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    The Best Zaccaria Pins

    What are your top 5 Zacc pins? I just bought Gold, so I'm exploring many of these for the first time.

    I love drop targets, so I'd also like to hear which are the best in that department too?

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    If you're limiting to 5...
    Mine ATM would be

    1 Shooting the rapids
    2 Space Shuttle
    3 Star God
    4 Pinball Champ 82

    And struggling to decide between, Fire Mountain, Magic Castle, and Aerobatics for position 5.

    I keep constantly finding new appeal in different tables though.
    Only ones I can't take to are Stars Phoenix, and Zankor.

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    I'm in the same boat and just kind of gleefully jumping around the tables so far. I did notice that Strike has a classic layout of a big bank of drop targets right across the middle of the playfield, reminds me a lot of the layout of Gottlieb's "Jacks Open," a fave of mine in VP (more elaborate scoring in that one though I think).

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    For that I think anything older than 1980. These old tables are so addictive. I kinda group these tables for the feeling of them.

    Shooting the Rapids, Fire Mountain, Winter Sports => they're not unique but classic, you'll always get feeling like home of pinball
    Star God, Future World => twisted interesting series. Nice.
    House of Diamonds, Strike, Aerobatics, Circus, Comat => I group these when I want to feel like old.
    Hot Wheels => very unique table, with new physics it's now much more enjoyable
    Space Shuttle => when you're agressive

    Mystic star = Is this really from 1986? I would categorize this table to House of Diamond group. I love this table.

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    This is too hard but I give it a shot:

    Space Shuttle
    Pinball Champ
    Aerobatics
    Farfalla
    Spooky

    But I love Combat and Circus and Future World and.. too hard.
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    Shooting the Rapids
    Future World
    Circus
    Black Belt
    Strike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Rubik View Post
    Only ones I can't take to are Stars Phoenix, and Zankor.
    There will come a time when you get really curious what Zacc multiball would be like. And you will realize Stars Phoniex holds that answer. Know it is a brutal table goal to complete. And yet you will find your self drawn back to it, cause it's worth it.

    Zankor to me is the only weak table. But I still play it for the music drops.

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    I like the building spinner value with each drop target bank complete in 'Shooting the rapids', and the art is just beautiful, hence why my current fav.

    But a lot of these tables have really great careful thought out design behind them, example Mexico 86, can't cradle easily on the right due to slingshot design, so shots to the mini field are harder. Just 1 example, but I think the design behind the tables is great, and the sim really shows this off to it's best.

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    I find Zankor oddly compelling. It is such a bundle of quirky layout choices. ^_^

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    All listed are good but for whatever reason, Robot would def be in my top 5 but does not seem to feel the love of the community

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    Quote Originally Posted by The loafer View Post
    All listed are good but for whatever reason, Robot would def be in my top 5 but does not seem to feel the love of the community
    I love Robot and I frequently return to this table. But to raise the robots is a pain!
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    My boss' favorites:

    1. Pinball Champ '82
    2. Combat
    3. Time Machine
    4. Locomotion
    5. Devil Riders

    These pinball machines were available in Hungary around 1985 and played with them a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The loafer View Post
    All listed are good but for whatever reason, Robot would def be in my top 5 but does not seem to feel the love of the community
    Robot is great! Definitely one of my favorites.

    The first time I got the robot bridge and raised the robots was crazy. I had no idea they were there.

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    I don't know if it's the new physics but hitting the bridge is perfect now. IE: I still get missed shots but I hit the bridge typically once a game and in the last game I played, 3x in one ball! I find hitting the bridge in Spooky to be much more difficult (not a complaint!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by The loafer View Post
    I don't know if it's the new physics but hitting the bridge is perfect now. IE: I still get missed shots but I hit the bridge typically once a game and in the last game I played, 3x in one ball!)
    The new physics are great. I never realized till yesterday that you could reactivate the bridge while you still have robots up. so it actually becomes more important that you shoot all the robots down before reactivating the bridge. The bridge shot was so hard in previous builds I'd never experienced that.

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    Farfalla (drop target heaven).

    Magic castle and Pinball champ (for me, these were the only tables I was able to play with some sort of control prior to the last several updates).

    Devil riders (addicting... Fun and unique).

    Strike and shooting the Rapids (yes, went over 5. It's the drop targets, man - I can relate. Would kill to have Royal Flush on TPA).

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    Top 5? Haha! Guess I'm a Gen 1 fanatic. My top 10 looks like this, in chronological order:

    Strike
    Future World
    Hot Wheels
    Shooting The Rapids
    Fire Mountain
    Star God
    Space Shuttle
    Earth Wind Fire
    Locomotion
    Mystic Star

    Drop target heaven! My favorites are Star God, Future World & Hot Wheels. Space Shuttle is the most challenging. Rising star early table coming on strong is House Of Diamonds - the more I play the more I like it. I also like all the EMs and other early tables, no complaints there.

    Gen 2 is a bit more hot & cold. Favorites are Blackbelt, Robot, Pinball Champ '82. Time Machine, Clown & Pool Champion also very good. Farfalla is the most challenging. Magic Castle is the easiest. Mexico '86 is cool, I like it better than Soccer Kings. Spooky is a table I really liked at first but with repeated play comes the feeling that it's a little on the empty side, not terribly much to interact with. Still I like the art, the theme and the spooky owl. Devil Riders loses points for speech I don't enjoy.

    Least favorite table is Zankor. About all it has going for it is weirdness. Table layout is chaotic and messy, and the ramp is pretty much wasted on launching the ball. Sound scheme is vexing. Star's Phoenix is the other table I don't really like much, for pretty much the same reasons. Also the theme confuses me - is it about bowling or gambling, or both? Was this an Italian TV game show and that's why I don't get it? The art doesn't really grab me either.

    I hope I haven't forgotten anyone, it would be easy with so many great tables to like.
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    Here are my favorite 6. I just couldn't seem to eliminate one of these to make it five. Ten would have been much easier.

    Shooting The Rapids
    Strike (my fave when I'm into hitting some drops)
    Combat
    Magic Castle
    Pinball Champ 82
    Farfalla
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kolchak357 View Post
    Here are my favorite 6. I just couldn't seem to eliminate one of these to make it five. Ten would have been much easier.

    Shooting The Rapids
    Strike (my fave when I'm into hitting some drops)
    Combat
    Magic Castle
    Pinball Champ 82
    Farfalla
    ____
    Great lists y'all 😉😁. Zacarria really knew pinball well eh.

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    Really like all of them especially the EMs, plus Strike, Shooting the Rapids. Don't like Stars Phoenix either, but not complaining.


    Quote Originally Posted by Zsolt View Post
    My boss' favorites:

    1. Pinball Champ '82
    2. Combat
    3. Time Machine
    4. Locomotion
    5. Devil Riders

    These pinball machines were available in Hungary around 1985 and played with them a lot.
    Good news the boss loves Pinball as we are likely to see some more .

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    This would have been easier for me to answer before the physics change. I'm now re-evaluating my favorite tables and settings. In a lot of ways, it's a completely different game now. I will say that Combat has proven to be a front runner. I've never been too thrilled with Pinball Champ '82, and I like it less now. I'll need to run through all the tables a few more times before I can commit.

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    what he said

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    The main programmer's favorite tables:
    1. Time Machine
    2. Devil Riders
    3. Blackbelt
    4. Clown
    5. Star's Phoenix

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    Nice to see some love for Devil Riders. It's one of my favorites so far.

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    I'm not familiar with flippers in the outlanes. I'm diggin' it. Here's what's funny. I know nothing of these tables at all, and if they were just tables that never existed IRL, I'd just be ignoring them. But because these are real tables, I'm eating them up. Wutupwitdat?

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