Quoted from Joeymonkey:
Thanks guys, I’m going to mess around with this. Always learning something new. I’m embarrassed to admit this, but today was my first time getting Total Isolation. This game is soooo good!! Can’t believe I almost passed it over.
As others have said, no need to be embarrassed! It takes a lot of practice to be able to put up big scores and make a lot of progression. Pinball is not an easy skill by any means. Keep at it, and you'll get there.
The way the code builds to different "checkpoints" is awesome. No matter what your skill level is, there is a wizard mode for you, plus more to look forward to as you improve. Or if you are a really good player, but having a bad game or off day, chances are you can still feel like you accomplished something. Not many games are this rewarding for every skill level. My daughter can get to the first TI on a good day. I can usually get to the second one, and on a really good day maybe Send It Back and/or Light the Fire. I haven't quite put everything together and made it to Final Showdown yet, but it's been close (I did it before FS was in the code, but not since, go figure, LOL). I know I will get there eventually, and even when I do, I know there is still Snowball to look forward to once I actually beat it. And for those days I can't even make it to TI2, well TI1 is still a pretty cool accomplishment and I do not walk away feeling totally defeated. That is just good coding.
I also love that if modes are kicking my butt, I can just concentrate on Demogorgans or Demodogs and still have a really rewarding game. Even if you ignore everything else, getting to Can't Stop This or even Run Will is a pretty big, and very satisfying, accomplishment. Heck, for some people killing one Demogorgan is a big deal, and that's ok! The game still makes you feel like a rockstar for doing it. And that's what it's all about.
I've said it before, but this is definitely Lonnie's best code, and it isn't even close. Few other games reward all levels of play so well.