I've been a pinball enthusiast for over a decade, and have cycled through countless machines at my location through the years. After 5 full hours of play on TBL yesterday, it's my opinion that this code update is single-handedly the greatest update in pinball history. The game is forever transformed into the best-integrated machine of all time and it is unlikely to be surpassed. The action is non-stop, shots are found everywhere, points are found everywhere, and if you're good enough with the new rules you can blow up the game like never before.
-- The new callouts keeps the player engaged and there's no guesswork on where you need to go
-- The hidden jackpots are fun and creative
-- The added characters give the game new life and more smiles (Knox Harrington's laugh.... lol)
-- The bowling ball perks are creative and allows for variation of strategy in every game
-- The car and rug modes are no longer excruciating
-- The extra movie clips keep the game fresh instead of repetitive
-- The shot multipliers add gameplay strategy for high scores
-- There's more variation in the bowling alley shots which keep it fun
-- There are so many movie scenes now. It's a joy to constantly look up at the screen, and to even be able to. The game pauses long enough at those intervals to allow the user to enjoy those moments. Not enough games do that
-- The bonus actually has value (someone got 8 million on their first try last night)
-- The new sounds and new music adds to the audio variation
-- The Mystery awards are fun and not repetitive like last time
I have this game on location at The Pinball Co-op (pay to enter, play as much as you want). Anyway, this game had a line of people playing it all night long. Six hours of constant play in total, and nobody got tired of it. It was like a whole new game. The rules have enough depth to be constantly challenging and entertaining for pinball veterans, while at the same time not being too confusing for pinball noobies. It's literally the perfect balance for everyone. It's like a more-complex and incredibly packed Bally/Williams game. This update alone immediately vaults the value of this machine up another grand or two. Why are people paying more for a Toy Story?
In my opinion: It's the best layout, the best theme-integration, and best ruleset in pinball history.
Bravo, Dutch Pinball. You have a masterpiece.