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Pinball isn’t as random as it seems

Hint: Go for the flashing lights.

Coleman Lowndes is a lead producer who has covered history, culture, and photography since joining the Vox video team in 2017.

There is a lot going on when you play a game of pinball. It’s flashy and noisy, and keeping track of that little silver ball in a maze of obstacles can be a frustrating task. Many people give up easily for this reason and end up thinking pinball is mostly a game of chance.

But like any arcade game, pinball can be learned. You just need to look at the playfield as a group of targets, not obstacles. And those flashing lights? That’s the game telling you what to aim for.

There are a couple of ways to unlock the more advanced parts of a pinball game and beat the high score. And you can usually find hints and instructions on the often-overlooked rule card, a tiny piece of paper on the lower left corner of the machine.

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