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mushroomer

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Hi everyone,

Id like to start a thread where we can share all our strategies for the 4 tables. Maybe someone from NL can beat those scores posted by others that are insane if we put our heads together.. I just dont understand how to get those super high scores. First off, if you want to post, lets start by posting our own highscores to get an idea of where we stand. also the badges we've unlocked Below are mine
El Dorado : 30,135,005 badge 2
Earth Defense : 69,962,049 badge 1,2,3
Shaman : 22,783,480 badge 1,3
Excalibur : 81,882,000 badge 1

Well since El Dorado is fresh in my mind, ill post some things ive figured out.. although 30million is rather low.. When i launch the ball, i usually pull back all the way, and throw the ball into the entry hidden behind the left flipper for an instant points. then, the ball is released right by the top left flipper and i try to hit it up to the left hidden entryway for some sort of points or beginning to a quest.

Also, the left ramp increments rather fast. from 10,000 to 200,000 all the way to 500,000 so, i try to do this a few times within the life of that ball

i once got 5million for finishing a quest. i think its the one where it involves a rope, time limit and spinning the spinner on the left side to extend the rope..

if anyone knows all the quests and bonus points allotted please post. id like to really figure out el dorado and understand the best quickest way to get points..

also if anyone understands how to innitiate specific quests.. that would be very helpful.. like that glass plane floating above with dots and holes. ive done it a few times and only won it once equalling big points from what i remember.. its just i haven't a clue how it gets innitiated.. any input would be appreciated.

Ill keep on posting here and if you could to that'd be great

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grumblegrumble

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Thanks for your insight! I'm so sad no one has posted here on your message yet! This is a wonderful game and I would def love to hear other people's strategies to play this game and rack up more points. My favorite table is ElDorado so thank u for sharing (:

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Sonomin

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My strategy is to not lose.. lol :-D

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BenAV

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I haven't played Excalibur or Earth Defence much but my scores in El Dorado and Shaman are between 100-200 million.

For El Dorado, I find the most important thing is to always spell out JADE frequently to keep the Ball Saver active as much as you can, then you don't have to worry about losing your ball. Besides that I don't have too much strategy that I can remember besides trying to complete the missions whenever I get them for big points, and if I go for long enough I tend to get the occasional extra ball but I'm not exactly sure how that's done.

For Shaman, I score MAGIC a couple of times as early as possible to stop the ball going down the sides, then the only way you can lose is if the ball gets past your flippers. Then I mainly just get a lot of combos which can add up pretty quickly. I don't tend to aim for it intentionally often, but every now and then I'll hit down the flap thing behind the yellow spiral and when I do, I try to get all three spirals spinning at once by shooting the ball in all three holes, and then after that I try to quickly shoot the ball past the yellow spiral three more times for a quick 6M (or more if you can get it in 1-2 more times) and more importantly an extra ball. Eventually if one ball is lasting ages I tend to spell out ELEMENT, choose an element and then shoot the ball into the holes up the top of the table four times to spell CAST and cast an element. I haven't really had too much experience with the elements though.

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Moorpheel

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My strategy is keeping the ball on the board at all times.
Until I get a multiball, then it becomes "press R and L like mad".

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Spoony_Tech

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What ever you want to know just ask. All my scores are in the top ten world wide. I'm working on a billion points on Excalibur. Had one ball earlier today go for over 188 million then only 18 million with the next three. Yes I got an extra ball.

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Moorpheel

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Whoa I hardly ever go over a few millions with all three balls.

Any tips on how to aim the ball? I have woken up the barking demon from Exalibur several times but I simply can't get the ball to hit him (until he goes away, then I become perfectly capable to send the ball in that direction)

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BenAV wrote:

I haven't played Excalibur or Earth Defence much but my scores in El Dorado and Shaman are between 100-200 million.

For El Dorado, I find the most important thing is to always spell out JADE frequently to keep the Ball Saver active as much as you can, then you don't have to worry about losing your ball. Besides that I don't have too much strategy that I can remember besides trying to complete the missions whenever I get them for big points, and if I go for long enough I tend to get the occasional extra ball but I'm not exactly sure how that's done.

For Shaman, I score MAGIC a couple of times as early as possible to stop the ball going down the sides, then the only way you can lose is if the ball gets past your flippers. Then I mainly just get a lot of combos which can add up pretty quickly. I don't tend to aim for it intentionally often, but every now and then I'll hit down the flap thing behind the yellow spiral and when I do, I try to get all three spirals spinning at once by shooting the ball in all three holes, and then after that I try to quickly shoot the ball past the yellow spiral three more times for a quick 6M (or more if you can get it in 1-2 more times) and more importantly an extra ball. Eventually if one ball is lasting ages I tend to spell out ELEMENT, choose an element and then shoot the ball into the holes up the top of the table four times to spell CAST and cast an element. I haven't really had too much experience with the elements though.

Thank you for the info! Helps me a lot!!

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Mk_II

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Shaman table tip: another way to score big points is to keep spelling out the "Volcano" letters by shooting the ball in the upper right ramp. Use your flippers to switch the lit / unlit letters ! Once you've spelled Volcano, you get a bonus score. This starts off at 200K and increases every time to 500K, 700K, 1M, 1.5M, 2M and finally 2.5 Million where it will remain while the ball is in play. Once you get the hang of it, this is a pretty easy way to score points

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You can get 2 million on El Dorado at the start of the match. I'm not good at explaining things, but here goes...

When you launch the ball behind the upper left flipper where you get 100,000 points, when the ball comes out of the tunnel above that flipper you have to time it just right to push the ball over to the upper right underneath the rails and you'll either score, 10,000, 50,000, 250,000, 500,000 or 2 million. I've got it a few times before but it can be quite tricky to get.

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Shaman : Quick Multi-Ball... once you've locked one or two balls, hit both drum targets (the 1.100 points targets in the lower playfield) in quick succession to trigger Quick Multi-Ball mode. The ball(s) you have locked will be released. Note: it is actually much easier to get an Extra Ball in multi-ball mode because with more balls you get more shots before the timer runs out.

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