Pinball is a random event, released on 22 May 2006 and removed on 24 October 2012, where the player is transported by the Mysterious Old Man to a strange room with five pillars, each with one rune on top, and two trolls wielding large clubs. (Note that this random event happens frequently when teleporting.)
The object of the game is to tag each pillar that has glowing rings around it. This scores the player one point. After he or she scores ten points he or she is free to leave through the exit. If a pillar that doesn't have the glowing rings around it is tagged, the score is reset to zero and the player must try again. The five pillars contain five spinning tops with fire, water, earth, air and nature runes respectively.
If the player tries to leave before he or she reachs ten points, the player will be teleported in front of the two trolls, Tilt and Flippa, who knock the player back onto the pillars, dealing him or her some damage. This has been adjusted by Jagex upon complaints such that the trolls will no longer deal actual damage to players. If the trolls accidentally knock the player to the CORRECT pillar, the game will indicate the player hit the WRONG pillar and score is reset.
The random event had a glitch since Runescape HD where all dialogues in the random event were out of character animations. This has been fixed.Sometimes, when players log out during this event and then log back in, for a split second they are able to view the map of this random event before it flashes away like it normally would(Updated, this does not happen anymore!). An image of this glitch/bug is shown below (Only the present map) This glitch has not been fixed. However, this might not be a bug, but instead a slow server response where the game client loads before the HD minimap is available to fully render in time before the full game load.
Once players manage to complete the game they are transported back to where they were taken from and rewarded with a Random event gift. The music tune Pinball Wizard, is also unlocked (see List of music).
Context of ThemeEdit
This random event is themed on Pinball, an arcade game. The trolls are named after features of the machine - "tilt" is when players cheat by physically moving the machine to steer the ball (and the mechanism that detects this), and the two flippers are used to deflect the ball back into the playing field when it rolls out of play (see also Glossary of pinball terms at Wikipedia).
The tune unlocked in this random event is named after Pinball Wizard, a song by The Who.
The random event's location can be seen using the Orb of Oculus.
The reason why the screen looks like a window during the event is probably because most pinball machines have a protective window.
The clubs Tilt and Flippa are wielding actually represent the flippers used in Pinball.
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