The Shadow


Compiled by Cameron Silver
Version: 5
Date: Thursday 16th March 1995

Whose nose lurks in the hearts of men?
The Shadow's nose.
- A. Frey, 1995.

Send all corrections and updates to me.

Note: A lot of things in this rule sheet, and most certainly in the pinball game, are copywrite and/or trade mark and/or registered by WMS or some other company.

You may do what you want with these rules, but please leave my name on it, and the names of everyone in the Special Thanks list.

If any Melbournians are reading this, come and say hello to me some time at the Time Zone store in Bourke Street in the city. (I'm the pinball tech there).

New To This Version

  • New Section: Game Difficulties. Tables illustrating the differences between the difficulty settings.
  • New Section: X balls a game. Tables illustrating the differences between three and five ball play.
  • All new sections are marked with a star (*) in the contents.
  • New ftp site added.
  • Changed pinball archive ftp address from rahul to mcs.
  • Laugh Mode edited every-so-slightly.
  • More quotes.

Extra Special Thanks

The following people contributed in some way to the writing of this sheet:

  • Jamie Silver
  • Mario Moeller
  • TJ Beyer
  • Sanjay B. Shah
  • Dan Farris
  • Michael Field
  • Bowen Kerins
  • Noel Steere
  • Ronald Berg
  • Adam Frey
  • Alan Back
  • Ola Rodenkirchen
  • Philip Wakely
  • Scott R Tiesma
  • Karl Brostroem



The following abbreviations have been used:

  • Demo Man - Demolition Man pinball
  • IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
  • Indy - Indiana Jones pinball
  • SDTM - Straight Down The Middle
  • STTNG - Star Trek: The Next Generation pinball
  • TAF - The Addams Family pinball
  • TZ - Twilight Zone pinball
  • WMS - Williams Electronics. Used to mean Bally/Williams

Designer Names

The Shadow is brought to you by:

  • Brian Eddy - Designer, Software
  • Mike Boon (Boonie!) - Software
  • Robert C Friesl - Mechanical Engineer
  • Edison V Onate - Mechanical Designer
  • Doug Watson - Art Work
  • Dan Forden - Sound and Music
  • Scot Matrix & Eugene Geer - Dots


The Shadow, like World Cup and a lot of great games, is a game that sort of sneaks up behind you when you're not looking. The first few games you probably won't like much. Then, for some reason, you'll play it again. While playing, it won't seem like much; but after you've stopped you'll want to play more. Then, before you know it, you'll be hooked!

This game has one of the beefiest sound systems I've heard in an arcade. If you thought STTNG was good, hold on to your hats. The sound on this is just amazing. One problem is that it's way too quiet, we have it on about 20 while other DCS games are 14-15, while the old WPC sound games get by on 8!

The animation is as good as the sound. Especially the start of multiball, and the super jackpots. Both are truly unparalleled in any other pinball I have ever seen, no matter how big the display is!

The toys are good. The lock magnet is of course the most wholly remarkable thing in the whole of the known universe. Then there's the mini-playfield, personally I think this will be more trouble then it's worth; although other players seem to like it.

A few other things to note, the Side Saucer is not one of the pissy little ones WMS likes to use. It is more like the lock holes in Dr Who. The Side Saucer seems to hold 99% of the balls, some still bounce out, (the same is true for the Battle Field popper).

The Poppers also use mechanical switches which I find odd. Although I HATE optos, I think they work well on poppers. However, Shadow uses micro-switches, rather then leaf switches (which is what poppers used before optos became so common, and the leaf switches were awful).

The game plays really well. The drains are OK, but nothing to write home about. The shots blend well together, and when you get in the groove, the game is just fantastic.

The replay animation is great. Two bullets go screaming towards each other. First you see the left one, then the right, and finally they collide with a bang (err, a thwak). When the smoke clears, the display says REPLAY!

Well done to the whole team on this. After playing it, I want to go and see the movie. This wasn't true of Demo Man, TAF or any other movie based machine.

Things to Fix

This is a list of things that could improve the game:

  • In multiplayer games after locking a ball, there needs to be a nice big warning to tell the player the ball will come out of the lock.

  • In multiplayer games after locking a ball, the player should get a chance at a skill shot. Just make it that they have to shoot the Shadow Loop, or Side Saucer to collect it. Still use the left blue button to select the award.

  • Something MUST be done about the lower exit from the Battle Field. Balls keep getting lost, or stuck etc.

  • Multiball restart is really needed.

  • A ball-saver after locking balls is needed, especially when the ball is ejected from the lock.

  • Starting Vengeance from a skill shot should award the right ring on the left ramp (ie: the actual skill shot), so you don't need to shoot it again in Vengeance. I know it'll make Vengeance easier, but will improve the flow of the game IMHO.

Playfield Layout


I'll start at the bottom, and go in a clockwise direction.

Lower Flippers
Standard white full length flippers.

Standard (non trapezoid :-) ) slingshots.

In/Out lanes
A letter in the word "KHAN" appears at the top of each lane. It operates as like standard Bonus X lanes. Complete KHAN to increase the bonus multiplier. It will also light Khan Multiball at the side saucer if it is not already lit. There is no kickback.

Left Mongol targets
The M and O targets are in a similar position to the Turbo Boost targets in Corvette. See the section 'Mongol' for more information.

Left Orbit
Standard left orbit that is not as hard as the one in STTNG, and not as easy as the one in Corvette. It is an Arrow Shot, Jackpot Shot, and the Hurry Up Shot. The orbit feeds the upper right flipper.

Left Ramp
Steep metal ramp in the same place as the Time Rift targets on STTNG. The ramp splits into 2, with a player controlled diverter. This diverter is controlled with the left blue button, which is located next to the left flipper button. The ball can be fed to the left or right in-lane. This is an Arrow Shot, Jackpot Shot and the Skill Shot.

Center moNGol targets
The N and G targets are on each side of the left ramp entrance. See the section 'Mongol' for more information.

Side Loop
Called the Shadow Loop, it's a small orbit that is only hittable from the upper flipper (very much like Getaway). It joins the left orbit to feed the upper flipper. See the section 'Shadow Loop' in the rule sheet for more information. This is an Arrow Shot, and Jackpot Shot. The side loop goes around the Battle Field lane, and Lock. Most of it is under the mini-playfield.

Side Saucer
Just below the side loop. This saucer is shot by the upper flipper. It awards a super jackpot (Shadow Multiball only), and starts Khan multiball. When Khan Multiball is not lit, this saucer will start the currently flashing scene (if Start Scene is lit), or start Final Battle (if it is lit). You can also put a ball here during multiball to double or triple jackpots. See the sections for Shadow multiball, and Khan multiball for more information. It is a saucer like the ones in Dr Who (locks), NOT like the one in Indiana Jones.

Battle Field
In a similar position to the Alpha Quadrant (center) ramp on STTNG (but a little closer to the flippers) is a small lane leading to a popper. It has a drop target in front. Knock down the drop target (may be more then once) to Open the Battle Field. Shoot the popper and the ball will be popped to the mini-playfield. This is easiest from the lower right flipper. Backhanding it from the lower left is possible, and some people can actually get it from the upper flipper too. See the Battle Field for more information. This is an Arrow Shot and a Jackpot Shot. Note, the ball bounces out of the popper quite often, and usually drains.

Yellow Target
Solitary stand-up target in a similar position to the clock target on Twilight Zone. This target will spot letters in Mongol. Each time Mongol is completed, an extra hit on the target it necessary to spot a Mongol letter. The white inlay next to the target will flash when it is ready to spot a letter.

The Wall
An up/down target that blocks the lock. It is very much like a drop target, except it only pops up/down when the machine tells it. Hit it to light lock, and lock balls. This is in a similar position as the Disaster Drop target on White Water. (Note: A 'hit' on this target is registered by an opto slightly in front of it)

The Sanctum
The coolest ball lock on the planet. Accessible only when the Wall is down. Lock balls here for the Shadow Multiball. See that section for more information. This (including the Wall) is an Arrow Shot.

NOTE: The Wall and the Sanctum are essentially the same shot. They can be considered the same unless stated otherwise....

Right Ramp
Steep metal ramp (like the right ramp on Twilight Zone) in a similar position to the right ramp on STTNG. Like the left ramp it splits into two, with a player-controlled diverter. The diverter is controlled by the right blue button, which is next to the right flipper button. The ramp can feed to the left or right inlane. This is an Arrow Shot and Jackpot Shot.

Start Scene
A saucer at the end of a short lane (exactly like Getaway). It awards Who Knows, Extra Ball, starts a Scene, and starts Final Battle. It is also an Arrow Shot, and generally an all 'round nice guy... The actual saucer is like the Skill Shot one on TAF. Sometimes, an odd shot to the right orbit will bounce into this hole (like on Getaway).

Right Orbit
Standard orbit that is very similar to STTNG, Corvette, Getaway, etc. Balls put here will come out of the left orbit to the lower left flipper. Slow balls will dribble out of the side loop. This is an Arrow Shot and Hurry Up Shot.

Upper Flipper
Same as Getaway, Star Trek etc.. Use it to shoot the Side Loop, Side Saucer, or the Battle Field .. actually it seems to be the safest way to knock that drop target down.

Right mongOL targets
The O and L targets are directly opposite the M and O ones. See the section on 'Mongol' for more information.

Autoplunger, fired with a trigger similar to Indi's.

Battle Field
Think Path Of Adventure from Indi, and you're close. It's in the same place, but it's more square. There are 4 beefy looking yellow drop targets down the back, and 4 stand-up targets on each side (well, the right only has three!) A bat at the bottom is controlled by the flippers (side to side) and when the ball hits it, the bat pushes it away, (think Brick Out..) The object is to score enough hits, complete the playfield, and defeat Khan. If you miss, the ball falls off the bottom, and will probably get stuck somewhere. If you succeed, the ball will be fed to the upper flipper. More information in the Rules section.

Arrow Shots

Most of the major shots in this game are Arrow Shots:
Left Orbit, Left Ramp, Battle Field, Wall (Sanctum), Right Ramp, Start Scene, Right Orbit, Side Loop.

Jackpot Shots

Some of the major shots in this game can be lit for a jackpot:
Left Orbit, Left Ramp, Battle Field, Right Ramp, Side Loop.

The Cabinet

The Shadow is a 5 ball game, in a standard (narrow body) cabinet.

Next to each flipper button (red), is a blue button. The left blue button controls the left ramp diverter, and the right blue button does the same for the right ramp. Pressing a blue button toggles the way the ball will be diverted. When the diverters move, they make a really cool (and loud) crunch noise..

The game is equipped with an autoplunger that is fired with a trigger much like the gun on Indi (well this is more like a slightly beefed up version). Plunged balls are fed to the lower right flipper. During the game, pulling the trigger will usually play an empty gun click sound.

There are no plastic ramps anywhere (well there's a little one up the top .. but I won't include that here..). The ramps feed gold wire-forms that stick mainly to the side of the playfield. They really don't stand out much, which I like.

The extra ball button is mounted on the cabinet below the gun, and is orange.

The artwork is amazing, especially the side of the machine. The backglass art is ok, better then STTNG and Demo Man, but not up there with Twilight.

On the playfield are three really cool knight figures, they're not all that important, but I like them!

There are no under-playfield tunnels, which means no kickouts. This is yet another similarity with Getaway.

The outlanes are fine, better then any Bally/Williams machine this year. There is rubber everywhere, and the posts on our machine were right down when we got it. Even still, there are no shots on the game that cause the ball to go screaming down a side drain. This is a GOOD MOVE!

The center drain is about average. The only shot that often went SDTM was a failed left ramp. Sometimes (not all that often) a direct shot at the wall, or the Battle Field drop target flew down the drain. There is an operator adjustment for this, see Feature Adjustments number 11.



The modes this game are called scenes. They do not run concurrently, but any running mode will continue during multiball. During a mode you can start all other game features. Totals from each scene are added during the bonus count.

During the opening animation of any scene (except Hotel, and Duel of Wills), pulling the trigger will play some duck quacks, and the quote "Anyone for Peking Duck?". The same thing is true when you get the 2 Million Scene Bonus. For more information, see the section Secret Laugh Mode.

The scenes are displayed in the middle of the playfield, lit ones have been played, blank ones haven't, and the flashing one will be started next. Shoot the ramps to change the currently flashing scene. Divert the ball left to move the flashing scene up, divert the ball right to move the flashing scene down. 'up' and 'down' refer to the way I have listed them below.

The scenes are:

  • Punish the Guilty
  • Farley Claymore
  • Duel of Wills
  • The Beryllium Sphere
  • Escape Underwater Doom
  • Discover Hotel Monolith

They cycle in a loop, so down from Discover Hotel Monolith is Punish the Guilty, and up from Punish The Guilty is, obviously, Discover Hotel Monolith.

There is NO wizard award for completing all scenes. However there IS a wizard award...

Start Scenes at Start Scene (duh!) or the Side Saucer (only if Khan Multiball isn't lit). Start Scene is always lit if not in a scene, and not in multiball. Shooting Start Scene, (or the Side Saucer if Khan isn't lit) during a scene, will award 2 Million as a Scene Bonus.

Punish the Guilty
A 30 second mode where you have to shoot the lit arrows to save Tam. Three arrow shots will be lit (Left Orbit, Side Loop, and Right Orbit). Each shot awards 10 million. Once all three have been hit, shoot Start Scene to collect 30 Million.

Farley Claymore
Remember Q's Challenge?! A 30 second mode where you have to beat up Farley (trust me, he deserves it!). The display shows the Hit-O-Meter, which is full at the start of the mode. Every arrow (except the side loop and the Wall) is lit, and each one deducts a bit from the H-O-M. The mode ends when the timer expires, or the H-O-M is empty, about 5 or 6 shots. Not sure on the value per shot. NOTE: If the Battle Field is lit during this mode, shoot it. Every hit on the Battle Field reduces the Hit-O-Meter as well.

Duel of Wills
A great video mode. Dodge the falling Phurba's to get points, or the Extra Ball. Point values start at 1 Million, after a few it becomes 3 Million, then 4 etc. It can actually get quite hard. Pull the trigger during this mode to clear the screen and leave it clear for a few seconds. Beware though, as the Phurba's return in bulk, and moving fast.

The Beryllium Sphere
You have 30 seconds to defuse a bomb. Each arrow cuts a wire. The first shot is worth 10 mill, then 12, 14 etc. Arrows do not remain lit after they have been hit, (ie: you can only hit each shot once.) You must cut six wires (therefore, make 6 shots); if you do it, shoot Start Scene for 30 Million.

Escape Under Water Doom
Hurry up that counts down from 30 million. Shoot the lit shot to collect the current value. It will continue to count down, and another shot will light. The shots light in the following order:
  • Left Ramp and Right Ramp
  • Left Orbit
  • Shadow Loop
  • Left Ramp
When all have been collected, Start Scene will light, shoot it to complete the mode for 30 million.

Discover Hotel Monolith
This is a cool two ball multiball. It continues until less then two balls remain in play. Hit the wall to reveal the hotel (3 hits). The first two hits award 10 million, the third hit is worth 20 million, and the wall will pop down. Hit a ball into the Sanctum to light all arrows. The ball(s) will be unlocked, and each arrow is worth one million more than the previous (the first is 10 million). Get them all for 30 million. All arrows relight, and the value returns to 10 million. The mode ends when less then two balls remain in play. It is not possible to lock balls (for Shadow Multiball) during this mode, or start Khan Multiball. The display during the first part of this is really great.

Battle Field

The object of the mini-playfield is to defeat Khan. To open it, hit the drop target. Shoot the popper and the ball will be popped onto the mini- playfield. While the ball is in the popper, pull the trigger for some Peking Duck. See the section "Secret Laugh Mode" if you want to know more.

The mini-playfield has drop targets down the back, and stand-up targets on the side. When the drop targets stop popping back up, you can defeat Khan, the ball will be fed to the upper flipper.

One of the most annoying things about the drop targets, is the fact that the ball hits them so hard, they often don't fall down!

Use the flippers to control the bat, so the ball hits it. The first time you must make 30 hits (of the targets) to find Khan. Once found, knock the drop targets down to break through, and defeat him. It's actually quite satisfying.

Defeating Khan is worth 30 million the first time you do it, and 10 million more each time after. The number of hits required to defeat him goes up by 20 each time too, and maxes at 100. Finally, an extra hit on the drop target is necessary to open the Battle Field for every time Khan is defeated.

Also, each target has a light in front of it. If you manage to hit each target at least once, the value for defeating Khan goes up by 20 million for each time you do it. So if you complete all targets three times, you will be awarded 60 million on top of the Khan Jackpot.

Remember that hits on the mini-playfield count during the Farley Scene.

[Note: A soft shot would often manage to sneak past the drop target when multiple hits were necessary. In this case the machine lets you play the mini-playfield anyway.]

Shadow Multiball


  • Shoot the wall to light lock. Lock one is lit at the start of the game. Each multiball requires one more hit of the wall to light lock.

  • When lock is lit, shoot the wall again to lock the ball. This is cool: a magnet grabs the ball, the Wall is lowered, and the ball is thrown into the Sanctum.

  • On the third lock, three ball multiball begins. Watch the opening animation, it is unbelievable... I have played the game plenty of times, and still go WOW at the lock sound/light/ball show!

  • Balls are ejected one at a time from the lock to the upper flipper, imagine the hidden hallway from Fun House, but on the other side of the playfield. Look closely as there is an orange flasher that makes the balls hard to see.

  • Since the game has an autoplunger, it is not possible to 'Steal' locked balls. If there are less then three balls in the lock at the start of multiball, the machine auto-plunges them. I don't like this one bit, as auto-plunged balls are not set up for jackpots - but what can you do?


  • The jackpot starts at 20 million. Shoot the side loop to collect. Remember the ball returns to the upper flipper, so multiple jackpots are possible, and even suggested. Balls will not be kicked out of the lock if you are on a 'jackpot roll'.

  • The wall stays down during this multiball (it is only lowered after all three balls have been ejected from the lock). Shoot the Sanctum to set your-self up for jackpots. This is a great feature, it also reminds me a lot of White Water. Balls will not be kicked out of the lock if you are on a 'jackpot roll'.

  • After 5 jackpots, the super jackpot will light at the Side Saucer. Shot it from the upper flipper for 100 million. After each super jackpot, 5 more regular jackpots are needed to relight it.

  • Lock a ball in Start Scene or Side Saucer to double the regular jackpot. Lock a ball in both of these places to triple the regular jackpot. Double/Triple jackpots revert to the regular value after one jackpot, or 10 seconds, the ball(s) is/are kicked out too. Note that Double Jackpot actually awards 2 jackpots, and Triple Jackpot awards 3.

  • The super jackpot can only be doubled by locking a ball in Start Scene, the 10 second timer still applies.

Shadow multiball ends when less then 2 balls remain in play.

Khan Multiball


  • Light Khan Multiball by completing KHAN at the in/out lanes. (Note, each completion of KHAN also advances Bonus X.) After a few Khan multiballs, the Start Khan Multiball light times out.

  • Khan Multiball is lit at the Side Saucer, this is not stackable. Shoot the saucer to begin the three ball multiball. [The other two balls are auto-launched].


  • All jackpot shots start lit (not the Super Jackpot). Jackpot value starts at 20 Million (per jackpot!), and the in/out lanes add 100 thousand. See the playfield description for a list of the Jackpot Shots.

  • Lock a ball in Start Scene or Side Saucer to double the jackpot value. Lock a ball in both of these places to triple the jackpot value. Double/Triple jackpots revert to the regular value after one jackpot, or 10 seconds, the ball(s) is/are kicked out too.

  • Once all regular jackpots have been collected, then a Super Jackpot lights on the mini-playfield! One of the drop targets will be lit in turn (like the skill shot on Terminator 2), you must hit this for the Super Jackpot which is worth 100 million. It's hard to control the bat, and keep the other 1 or 2 balls in play. The Super Jackpot can be doubled/tripled in the same way as the regular one. Note: if the mini-playfield is disabled, it is not possible to get the Super Jackpot!

Khan multiball ends when less then two balls remain in play.

Final Battle


On the playfield is a Scarf (near the Side Saucer). It contains four inlays that will light during the game. Light all four to light Final Battle:

  • Complete Scenes - Will light when the last scene finishes, or when the ball drains during the last scene.
  • Conquer Battle Field - Defeat Khan at least once.
  • Shadow Multiball - Lights when Shadow Multiball finishes.
  • Khan Multiball - Lights when Khan Multiball finishes.

When the scarf is complete, Final Battle will be lit at Start Scene. Shoot Start Scene, or the Side Saucer (if Khan is not lit) to start it. Final Battle lights as soon as the scarf is complete ... yes, even during multiball (although I have never managed to start it during multiball).

The sound and lights are quite hard to describe ... but it's very, very cool. The intro goes like this:

"Congratulations. Prepare yourself, this is the Final Battle."

Four more balls will be launched into play (it's a five ball multiball with a 30 second ball saver), and the object is to hit every shot for 1 billion. But wait - it is always awarded this time!

The shots are:

MONGOL targets 6
Left Orbit 1
Left Ramp (both sides) 2
Side Loop 1
Battle Field 4+4+3 11
Battle Field Drop Target 1 *
Yellow Target 1
The Wall 1
Right Ramp (both sides) 2
Right Orbit 1
total: 27

* Spotted if the target is broken

The Side Saucer and Start Scene (if unlit) spot one target. The order is:

  • Yellow Target
  • Mongol Targets
  • Battle Field targets (anti-clockwise starting at the top left corner)
  • Arrow Shots

There might be a bug in here somewhere though, as the following has been observed:

  • 1 hits remaining.
  • 0 hits remaining.
  • 255 hits remaining.
  • 254 hits remaining.
  • 1 billion.

I tried this on our machine and couldn't replicate the fault, so maybe it is caused by something else. My machine is L-2, and the one that faulted is also L-2.

Each shot is worth 10 million. The countdown is shown on the display. Note that if the drop target is busted, the machine will spot that shot for you (and award the 10 million) ... so you'll only have to get 26 shots.

If the mini-playfield has been disabled, then hit the drop target to spot a few mini-playfield targets. God knows what happens if the drop target and the mini-playfield are broken. My guess is that no-one will play that machine!

As soon as the last shot is hit, the machine goes dead: no sound, lights or flippers - all remaining balls drain. After a second of this comes the quote, "You're FINished Khan!" which is followed by a scream, the lights all come on, and a rap style collection of animations is played - topped off by the shot of some mirror going through Khan's head. The Billion points are awarded (you are actually awarded it too), with someone screaming ONE BILLION. Following this is the quote: "Finally you've learned to control the pinball".

After the billion, all five balls are re-launched and all shots re-light for another go. Note that there is no ball saver now, even if it hadn't timed out, it will be turned of - cruel huh?! Final Battle ends when there are less then two balls left in play. The scenes all reset for another go.

Completing Final Battle (ie: getting the billion) allows you to enter you initials in the list of Final Battle Immortals, at the end of the game. This is better then it sounds, as the quote for getting in this list is just too cool to mention. If you REALLY must know, have a look in the Easter Eggs.


On either side of each ramp diverter is a ring. At the start of a game all rings will flash. When you shoot a ramp, the ring on the same side of the diverter that the ball went, will become solidly lit (each ring is worth 3 million). Complete all four rings to start possibly the coolest mode since Big Foot Hot Foot: Vengeance.

Vengeance is a cool 30 second mode where each ring is worth 5, 7, 9, 11, etc million. Completing all four awards 50 million, and restarts the timer. There is a very friendly grace period at the end of the mode, so you can still score Vengeance after the sound/music has stopped.

If you start Vengeance as part of a combo (ie: the combo collects the last ring), you start Combo Vengeance where each ramp is worth 10 million.

If, during Vengeance or Combo Vengeance, you get all rings in a row (ie: a combo), you are awarded 100 million as a Super Vengeance.

NOTE: What I have called Combo Vengeance, the machine calls Super Vengeance. I used the name Combo Vengeance because completing all ramps awards 50 million, while Super Vengeance awards 100 million.

Note that after you get the 50 million, the single ramp values continue to escalate. After Vengeance, all rings will start flashing again.

Remember that if you start Vengeance by a skill shot, you will need to hit the same ramp again, it does not award the ring.


Around the playfield are 6 targets, each for a letter in MONGOL. These are the MONGOL targets. There are two above the left in/out lanes (M, O), two at the entrance of the left ramp (N, G) and two above the right In/ Out lanes (O, L). The single yellow standup target spots letters in Mongol, hit it once to spot a letter; an extra hit is necessary for each time Mongol has been completed. There is a white inlay next to this target that flashes when it's ready to spot a letter.

Spelling Mongol starts a hurry up. Thirty million counts down, and is collectible from the left or right orbit. The start of Mongol is easily noticeable by the cool 'gong' sound effect.

Pull the trigger during the count-down to end the mode, and award 3 million points.

"Find him, and kill him. All of you .. GO!"

Who Knows

Who Knows is a random award lit at Start Scene by spelling Mongol. Possible awards are:

  • Points (between 10-30 million)
  • Light EB
  • Light Khan Multiball
  • Start Vengeance Mode
  • Start Mongol Mode
  • Bonus X
  • Light Lock

Skill Shot

Before launching any ball (not for a ball saved ball), the display shows two choices. On the left are some points (starts at 10 Million, increases by 5 million each time and maxes out at 40 million), on the right is a real award. Choose between the two with the left blue button. The diverter on the left ramp will flip. If the ball will go right, you'll get the award, if the ball will go left, you will get the points. Shoot the ramp to actually collect it (this is what the word 'skill' means!). The good thing is that you can set the diverter to the right, plunge, and get the award without waiting for the 'Shoot Again', or 'Replay At', screens to disappear. You also don't know what the award will be until you get it!

The skill shot remains lit for about 5 seconds. During this time you can keep changing the left diverter to change what you want - yes, even after you have plunged the ball. So what you get is basically chosen by which way the ball is diverted on the left ramp. Note that if you drain and the ball is saved, the skill shot it turned off.

Note: When you start Vengeance with the skill shot, remember to shoot the right side of the left ramp again as that ring is not spotted for you.

Possible awards:

  • Complete Mongol
  • Start Vengeance
  • Light Lock
  • Light Extra Ball
  • Bonus X
  • Light Khan
  • 5-40 Million


According to the audits, there are combos all over this game, right up to seven way combos. It is actually quite hard to hit more then three shots in a row and NOT get a combo. I'm not sure of the combo values, but the quote is the best:

"WOW! x way combo!" - where x is a number between 3 and 7 inclusive.

I just want to know how they managed to inject so much American accent into this quote!!

There are also a couple of two way combos lying around the place, but they do not generate the above quote.

Shadow Loops

The Shadow Loop is the side loop shootable by the upper flipper. Awards are given for the number-of-loops-in-a-row you get. There is also a place in the high scores for the person who manages the most loops.

When you shoot the loop, it remains lit for a few seconds for another shot. When it's lit, you get an increasing 2 million (starts at 2 million) until you miss. Then it reverts back to 2 million.

Light Extra Ball 3 loops in a row
Shadow Bonus (40 Million) 5 loops in a row

These awards are not set in stone, they both reflex. I have seen extra balls at 2 loops, and once at 7!

A slow shot up any orbit will dribble out the side loop for a Secret Passage bonus, worth 5 million.


There are two main orbits in the game. The left one, and right one. Each orbit is worth 1 million. Consecutive orbits are worth 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 million (maxes at 32 million). Every fourth awards the following:

4) China Town 5 million
8) Cobalt Club 10 million
12) Hotel Monolith 15 Million
16) Cranston Manor 20 Million
20) Mari-Tech 25 Million
20+) Super Loops 20 Million per loop.

Number of loops does not reset each ball.

The orbit software is really buggy. It never actually awards Mari-Tech, the screen says "Mari-Tech in (x) loops", then just awards Cranston Manor again for 20 million. This is P-1 ROMs.

It also managed to get into the good ole 255 loops until Mari-Tech. Although this seems fixed in L-2 ROMs.

Secret Laugh Mode

It's good to see more hidden stuff in the games. It's even better that we manage to find it. ;-)

There are three duck quotes in this game, they all say the same thing:
"Any-one for Peking Duck?"

The first time it is whispered (you have to listen very carefully to hear it); the second time it is said by a guy with a Chinese accent; and the third time it is said by a woman.

There are many ways to get the quote:

  • Pull the trigger at the start of any mode except Duel of Wills, and Hotel.
  • Pull the trigger at the end of Duel Of Wills.
  • During the quote: "I know" (Who Knows award).
  • During the Extra Ball animation.
  • While getting a 'Scene Bonus 2,000,000'.
  • Anytime the ball is in the Battle Field popper.

The trick is that you can only get the quote once from each physical location on the playfield: Side Saucer, Start Scene and the Battle Field Popper. Also make sure you don't have Mongol running, as pulling the trigger will end that mode (awarding 3 million).

To start Laugh Mode, you must have heard the quote said by all three people. The easiest way to do this is:

  • Start a scene (at Start Scene), and pull the trigger.
  • Shoot the Side Saucer, and if Khan is not lit, you'll get the 2M Scene Bonus. Pull the trigger again.
  • Shoot the Battle Field, and pull the trigger before the ball is popped.

Once you have heard all three quotes, start a scene like you normally would, but instead of starting one of the regular five, the display will say:

You discovered: The Secret Laugh Mode

There is also a duck (!) on the right, that quacks twice.

Laugh Mode lasts thirty seconds, and the display tells you to "Hit Anything". The music is similar to Farley .. but with constant laughter, mixed with quacking. Shooting any arrow (they are all lit) awards 5 million, and the duck quacks 5 times.

For a real (ie: good, long, hard) laugh, start multiball during this mode; the first time I did, myself and all the spectators were almost on the floor!

Laugh Mode runs like any other 'normal' scene. It is possible to lock balls, start Shadow/Khan multiballs, play the Battle Field, start Vengeance etc. The only difference is that the total from Laugh Mode is added to your score as soon as the mode ends, and not during the bonus count. It is only possible to start Laugh Mode once per game.


The bonus count is mainly made up of totals from the Scenes, and it is not possible to speed it up.

Increase the bonus multiplier by completing KHAN on the in/out lanes. The multiplier starts at 2x (for the first completion of Khan), then 3x, 4x, 5x ... 10x. It maxes out at 10x and further completions of Khan award 10 million.

The bonus multiplier only multiplies the bonus before the scene totals are added in.

Extra Balls

Extra balls can be lit the following ways:

  • Lit by Skill Shot.
  • Lit by Shadow Loops.
  • Lit by Defeating Khan.
  • Lit by Who Knows

Collect extra balls by shooting Start Scene.

One of the items in the Video Mode is an extra ball.

Extra balls can also be bought for one credit. The operator can set the number of Buy In's from 1 to 3, default is 1.

High Scores

The following high score lists exist:

  • Grand Champion - Highest score, no buy-ins.
  • Best Agents - Top 4 scores, no buy-ins.
  • Buy-In Grand Champion - Highest score with at least one buy-in.
  • Buy-In Scores - Top 4 scores with at least one buy-in.
  • Final Battle Immortals - Last 10 people to complete Final Battle. (When the high scores are re-set there are only 4 names in this list.)
  • Shadow Loop Champion - Person to achieve the most consecutive Side Loops.


There are some top quotes in the game:

  • During Farley Scene: "I'm not afraid of The Shadow!"
  • Start of Mongol: "Find him, and kill him. All of you, GO!"
  • "The sun is shining, but the ice is slippery..."
    Or as Noel Steere would say:
    "The Burger is warm, but the Fries are soggy!"
  • Sometimes after NOT matching: "Coward, Chicken, Sissy ... Cummon, play again!"
  • "Vengeance is YOURS!"
  • "Finally you've learned to control the Pinball!"
  • For a tilt: "You still think you can control the game with brute force?"
  • On the Battle Field: "Flippers ... Use the flippers!"
  • If you don't plunge for a while: "You are BORing me!"
  • "Anyone for Peking duck?!"
  • Start of Khan: "Join me, or die!"
  • Shooting a side of a ramp that has already been hit:
    "Use the blue buttons!"
  • "Concentrate!"


  • Matching is enabled by default, which is good because it's a cool sequence. A torch shines on a brick wall, the match number is in the small circle of light. As the torch sweeps left and right, the number changes. When a match occurs, the Shadow appears and laughs.

  • The knocker is way too quiet. I fixed ours tho ;-)

Feature Adjustments

The following game features are adjustable by an operator. The value in (brackets) is the default, and the value in [square brackets] is what my machine is set on if it differs from the default. When a value range is given, it is inclusive. Eg: 1-5 means the value can be 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.

Note: This information appears in the Shadow Manual, which is © 1994 MIDWAY MANUFACTURING COMPANY, manufacturers of BALLY Amusement Games.

  1. Credits for a buy in (1)
    OFF, 1/2, 1

  2. Maximum buy-ins (1)
    1, 2, 3

  3. Attract Music (OFF) [ON]
    OFF, ON

  4. Attract Sound (ON)
    OFF, ON

  5. Timed Plunger (OFF)
    OFF, 30-120 seconds

  6. Flipper Plunger (OFF)
    OFF, ON

  7. Ball Save timer (5) [10]
    0-60 seconds

  8. Shadow Multiball Ball Save timer (12) [15]
    0-60 seconds

  9. Khan Multiball Ball Save timer (6) [10]
    0-60 seconds

  10. Hotel Monolith Ball Save timer (9) [10]
    0-60 seconds

  11. Center hit ball save (NO) [YES]
    NO, YES
    Starts a short ball saver (about 2 seconds) when the Battle Field drop target, or the Wall is hit. Often this doesn't come on, and it's about 1 second too short.

  12. Farley Scene timer (30)
    10-90 seconds

  13. Guilty Scene timer (30)
    10-90 seconds

  14. Sphere Scene timer (30)
    10-90 seconds

  15. Escape Doom start (30,000,000)
    20,000,000 - 45,000,000

  16. Vengeance timer (30)
    10-90 seconds

  17. Multiball Lock timer (10)
    1-30 seconds
    This is how long balls are held during a multiball to double/triple the jackpots.

  18. Extra Ball percent (20)
    OFF, 5-35%
    This is a game wide setting. The machine will increase or decrease the Shadow Loop light EB value, number of times Who Knows will light EB, and the number of times the skill shot will offer Light EB, to try and match this figure.

    Note: A feature that has memory, will be carried over from one ball to the next.

  19. Who Knows Extra Ball memory (YES)
    NO, YES

  20. Skill Shot Extra Ball memory (YES)
    NO, YES

  21. Battle Extra Ball memory (YES)
    NO, YES

  22. Shadow Loop Extra Ball memory (YES)
    NO, YES

  23. Shadow Loop Extra Ball start (3)
    If adjustment 18 is OFF, the extra ball will always light at this value. If adjustment 18 is ON (default), it will use this value as a starting point, and in/decrease it as necessary.

  24. Khan Multiball Lit memory (YES)
    NO, YES

  25. Khan Multiball Lit timer (15)
    5-99 seconds

  26. Hold Sanctum Locks after a game (NO)
    NO, YES

  27. Mongol Hurry Up difficulty (Medium)
    Extra Easy, Easy, Medium, Hard, Extra Hard
    The harder it is, the less time you have to collect the value.

  28. Family Mode (OFF)
    OFF, ON
    When set ON, the following phrases won't be said:
    • 'Let's get the hell out of here.'
    • 'What the Christ is that?'

  29. Left Diverter (ON)
    OFF, ON

  30. Right Diverter (ON)
    OFF, ON

  31. Mini Playfield (ON)
    OFF, ON

  32. Autofire Locks (NO)
    NO, YES
    When set to on, the game will automatically launch balls after a player has locked one. Basically it means there's no skill shot.

Game Difficulties

The following table lists the settings for the 5 possible difficulty levels. Remember that these settings are in no way fixed, and that some machines may in fact not match any standard setting. Let me explain: When an Install option is carried out, all of the settings in the below table are changed to those values. Adjustments that are missing, are simply not altered by that particular Install operation. The factory setting is of Medium Difficulty.

This is from a manual marked as 'Preliminary', so it could be totally wrong! I will check it when we get our first production machine.

Note: This table appears in the Shadow Manual, which is © 1994 MIDWAY MANUFACTURING COMPANY, manufacturers of BALLY Amusement Games.


  • Shdw = Shadow
  • MB = Multiball
  • BSave = Ball Saver
  • Secs = Seconds
  • Tmr = Timer
  • Mil = Million
  • EB = Extra Ball
  • Mem = Memory
  • U/Up = Hurry Up
  • Ex = Extra

Adj # Adjustment Description Extra Easy Easy Medium Hard Extra Hard
07 Ball Saver 8 Secs 7 Secs 5 Secs 4 Secs 0 Secs
08 Shdw MB BSave 15 Secs 13 Secs 12 Secs 10 Secs 0 Secs
09 Khan MB BSave 8 Secs 7 Secs 5 Secs 4 Secs 0 Secs
10 Hotel MB BSave 8 Secs 7 Secs 5 Secs 4 Secs 0 Secs
11 Center BSave Yes Yes No No No
12 Farley Timer 40 Secs 35 Secs 30 Secs 25 Secs 20 Secs
13 Punish Timer 40 Secs 35 Secs 30 Secs 25 Secs 20 Secs
14 Sphere Timer 40 Secs 35 Secs 30 Secs 25 Secs 20 Secs
15 Escape Start 45 Mil 40 Mil 30 Mil 25 Mil 20 Mil
16 Vengeance Tmr 40 Secs 35 Secs 30 Secs 25 Secs 20 Secs
17 Multi-Lock Tmr 15 Secs 12 Secs 10 Secs 8 Secs 5 Secs
18 EB percentage 25% 20% 15% 10% 5%
19 Mystery EB Mem Yes Yes Yes Yes No
20 Skill EB Mem Yes Yes Yes Yes No
21 Battle EB Mem Yes Yes Yes No No
22 Loop EB Mem Yes Yes Yes No No
23 Loop EB Start 2 Loops 2 Loops 3 Loops 4 Loops 5 Loops
24 Khan lit mem Yes Yes Yes No No
25 Khan lit tmr 25 Secs 20 Secs 15 Secs 10 Secs 7 Secs
27 Mongol H/Up Ex Easy Easy Medium Hard Ex Hard

X Balls A Game

The following table lists the differences between five and three ball play. Remember that these settings are in no way fixed, and that some machines may in fact not match any standard setting. Let me explain: When an Install option is carried out, all of the settings in the below table are changed to those values. Adjustments that are missing, are simply not altered by that particular Install operation. The factory setting is for 3 balls a game.

This is from the manual marked as 'Preliminary', so it could be totally wrong! I will check it when we get our first production machine.

Note: This table appears in the Shadow Manual, which is © 1994 MIDWAY MANUFACTURING COMPANY, manufacturers of BALLY Amusement Games.


  • Shdw = Shadow
  • MB = Multiball
  • BSave = Ball Saver
  • Tmr = Timer
  • EB = Extra Ball
  • Mem = Memory

Adjustments A.1 are Standard Adjustments.
A.2 are Feature Adjustments.

Three Ball
Five Ball
A.1 01 Balls per Game 3 Balls 5 Balls
A.1 07 Replay Start 500 Million 750 Million
A.2 07 Ball Saver 5 Seconds 4 Seconds
A.2 08 Shdw MB BSave 12 Seconds 10 Seconds
A.2 09 Khan MB BSave 5 Seconds 4 Seconds
A.2 10 Hotel MB BSave 5 Seconds 4 Seconds
A.2 15 Escape Start 30 Seconds 25 Seconds
A.2 16 Vengeance Tmr 30 Seconds 25 Seconds
A.2 17 Multi-Lock Tmr 10 Seconds 8 Seconds
A.2 18 EB percentage 15% 10%
A.2 21 Battle EB Mem Yes No
A.2 22 Loop EB Mem Yes No
A.2 23 Loop EB Start 3 Loops 4 Loops
A.2 24 Khan lit mem Yes No
A.2 25 Khan lit tmr 15 Seconds 10 Seconds


Just a few glitches in an otherwise fine game:

  • During Khan Multiball, when you lock a ball to double/triple the Super Jackpot, the usual screen comes up with the 10 second timer, however the ball(s) are instantly kicked out, and the Jackpot value doesn't change. This is fixed in L-2 ROMs.

  • Twice during the mini-playfield test, the machine froze when the test passed (I had to power cycle). It doesn't always happen though. (P-1 ROMs). I'm assuming that it's fixed in production roms.

  • The display saying: '180 hits left to open Battle Field'! Fixed in L-2 ROMs.

  • Sometimes the machine will auto-plunge two balls (only after a ball save), it is a software bug that is fixed in L-2 ROMs.

  • The orbit software is really buggy. It never actually awards Mari-Tech, the screen says "Mari-Tech in (x) loops", then just awards Cranston Manor again for 20 million. (P-1 ROMs)

  • It also managed to get into the good ole 255 loops until Mari-Tech. This is fixed in L-2 ROMs.

  • For some bizarre reason, pressing just the right flipper button will abort the buy-in screen. (P-1 ROMs)

  • The ball can get stuck behind the Battle Field drop target, this is no real problem as when the ball search happens the drop target is lowered, which causes the ball to be pushed into the popper. The usual Battle Field screen comes up, and the ball is popped. However, the ball search is just finishing, and although the paddle flips the ball on the mini-playfield, the flipper buttons do not move the paddle. This causes the machine to think the mini-playfield is broken, and disables it until the next slam-tilt or power cycle. This has been fixed in L-2 ROMs: when the popper detects a ball, it'll always activate the mini playfield.

  • If you shoot the Battle Field popper when the drop target is down, you are not awarded the arrow or jackpot. This is REALLY annoying as the drop target is the same kind as STTNG, and will surly malfunction on some games. This is fixed in L-2 ROMs. Oddly enough, if the drop target is dead, it will spot the arrow for you as soon as you start Final Battle.

  • Sometimes the Final Battle countdown goes past zero, to 255. I'm guessing that it may be caused by the Side Saucer and/or Start Scene not spotting hits properly. (L-2 ROMs)

  • The game still often thinks the mini-playfield is dead, and only a power-cycle or slam will get it to re-test the dam thing. What would be really, really cool, would be if the mini-playfield was reset at the end of every game.

  • When Who Knows awards Vengeance, the screen looks really bad. The text 'VENGEANCE MODE' doesn't fit, and demolishes the pretty border.

Easter Eggs

Just some cool things to try when someone else is paying:

  • The cow has been found! Look closely at the score display during normal play, there is mist in the background that often forms The Shadow, or a Phurba ... very rarely it'll form a cow. 'Coolness' is not a strong enough word to describe it! Pull the gun trigger to get the cow to mooo!

  • A duck has been found too! Much like the cow it appears in the mist behind the score display. Pull the gun trigger to get it to quack!

  • In attract mode, hit the flippers to advance to the next screen (like STTNG). Hit both flippers to see the scores of the last game played.

  • During the video mode, pull the trigger to clear the display, and keep it clear for a few seconds. You can only do it once per video mode, and beware, when those Phurba's return, there are plenty of them, and they are f-a-s-t!

  • The Secret Laugh Mode.

  • During the Mongol hurry up, pull the trigger to end the mode, and award 3 million.

  • Sometimes when the ball drains down an outlane, a herd of mooing cows will meander across the display - much like Black Rose.

  • Getting your name in as a Final Battle Immortal, yields the quote: "Your life is now one of purpose and honor." This quote, I believe, is even better then the billion!


  • If one of the ramp diverters die, the machine doesn't automatically turn on compensation. (There is an adjustment that can be set if either diverter is busted (Adjustments 29 and 30) - This must be manually set by the operator.)

  • If the Wall is stuck up, hitting it will count as a lock (L-2 ROMs) [lighting locks is still the same]. Although the Hotel Monolith scene won't work properly. Reavealing the hotel is possible, but it won't start the second part.

  • If the opto for the magnet in front of the Wall dies, the Wall will remain down then entire game. Shoot the Sanctum to light lock, and lock balls.

  • If the mini-playfield is broken, then hitting the Battle Field drop target (when the Battle Field is lit), will simply spot a number of hits.

  • If the mini-playfield is broken, there is NO way to get the super jackpot in Khan Multiball.

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