How do you spot a beginner pinball player in one of the many arcades opening up around the country? In most cases, the beginner is the person who focuses on flipping the ball for as long as they can. All experienced players know this is not what pinball is about.

If your focus when playing pinball is to keep the ball alive for as long as possible, don't worry – we've all been there as everyone starts as a beginner. For all good pinball players, however, there is a eureka moment when you realise this shouldn't be the focus of your game.

What is Pinball About?

If pinball is not about keeping the ball alive for as long as possible, what is it about? The answer is getting as high a score as possible. You simply cannot do this by just keeping the ball alive.

This is because each pinball machine has a range of different features. In other words, pinball is not random. Instead, the makers carefully design and programme each machine with features and targets that help you maximise the number of points you score.

For example, you might be able to increase your score by hitting the bumpers, doors, or other targets in a particular order. If you are unsure what these targets are, a good approach is to hit those that are lit to see if the light goes out, or those that are not lit to see if the light turns on.

In addition, on some machines, hitting one of the bumpers or doors over and over again is the best way to score points, while lighting up different targets on the machine until they are all lit is crucial on other machines.

So, when you next play pinball, concentrate on getting the best possible score you can rather than just keeping the ball alive.

Tips

Here are some pointers to help you get the best pinball score possible:

• Learn about the table – don't just walk up and start playing it

• Find the danger areas of the table • Find the shots and objectives that will give you the most points

• Find special skill shots that will give you additional points

Here’s one final tip – you could practice every day with your own pinball machine. Luckily, it is possible to do this because of the range of pinball machines that we have available.

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