Version 0.99 - 2 March 2003
Author: David Gersic
Updates by: "supercat"
Disclaimer: Austin Powers is copyrighted and trademarked by somebody.
As always, starting at the bottom and working clockwise.
As with many recent games, Austin Powers is a mode based game. Complete the major shots a number of times to start a mode related to that shot.
One of the most interesting features of the Austin Powers pinball machine is that each of the six main modes has a definite successful completion. During normal play, you may look at the lights for a mode to identify one of three states:
Mode has never been started. The red light for the mode will be dark while the lights below will indicate one of the following patterns [bottom to top]
|Flash||Off||Off||Off||4 hits will start mode|
|ON||Flash||Off||Off||3 hits will start mode|
|ON||ON||Flash||Off||2 hits will start mode|
|ON||ON||ON||Flash||next hit will start mode|
Mode has been started but not completed (i.e. 'failed'). The red light at the top will be lit, but the lights below will be as per -1-.
Mode has been completed. All five lights are lit solidly. Making the shot will award a "GROOVY" sound and graphic and award 1M, but have no other useful effect.
Completion criteria for each mode:
Except for the multi-ball modes (Fat Bastard and Time Machine), making all the required shots will cause a mode to exit immediately. In the multi-ball modes, you may keep going after making all the shots as long as you keep more than one ball in play. If you've made all the shots, however, the mode will become unavailable as soon as you lose multi-ball. Note, btw, that if Time Machine is no longer available, shots to the Time Machine become dangerous since the ball-saver associated with them will no longer be in effect.
Starting the fourth mode will light extra ball. Starting the sixth mode will enable Virtucon multi-ball. I've not figured out the exact rules of this mode, but it's a multi-ball mode with a very generous (over a minute?) ball-save timer. Each of six shots will score a 'jackpot' the first time you hit it, and hitting all six will reset the targets so they may be shot again. As a big incentive for completing modes, however, any mode that you've completed may be shot any number of times for a double jackpot. So if you've completed all six shots during the Time Machine multi-ball you can simply start bashing away at the Time Machine during Virtucon multi-ball for lots of points.
Each shot in Virtucon multiball will start with the red light lit; the shots for completed modes will also have the remaining lights flashing. Making a shot will turn off the red light but if the other lights were flashing they will remain so (you need to make all six shots to re-enable shots for non- completed modes, so having the red light turn off lets you know you've made the shot even though, as indicated by the other flashing lights, you may still shoot it again for Super Jackpot.
Based on the backglass display, I believe that completing all six modes will enable Moon-base multiball. I have not managed to do that, however.
The game features a not-terribly-useful "MOJO" multi-ball. After spelling MOJO in the left-side targets (or having the multi-ball enabled via Mystery), the game starts a two-ball multi-ball in which the goal is to bash Dr. Evil ten times. Once this is done, Dr. Evil drops down and the six main shots become available. Hitting Time Machine awards Super Jackpot and caused Dr. Evil to pop up until you hit him ten more times, etc. Dr. Evil is worth 1M, then 1.1M, etc. so bashing him enough times can start to get a little bit lucrative, though not a whole lot (30 bashes yield 45 million).
A few notes on scoring: watching the display won't tell you where many of the points in the game come from. The skill shot is worth 6M plus, and each extra bonus X earned in the top lanes is 1M. More significantly, starting any mode for the first time yields about 10M, and completing any mode yields about 15M. A successful laser shot, for example, shows up on the backglass as being worth 3M, but is in fact worth closer to 30M.
The machine does seem to have some annoying quirks sometimes. It is very odd in when it registers Mini-Me and Time-Machine (or, all too often, doesn't). The left ramp sometimes fails to award an "H" letter since the ball sometimes skips over the switch. Hitting Time Machine during MOJO multi-ball shortly after the machine registers loss of a ball will sometimes award Super Jackpot and cause Dr. Evil to pop up again and stay up during normal play (poses a bit of an obstacle).
Mode interactions are rather interesting. During multi-ball, no other modes are ever allowed, but otherwise many modes may overlap.
Starting Mini-Me or Sub-Drill just before Fat Bastard can be very lucrative, since you have lots of time and four balls with which to repeatedly bash the shots that need repeated hits.
The game includes two ball-savers in addition to the very long ball-savers on multi-ball. If the ball drains immediately after SCORING the time-machine (it must be an eligible target) during single-ball play, the machine will try once to relaunch it (if the relaunch attempt fails, you lose). Also, if you start the SHAG Hurryup with an outlane during single-ball play you'll get the ball back. Note that for that to work the system must recognize that you are in single-ball play. Being in two-ball play and having both balls go down opposite outlanes simultaneously starting the hurry-up does not qualify.
Since the "Shoot again" light stops blinking well before the end of the multi-ball ball-saver, I have found the best way to judge the expiration of the ball-save is to listen to the music. The music has an ABAC pattern, and the multi-save ends around the start of the C [for Time Machine, it's the ominous slow notes; don't know how best to describe other modes].
As for the other two ball-savers, if the ball drains immediately after SCORING the time-machine during single-ball play, the machine will try once to relaunch it (if the relaunch attempt fails, you lose). Also, if you start the SHAG Hurryup with an outlane during single-ball play you'll get the ball back. Note that for that to work the system must recognize that you are in single-ball play. Being in two-ball play and having both balls go down opposite outlanes simultaneously starting the hurry-up does not qualify.
Very bright and colourful artwork. As expected, it's 1960s cartoony with flowers, psychedelic swirls and Brittish flags. If you're in to the theme, you'll probably find lots of cool things to look at.
For some reason, there is a small plastic cat screwed to the inside of the cabinet, near the upper right hand corner of the playfield. It's too small to be easily seen by the player and serves no obvious purpose. The next version of the hidden cow maybe?
Lots of theme-specific comments, voice quotes, and such. A few random "beep" noises for the standup targets by the entrance to the Time Machine ramp. As with the artwork, if you are in to this theme, you'll find lots to like here.
I give the Stern guys high marks for theme integration on this one. Despite the fact that I don't care for the theme itself, it's well used and the various voice quotes and sounds fit well in to the game. The toys are appropriate and the Time Machine ball catcher thing is both simple and cool. The artwork is loud, but appropriate and (IMHO) attractive.
This game might be set up a tad too easy, as I only paid for my first credit, played three games, and had to leave with a credit still on it.
A few people have commented on the playfield layout so far. Maybe it's me, but it seems a lot like AFM or MM to me. The shots are pretty much the same, and in the same order, as AFM. This isn't a bad thing, as AFM was a popular game, but there's no new ground being broken in playfield design.
This rulesheet is copyright 2001 by David Gersic. It may be freely distributed, archived, modified, or deleted. Please post updates and comments to the rec.games.pinball newsgroup.
The Austin Powers theme, artwork, intelectual property, and etc. are covered by copyrights and trademarks, and the original artwork and pinball machine are covered by copyright and trademark by Stern Pinball Inc. The author makes no claims on any intelectual property rights of Universal, Mike Meyers, Stern Pinball Inc. or anybody or anything else.