As I said, at mame you must access service mode to change dips. Mame default is easy,3, no extras...same as TG claims.welby1 wrote:, but he(MDA) thinks the scores were done on 3 lives and easy. The manual I have does show default settings to be: 5lives, 40k extra and medium difficulty. I've got my game set on medium 30k extra and 3lives to start. MAME menu doesn't allow dips to be changed and 3lives starting; not sure on the others.
Probably mamedevs+TG+MDA are wrong there, since MDB has the manual. I haven't found manual on interweb. That would also mean that TG records are probably played on settings mentioned in the manual(5+40k). Simple math should confirm this, because a finished game has less points than TG records. You can get more points if you have more men, since you can kill your ship at last trench and start final stage from the beginning again, which makes 100k+ a round.
Finishing bonus is 100k, which you can get only once when the game is finished in the end of stage 8.
I do not know what is the difference in gameplay between easy and medium. I can tell you that "Easy" doesn't live up to it's name.
So there's a big difference for getting 5 lives and EXTRAS every 40k. Finishing the game is very hard on mame settings, not that the game would ever be very easy, trench is really really hard at later stages.
To my recollection, if set on extras you will get extras every XX,000 untill you reach million. After million you don't get extras. You don't get extra ships from level selection bonus of 600k.