Lost in Space
Version 1.0 1/12/98
Compiled by Robert Macauley
The story so far
Lost in Space appeared a few months ago and disappeared from the showroom within days. I had a chance for a few games before it left but I refused to play it on site at Rio's nightclub. Due to a request for a rulesheet on Scott Piehler's site I traced it to a more agreeable location and the following is the end result. The ROM version used was version A1.02.
Clockwise from the drain:
Inlanes/Outlanes: Normal. Outlanes can light for Special. Left inlane lights super pops. Right inlane lights Mystery for a few seconds.
Green targets: 3 green standups. Hitting these counts towards Condition red multiball.
Left orbit: Standard orbit shot. Spots R in Robot.
Ramp: Each ramp counts towards a planet. The number of ramps needed is shown on the display along with the points for the next planet. Also awards jackpots in condition red multiball and extra balls. Balls return to the left flipper.
Mystery scoop: Lit by a spinner lane shot or the right inlane. Spots O in robot.
Red targets: 3 red targets. Counts towards Condition Red multiball.
Bumpers: 5 located behind the mystery scoop. Awards 10k per hit which rollover lanes and a lit spinner lane increase. Balls exit either through a small opening or through the Mystery scoop.
Rollover Lanes: 3 lanes above the bumpers. Unlike normal games, these donít advance the bonus X. their sole purpose is to count down to Fighter multiball.
Magnets: 2 magnets in the orbit. 1 above the bumper lanes, the other above the top vuk.
Spinner lane: Narrow lane leading into the bumpers. Lights Mystery when lit and can be lit for Super pops. Spots B in Robot.
Robot: Hard to hit lane with a model robot above it. Spots O in Robot and starts Robot multiball when lit. balls return to the right flipper.
VUK: A vuk located behind the robot. The magnet above it is supposed to catch balls and feed them here at the start of condition red. Balls landing here are kicked out to a spinning disk like the one on Twister.
Right orbit: Same as the left. Spots T in Robot and starts Condition Red multiball when lit.
Yellow targets: 3 yellow targets. Counts towards Condition Red multiball.
Warning letters: 7 lights across the center of the playfield spelling Warning. Used in Robot multiball.
Lost in Space is very much a multiball game. There are no modes at all. Like on Twister there are three different multiballs.
To start Robot multiball, you have to shoot the 5 shots with a robot letter to spell Robot. This lights multiball at the robot shot. Shoot the robot to start. This is a 4-ball multiball in which the object is to spell Warning. Each lit Robot shot adds a letter to warning and scores 5 M. completing Warning lights the Robot for unlimited super jackpots of 20M. Warning letters carry over between players and games. Ends when 1 ball remains.
To start Fighter multiball you need to go through the rollover lanes a set number of times. This starts at 5 and increases by 5 for each subsequent multiball. Each lane increases the value of 1 bumper by 10k. if the spinner lane is lit for super pops, shooting this lane counts as a lane hit. When the required number of rollovers is reached Fighter multiball starts. This is a 4-ball multiball and the object is to shoot the balls back into the bumpers. Each shot to the orbits or the spinner lane awards a jackpot. The jackpot values start at 3M and are increased by bumper hits. When a jackpot is scored the value resets to 3M. ends when 1 ball remains in play.
Condition Red Multiball
To start Condition Red multiball you need to hit the 3 green, yellow and red targets as in High Speed. 3 hits to the green targets scores 5M and lights the yellow targets. 3 hits on the red targets lights the right orbit to start multiball. The balls are trapped by a magnet and fed to the spinning disk just like the start of canister multiball on Twister. The ramp is lit for jackpots starting at 5M. lighting all 9 color targets increases the jackpot value by 10M. ends when 1 ball remains.
3 in 1
Playing all 3 multiballs in a single ball awards a 25M bonus at the end of the ball and an ego award in the high score table.
The mystery scoop advances the spinner value by 10k if mystery is not lit.
5 ramps scores 10M
10 ramps scores 15M
17 ramps scores 20M
End of ball bonus:
1M+100k per target+100k per ramp+100k per robot+25M 3in 1 bonus * bonus X
Draining via the outlanes on the last ball scores the Dr Smith bonus. 1M and a very apt quote "Oh the pain".
Bang Backs and Death Saves
Forget about death saves. The nice folk at SEGA have placed a center post in the way. On the machine that I played bang backs were very easy to do, but this would be machine dependent.
Not a lot to brag about. 162M. It should be noted however that the right orbit on this machine didn't work very well.
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Well that's it. I kinda like this game as it makes a nice change from games where you have to complete 100 modes to get anywhere.
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