Alien Poker (Williams, 1980)

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Quickie Version

 Up Top to complete the King lanes 3 times so your multiplier is at 4X, then get the center drop targets IN ORDER right to left 10-J-Q-K-A.  Repeat.
 
 Go-To Flipper:  Left.


Full Detail

Completing the center target bank “Royal Flushes” for 400K is the top goal. The strategy is UTAD until you have completed three sets of King lanes; each set advances your royal flush multiplier by one to a max of 4X. You also get a king spotted for balls through the left return lane, so watch for that; if you’re one king away and get a return lane, you don’t need to one-time the ball back up top from the left if that’s your 4X or you’re willing to finish with wherever that puts you, you can take the center target shot instead.


The maximum base royal flush value is 100K; the value you’ll get for completing it goes up or down as you hit the card targets in or out of order. Hit them 10-J-Q-K-A and you get the 100K times your multiplier. Targets hit in order stay down, ones out of order pop back up, so for instance if you go 10-J-K, after the 10 shot only JQKA are standing, after the J shot only QKA, but after hitting the K out of sequence, the K comes back.


Don’t ignore your end of ball bonus! You can get up to 390K in bonus if you max out your base bonus at 78K [40K+20K+18K, see playfield lights] and your bonus multiplier at 5X. Base bonus builds 1K for any king lane, 3K for either side saucer shot. Bonus X builds by hitting a lit “Joker” standup target. The lower three Jokers are all easy shots, and the upper one will often be hit by balls bouncing around in the bumpers. Only one is lit at a time, though, so don’t bother shooting at a Joker unless it’s lit.



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