Quoted from Ashram56:
Any advice on how to dial the game ?
I acquired it a few weeks ago, and man this is a frustrating game, at least for me. I'm an average player, and I must confess that I'm not really enjoying it, compared to my other machines (LOTR, Tron, DI, Indy WPC, TZ, ST, CFTBL), it's WAY more difficult.
At least on the other games (well TZ might be an exception), I have a sense of control. On Star Wars (it's a Premium by the way), the game is incredibly unforgiving to me. There are many shots that end with a direct left or right drain (such as the TIE fighter from the right flipper, or the bank from the left flipper).
In a nutshell, I'm not having fun with it, frankly.
So I'd like to start dialing it a bit, to see if I can improve my experience.
Things I'd like to improve are:
- Mystery scoop eject strength: can't find the correct setting so that it's properly thrown at the left flipper. Anything above 30 will result into a center drain (or close). Anything at 30 or below and the eject is too soft (but at least I can catch the ball)
- Star Wars ramp: can only make it with the right flipper, backhand does not work. Very narrow opening to register the shot
- Left inner loop: relatively high rate of center drain after this shot. I've seen some comments about a small metal "nub" on the metal ball guide, will look at it
- Flasher strength during Boba Fett escape : I get it it's to increase pressure, but man have they heard of photo induced seizure ? Is there a way to tune it down, besides decreasing flasher brightness
- Increase timer for timed shot
Anything else you would recommend looking at ?
And yes, I know I will not be playing the game as it was intended, but after a few weeks trying to improve I've reached a point where I would much rather enjoy the game than being frustrated, even if this implies changing the ruleset and ball behaviour.
Lots of good advice here. Couple of things, because I felt the exact same way as you do.
First of all, stick with it-- the game is brutal and fast but also becomes very rewarding. I don't know what to say except that if you just stick with it for a while you will like the game.
Second, as many people have said concerning personally owned pinball games -- it's YOUR game so don't feel bad setting it up for how you want to play. It's designed out of the box to just eat quarters. I highly recommend putting the outlane posts to the easiest setting for a while. And possibly increase the minimum time on min-wizards and tie fighter multiball.
Lastly, pick a strategy and play it for a while. When beginning the game I highly recommend picking Han, and selecting +5 tie fighters until you get tie fighter multiball. Additionally with Han if you go for Hoth first, your first "mode" is the video mode, and the second is the min wizard. When you get past that go after Endor. Once you get really comfortable with a strategy, then moving around to the other characters and strategies opens up the fun and scoring possibilities.