Hi Lo Ace (Bally, 1973)

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Quickie Version

  UTAD; once you’ve got all the cards, try to get the ball to come down through the lit non-special gate.
 
 Go-To Flipper:  Balanced.


Full Detail

Kind of a bass-ackwards UTAD game. Each card [lane or target] is worth 5000 the first time you hit it, then 500 thereafter. Get as many different ones as fast as you can. Once you’ve scored a card, ignore it for the rest of the game. Finishing Ace through 7 lights alternate outlanes for Special; finishing 8 through Ace lights alternate middle gate lanes for Special. When the middle gate special is lit, you want to get the NON-special gate lane for 5000. The only other ways to add meaningful points at that stage are by hitting the three risky button standup targets in the middle of the game, or getting the ball to go up the Ace lane; these are worth 5000 [vs. 500] if you’ve got 8-A. The standups aren’t worth the risk.


Note that you need to “drain wisely”: on your first ball or two, out the side to collect the Jack or 6 if you don’t have them yet. Once you have A-7 complete, out the lit non-special outlane.


So, short version: UTAD; once you’ve got all the cards, try to get the ball to come down through the lit non-special gate.


Key feeds: out of those two gates, the 7-card and the 8-card.



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