Quoted from Deaconblooze:
I'd like to join this club someday! I love nordman games, but I've never had the pleasure of playing this one. It looks great to me, but I have a few questions:
Helicopter ramp - how does it feel? Does the whirlpool action get tiresome? Does it consistently drop the ball onto the playfield in a certain spot?
Missiles - how do you get them? Do they get used often to clear out targets, or do you need to clear most of them with regular shots?
I'd also be interested in hearing some general rules/strategies.
Hey there. The helicopter ramp combined with the "bombs" is one of the coolest features of the game. It is also one of the strategies I use to earn points. You earn bombs by lighting the bomb targets. Once you have bombs, you "load" them near the ramp with the load bomb target. You can load up to three bombs at once. If you have bombs loaded and hit the ramp, the bombs are dropped on the pop bumper huts. While this is not exactly politically correct, it is a really cool effect as when the bombs are dropped, the pop bumpers thump repeatedly a few times to make it sound like an explosion. It is really cool if you have three bombs loaded and they all drop one after the other. With each dropped bomb, a hut gets lighted. Lighted huts are worth more on the pops, and blinking lighted huts are worth the most.
Rockets are earned by lighting the rocket targets. You also get 2 with each new ball. The rockets can take out the tank drop targets, so you often don't need to clear those targets with regular shots.
While the game doesn't have a huge amount of depth, there are a couple of strategies I use besides increasing the points of the pops by dropping bombs. One is getting multiball. Unlike most modern games, multiball is extremely difficult to get on Special Force, and it is even harder to get the jackpot. I can do it somewhat consistently now, but that was after a lot of work. First, you need to lock (or "capture") your ball ("hostage") behind the hostage target. You can capture up to two hostages. Then you need to shoot the ball all the way up the left most alley, past the three drop targets. Then you need to hit the road shot (right most ramp). This starts multiball. The object then is to set explosives by getting any ball up any ramp. Once explosives are set, you need to hit the helicopter ramp to "escape" and collect the jackpot. The jackpot value I believe increases the longer you play in multiball, but I'm not good enough so I try to escape as soon as I can.
The other strategy I use is to keep hitting the weapons ramp. This is one of the tightest and most difficult shots. Each time you hit it, you increase the weapon bonus which is earned by hitting the road ramp.
If you can play long enough, the point values just increase, and you have a decent payback the more you play.
Again, not a lot of depth, but still fun and plenty challenging.