Quoted from bgwilly31:
Damn fucker has already posted that score. Ive studied that rule sheet pdf for about 30 minutes now. It seems so damn confusing. So much to remember. What each mode does. Then when to hit what certain ramp. Im struggling to find a strat that seems best to start out at. Like start a dead mode first then while thats going do you try to get multi ball or try to hit the ramps for the mode your in before the time runs out on the mode. Then in the intensity of the game. trying to remember all this stuff. Maybe i just need more play time. Currently i havent memorized what a single mode does.
Yesterday i played for a quick half hour. Got to BB for only my 3rd time. on my 2nd ball. Had a prison multi and a well multi before that. Kept the balls up for a decent amount of time. But 2nd ball ended and i check the score and only 67 mill. I was like WTF> I did all that and only 67 mill. Ended that whole whole game with a pathetic 78mill. Frustrating and fun all at the same time. Its going to take a hell of a game to beat his 700 and something mil. Ive had multiple 175mill games and only one 327mill game. Hes the same way. He has 1 200+ mill game then his 700 mill+ game. Lucky as hell.
first of all, 78 is not pathetic considering you are brand new.
second, it takes most humans a LOT of practice to get good at stuff and pinball is no different. For most of us that try to be semi-good, you wouldn't recognize our game play in year one vs year three. the things I can do now used to be downright mystifying to me, now they aren't that big a deal.
third, yes there's luck involved but not a ton, typically very small amount (depending on magnets, Gravity, etc)
fourth, TWD, due to its multipliers and stacking is prone to fluke games that are extraordinary. with factory settings and a fairly tight tilt I can get 80-120 all day, 300 probably one out of every five games, but I've only cracked 800 once, Horde probably one out of ten. That's pinball (for most casual players). if you keep playing and learn to stick with shots your good at the Law of averages is in your favor. I'm not as good at Arena as I should be so I avoid it typically when starting a mode.
lastly, regarding rules, start simple, know that the drops are debatably the most important part of the game. almost always you want to slow ball down onto right flipper then hit the drops until dead features are lit. now when dead features are lit, take a step back, trap the ball and look around, have you progressed toward WW? do you have the prison doors open? should you try to time a hit on the drops to work towards BB? it all depends on shots you've hit so far and varies- but keep it simple and go for the drops. never just flail without a purpose, that's how you increases probability of a low score.