Like the proverbial RKO out of nowhere, a new, significant update is released on a sold-out game! Score re-balancing, bug fixes and a reworked “The End of the Line” mode.

V1.80.0 - November 16, 2018

  - Add RED G.I. to coffin hammer strike LED G.I. effect.
  - Added LED GI effects for mode items, snake multiball ready, and
    snake multiball start.
  - Changed EoL start and background LED GI effects.
  - Added LED GI effect for the super spinners.
  - Loop post stays DOWN when a shot is made for the super spinners.
  - Reworked EoL RGB lamps: blinking bright green = super jackpot, solid
    dark green = scored, blinking medium green = available.
  - Added lamp effects (background) and LED GI effects (background) for the
    coffin magnet diverter lock sequence.
  - Implemented lamp effects and LED GI effects for super spinners.
  - Added a setting (currently, game-specific adjustment #91) that
    controls the amount of time the coffin magnet remains down during
    ball search (default: 5 seconds, range: 2 seconds - 10 seconds).
  - Ball search coffin/magnet will activate the coffin magnet when
    the coffin magnet diverter is held down.  This may or may not help
    free balls that may be jammed in the back of the coffin behind the
  - Improved the coffin magnet sequence in an effort to minimize balls
    getting jammed behind the magnet.
  - Switch compensation for the snake jaw now only done when the snake
    jaw is UP.
  - RGB test was not freeing the rgb layer before exiting.  This has
    been corrected.
  - Added a background lamp effect for the super spinners.

  - Reworked ball locked lamp effect.
  - Captive ball extra ball #1 (default for auto setting) lowered to 10
    hits (from 15 hits).
  - Combo champion # of combos lowered to 10 combos (from 20 combos).
  - Added new marker to The End Of The Line music for better shooter groove.
  - One (lady justice) mode was not being restarted when a shot was made
    during the mode.  This has been corrected.
  - Added a "reset timer" adjustment for the One (lady justice) mode.
  - Added combo lights adjustment.  Default is FLASH ONCE (show lamps once
    for a small period of time, then turn the lights off).  Other settings:
    ALWAYS and NONE.  Competition + Director's Cut are set to FLASH ONCE.
  - Coffin hurry-up now leaves all shots lit to reset the hurry-up score
    when multiple hurry-ups are available instead of requiring the player
    to complete them individually before they all re-light.
  - "The End Of The Line" song is now selectable at the start of the game
    if the player has made it to "The End Of The Line" (the 5th Crank It Up
  - Shot features shot lit (the blinking arrow at the start of the ball)
    will no longer move to a shot that is ready to start the coffin hurry-up,
    nor will it move to a shot that is associated with a currently running
    coffin hurry-up.
  - Super skill shot to light a shot for the coffin hurry-up will now always
    be on the active shot for lighting items (the blinking arrow at the start
    of the ball).
  - Reworked guitar pick target lamps.  The unscored lamps now blink only
    when they are available to light the snake lock (and during Blackened).
    Otherwise, the unscored lamps are OFF.
  - Added explosion sounds to the start of the fuel mode.
  - Changed the sound for completing a pop bumper to something slightly
  - Reworked song transition markers for "Sad But True" so more of the song
    can be heard.
  - Added lamp effects for "The End Of The Line" super jackpot.
  - Added shaker motor effects to "The End Of The Line".
  - Shortened the extra ball and replay effects during multiball and "The
    End Of The Line".
  - Fixed the timing of the snake bite sound at the start of the long
    version of the extra ball display effect.
  - Added more speech for snake lock.
  - Added snake talk scripts (ADULT CONTENT and BEEPED) for completing the
    guitar pick targets when doing so lights the snake lock during multiball
    or during "The End Of The Line".  This was implemented, but the scripts
    were missing from the snake script table.
  - Updated some HSTD initials.
  - Crank It Up modes now wait for collect/continue to finish obtaining
    user input before terminating.  This allows the player to "collect" the
    mode points even though the song (mode) has technically ended.
  - Changed the Crank It Up default collect/continue relight difficulty
    from EASY to HARD.  This requires the player to re-collect the Cross,
    Electric Chair, Coffin, and Snake to relight collect/continue during
    the Crank It Up mode.
  - Some work on The End of the Line:
      - Starts as a 2-ball multiball.
      - The music does not start until the mode start animation has
        finished playing.
      - Removed the timer.  The mode will continue running during single
        ball play.
      - Added mystery award for single ball play.  This awards the first
        available shot from left to right (even if that shot is the super
      - If the mode is played through until the song ends at 7:51, the
        flippers are turned off and the balls are collected.
      - The first part of the rule has been changed from all 6 shots lit
        to light the super jackpot to 1 shot lit to light the first super
        jackpot, 2 shots lit to light the second super jackpot, etc. up
        to a maximum of all 6 shots lit to light the sixth super jackpot.
        If an unlit shot is made during this stage, that shot will light
        to advance to the next stage (super jackpot).
      - Removed "failed" super jackpot award display effect and moved it
        to "ended".  (This is the animation of the car not making the jump
        and crashing at the bottom of the canyon.)
      - Removed the failed shots from the second stage (super jackpot).
        There is now only one shot available during this stage (the super
        jackpot); it moves around randomly.
      - Removed some audits (super jackpot failed, completed).  The mode
        cannot be completed, it can only be played until the song ends.
      - Added jackpot speech.
      - Added super jackpot lit speech.
      - Added instructions to the start display effect.
      - Added instructions/status to the background display effect.
      - Changed the scoring for the super jackpot.  The first super
        jackpot awards the total points scored during the first Crank
        It Up mode played.  The second super jackpot awards the total
        points scored during the first Crank It Up mode played plus
        the total points scored during the second Crank It Up mode
        played, ... etc.
      - Corrected the mode tune.  The full song is now played from the
        beginning, and it ends in silence.
      - A ball is added when lighting the super jackpot and for scoring the
        super jackpot, always.
      - Added logic to shut down some rules, as this rule is not covered
        under the normal multiball handling (it can be single ball play)).
      - Added item collects (Cross, Electric Chair, Coffin, Snake) to light
      - Added collect/continue so the mode can be ended (it does not end
        normally when play goes down to single ball).  Collect/continue is
        only available during single ball play.
      - Snake lock for 2x scoring now allowed.
  - Reworked the replay effect so it is more efficient.
  - Shortened the replay effect if the replay is awarded during bonus (as
    a result of the bonus putting the player over the replay score).
  - Inhibited the trailing "free game" speech at the end of the replay
    effect if the replay effect is run immediately after bonus.
  - Added small explosion sound for completing a pop bumper.
  - Broke out right eject kick settings into TIME and POWER.  This gives
    better resolution/control over the behavior of the kick.
  - Added a setting to carry over the fuel lane (piston) awards (lights)
    from ball to ball.
  - Changed default cross hits from 2 to 1.
  - Changed default item requirements for Crank It Up from 15 to 12.
  - Fixed a bug in the Blackened mode where the super jackpot light would
    stay lit (blinking) after it was collected and no longer available.
  - Added a custom sound previewer when changing the MODE COMPLETION SOUND
    adjustment so the user can preview the sound before having to try it out
    in the game.
  - Implemented alternate Crank-It-Up completion sounds.  The sound that
    is played when "completing" a Crank-It-Up mode is controlled by a new
    game-specific adjustment: "CRANK IT UP COMPL. SOUND".  The sound that is
    played is a new sound that is more appropriate for a Metallica game
    (less fanfare-y, more metal-y).
  - Game over effects are now killed when entering test mode.
  - Fixed a bug in the auto-percentaged extra ball module that would
    sometimes set the extra ball values (captive ball hits, combos) to an
    out of range value.
  - Mystery award text now expedited when the mystery award display effect
    is blown off.
  - Flipper blowoff for mystery locks the last frame so the player can see
    the award.
  - Score type changed from 32-bit to 64-bit.
  - Updated to new game versioning scheme.
  - "The End Of The Line" mode background lamps now higher than BLACKENED
  - Fuel mode start was also scoring the first letter of "FUEL" for
    lighting double scoring during "FUEL".  This has been corrected.
  - If all piston lights are blinking and the fuel lane target is hit
    then the score value is doubled.
  - Changed fuel lane scoring.  Changed fuel lane "blown pistons" so a
    blown piston is awarded for each light that is lit instead of only
    awarding one blown piston for any number of lights lit.
  - Increased the priority of the fuel lane target hit display effect
    so the extra ball lit display effect would not cut it off.
  - The three lights by the fuel lane are now reset when the blown pistons
    are collected.
  - Fixed an issue with the skill shot where the 2x right lane award was
    not being re-enabled on short plunges.
  - Fixed an issue where fading the music volume would cause the music
    to cut out entirely (bonus, game over).
  - Snake multiball background display effect was not showing the correct
    shot value when the super jackpots were lit.  This has been corrected.
  - Lowered the score for the snake multiball super jackpot.

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