I guess it just didn't grab me? It certainly has not held my attention. Game plays fine, but I think it's the theme more than anything. To be honest, I am also not a fan of Attack From Mars, so maybe this was a silly get. But I at least knew it was popular so would be easy to trade along if it didn't grab me.
I plan on fixing it up in all of the ways I am capable and trading it off. And yes, I already have people with dibs on it. :)
The first thing that needed to be fixed was the monitor alignment. It was waaaay out of wack. Luckily, it was easily addressed via this panel behind the marquee:
A big thing effecting gameplay was that the right orbit shot wasn't registering. There are two switches, one visible here, and one further up, blocked from view by the ramp:
At first I thought it was just the bottom one since it barely registered, but after replacing the switch there I found the top one was also not registering. Good thing I had ordered 2 new switches! With both replaced, the bottom was still a bit antsy, and required bending the switch wire up a bit to be reliably hit.
After that, right orbit was being hit A-Ok. With any one shot not registering in this game, it is a supreme annoyance.
Another annoyance? The sheer difficulty of hitting the orbits and ramps! I found the flipper alignment a bit concave. This seems to be how the game was designed, but bah! I felt it stupid. I adjust the flippers to the traditional settings of being aligned with the inner guide rails. Now the shots are a bit better.
|you can actually see the flipper dots peaking above each flipper. Tough, I like it like this.|
One major thing left to do is get in to the back and try and adjust the focus of the monitor. Some of the tiny text is a bit blurry, so here is to hoping that can just be adjusted!
Worst case scenario? Monitor capacitor replacements. Either way, I will need some help.
Oh and one time opening it I busted one of the couplers for the martian spaceship mod. I have another one of those on order to replace the busted one. It's a great effect, gotta get it boomin'.