Finally fixed my Twilight Zone so I’ve been playing a lot of four player games against myself. I started with 3 balls in the gumball machine, and eventually switched to 2 because I know that’s what is often used in tournaments.
But I found the strategy changed a lot, and I don’t enjoy it as much. For reference, in tournament mode, it only takes 3 total shots to light your first two Gumball awards (in any order: left ramp, right ramp, scoop (first lit Slot Machine awards “Lite Gumball”). This makes it relatively easy for everyone to go for the Powerball on Ball 1.
However, if you have 3 balls in the gumball machine, you are now playing chicken with your opponents on getting a third lit Gumball award, which takes at least 3 more shots, and forces you to play your standard multiball (and probably take one extra shot getting there to raise the jackpot value).
I do understand why tournaments use 2 balls in the gumball machine…but I’m having more fun with 3. (However, since I’m just playing against myself for no stakes, I suppose that makes it less far less painful to stack three lit gumballs, hit your first two, brick the third, giving it to your opponent and then being far away by the time it gets back to you).
Is 2 balls in the gumball machine really the bees knees, or just something that we do because we like to overthink things?
I’ve been thinking crazy thoughts: intentionally disable the Powerball sensor in the trough. You know how it sucks when you drop the Powerball, and essentially give a freebie to one of your opponents? Well, now they wouldn’t be able to cash in a free multiball without first putting Powerball into the Piano or the Camera. Thoughts? Is there some downside I’m not thinking of that would cause the game to end up in a confused state?