Quoted from Tlamb:
Play Hobbit for the first time at PATZ. It was fun but I didnt understand the purpose of the upper flipper. Did seem to really have a shot to hit with it. Cool game though. GLWS
The upper flipper has a few key shots during the game. One is that if the ball exits the barrel pop bumpers to the right orbit, when the ball comes down, if you hit the captive ball right away with the upper flipper you get some good points and qualifies a ball save in the outlane that is stackable. Another key shot is to kill Smaug during the Smaug multi-ball - once you beat the main multiball mode, you load up the windlance (left outlane via a ramp shot) which will shoot the ball to the upper flipper, then you have to hit one dwarf target between two standup targets (the missing scale) within a couple of seconds. There's a few other modes where it comes in handy too.
Still in honeymoon stage with it and still learning modes (getting further into them) 7 months later. A good home pin.