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New Pinball Dictionary: Bounce Back

Bounce Back

1. An event where the ball goes down the middle, but it hits the area below the flippers in a way where it is able to return back through the flippers again and back into play. This usually requires skillful flipping (or in some cases, non-flipping) to keep the flippers out of the way, while still being ready to react quickly enough to return the ball.

2. An event where the ball goes down the right outlane, but it travels fast enough to hit the area below the flippers in a way where it is able to return back through the flippers again and back into play. In a similar way than [1], this usually requires skillful flipping (or in some cases, non-flipping) to keep the flippers out of the way, while still being ready to react quickly enough to return the ball.

3. An event where the ball drains down the right outlane, but it is travelling fast enough to go around and reach the left outlane kickback, where the ball is propelled back into play.

Note: As long as the player does not try to nudge the machine intentionally and forcefully during a Bounce Back [1,2,3], this is not considered a Bang Back or a Death Save, and will be ruled as legal by tournament directors.

4. An event where the ball passes between the flippers and hits a center post where the ball is returned back into play. This kind of Bounce Back usually requires that the player refrains from flipping at all for it to work. This is also known as the “Chill Maneuver” because of the discipline that the player has to show to not flip at the ball.

5. An event where the ball travels down an outlane where it hits an outlane post and returns into play.

For Bounce Backs [4,5] like these, it is legal for the player to nudge the machine to get the ball back into play.

Note: Not to be confused with the “Bounce Back” on Whitewater, which is what the kickback on the left outlane is called on that game.

See also: Lazarus

Author: SSB

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