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New Pinball Dictionary: Cradle Separation
Sep17

New Pinball Dictionary: Cradle Separation

During Multiball, while two or more balls are cradled on the same flipper, a player taps the flipper lightly so that one ball is freed while retaining control of the other ball(s).

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New Pinball Dictionary: Sam Harvey / Wicked Shimmy
Sep13

New Pinball Dictionary: Sam Harvey / Wicked Shimmy

To save a ball that is travelling down the outlane by shaking the game very quickly. This results in a succession of upward triangle jumps off of the inlane and outlane walls, which causes the ball to rise back up and return safely into play.

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New Pinball Dictionary: McEwen Strategy / McEwen Special
Sep09

New Pinball Dictionary: McEwen Strategy / McEwen Special

To make one shot repeatedly on the fly, that will feed the same flipper. The goal is that this one shot eventually becomes valuable over time.

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New Pinball Dictionary: Bally Brick
Sep08

New Pinball Dictionary: Bally Brick

When a normally working target gets hit by the ball so perfectly or so straight that it doesn’t fall down.

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New Pinball Dictionary: Drop a bomb
Sep04

New Pinball Dictionary: Drop a bomb

To achieve a substantially higher score than most competitors on a pinball game in a competitive atmosphere.

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New Pinball Dictionary: Lonesome Loser
Sep03

New Pinball Dictionary: Lonesome Loser

A player who spots a game with a low replay score and puts in enough money to play at least two games at the same time. This increases the chances that the player will win free credits, because replay scores don’t increase during a game.

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New Pinball Dictionary: In Jail
Aug30

New Pinball Dictionary: In Jail

That feeling you get when you have the ball trapped on a flipper, but you have no idea what to do next; Especially when flipper techniques such as post passes and tap passes aren’t working well enough to get the ball the the other flipper, reliably.

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New Pinball Dictionary: Pre-Plunge Piss / Pre-Plunge Pee (PPP)
Aug29

New Pinball Dictionary: Pre-Plunge Piss / Pre-Plunge Pee (PPP)

This occurs when a player goes for a quick run to the restroom before their next turn. Sometimes this happens during a match when a player calculates that they might have enough time to go before it’s their turn again.

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New Pinball Dictionary: Lazarus
Aug25

New Pinball Dictionary: Lazarus

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. See also: Bounce Back

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New Pinball Dictionary: Trifecta
Aug14

New Pinball Dictionary: Trifecta

To score 3 consecutive shots, usually of increasing value with the same shot. An example of this is when a player collects the single, double, and triple jackpot at the beginning of Whitewater Multiball.

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