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Habo's Arcade Attack From Mars
from Mars (AFM) is by far one of the most fun pins that I've ever played.
Its no wonder that AFM ranked 3rd among pinball enthusiasts as one of their most
favorite pins and a recent
auction for one in February 2006 went for $8000. To see all top 50 pinball machines visit
The campy take on Martians and B Sci-Fi movies theme is hysterically recreated.
The goal is to save the planet from Martians battling them in France, Germany,
Italy and of course the good old US. Finally, you take one of their
saucers and conquer them on their home planet, Mars.
AFM has very bold color schemes that stands out among other pins and screams for
attention. The great back glass art features a chaotic scene with 3
larger than life
Martians, one carrying a typical damsel in distress. When
looking at the symmetrical playfield its pleasing to the eye. The first
thing you notice right away is the mother ship dead center at the top of the
playfield. Don't let the playfield fool you into thinking AFM is easy
though because as it will
kick your ass on a regular basis. The mother ship dances wildly with strobe effects to simulate
taking damage when striking the targets. 6 other
smaller flying saucers are populated around the the mother ship. 4 Martian
figures also adorn the playfield and surprisingly come to life during the "Martian
Attack". The animations on the AFM's display are some of the best and
compliment the game play flawlessly.
My favorite is the extra ball and ball lock animations. AFM has some of
the best lighting including a strobe that enhance explosions and other game
modes such as "Strobe Multi-ball". Its the first pin that I've seen with an
epilepsy warning near the apron. The music, dialog and sound are all top
notch and well done. I'm not sure if this is true but it sounds as if the
samples are less compressed then in other pins. The inviting layout is
easy to follow for beginning players oozes with flow.
The deep rule set will
have seasoned ones coming back for more to try and "Rule the Universe".
My AFM was recently
shopped out by Jay and the crew at
Funhouse Amusements with brand new 5 piece cabinet decals. The red portions on one side and front of the cabinet was nearly white
from being left in the sun.
Jay spent close to 15 hours prepping the cabinet and installing the decals
alone. I also added
Treasure Cove's back board decal. Allen Shope's decal shows
a colorful city as a back drop for the Martian saucers. What was also a
nice touch were the Martian target decals. While I was at it,
Bill Ung's awesome Mini Saucer LED Kit was
added. The kit truly adds to the pin and is professionally put
together by Bill. To take advantage of the great sound I've also installed
Pinball Pro's speaker system. This is the best sounding pin that I have to
date with deep base while not drowning out the back box speakers.
Sometimes when you shoot the Big-O-Beam, a cow is displayed and a female voice
says: "Would you look at the size of that cow?!" and a moo is heard.
Sometimes when you shoot the Tractor Beam, a cow is beamed up.
DOHO is also seen in this animation.
Whenever one of these animations appears, hit the Launch button repeatedly for
lots of mooing sounds. Do this for both of the ramps and then the next Video
mode will be Cow Attack Video mode, where the
saucers has been replaced with mooing cows.
rare occasions one of the saucers in Saucer Attack Video mode will be replaced
with the number 3. The smart bomb (see below) has no effect on the "3" and
nothing happens when it reaches the ground, it just disappears below the
horizon. The programmers added this Easter egg as a "homage" to a bug in the
ST:TNG video mode which replaces the items in the tunnels with a "3".
the same Martian during Martian Multiball five times consecutively. Skull from
No Fear appears saying "Again!"
bomb: Press Launch button during Video mode to clear screen (works only once).
Tournament mode: Insert credits and hold both flipper buttons for a couple of
seconds before you press Start. The display will confirm that the next game will
be in Tournament mode (Stroke of Luck award
will always be 50M).
Eddy's" can be seen on the backglass (designer Brian Eddy).
the default names in the Buy-In Score list is MOO.
woman on the backglass is the secretary who worked in the reception at the WMS
DMD animation for the Atomic Blaster Hurry Up there is a road sign passing by.
This sign reads DOHO.
Scott Slomiany (aka. Scott Matrix) "created" the DOHO and it stands for Doris
Ho, Scottīs wife.
Attract mode, press the following sequence:
B, 18L, 1R, 3L, 1R, 6L, 1R. That spells RCF and shows the credits for Attack
the tag MOO in the high score list and a nice "moo" will be heard.