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Described from the flippers, and going around the playfield clockwise.
Covering approximately 1/3 of the main playfield is the clear "Attack Zone" upper playfield.
One of the two major goals of the game is to advance and collect the Red Special. A set of 10 lamp inserts shows the player's progress toward this goal. Each Goal scored advances the lit lamp inserts. Depending on the operator settings, lighting this feature requires 6, 10, 13, or 17 Goals scored on the Upper Playfield. Depending on the operator settings, collecting the Red Special can award nothing, an Extra Ball, Replay (free game), Super Bonus, or 4,500,000 points. Progress toward lighting this feature carries over from ball to ball. When partially complete (one time around the spiral of lamp inserts), the target is lit for 500,000 points. Collecting the Red Special via hitting the standup target resets it back to its unlit state so that the player can attempt to light and collect it again.
The other main goal of the game is to advance and collect the Orange Special. A line of five lamp inserts shows the player's progress toward this goal. Depending on the operator settings, advancing the Orange Special requires completing the A-B-C Standup Target banks on the left and right sides of the playfield. The operator can configure this to require completing one bank of standups, or both banks of standups to advance toward lighting the standup target for Orange Special. Depending on the operator settings, the Orange Special can award nothing, an Extra Ball, Replay (free game), Super Bonus, or 1,000,000 points. When collected, the Orange Special resets back to its unlit state so that the player can attempt to light and collect it again. Progress toward lighting the Orange Special carries over from ball to ball, but partially completed banks of standup targets do not.
The Outlane Special is operator configurable to award 500,000 points, or to return the current ball to play. This is similar to an Extra Ball but does not count the end of ball bonus or reset the playfield.
The player starts the game with 1 Extra Kick, shown on the mini display at the front of the upper playfield. The player can earn more Extra Kicks by completing the Left Standup Target bank, the Left Drop Target bank, the Right Drop Target bank, or the Right Standup Target bank. When the player shoots the ball in to the Centre Hole at the top of the playfield, the ball is temporarily locked in an under playfield ball trough, and play shifts to the Upper Playfield. The player will be fed balls on the upper playfield, one at a time. Each ball fed decrements the Extra Kicks counter until it reaches 0, then play returns to the main playfield and the ball is launched back in to play via the centre Ball Eject kicker.
Completing the six rollover buttons in the centre of the lower playfield starts Super Scoring. This is a timed play mode during which most playfield scoring values are multiplied by 10. While Super Scoring is running, the game plays a siren sound effect, the pop bumper lamps are flashing, and several lamp inserts in the playfield are lit to let the player know that the mode is running.
A set of 11 lamp inserts in the area between the slingshots tracks the player's end of ball bonus. The bonus is scored at the end of the ball. Up to 20 bonus can be accumulated by left and right Inlanes, the left and right Standup Targets, the left and right Drop Targets, and the left and right Lanes (behind the drop targets) during game play. They are worth 1,000 points each, multiplied by the bonus multiplier (1X, 10X, 20X, 50X). The bonus multiplier is advanced by the two standup targets at the top of the playfield.
This is a timed play option. During the player's last ball, a timer will be incremented up from 10 seconds by every other switch closure. After the last ball drains, the ball will be returned to the player and the timer begins counting down. When it reaches zero, the game is over, the flippers are shut off, and the ball is allowed to drain. During the last (regular) ball, any Extra Balls the player earns will stop the clock from incrementing until all Extra Balls have been used up and the player is again on the last ball. During the timed play, the countdown clock can be stopped by lighting the Red Special, or by collecting an Extra Ball. Lighting the Red Special stops the clock until the ball drains. Collecting an Extra Ball stops the countdown clock until all Extra Balls have been used, then timed play resumes where it left off. During timed play, no End-of-Ball bonus is collected, and the Left and Right drop target banks are not reset when the ball drains. When the timer expires, the End-of-Ball Bonus is counted up normally and the game ends.
Tilting the game during normal gameplay results in a loss of the current ball with no End-of-Ball bonus. Tripping the slam tilt ends the game play.
Game play starts with the player plunging the ball up the wire habitrail, leading to the upper right corner of the playfield. The ball enters play via the top of the right lane, feeding to the upper right flipper. The player can attempt to flip the ball in to the center hole, or can allow the ball to enter the main playfield.
On the main playfield, the player has several objectives which can be attempted in any order.
First, completing sets of A-B-C standup targets advances the Orange Special, as well as adding to the player's Extra Kicks counter for eventual use on the upper playfield. What the Oranage Special awards is configurable by the operator, but the award is worth collecting whether it is a Replay, Extra Ball, or Points. I recommend having Orange Special configured to award an Extra Ball. Advancing the Extra Kicks counter does not, by itself, score any points, but it does enable the player to score more Goals on the upper playfield, which are worth points and which advances the Red Special.
Second, the player can work to complete the left and right drop target banks, which also advances the Extra Kicks counter. The drop targets are worth points as well, and light the two upper stand up targets to advance the bonus multiplier.
Third, the player can complete the six rollover buttons to start Super Scoring, making everything else on the main playfield worth more points for a period of time.
Forth, especially once the Extra Kicks counter has been incremented a few times, the player can flip the ball in to the Center Hole, moving play to the Upper Playfield where the player can attempt to score Goals. Goals are worth points, and advance the Red Special. Completing and collecting the Red Special is the most imporant, and most lucrative, goal of the game. What it awards is configurable by the operator. I recommend having Red Special configured to award x,xxx,xxx points. The number of Goals needed to light the Red Special is also operator configurable.
Advance Extra Kicks as many times as possible. Make shots to the Center Hole to get to the upper playfield whenever possible. Having multiple Extra Kicks available before reaching the upper playfield is good, but since the player always has at least one Extra Kick available, making one Goal to advance toward Red Special is good, and play on the upper playfield is safe since the ball will return in to play on the main play afterward.
The A-B-C standup targets on either side of the playfield are relatively difficult to hit and collect. But, these are worth shooting for because they advance the Orange Special and award Extra Kicks.
Somewhat less difficult are the upper drop target banks. Go for these whenever possible, to advance the Extra Kicks counter, and pick up the standup targets to advance the end of ball bonus multiplier.
Generally, the rollover buttons for Super Scoring, and the end of ball bonus will take care of themselves.