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Get that bonus: What a pinball bonus is and why it’s important

If you’re just starting out in pinball, you may not know all the rules and techniques, but you do know that a higher score is a better score (profound, I know).  And one important way to increase your score is to boost your bonus.

Bonus, in pinball, is the score you receive after you drain a ball and your turn is over.  (There are exceptions to this which we’ll cover, which allow the player to collect the bonus during the turn and while the ball is still in play.)  You build up and increase the bonus you receive by performing well during your turn and hitting certain scoring objectives.

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If you’re not tilting, you’re not trying.

TILT pinball machine

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Tilting is a bad thing, right?  Well, essentially, yes, as it’s considered a penalty that the machine gives you.  But in some ways, if you’re tilting, that can be a good thing….I’ll get philosophical in a moment, but let’s clarify these two terms for beginners:

Nudging is using physical force to move a pinball machine with the intent being to manipulate the ball’s movement.  Nudging in pinball is perfectly legal.

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