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Mystery Castle Fan Club

By DirtySouth

9 years ago


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#251 16 days ago
Quoted from Morgoth00:

In case you didn't catch it, Mystery Castle was used to decide the final match of the World Champion recently! It's a real shame that the commentators spent a solid 30 mins trash talking everything about the game in the final round instead of appreciating it for what it is. They didn't even know about the secret shooter drop target lane path based on their shock and confusion when it happened, so I am guessing they haven't even played it. Bowden knew the rules at least.
Such a great (and 'misunderstood'?) game designed for fun with an awesome soundtrack!
Final match starts at 8:41:00,
Also a previous match at 5:08:00

People who needlessly bash pins come off sounding petty. Mystery Castle is well known for its charms, and rarity. Just a quick peek at the ratings and it’s clear MC has a devoted following. Incidentally, my MC arrives tomorrow! And even if I ultimately decide it’s not a keeper for me, I know it will be appreciated by the next owner. Hopefully, it stays in my lineup!

#252 15 days ago

It has arrived! Let the scavenger hunt begin…wish me luck, I’ll need it!
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#253 15 days ago

I miss mystery castle very cool game, that music and doooooom is etched into my head

#254 15 days ago

This game has serious “one more game” vibes. Question for you audio peeps, I have a bit of static emanating from my speakers. Do people usually update the speakers on MC, or is it important to keep it original?

I love the sound effects, with just about every shot, target, ramp, switch producing a sound effect. There really is something to the way this game sounds.

I took a few pics as I waxed and shopped this new game out. The playfield is really holding on very well.

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#255 14 days ago
Quoted from Pinkitten:

This game has serious “one more game” vibes. Question for you audio peeps, I have a bit of static emanating from my speakers. Do people usually update the speakers on MC, or is it important to keep it original?

I love the sound effects, with just about every shot, target, ramp, switch producing a sound effect. There really is something to the way this game sounds.

I took a few pics as I waxed and shopped this new game out. The playfield is really holding on very well.

That's a very nice looking MC you got there! I like the look of that speckled cabinet. Mine is just flat black.

I haven't personally heard of needing to swap the speakers out. The audio quality in this game is one of the high points. I do get a minor amount of background noise from the DMD when it's in attract mode, but nothing that distorts the audio while playing. Maybe there is a loose connection somewhere, or there's a problem with the sound board, or a blown speaker?

#256 14 days ago
Quoted from Betelgeuse:

Maybe there is a loose connection somewhere, or there's a problem with the sound board, or a blown speaker?

It did just make a monthlong journey on trucks, I had a few loose cables in the backbox. I’ll reseat things and check the speakers. I do love the audio on this game. I just wanna maximize it if I can.

#257 14 days ago

My best so far…collected 10 items and scored well on Doom. Only 3 balls too. I actually haven’t earned a single extra ball yet. The settings must be on difficult.

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#258 13 days ago
Quoted from Pinkitten:

My best so far…collected 10 items and scored well on Doom. Only 3 balls too. I actually haven’t earned a single extra ball yet. The settings must be on difficult.

On standard settings, collecting the crystal ball should light the extra ball shot at the right ramp.

#259 11 days ago

just picked one of those and the flipper are a bit mushy, what's the best way to rebuild Alg flippers since they are one of a kind?

#260 5 days ago
Quoted from TomDK:

Would be nice to know if you have the full ROM set or the "small set". Mine came with the "small set" but a friend of mine was able with the help of the whole community to burn it. So some more animations are the result !!

So i have been trying to install Rev3 software on my MC but i can't get the new DMD roms to work? The CPU v3 works fine but not the DMD ones.

The Rev3 has 3 eprom instead of 2 for the Rev2 so i am wondering if there are some jumpers or other changes needed on the DMD board to make it work?
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I am not sure what the manual information means for the jumper? Anyone has a picture of their DMD board with Rev3 installed?
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#261 2 days ago

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#262 2 days ago

Are the new ROM chips the same as the old ROMs? It doesn't use the same DMD board, but I got all kinds of weird issues out of Al's Garage Band when the EPSEL jumpers were incorrectly set. Here's my thread on aussie arcade:

https://www.aussiearcade.com/topic/82810-alvin-g-amp-co-als-garage-band-goes-on-a-world-tour/

Near the bottom of the first page there's a bit about the EPSEL jumpers on the DMD board.

#263 2 days ago
Quoted from hisokajp:

So i have been trying to install Rev3 software on my MC but i can't get the new DMD roms to work? The CPU v3 works fine but not the DMD ones.

The Rev3 has 3 eprom instead of 2 for the Rev2 so i am wondering if there are some jumpers or other changes needed on the DMD board to make it work?

It's been an eternity since I updated my MC to Rev3, but from what I remember, I swapped the chips and it ultimately worked without changing any jumpers. I think I had also had issues with the DMD being blank at first, but then it started working after a few reboots and has worked ever since. I can't say why... it's a mystery! There was something about two different versions of the DMD rom existing tho, and some machines seemed to work with one but not the other.

#264 2 days ago
Quoted from hisokajp:

just picked one of those and the flipper are a bit mushy, what's the best way to rebuild Alg flippers since they are one of a kind?

Oh no...

#265 2 days ago

changed the sleever, realingned plunger, plenty strong now. i am afraid it will break stuff actually :/

#266 2 days ago
Quoted from hisokajp:

changed the sleever, realingned plunger, plenty strong now. i am afraid it will break stuff actually :/

My comment was about you having the game...not the flipper being crappy. I'm used to that

#267 2 days ago
Quoted from ajfclark:

Are the new ROM chips the same as the old ROMs? It doesn't use the same DMD board, but I got all kinds of weird issues out of Al's Garage Band when the EPSEL jumpers were incorrectly set. Here's my thread on aussie arcade:
https://www.aussiearcade.com/topic/82810-alvin-g-amp-co-als-garage-band-goes-on-a-world-tour/
Near the bottom of the first page there's a bit about the EPSEL jumpers on the DMD board.

yeah the Rev2 is one 512kb and one 2mb, the Rev3 is one 512k and two 2mb, using the third slot that is usually empty.

Quoted from Betelgeuse:

It's been an eternity since I updated my MC to Rev3, but from what I remember, I swapped the chips and it ultimately worked without changing any jumpers. I think I had also had issues with the DMD being blank at first, but then it started working after a few reboots and has worked every since. I can't say why... it's a mystery! There was something about two different versions of the DMD rom existing tho, and some machines seemed to work with one but not the other.

i tried 2 versions of the ROM from IPDB, same deal. Though i didn't try to reboot multiple time when getting blank DMD i assume it wasn't working. Any chance you still have the machine and can take a picture of the board?

#268 1 day ago
Quoted from hisokajp:

i tried 2 versions of the ROM from IPDB, same deal. Though i didn't try to reboot multiple time when getting blank DMD i assume it wasn't working. Any chance you still have the machine and can take a picture of the board?

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#269 1 day ago

Thanks! that looks a lot like mine, i'll compare side by side-

#270 1 day ago

Can anyone tell me what these yellow tiny diodes or do-hickeys are? I believe my board is missing one at C26 or 27. DMD works fine, so I’m not sure if essential or not. Maybe I can replace it.

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#271 1 day ago
Quoted from Pinkitten:

Can anyone tell me what these yellow tiny diodes or do-hickeys are? I believe my board is missing one at C26 or 27. DMD works fine, so I’m not sure if essential or not. Maybe I can replace it.
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maybe something like that?
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#272 1 day ago

That looks correct! Pretty cheap too. Thanks for that info.

#273 15 hours ago
Quoted from Pinkitten:

That looks correct! Pretty cheap too. Thanks for that info.

no proble. you look to have the same DMD board as mine and a working Rev3... I just can't understand why isn't mine working Seems unlikely there is an issue with the 3rd EPROM socket but i guess it could be?

Where those ROM factory or after market?

#274 14 hours ago
Quoted from hisokajp:

no proble. you look to have the same DMD board as mine and a working Rev3... I just can't understand why isn't mine working Seems unlikely there is an issue with the 3rd EPROM socket but i guess it could be?

Where those ROM factory or after market?

The Rev3 ROMs were factory. It seems that only late run machines had shipped with them installed. Most of the machines shipped with Rev2 and were never updated.

#275 1 hour ago
Quoted from Pinkitten:

Can anyone tell me what these yellow tiny diodes or do-hickeys are? I believe my board is missing one at C26 or 27. DMD works fine, so I’m not sure if essential or not. Maybe I can replace it.
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They are decoupling capacitors. They aren't essential, but do provide some function: https://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/blog/what-are-decoupling-capacitors/

When they die shorted though, they prevent a board working, so often they are just pinched off if they become faulty.

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