Ep1 Prototype Differences:
There were several EP1 MEL games build (around 25) with a little different playfield. The only direct remarkable difference is the outhole above the bumpers, which lateron was replaced by a single orange button. Looking more thouroughly around the playfield you will find some more differences and it is even clear, that a different print run was issued for the series playfield - although there are not really remarkable differences - they are there. As I own a very late kit playfield and a MEL game I was able to take some pictures of the differences that I found - I am shure that there are more.... come and help me to find them. It is also fun to play Ep1 with the very old SW version 0.4, which is stored in the ROMs and can be enabled with the option 'Disable update game code'. When doing so you are able to find the coil of the above mentioned outhole also in the testmenu - yes, the coil still works with version 1.4, but you can't see and test it in testmenu. Also some sounds and sequences are different in 0.4 code - e.g. the match sound!!
The following pictures show mainly the artwork differences of the PF.
Always find the prototype on the left and the series
version on the right side
The remarkable difference - outhole above the bumpers
Another obvious difference, proto uses old style targets, series uses
'RFM' style targets
The bracket for Droid Fighter on series gives the upper fighter a higher
The diverter of the MEL games looks a bit handcrafted and is grey
The anti ball hang posts are blue on series version
The center ballgate is black on series and silver on MEL game
The MEL bumpercaps are violett, the kits bumpercaps are yellow - what
has your game?
In the left outlane you find a different printing for alternative post
The copyright under right return lane has identical content, but 3 lines
on MEL, 2 on series
To be continued. M.Wiest Version for Pin2000.de