Quoted from LOTR_breath:
Of all the classic Sterns I have played, I enjoyed Hot Hand the least. I've played 3 different ones. Just didn't like it. Trident, Galaxy, and Dracula are sweet. Still haven't played Nugent.
What about hot hand didn’t you like?
Here’s the run down on the rules. You have the 4 suits in the grid of bonus. Ace, king, queen, jack, ten. Different switches and pops/slings rotated through current selected suit. To spot a card in the lit suit you have several options. Hit the standup on playfield that lights that specific card. Or land in one of the saucers by big flipper that spots said card or snipe one of the drops in the bank. Each drop represents one card. All of the cards can be done one of those three ways besides the ace. The Ace can only be spotted from the center drop target. 10’s have a few extra spots to be spotted like extra saucers so that ones the easiest to collect.
Everything in the game opens up and is worth more based on the hands you collect. If you get a pair of anything you get 2x bonus. If you get 3 of a kind it’s 3x bonus. 4 of a kind is 4x. 5x is lit from a flush. Every lit card is worth 1k in bonus.
Now each straight flush on the different suits lights a playfield feature for more valuable points. Often 10x value. I think spades likes your spinner for 2k a spin. Hearts might light the stands ups that are normally 1k a bit for 10k. Clubs I believe Lights the big flipper area for 10x(more on that below) And diamonds is possibly lighting special/extra ball(which can be turned on for points). Also any time you have all 4 of a suit that drop target card normally worth 500 points is now lit for 4x value. If you have all 4 aces that drop target is 10x
The big flipper area. Each saucer lights a card. Two saucers are Kings. Two are queens. Two are Jacks and 4 are 10’s. When a ball lands in one it spots the card and counts up rapidly in 100 point increments until the rotating flipper knocks it out. If it’s lit for 10x it’s counting up in 1k increments rapidly until knocked out.
That’s a much deeper rule set than most anything of that era. You can type out seawitch rules in a quick paragraph and that’s the end. The layout is good. Pops keep you on your toes. Drops are placed nicely to pick off what you need. All cleaned up and rebuilt it plays pretty fast with the big open layout. If your just shooting away and not paying attention to what you need to be picking off and completing drop bank at right time to reset so you can catch the ace you need you’ll be going no where fast.