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    A multiball is when multiple balls are in play at once in a pinball game.

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    A multiball is a condition or mode in a pinball game in which multiple pinball are in play at the same time. The first intentional use of a multiball was in Bally's Balls-A-Poppin machine in 1956. Williams' Firepower was the first solid state pinball machine to feature a multi-ball.

    Multiballs are commonly obtained by "locking" three balls. The amount and the way of locking the balls varies by table. While 3 balls is a common amount of balls for a multiball, there are many variations that use 2 balls or more than 3.

    In many games the goal during a multiball is to hit certain targets, ramps, or lanes to obtain a jackpot.

    Notable Multiballs


    Balls-A-Poppin by Bally was the very first pinball machine to incorporate a multiball feature. This table was first released in 1956.


    Firepower by Williams was the very first solid state pinball machine to feature a multiball.

    Apollo 13

    Apollo 13 features a 13 ball multiball. On top of having a 13 ball multiball, Apollo 13 also features a more standard 3 ball multiball mode. The 13 ball mode is the highest ball count of any pinball machine.


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