Problem: I was not overjoyed with my new SpongeBob game even though I had heard and read that this was a top earning game and I was excited when this game arrived. The coins going down each of the two-player position metal coin slide chutes had a tendency, especially with a good player getting more coins down the chute at a time, to jam up at the first 90 degree turn that is about 6” downstream from the moving target opening (coin chute sensor near the bonus win hole). For me to unjam the coins, I had to move the game 2 feet forward to gain access to the back door. I would open the back, reach in and whack the chute with my open palm at the point in the picture attached that says “cut chute here’’. You can imagine that each time I had to do this during the first two weeks of the game’s arrival, my frustration increased and my whacks got harder and harder. And I am not a violent person!!!
When I am not at the game zone and the coins jammed, the location game staff would just tag the game out-of-order and it would remain out-of-order until my next scheduled visit!!!. And we all know how much an out-of-order game makes – like ZERO – a bad reflection on my technical skills.
Solution: To me, this problem was patently a mechanical design error by the manufacturer. The 3-foot long metal chute forces every token to go through 8 changes of direction before the token hits the hopper. My initial thought was to chop the length of the chute in half and replace it with a 16” straight piece of a plastic chute that cuts out 4 of the 8 direction changes.
I searched the Internet and found a 4’ piece of 2” square hollow PVC tube that sells for $31 that should handle both sides of the game. (link for PVC) https://www.amazon.com/PVC-Hollow-Rectangular-Gray-NSF-61/dp/B003Y39WD6
Let TRR be clear – Editor – No part of the original equipment was cut or damaged and if the game is ever sold it can easily be brought back to the original design (Ray saved the original parts of the metal chutes)! We would not want to jepordize the manufacturers warrantee.
I initially sought to replace the square hollow metal chute which costs about $90 with almost as expensive square hollow PVC which runs about $8 a foot. I reconsidered (at Dave Lohr’s suggestion–thank you Dave.) and decided to use 2” round PVC –$5 for a 10’ piece. The round PVC is better suited to handle direction changes by a slight twist to the 45-degree couplers. This rather simple almost straight shot path to the hopper consumed 16” of PVC pipe — less than a $1.00– and 2 elbows – 93cents each—so the whole project came in at about $3 total for parts (including sales tax).
Additional Detail Notes from Ray
There is a plastic chute for each side, so there are two plastic chutes now in my 2-player game.
The plastic PVC pipe is 2” diameter vs the metal chute which was 1.25” x 1.25” sq. The plastic run for each side needs two: 2” diameter 45-degree couplers, a short (1.5”) piece of pipe to join the couplers and one 16” piece of pipe to run in a straight shot from the 2nd coupler to the hopper.
So, you are dealing with 4 pieces of plastic for each side. Simply assemble all 4 pieces with the opening of the first coupler (notched as described below) directly underneath the metal chute as shown in the top view picture.
Twist the 2nd coupler and 16” piece of PVC pipe so that it is pointed at the hopper and rests on the top edge of the hopper. You don’t need to use PVC glue because the friction fit is quite tight enough for our purposes.
Vinyl strap the notched PVC pipe to the wood deck and you are done. It took me about 2 hours total to remove the metal chutes and install the plastic chutes for both sides. Total parts cost about $4 per side (vs. about $90 for the guaranteed-to-jam all metal chute).
Where the opening of the first plastic coupler meets the original metal chute, as shown in the picture, this was the point where most of the coin jams occurred. Since installing the plastic chute on 4-3-18 I have had zero coin jams in this run of pipe as opposed to almost daily or more jams with the all metal version.
Editor’s Note: I do hope that Andamiro and other manufacturers will read this and hopefully make the improvements standard for the industry. And even better yet, perhaps several manufacturers will provide their coin chute slide modification to all those who have purchased their game for FREE. Many games have poorly constructed coin entry chutes/tubes where many coins never make it to the cash box or hopper, but splash all over the bottom of the game, sometimes landing on a circuit board and ‘OH NO!’. Nah, that is asking way too much! But we all like to dream, even in our capitalistic country. Lastly, let me state that I and our industry love Andamiro and I in particular love SpongeBob Pineapple!!!
CLEAN, WORKING & EARNING
Here are some basic tips to keep your new Andamiro assets functioning properly
Any successful amusement machine operation almost always starts by determining what the customer wants. What’s most obvious? They want machines that are clean and working. Following appearances, they want value and quality gameplay. Here are a few maintenance and operating tips for four of Andamiro’s new games — SpongeBob Soccer Stars, Baseball Pro, Despicable Me Jelly Lab and Pump It Up 2017 Prime 2 — that’ll keep them working and earning, and your customers satisfied.
SPONGEBOB FIELDS FOREVER
SpongeBob Soccer Stars is fast and addictive. The game’s mini soccer balls are propelled across the playfield in less than a second. Phase one of each game lasts 30 seconds, during which time some 25 shots can be fired; the bonus round adds another 15 seconds of ball activity. Missed goals are bounced back, while some shots hit the playfield before reaching the goal region. This constant high-speed contact will create residue buildup on various areas of the playfield, which includes the built-in LED bonus scoreboard.
#SoccerStarsTip » Use a nonabrasive adhesive remover to dissolve the playfield residue quickly, leaving it polished and professional. We experimented with a few wipe-on/wipe-off solutions and found the “3M Adhesive Remove” to be very effective. Starting at the back of the game, spray the solution evenly across and down the playfield, allow the solution to sit for two minutes, and then use a clean, soft cloth to wipe the entire field. The solution dissolves the residue, revealing a shiny and vibrant surface after wiping. “Cleanliness is next to managerless” — SpongeBob SquarePants
ARCADE SEASON OPENER
It’s baseball season and interest in Andamiro’s pitch-and-bat lineup is soaring. The line includes the original Baseball Pro, the smaller Baseball Pro Junior, and Baseball Pro Challenge; the latter is offered in the Junior cabinet and features alternate two-player competition that appeals to bar and tavern patrons.
#BaseballProTip » Restrict outs to “holes.” Here’s what we mean: The batter’s game is over when three outs are recorded. In Baseball Pro’s default setting, a foul ball, one that lands on the forward playfield, is registered as an out. Disable this setting to limit “outs” to the “out holes” in the game’s rear section, where runs are scored. This will lengthen gameplay and allow new players to become familiar with Baseball Pro (and fall in love with it).
CRACKING THE MINION CODE
Today’s high-tech quick-coin games work best with incremental crediting options. Take Andamiro’s Despicable Me Jelly Lab, for instance. Use these factory-recommended price settings for best results:
1 swipe/credit = 5 plays
2 swipe/credit = 11 plays
3 swipe/credit = 18 plays
4 swipe/credit = 24 plays
5 swipe/credit = 30 plays
#JellyLabTip » If an operator wants to increase the number of plays for one credit, then the subsequent crediting options must also increase accordingly. In other words, the number of plays for two separate single swipes should not be greater than the number of plays for two simultaneous swipes.
PRIMING THE PUMP
Andamiro’s iconic Pump It Up rhythm and dance video games are updated annually. Our current PIU LX in the 55″ display cabinet ships with 2017 Prime 2 software, which was introduced last year. However, numerous versions of 2018 Prime 2 have been released since January 1. The latest and ninth update — 2018 Prime2 V2.03.0 — will be available at the end of April.
#PumpItUpTip » Before updating your dance game, check with your Pump It Up customers. PIU fans can be dogmatic about a game’s songs and characters. If you do choose to update, the software is free and installs from a USB drive or directly over the Internet. Your equipment must be running 2017 Prime 2 to support the 2018 updates.
#GeneralTip » Always study and refer to the manual that comes with your game. If you have any questions or thoughts about these games or any other Andamiro machine models, please contact us by emailing or calling:
[email protected] or (310) 767-5800 x4
[email protected] or (310) 767-5800 x2
[email protected] or (310) 767-5800 x3
Ray Dachik, Regional Manager/Technician, Alpha-Omega Amusements