Oktoberfest Deep Dive! In Depth Overview of Machine and the Code and the Rules

Oktoberfest is the newest creation from American Pinball!  Check out details below!

OKTOBERFEST

“Experience the world famous Oktoberfest, year round, with Pinball on Tap!  Travel around the festival, visiting over a dozen tents and collecting steins for each.  Relish in the thrill of the exciting rides, including the amazing Corkscrew roller coaster!  Enjoy fantastic music, food, and drink to round out the ultimate Oktoberfest adventure.”


OVERVIEW OF OKTOBERFEST

Who’s Who

  • Playfield Design: Joe Balcer
  • Software Design: Josh Kugler, Joe Schober
  • Artwork: Jeff Busch
  • Animator: Ish Raneses
  • Music/Sound: Matt Kern
  • Project Engineer: Jim Thornton

General

  • Real Backglass
Backglass
  • Custom Music
  • 15″ Full Color LCD with 1366×768 resolution
  • 6 Stereo Speakers plus 8″ Cabinet Subwoofer
  • 275 lbs. unboxed
Right side of cabinet
Left side of cabinet
Side of Backbox
  • Height: 75″, Depth: 55″, Width: 29″

Features

  • Multiple wireform ramps including the Awesome Corkscrew Rollercoaster, with twin loops and a Zig Zag
First loop
Zig Zag
Second loop
  • Rollercoaster Shack & Beer Barrel 3-ball lock mechanisms
Barrel Ball Lock
  • RGB Lighting for both Feature Inserts and general playfield illumination
  • Otto the Bartender – Interactive target and ball lock assembly
Otto the Bartender – bash below him to open the bar
  • Four Magnets, two of which are player-controlled via MagNab cabinet button
MagNab
Bottom button controls the MagNab
  • Ramp that raises and lowers
This shows the ramp up – entering Restricted Area
Playfield level view
  • Three flippers
  • Three Bumper Car Pop Bumpers
  • Three Slingshots

MAGNAB

As mentioned above, Oktoberfest has FOUR magnets, two of which are player-controlled.  ‘MagNab’ are the two player-controlled magnets, which are activated via the second ‘flipper’ button on the right side of the cabinet. Players can earn MagNabs in game play, and then choose when to use them.

MagNabs can be used to set up shots for the upper right flipper as there is a magnet located just above the flipper.

Note the magnet above the upper flipper

MagNabs can also be used to grab the ball and drop in the top lanes, where spelling T-A-P will increase the playfield multipler.

Note the magnet above the T-A-P lanes

RULES AND CODE

Note – all rules and code are subject to change!

Overview

  • Five Multi-balls, Two Primary Multi-balls
  • 14 Tent Modes including a Video Mode and a Mini Wizard Mode
  • Beer Stein Power Ups to assist players towards objectives and increase scoring
  • Five Food Stand Modes
  • Three Mini Wizard Modes and an Uber Wizard Mode
  • Lots of Ducks

TENT MODES

As you traverse Oktoberfest, you’ll visit different tents along the way, which are the modes.  In order to start a tent mode, you must spell T-E-N-T on the inlanes/outlanes which lights Enter Tent at the scoop.  Shoot the scoop to select your Tent Mode.

14 Tent Modes

There will be 14 total Tent Modes.  They include:

  • Target Shooting
  • Rockin’ XPress
  • Juggling
  • Duck Hunt
  • Sky Slide
  • Fud Frenzy
  • Tap It!
  • Bumper Cars
  • Ring Toss
  • Rotor
  • Looper
  • Stein Race
  • Chugging
  • Flipper Meister (Wizard Mode?)

All Tent Modes have a “WIN” and then a “BONUS” until the timer runs out.  Modes can be more than once if they were not “won”.


BEER STEIN BOOSTERS

Note the base of the bar on the left side

A player gets to choose one free Stein at the start of each game, then you collect Steins by bashing the bartender in the top left X number of times until the bar opens, then shoot into the bar to collect.  There are 14 Steins in total.  Each Stein has two effects: it multiplies the value of a specific tent feature/mode, and also globally boosts some other feature of the game (e.g. more valuable pops, more valuable spinners, higher multiball jackpots, more playfield X time, etc). Steins can be collected in any combination the player chooses, and all the effects stack, including having multiples of the same stein.


FOOD STAND MODES

What is Oktoberfest without food!  There are FIVE Food Stand Modes, each one provides “UBER” scoring on different shots for a limited time.  Shoot the spinner and the drop target to qualify Food Stand Modes.  Collect food items to consume calories that accelerate scoring.

Spinner

Consume too much and you go into a food coma, which is a mini-wizard mode!


MYSTERY AWARDS

There are four separate duck targets scattered around the playfield.  Hitting them all will qualify mystery at the scoop.  Collect Mystery Award at the scoop.

It’s a duck. With a hat. Holding a bratwurst. What more do you want?

MAIN MULTIBALLS

Corkscrew Multiball

  • Complete O-K-T-O-B-E-R and F-E-S-T targets to light locks
O-K-T-O-B-E-R targets that look to be “sweep-able”
F-E-S-T targets
  • Shoot ramp to load the Coaster and lock balls
  • Lock three balls to start Corkscrew Multiball
  • During Multiball, complete O-K-T-O-B-E-R and F-E-S-T targets to light Super Jackpot

Beer Barrel Multiball

  • Complete P-R-O-S-T targets to light locks
Not gonna lie, had to Google what PROST means
  • Lock balls in the Barrel when lock is lit
  • The third ball locked in the Barrel starts Beer Barrel Multiball
You can steal locks from the Barrel Lock
  • During Multiball, lock balls back in Barrel to multiply scoring for a limited time
  • During Multiball, get all balls back into the Barrel for a Super Jackpot
  • LOCK STEALING – You can steal locks in multiplayer games

WIZARD MODES

Oktoberfest has at least 4 wizard modes planned.  Currently the plan is for the following wizard modes:

  • Wizard Mode for visiting all tents
  • Wizard Mode for collecting all Steins
  • Wizard Mode for collecting X number of ducks
  • Wizard Mode for eating X amount of food


Stay tuned for more Oktoberfest information going forward from American Pinball!!


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