almost. It’s a waste of time to make a video on the rules when they change so often. Unfortunately that’s the nature of the beast. I’d say once a game is out for 6 months or more, they will start popping up.

    What could be extremely helpful for you would be to go to tilt forums and search for the game you want. Reach the wiki Rulesheets Tilt thread and post there if you need clarification. That’s the best bet for up to date rules discussion.

    #16 2 years ago

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    #17 2 years ago

    For the new machines, I find the dead flip streams help. They are not tutorials per se, but they can help you learn objectives and learn tactics.

    #18 2 years ago

    For new pins, I think the Wiki sections of Tiltforums.com are great.
    Also look on Twitch for various tutorials or competition videos... the competition videos often have great commentary on how to play the new pins.

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