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The Hobbit (Smaug Ed) a good pinball for first time buyer?


By Gattiman

46 days ago



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#17 46 days ago

As an owner I reeeeeaaally like it. However I'm a huge Tolkien nerd and have a LOTR sitting right next to it. People who claim it's a long game, if you're a good player it sure as hell can be a long game. Not so great player you'll get punished by failed ramp shots and the right side ball drains. There's 31 modes and getting to each mini wizard mode takes 5 accomplishments. Not an easy task. That's what keeps me going back. Killing Smaug is no walk in the park either but thankfully beating him is an "option" vs requirement. So with my ramblings it makes me wonder if this machine would be too hard for a newbie and maybe a simpler ruled machine would be better for you? My bother and sister in law are newbs and they both have complained about it being too hard. If you cant get the ball up the ramp consistently you cant start a mode. For the record I just love pinball. It doesnt have to have miles deep code to be good. Last thought, most people who hate the game didn't like the movies either which I can understand. They also complain about being floaty which A) it's a wide body duh and B) steepening the playfield makes for a much better experience so if its setup flat.... hell yes it's much less fun. C) They owned it/played it when the code was pretty poor.

#29 46 days ago
Quoted from adol75:

The Hobbit is the one pinball I really wanted to love, I'm a big JJP fan, I have a WOZ at home and I'm a big Tolkien fan. With JJP awesome way of integrating a theme in a pinball, with the many movies assets they got totally looked like a dream to me.
But I've spent countless coins playing it on location and as much as I tried to get into liking I just couldn't, so I gave up on the idea of buying one and don't feel compelled to put more coins in it, although I do enjoy watching other people play since there is a lot going on on the screen.
So my best advice is to spend time playing it and see if it fits you.

Up front there doesnt look like much to shoot/do, and to be honest my first impression wasnt that good either. However understanding the rules and getting to the mini wizard modes ... that's the real magic right there. I assure you if the machine is running the latest code and you get to Into The Fire your attitude will change. Ill also assume you havent likely killed Smaug either.
Go play it again. Simply put, hit all 4 beasts whenever they pop up and start beast frenzy. start smaug mb, shooting the right ramp during smaug mb will.also start a regular mode and if you keep it going long enough you'll complete not just the one required mode, but also very likely you'll start feast frenzy as well. When that ends focus on shooting the orbit. Reach erebor. Start ITF by shooting a flashing hole.

#82 45 days ago
Quoted from Palmer:

Yes there are a couple of easy multi balls, one of which is Smaug.

Clarifying ... Smaug MB is easy to start but far from being easy to actually beat.

#90 45 days ago
Quoted from Palmer:

Yea that was kind of my point when I followed that up with, Have you ever beaten Smaug? I like the fact that it is easy to start. It gives novices something to shoot for.

I've owned TH for 3ish months now. Beaten Smaug 12 times.

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