Big Shot / Pro Pool (Gottlieb, 1973)

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Quickie Version

 Get all 15 pool balls, then UTAD, trying to get the 8-ball lane for 5,000 or as many other top lanes and bumper hits as possible.
 Go-To Flipper:  Balanced.

Full Detail

One of several pool-themed games where your goal is to collect all 15 pool balls. On this game, 14 of these are in two rows of seven standup targets on each side. The last is the eight ball, earned from either the top center lane [your skill shot] or the center saucer [risky shot]. The eight ball shot also opens the ball return gate on the lower right side.

Bonus is 1000 per pool ball, 15k max; the bonus is doubled on the second-last ball [ball 4 in tournament play] and tripled on the last ball [ball 5].

One drawback of this game is that once you’ve collected all of the pool balls, there’s not much to do - - the targets don’t reset, and there’s no collect bonus feature. About all that’s left is are the lanes for 500 or 1000 each and the bumper for 1000 at that stage.

Note: 'Hot Shot' is the 4 player version, with modified end of ball bonus. You get 1000 points in bonus per pool ball on balls 1, 2 and 3; 2000 per pool ball on ball 4; and 3000 per pool ball on ball 5. The game is therefore highly skewed towards the last two balls since bonus is a large part of your overall score.

This page is one of many in the EMCyclopedia by written by Bob Matthews