What does it take to be a pinball Wizard?

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  • 5 months ago
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    To be considered a "Pinball Wizard", you'll effectively have to master multiple pinball tables.

    Modern tables (released 1989 or later) that have multiple modes will have a "Wizard Mode", which is effectively the "Final Boss" of the table. The exact name of this mode will vary based on the table.

    Tables released prior to 1989 will not have a "Wizard Mode", but will have some type of objective that's real difficult to achieve. While it's a digital recreation of IRL tables, the Pinball Hall of Fame series (Various Consoles) & Pinball Arcade (Various Consoles, Mobile & PC) provided 5 Standard challenges per table for players to complete in order to unlock the harder, Wizard challenges. Complete all challenges can be consider good benchmark for being a wizard on that particular table.

    Others may just do something as simple (but still outrageously challenging) as performing a scoreboard rollover (score so many points that it rolls back to 0). Another reasonable measure is to just run a table by playing multiple games from just one credit (typically by hitting replay scores & earning specials), which will inevitably annoy arcade owners (as you're wrecking the machine's profit margin)... but definitely prove your skills.

    In short, if you can run the table's various game modes & get a high score, you're in contention.

    Please be aware that if you want to be taken seriously (or effectively earn the title of "Pinball Wizard"), you'll have to get into the tournament scene & place well. The Professional & Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA -- http://www.papa.org ) & the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA -- http://www.ifpapinball.com ) are good resources to refine your skills & find tournaments to prove your skills.

    It's going to be a long, uphill battle to reach that level... but it's something to aspire to.

    Hope this sheds light on the subject.

  • 5 months ago

    I hers that being blind, deaf and mute doesn't hurt.

    • Barney Google
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      5 months agoReport

      Okay, and that is what it is. Ever see the movie? Or the full-cast and staged rock opera!
      Thanks for the answer.

  • Dv8s
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    5 months ago

    A pinball game and hours, upon hours of time.

    • Dv8s
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      5 months agoReport

      Deviates, yes, and yes I do. Thank you, for the lovely compliment, Barney Google, I made it in microsoft paint.

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