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The Hungry Dead 1.1
I have revised Ruckage's "Hungry Dead" which is about ... you may have guessed it ... Zombies! I know it is corny and cheesy but I love it! The rules set for the table is quite simple. I needed something easier to work on after working on the very complex "Creature from the Black Lagoon". I thought about holding this release until just before Halloween, but I decided to go ahead and release it. Although It would be perfect for Halloween, I like playing it any time.
Having been built in 2005, this is the oldest table I have ever revised. If you sort all the tables on Pinsimdb in ascending order, revision 1.0 of this table is listed as the sixth oldest. It has no ramps, mini-playfields or upper/lower playfields. I don't think Future Pinball could support any of that at the time. Even though it is simple, the table configuration is challenging to play and the art and sounds are kind of creepy in a fun way. The Heads Up Display (HUD) is pretty unique. It uses textures that are loaded in Future Pinball's texture manager for the numeric displays so the font can have a different appearance. As you might guess, the script for driving the displays is unique as well but it works. The table uses segmented displays on the backboard for the same data as the HUD and I have never seen a disagreement between the two displays.
I created custom physics for this table. If you want the ball to be faster, you can increase the slope to 9. You can also increase the ball mass up to 76 and the gravity up to 5500. The higher the setting, the faster the ball will play. BAM has a way where you can adjust these parameters in real time. After you open the BAM menu, you arrow down to "DEV Options" and press "Enter'. Then you arrow down to "Physics Tweaks" and press "Enter". "Slope", "Ball Mass" and "Gravity" are the first three parameters listed on the screen. After you make changes, you will need to use the option "Save tableName.xml" to save your changes. I also found that Physics 2.4, 2.5, 2.6 and Slamt1lt's 2.7 work on this table also.
When I first opened Version 1.0 of this table, I was surprised at the size of the objects on the HUD. One of the first things I did was to reduce their size. After playing it a few times, I noticed that it had no display for the number of balls so I added one for both the HUD and the backboard. Yes I figured out how to add this using the existing textures and how to use frames which was new to me.
I found an omission in the script. Most tables have a light between the main flippers that indicates when the ball saver is active. This table has the light but it never turned on when the ball saver was active so I added it to the script.
I also added my usual HUD mod to the script that makes the HUD toggle key work and you can change whether the game starts with the HUD turned on or off. I thought it was interesting that the original table had the ability to turn the HUD on and off by pressing the letter "O". I am guessing that the designated HUD toggle key must have appeared in later versions of Future Pinball. I changed the script to use the HUD toggle key so pressing the letter "O" won't work anymore.
I added a line to the script that allows you to change the number of balls per game.
The table has a "Clock" that appears during 'Zombie Massacre' and 'Zombie Hunt' so you know how much time remains to complete these tasks. The clock only appeared on the HUD so I added it to a location on the backboard also. The clock only appears when it is counting down during these tasks and is invisible the rest of the time.
When I played this table, I found it was difficult to get the ball up the lane that starts multiball. It's pretty much a luck shot to hit it using the main flippers. I made some changes to the lane that make it a little easier to hit it with the upper flipper. It is still not an easy shot but I think it is better now.
The original table didn't have a loading screen image so I couldn't resist adding one. Actually, I created two of them and couldn't decide which one I like best so saved both. You can change the image to the alternate by opening Future Pinball's editor and clicking on the "Table" pull down menu and selecting "Table Info". Then change the "Loading Picture" from "Loading1" to "Loading2". "Loading2" is a higher resolution image so you may not want to try this if you have a lower end PC.
I noticed that when I launched the ball with the full force of the plunger, it would sometimes bounce off the gate that is supposed to release it onto the playfield and roll back down to the plunger. I change the gate to a different model which makes it work better now.
I created a simple game room that has a floor and back wall mainly for the guys that have virtual reality headsets.
Finally, I created a version for a display that has been rotated 90 degrees. If you try this version, please post some feedback.
The download includes wheel art from the original table in case you use Hyperpin or PinballX.