Pinball is an example of a durable higher denomination game that continues to retain its popularity despite a proliferation of more modern and high tech slots on the casino floor.
The game itself is pretty straightforward, in part because it leverages the ultra-simple Double Diamond as its basic format. The symbols and basic pay options remain the same, so there’s not a lot to learn.
However, that last credit wagered (in the example here for a three-credit version of Pinball) is where things change up on this game. The pay table payouts for the third credit for base line hits don’t change, with the exception of the top payout of three Double Diamond symbols, which increases proportionally.
Instead, the bulk of the third credit value goes to the bonus, which instead of three Pinball shots (which would be expected given what you get for credits 1 and 2), increases to 5 Pinball shots. So really that third credit is being invested largely in the bonus, and secondarily into that top payout.
The bonus itself is quite simple. You get the number of pinball shot based on your credit count. Then, you shoot each ball into the board and either get it into one of the pockets, or falls into the bottom section below. The top prize is getting all five balls into that bottom section; as a result, you can’t play for the top bonus prize without betting max credits.
Of course, it’s rare to get balls into that bottom section at all, as the bulk of the pinball shots will fall into the pockets above it. But it’s an important aspect of the bonus to be aware.
For players who find games without a feature or bonus less exciting, this may be a perfectly reasonable trade-off. This is effectively like a more/better bonus bet for that third credit. For those who are less enthusiastic about the bonus, it may be worth playing a standard Double Diamond machine instead.
But clearly many players enjoy the game, as IGT keeps it available on more modern machines despite the game’s lengthy run on the casino floor. And it can be quite the fun bonus, especially in high limit denominations!
Watch and Learn
Brian Christopher got a high limit handpay on Pinball (segment starts at 6:28):
Slotlady played Pinball in high limit in this video, starting at 7:02: