Transformers Tutorial

Year: 2011
Manufacturer: Stern Pinball Inc.
Designer: George Gomez
Software: Lonnie Ropp, Waison Cheng


  1. Womble
    May 18, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Thanks guys! You’re doing great things for pinball.

  2. Womble
    May 18, 2012 at 6:28 am

    INSANE death save @17:32.

    I have no idea how you pulled that off, especially since you’d already double-dangered on the ball. Outstanding work.

  3. May 18, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    What a game!!!

  4. JWF
    May 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Massive game Bowen! Love the videos, keep ’em up.

  5. ZEN
    May 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    CRUSH!! 94 MILLION Sentinel Prime Jackpot! You put your 2x multiplier on the All Spark saucer at the same time the strobbing 3x multiplier was on that shot. Did that make it 4x/5x/6x or does the 3x cancel/override the 2x regular multiplier? MORE DEATH SAVES WHOOOOOO!

  6. bowen
    May 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    When the strobing shot comes over, the multiplier becomes 3x instead of 2x. I don’t know a way to increase the multiplier further. On Batman you can combine these multipliers with the “launch the ball” multipliers. The MoaJ (Mother of all Jackpots) would be the 9x Joker Super Jackpot or 9x Batmobile Award, both of which are possible with the perfect stack.

  7. ZEN
    May 18, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Oops. Error. 70+ million Super J, 94 million total in that Wizard mode.

  8. Cayle
    May 18, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Well you can 6x with a roving 3x and bumblebee yes?


  9. Winball Pizard
    May 19, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Great amazing game and tutorial as usual Bowen! This really helps a lot and now I want to play some Transformers. Next time you play a tournament I think you should go into tutorial mode and just start describing to everyone around what you’re doing. You might be able to simultaneously knock out a tourney vid and a tutorial lol Thanks again!

  10. CJ
    May 19, 2012 at 11:45 am

    The tutorial video was great as always. Thanks! Keep it up! I just wanted to add that whoever is designing the opening Papa and tutorial segments is Rocking it. The rotating pinball games, the Gamworks intro, Transformers intro. They are awesome. 🙂

  11. May 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    What do you mean “next time” 🙂

    More to come…

  12. bowen
    May 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks CJ. “Gamworks” is a very different type of establishment than “Gameworks” 🙂

  13. Colin
    May 20, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Very impressive game. Appreciate these tutorials — on this one, not so much for the TF gameplay (since I’m very familiar with it), but as a reminder that I need to work on my live catch skills. Nice.

    The frenzy mode Bowen encountered was a very low value (in reality) fast scoring. You can theoretically keep it going forever and keep increasing its value at the Skidflaps targets, but not worth it imho. Stack it with a multiball if the opportunity presents itself, and enjoy the extra points as gravy.

    A couple things I disagree on:
    1) trying to stack any mode with any multiball due to the well-noted inability to figure out what each lit orange arrow represents. There are a few modes that work well with each mb — it’s just a matter of finding which combinations work for you.
    2) That Optimus mb as Autobot is easier than Optimus mb as Decepticon. I feel as Autobot, Optimus mb is the hardest mb in the game, regardless of side. I think Bowen’s impression of Optimus as Decepticon may be skewed by his incorrect statement that there is a timer on collecting an orange arrow JP after each bash of Optimus during the mb. There is not. The timer is only on the Megatron mb when played as an Autobot.

    Re: someone’s question on stacking shot multipliers, I have gotten a 6x SJP on Sentinel Prime once via 3x shot and 2x bumblebee, with a SP mode total of nearly 169M. As Bowen would say: “That’s a spicy meatball.”

    Sadly, I’ve found SP mode is more lucrative in reality than Cybertron — which is just SP as a multiball with 3 shots each required. No add-a-ball that I found (I’ve only managed to get there twice). Being a multiball, it’s a lot tougher to often get your 3x jackpots on each shot.

  14. Koi
    May 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm


    Very impressive game! This video is a great tutorial on how to play Transformers. It was quite enjoyable to watch. Keep up the excellent work!


  15. Andreas
    May 29, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Impressive game and amazing shot accuracy! Love your tutorials Bowen, please never stop doing them!

  16. LDK
    June 30, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Comparing with my own style of play on Transformers, I’d say the big difference is the ability to do consistent live catches. Mine are not as nicely behaving…

    I also note that drop catches are rare here. Doing dropcatches on Stern games is a bit riskier than on Wms/Bally-games, so I guess I should try for live catches even more.

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