Abra Ca Dabra (Gottlieb, 1975)

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Quickie Version

 Finish sets of four numbers and all ten drop targets as many times as possible, hitting the center standup target to reset the drop targets when completed.
 
 Go-To Flipper: Balanced.


Full Detail

Skill shot: whichever number you don’t already have. Try for something other than the 4 on ball one, since you can always soft plunge for the 4 later if needed. On a few Abras, a plunge into the 1 or 4 lane will occasionally drain down the middle; if yours does that, go for the 2 or 3 instead.


You want to do two things here: hit the lit targets and try to get the ball to go through all four numbered lanes, either at the top or near the flippers at the bottom. The “bonus value,” shown in the bottom center of the playfield, is what hitting a lit target is worth - - 1K to 5K - - vs. 500 for unlit targets. Switch hits change the lit target, so it will eventually cycle to light each of them in turn.


Finishing 1-2-3-4 instantly scores the bonus value and raises it to the next level until it maxes out at 5000. So, like some other EM games, scoring certain lanes or lane sets first make [some] targets worth more. The other way to raise the bonus value is to knock down all of the drop targets on both sides, then shoot the center standup target.


It IS possible to shoot the ball up the 1 and 4 lanes directly, but you’ll find that you can also go up the 2 and 3 lanes! This can happen when you have knocked down the center couple of drop targets on either side and then shoot the ball that way again: it can hit the rubber behind where the targets were and rebound towards and up the 2 or 3 lane off the curved center divider.


If you are close to completing all of the drop targets, go ahead and shoot the remaining few, even if none of the remaining ones are lit, to raise the bonus value and reset the bank so that at least one target standing on each side will be lit.


Numbers carry over from ball to ball, so finish the set a.s.a.p. Shoot up the 1 and 4 directly if you can, and bank shot the ball off the drops up the 2 or 3 if you can.


Good tournament game, rewarding precision drop target shooting.



This page is one of many in the The Players Guide to Classic Pinball by written by Bob Matthews