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Moneyball

Multimedia Games

Moneyball

This is a new series of games using a pinball/pachinko-style top-box game on Multimedia’s “High Rise” cabinet, incorporating a tall, vertical video display. Versions of the game include a generic Moneyball title and several in which the top-box pinball bonus is added to popular Multimedia base games including “Invasion from Outer Space.”

The common top-box Moneyball bonus takes on many different forms, and different outcomes. When the bonus is triggered, the animated top-box pinball game takes on one of four different scenes—a tree with the pegs and bumpers as fruit, a desert scene with UFOs, a hotel, or a classic pinball layout.

In each game, the player manipulates a button to “aim” the pinball’s direction as it is fired to the top of the bonus board. Each peg triggers a small award as the ball touches it, and the bumpers trigger larger awards.

There are also spaces on the boards that award games within the game. A “ball lock”—the video equivalent of the physical pinball hitting a spot and staying there—triggers one of two secondary events. In one, a prize wheel appears, which the player spins for an extra bonus prize. In another, a set of three bonus reels appears, and the player gets three spins for bonus awards. In either case, after the mini-game, the feature reverts to the regular pinball bonus.

Another possible extra feature on the Moneyball board is a “ball split.” In another nod to classic pinball, the ball will split into three balls, and all will bounce down the board simultaneously, registering multiple bonuses. Yet another possibility on the big board is a “Fireball” feature. This multiplies all awards by three.

When the ball hits the bottom of the board, it lands in a prize slot or bucket for the main bonus amount. There is a guaranteed prize in every bonus.

Manufacturer: Multimedia Games
Platform: High Rise
Format: Five-reel, 30-line video slot
Denomination: .01—1.00
Max Bet: 300
Top Award: 384,825
Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%
Theoretical Hold: 2.05%-15%