One of my favorite public places to go around Los Angeles is AYCE Gogi, and part of that is because they have a (currently) complete collection of machines from Spooky Pinball: America’s Most Haunted, Rob Zombie, and now they even have a Domino’s. They also have a Batman '66, and my most recent visit made me realize something: I can pick up the rules reasonably quickly with tables from Stern and Jersey Jack, but I am often at a total brick wall when I’m at a Spooky machine. I realized this when I was picking up how to play Batman '66 to where I knew what to shoot for most of the time, and this was only my second time at the machine (the first being at INDISC).
And yet, I’ve been visiting AYCE every now and then playing on their America’s Most Haunted and Rob Zombie, and now that another one’s popped up at Pasadena’s Club 1609, I’ve been playing those a bunch to try to learn them, but I know more about how to play Batman '66 after maybe 5 or 6 games total than I have after 30 or 40 games each of those first two Spooky machines.
For Batman '66, I learned how the skill shot works, how to start a villain mode, and what to do in all four of them to complete them. I learned how to start a multiball and what to shoot for in that multiball, what the “GADGET” targets do, and starting episodes. This is after two sessions.
For America’s Most Haunted, I learned the skill shot, how to start the doctor ghost mode, how to start the bar ghost mode, how to lock a ball in the Hellevator, and how to get the random award, but nothing else. For Rob Zombie, I learned the skill shot (but I’ve never done the complete one), how to start a mode (but not what to do in any of them), and where to lock a ball (but not how to get the locks lit). For Domino’s, I learned the skill shot and how to light the lock, and how to lock a ball (but I have no clue what that “+3 career” thing means when I shoot the scoop).
So that leads me to my question: How can I learn the rules for other manufacturers reasonably well, but it’s so slow for me for Spooky? Does this happen with other people? (And are there any rule guides to any of Spooky’s machines anywhere I can read?)