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Tournament Rule Strategies

By lpeters82

1 year ago

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    #1 1 year ago

    In tournaments how do players remember the rules to so many games? I have trouble memorizing the few dozen games I come across, let alone hundreds of games that can be chosen in larger tournaments. I know there are Papa Videos, but are there any other sites that have quick summary of the best strategies? I find PinTips to be pretty good, but some of the information seems to be either dated or wrong. Also, for many games they will list hidden features, but miss the basics, which I'd like to include, expecially for some more obscure games. Below is an example I'm putting together for Shaq Attaq. I want something that I can glance at for a quick reminder of my objective(s). Mine might be customized for my mediocre skill level. Any resources for where to find this information for other titles?

    Shaq Attaq

    • Shoot SHAQUILLE targets on the far right of the upper playfield or by selecting “Advance SHAQUILLE” from the Tip-Off (left VUK). Once spelled, select Slammin’ Jammin’ from the Tip-Off.
    • Qualify events by shooting the HORSE (Yellow), MVP (Purple), Basketballs (Orange), and Clocks (Red). Modes can be stacked so it’s sometimes best wait until multiple are qualified before shooting the right ramp to start. However, MVP (Center Drop Target) and HORSE (Veri-Target) are timed events were there corresponding target is lucrative.
    • Shoot the Basket then right ramp to start Multiball.
    • Game Balls can be spent as follows: 1 = 10 M, 2 or 3 = Hurry-Up Extra Ball, 4 or 5 = Multiball, 6 or 7 = Extra Ball, 8 or 9 = Shaq Attaq, 10 through 13 = Slammin’ Jammin’

    #2 1 year ago

    One of the local guys makes and posts reference sheets on all the games in the local bank.

    He made a breakdown list with links and posted it in the Facebook page on the league. Keeps it updated too.

    The sharing of info is cool.

    #3 1 year ago tries to handle this in general, although I feel like it doesn't go quite deep enough to be really useful.

    #4 1 year ago
    Quoted from zacaj: tries to handle this in general, although I feel like it doesn't go quite deep enough to be really useful.

    Yeah, for the games I've been typing up I've used a combination of PinTips along with reviewing the rules on Just wondering if I was repeating work that's already out there.

    1 week later
    #6 12 months ago

    Pintips, video tutorials, rulesets on tilt forums etc. Also before tournaments I check what machines are included at the tournament or at the location and try to find a virtual pinball version to download and play on my laptop, and practice it and executing the strategies and observing what scores and not and so on. Obviously makes it much much easier to remember machine rules and strategies.

    #7 12 months ago

    If I play a multiplayer game on a machine, I remember the basic (shoot this) rules forever. It gets more complex for games like GOT or TZ because the feeds and bounces are just as important as knowing of the game.

    It honestly sounds like you don't really play that much. When you see players walk up to ANY game and just know how to play it and put up a huge score on it, they have likely played it before... Possibly hundreds or thousands of times.

    For years, I figured that you will automatically score more points if you just know the rules. That is generally true, but it's not the only important factor when trying to play better pinball. PinTips is really meant to be Cliffnotes... most of them focus on listing the EXPLOITABLE shots and most valuable shots in a game, especially for EMs and, most of them list some good tips.

    But, for the ones that are NOT, there are quite a few reasons.

    For a LOT of older EM machines, there simply is no great strategy to get lots of points quickly so, the Pintips tend to shift to a "make these easier shots to keep you ball alive, those shots are not risky" strategy.

    5 months later
    #8 7 months ago
    Quoted from lpeters82:

    .... is an example I'm putting together for Shaq Attaq.

    I’m going to politely disagree with this approach to Shaq Attaq.

    - SHAQUILLE aid tediously difficult to spell considering that the target is at a sharp right angle from the upper flipper - a difficult shot to get, let alone repeat.

    - the loops for game balls love to feed down the drain. Especially that left loop with the quite lucrative spinner.

    Personally, I would....

    1. Shoot the basket. Light multiball. Go for jackpots. A Super Jackpot will make your day.

    2. Try to collect mode/event lights while you have balls flailing about.

    3. Repeat until Finals are lit.

    4. Finals isn’t that lucrative unless you have a lot of Game Balls. Good luck.

    5. Watch the left orbit (spinner) exiting on the right. The spinner is money, but that exit is death.

    6. The drops and the three stand ups at the top are rarely hit on purpose. Hard to see, basket in the way, little flippers and a spinning disc. Hit if you can, because they’re important, but watch the ball exiting anywhere other than the left plunger (tip off/horse) or between the little flippers (5) - also a plunger. Those will feed to the flippers via the wireforms. If it comes down either left or right, get ready to slap save.

    7. The target to the left of the ramp is deadly, but if Dribble is blinking, it’s worth a lot.

    8. Break the basket (lit by right inland), that builds. It’s a vari-target so the harder the shot, the more it is worth.

    9. Shoot the basket. Light multiball. Go for jackpots. A Super Jackpot will make your day.

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