I notice that a lot of people are not taking advantage of the Operator's Menu (OM) in the game. Perhaps it's confusing, since the OM is similar to how it looks like on a real pinball machine. It's a real shame too since the OM has a lot to offer, especially to those that are new to pinball and want to make the game easier or to those that just want a challenge.
This guide will help you navigate through the Operator's Menu and will explain what does what.
First off, to activate the Operator's Menu. You will first need to load one of the tables and pause the game. There will be a list of options to choose from and one of those will be the Operator's Menu.
The Operator's Menu contains the following sections:
- Book Keeping
I will explain in detail on what each one of these terms mean and what each one does.
Adjustments: This section has three options.
- Standard Adjustments - This is where you can adjust the number of Balls (1-10), the number of Extra Balls (0-10), the number of Tilt Warnings, and the length of the Ball Save for your game.
- Feature Adjustments - This is where you can adjust the unique features on each table. This section allows you to adjust the Mode Timers, adjust the Difficulty on most parts/modes/missions, and toggle the Holds (allows certain things such as kickbacks to carry over to the next ball) among other things.
- Physical Adjustments - This section allows you to change the Slope/Incline of the table and the Rubber Locations on the outlanes and slingshots. In other words, these options allow you to control the ball speed and the amount of ball draining.
**Note: Adjusting any of the features in the Adjustments section will deactivate the ability to post your scores on the leader boards. Also, you won't be able to obtain the trophies/achievements. Everything in the Adjustments section must be at their Factory Setting for you to post leader board scores and to obtain trophies/achievements.**
**Tip: You can easily reset the Adjustments back to their Factory Settings by going to the Utilities section (see below) of the Operator's Menu.**
Book Keeping: This section just lists and keeps track of your data, such as the scores, statistics, and the number of times you have used a part (flippers, bumpers, etc...). There are four options in this section.
- Main Audits - This just lists the basic statistics, such as the total number of balls played, total number of extra balls you have earned, the total number of tilts, etc...
- Standard Audits - This lists the total number of times you have used the basic parts, such as the flippers, slingshots, bumpers, kickbacks, etc...
- Feature Audits - This lists the total number of times you have used or played the parts/missions/modes that are unique to that table.
- Histograms - This lists the score averages and game times for the table.
**Note: Most of this data can be viewed in the Statistics section in the game's Options Menu.**
Tests: - This is a fun little section. You can test all of the lamps, lights, flashers, DMD animations, and the audio (sound effects and music) in this section. Think of it as the sound and display tests that you see in other video game option screens. The options in this section vary from table to table, so I'm not going to bother listing them here. However, this is the place to go if you want to hear the table's soundtrack.
Utilities: - This section allows you to reset certain features, adjust the table difficulty, and it also contains extra adjustments that won't harm your scoring or trophy/achievement status. There are 5 options in this section.
- Factory Adjustments - This is where you can reset all of the Adjustments (see above) that you made back to their Factory Settings.
- Pre-Sets - This adjusts the table's difficulty settings to very easy, easy, normal, hard, or very hard.
**Note: Normal is the factory setting difficulty on each table. Changing the difficulty will prevent you from earning trophies/achievements or posting your scores on the leader boards.**
- Clear Audits - This resets all of the stuff in the Book Keeping section back to zero (see above).
- Reset Local High Scores - It does what it says. This will reset your local high scores that are stored in your game save back to the manufacturer set scores.
- Extra Features - This section allows you to change the color of the Dot Matrix Display (DMD) and adjust the Flipper Sensitivity. Some tables may have unique options located here.
**Note: Changing the settings in the Extra Features section **will** still allow you to obtain the trophies/achievements and will still allow you to post your scores onto the leader boards.**
I hope this guide was useful to you. If there are any questions about the Operator's Menu, feel free to ask them in this thread.
One Final Note: Some features/options will vary from table to table. For example, Civil War doesn't allow you to change the color of the DMD, since it already changes color depending on the side you have chosen and/or the event (the Standford Multiball) that is going on.