Professional and Amateur
Pinball Association's Guide to
Premier's Shaq Attaq
Version as of January 16, 1995
DISCLAIMER: This rule sheet is meant as a guideline only, and is
not an official documentation. To the best of our knowledge, the
information contained in this rule sheet is accurate. However, due to
various ROM editions, operator setup options, and tournament
modes, the rules of any particular game may deviate from those
listed below. The rules of the game are always final, and any
discrepancies between this rule sheet and the actual game rules cannot
be used as a basis for protest.
This rule sheet is based on rules provided courtesy Premier Technology,
and updated by Dave Stewart for distribution at PAPA-5.
1. Playfield Features
(Note that the notation "score 1x basket points" means to score 1 basket
point times the current multiplier, which is advanced by completing
the drop targets, and maxes out at 3x).
- Upper left spot target
- Score 500K. Score 1x basket points and collect
basketball event icon if lit or flashing.
- Left Up-kicker
- Receive tip-off award if in normal ball play. Score
500K, 1x basket points and collect horse head event icon if lit or
- Drop Targets
- Score 5K. Each target scores 1x basket points and
collect MVP cup event icon if lit or flashing. Completing the bank
scores advance multiplier if lit. Once multiplier is 3x, completing
all drop targets scores a rebound, lights hidden feature #5, awards
1 game ball, lights rebound in features completed circle, and collect
the rebound progressive score value. The sequence goes 5M,
10M, 20M. If MVP event active. Also used in MVP event.
- Score 5K per spin. Score 1x basket points and collect basketball
event icon if lit or flashing. If #1 flashing, light #1 and
flash #2. If #3 is flashing, light #3 and flash #4. If super-spinner
active, score and advance progressive award. The sequence is 5M,
10M, and 3 basket points. Add a letter to HORSE if horse event
- Upper right spot target
- Score 500K, advance a letter in SHAQUILLE
if `spell SHAQUILLE' lit. Score 1x basket points and collect
clock event icon if lit or flashing.
- Basket Hoop
- Score 1M. Collect 20M jackpot or 100M Super jackpot
if flashing and light jackpot in the features completed circle. If
'beat the buzzer' is active, end the beat the buzzer event, award 1
game ball, and light the special lamp for 10 seconds at the bottom
right spot target. If alley-oop flashing out, award 8 basket points
(or 10 on easy settings, 5 on hard settings) and 1 game ball. Also
light alley-oop in features completed circle. Award 2 or 3 baskets
if 2 points or 3 points lit solid. In 1-ball play, start multiball flashing
or flashing out.
- Right Up-kicker
- Score 500. If #5 flashing, collect 1 game ball, light
game ball in the features completed circle, offer player the chance
to trade all game balls for an award (Section 7), and restart the 1-5
game ball sequence. Start Super spinner flashing out if the spinner
basketball event icon unlit.
- Hole kicker
- Score 50K. Score 1x basket points and collect MVP
cup event icon if lit or flashing. If free throw is lit, score 1-10 basket
points, and if an event is active, light hidden feature #3 and
receive 1 game ball.
- Right side rollover lane
- Score 90. Score 1x basket points and collect
MVP cup icon event if lit or flashing. If #2 flashing, Light #2
solid and flash #3. If #4 flashing, light #4 solid and flash #5. If
dribble lit, start dribble (left outlane ball saver) flashing for 10
- Center spot target; Score 30K. Score 1x basket points and collect
clock event icon if lit or flashing. Start dribble flashing out. If
dribble already flashing out, spot a drop target (unless in MVP
event) and score the progressive dribble award. The score
sequence is 5M, 10M, and 3 basket points.
Lower left Vari-target
- This target gives a variable award, depending
on how far the metal lever is pushed when the target is hit. Scores
300K, 1M, 3M, or 5M, depending on the depth of hit. Score 1x
basket points and collect basketball event icon if lit or flashing.
Advance Bonus value if lit. When bonus value reaches 20M, light
bonus 20M in the features completed circle. If bonus value 20M,
spot a drop target if driven completely back. If break the backboard
flashing out and target hit back far enough, receive the progressive
break the backboard award. The sequence is 10M, Hurryup
Extra Ball, 10 basket points, and 1 game ball.
- Right Ramp
- Used to begin flashing events if "begin event" flashing,
and to start multiball if flashing. Score 1s basket points and collect
clock icon if lit or flashing. If light alley-oop is lit or shooter lane
alley-oop is flashing, begin alley-oop flashing out. Score 100M
when in Supermode.
- Lower left spot target
- score 30K. Award an extra ball if lamp flashing.
Score 1x basket points and collect horse head event icon if lit
- Bottom right spot target
- Score 30k. Award special if flashing. Score
1x basket points and collect clock icon if lit or flashing.
2. Game Events
The player tries to score the most points and baskets while playing 4
timed qualifying events on the road to the finals event. Each event is
qualified at the right ramp by completing all of its associated event
icons (horse heads, MVP cups, Basketballs, clocks).
All flashing events begin by shooting the ramp while "begin event" is
flashing. Multiple events can be active at the same time (called multimode)
with a single ramp shot, or a new event that is qualified while
the current events are being played can also be started by shooting the
The events are the following:
- Horse event
- Complete the letters of HORSE by repeated spinner
shots within 15 seconds. The first 4 letters score 10 baskets each,
and the last letter awards 3 game balls and ends the event.
- MVP event
- Shoot the center drop target as many times as possible
within 15 seconds, scoring extra ball, 50M, 100M, and 300M (and
end event) for each successive hit.
- Game balls event
- shoot the vari-target as many times as possible
within 15 seconds. Score 2 game balls for any hit and 3 game balls
if the vari-target is driven all the way back.
- Shot Clock event
- Shoot the basket hoot once within 15 seconds.
The first hoop shot awards 1 game ball, starts the bottom right
spot target flashing out, and ends the event.
- Finals Event
- Playing all four of the above events qualifies you for
the finals event. Make all the strobing shots (vari-target, spinner,
right rollover lane, right ramp, and basket) within 30 seconds.
Completing all shots scores the point value chosen when finals
was entered, which is normally 100M, but can be higher by trading
in game balls if you have 5 or more game balls. For example,
trade 5 game balls to play for 300M. When time expires, the board
is reset and the event qualification process begins again.
The first time, all event icons are lit simultaneously. After going
through the finals event once, only some of the icons are lit at any
given time, and the lit ones are rotated by the slingshots.
3. Regular Multiball
Shooting the basket hoop while in 1-ball play (except during finals) to
light start-multiball on the right ramp. Shoot the right ramp to start
multiball, along with any events that are also flashing. Note that after
the first multiball, the start-multiball times out, and you must shoot the
basket again to re-qualify it.
Score jackpots by shooting the basket or re-locking all balls on the
right ramp. Note that a ball shot to the right ramp will be locked for 10
seconds, then be released again.
After scoring a jackpot, the super jackpot is lit for five seconds. Shoot
the basket to collect it. If the super jackpot times out, then the basket
scores a jackpot again. Multiple super jackpots can also be scored
consecutively, by making baskets within 5 seconds of each other.
On normal settings, each jackpot is worth 20M, and the super jackpot
is worth 100M. On tournament settings, the jackpot is worth 10M, and
the super jackpot scores 50M.
4. Shaq Attaq Multiball
This is a 3-ball multiball, obtained by filling the features completed
circle (shown on the playfield near the free throw hole) and then
shooting the ramp. While in Shaq Attaq, all targets score 1x basket
points. Shaq Attaq continues until only 1 ball remains on the playfield.
5. Slammin Jammin
Slammin Jammin may be obtained two ways:
Spell SHAQUILLE: complete all letters of SHAQUILLE by hitting
the top right spot target (just above the upper right flipper), or by
selecting the Advance SHAQUILLE award from the Tip-Off, then
shooting Tip-Off, which will give you the choice to play Slammin
Trade Game Balls: if you have 10 to 13 game balls, you can trade
them in to start Slammin Jammin. See Section 7.
Slammin Jammin is a 3-ball multiball where every target adds 5M (or
3M on hard settings, 10M on easy settings) to an end-of-ball bonus.
This feature remains active until 2 balls drain. You can still qualify
events, but you cannot start them during Slammin Jammin.
6. Other Features
- Occurs as a result of having 2 or more events active at
the same time. The spinner and right side rollover now score an
additional 1M for each active event. Multimode level 3 or greater
lights the Level 3 lamp in the features completed circle.
- Enabled when all 4 events, multiball, and Shaq Attaq
are all active at the same time. In addition to scoring multimode as
previously described, the ramp scores 100M.
- Super Spinner
- Can only be activated after the spinner basketball
icon has been collected. Shooting the spinner, right up-kicker, and
either return rollover starts super spinner flashing out. Shooting
the spinner now scores the progressive award of 5M, 10M, and 3
- Break the backboard
- The right return rollover starts the vari-target
backboard lamp flashing out. A hit on the vari-target scores a progressive
sequence of 10M, hurry-up EB, 10 baskets, and finally 1
game ball for each hit for the rest of the game.
- Enabled from the plunger skill shot or by shooting the
ramp with a lit light alley-oop lamp. The basket hoop alley-oop
lamp begins flashing out. Shooting the hoop scores 8 baskets (5 on
hard settings, 10 on easy settings), 1 game ball, and lights alleyoop
in the features completed circle.
- Plunger Skill shot
- Player will sometimes be given a choice between
enabling alley-oop or beginning all qualified events. This is indicated
by alternating the flashing lamps in the shooter lane while
the ball is sitting at the plunger. Shooting the ball will stop the
lamp movement and give the appropriate award once the ball
reaches the ramp.
- A mystery award active during normal 1-ball play and
enabled by shooting the left up-kicker. The player is allowed to
choose between a point award or some other award. In tournament
mode, tip-off always offers the same awards.
7. Game Ball Feature
Various features award game balls. Shooting the sequence 1, 2, 3, and
4 will light #5. Let the ball land in the right up-kicker (between the
upper-playfield flippers) to award a game ball, light game ball in the
features completed circle, and be given an opportunity to trade all
game balls collected so far for an award, as follows:
- 1 - 10M points
- 2 or 3 - Hurry-up Extra Ball
- 4 or 5 - Multiball
- 6 or 7 - Extra Ball
- 8 or 9 - Shaq Attaq
- 10 through 13 - Slammin Jammin
14 Double Entire Score (awarded only once per player per game).
15 or more: Score 20M (10M on hard/tournament settings, 30M on easy settings)
per game ball.
8. Hidden Features:
5 hidden features are in the game. Discovering them lights a corresponding
lamp and scores an end-of game bonus (or end-of-ball on
easy settings). The hidden features are as follows:
- #1- Playing multimode level 5 or supermode.
- #2- Re-lock all balls in ramp during multiball.
- #3- Shooting free through during an event.
- #4- Tip-off: choose 5,000 twice (or three times hard settings).
- #5- Score a drop target rebound.
The bonus is based on total hidden features found, as follows:
- 1 found - 10M
- 2 found - 30M
- 3 found - 100M
- 4 found - 300M
- 5 found - 1 Billion
On normal and hard settings, this bonus is collected at the end of the
game. On easy settings, it is scored at the end of each ball.
In order to find all five features in one game, go for multimode level 5
immediately, as it becomes much harder to achieve after reaching the
finals event for the first time. To do this, avoid shooting the right ramp
and avoid the "start event" plunger shot until all four features and
multiball are lit at the ramp. The other hidden features can be obtained
through normal game play.
9. Scoring Level
Grand Champion scores on Shaq Attaq typically range between 1B
and 2B. In tournament mode, it is expected that the top A division
player may score about 1B, and the average game be on the order of
200M-400M. In the B and lower divisions, top scores will probably be
about 500M, with an average score around 200M.
10. Strategy Summary
Slammin Jammin is by far the most lucrative mode in this game.
Therefore aim for completing SHAQUILLE, and don't trade in game
balls until you have enough to trade in for Slammin Jammin. This is
harder done then said, because you may have to say NO to trading in
your game balls for multiball or an extra ball, in order to trade them in
later for Slammin Jammin.
The MVP event is the most lucrative event, allowing you to score EB
plus 450M if you hit the drop target 4 times. The Game Balls event
can also be lucrative, because you can collect most of the balls
required to get you Slammin Jammin. The horse event and shot clock
event are not really all that worthwhile. Avoid starting both MVP and
Game Balls events simultaneously, since you only have time to shoot
for one of them, unless you are going for hidden feature #1
Multiball is worthwhile, but not necessarily big points unless you can
consistently shoot the basket. Try to start MVP event and multiball
together, then shoot the drop target a lot.
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