Created By: KZN02 on October 3, 2011 Last Edited By: KZN02 on April 28, 2012
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Score Multiplier

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Ways of getting more points in Video Games. Ways of obtaining them may include:
  • Collecting special items
  • Cheats
  • Initiate an event
  • Kill Streak

See also Idiosyncratic Combo Levels, Awesomeness Meter, and Money Multiplier.

Examples:

Board Games
  • The double/triple letter/word squares in Scrabble.

Video Games
  • In most Super Mario Bros.. games, your score is multiplied by a Kill Streak. You eventually get 1-Ups instead when the streak is high enough.
  • In Wet, the score multiplier is automatically ramped up by killing enemies really fast. However, in boss battles, there are also one-time-only score multipliers that can be picked up (usually through acrobatic jumps) and stack with the regular multipliers.
  • Nearly all Falling Blocks puzzle games have the multipliers. They're all based around doing a rapid succession of matches or making a match that causes other matches to appear. Panel de Pon is the one most reliant on this, as the game moves at a relentless pace and requires such chains both to keep up and to keep the opponent at bay.
  • Bejeweled Blitz includes multipliers that you can score.
  • The Ratchet & Clank games have done this since the second game. The New Game+ mode gives a bolt multiplier that lasts until Ratchet takes damage.
  • Lego Crossover Games with their stud multipliers.
  • Crystal Caves
  • Guitar Hero
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Tony Hawk's Underground and GUN all use some variant upon this (all were designed by Neversoft).
  • The different kinds of execution in Manhunt arguably qualify.
  • Grand Theft Auto II: you often receive a fixed amount of points (which equal money), but it is then multiplied by a number you can increase by completing missions, and picking up some power-ups.

Web Games
  • Boxhead: The Zombie Wars: the more zombies you kill in a given length of time, the higher your point multiplier becomes.

Real Life
  • Some Lotto and Powerball games have "multipliers." If you pay an extra $1 your hypothetical winnings are increased by a multiple of 2, 3, etc. if that's what they pick for that night.

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  • October 3, 2011
    X2X
    May I add that this is also common in pinball games.
  • October 3, 2011
    JoeG
    • The double/triple letter/word squares in Scrabble also count.
  • October 3, 2011
    wanderlustwarrior
  • October 3, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In Real Life, some Lotto and Powerball games have "multipliers." If you pay an extra $1 your hypothetical winnings are increased by a multiple of 2, 3, etc. if that's what they pick for that night.
  • October 4, 2011
    Koveras
    • In Wet, the score multiplier is automatically ramped up by killing enemies really fast. However, in boss battles, there are also one-time-only score multipliers that can be picked up (usually through acrobatic jumps) and stack with the regular multipliers.
  • October 6, 2011
    Arivne
    • Web Game Boxhead: The Zombie Wars. The more zombies you kill in a given length of time, the higher your point multiplier becomes.
  • October 6, 2011
    NESBoy
    In most Super Mario Bros. games, your score is multiplied by a Kill Streak. You eventually get 1-Ups instead when the streak is high enough.
  • October 6, 2011
    Antigone3
    Several Match-3 games give bonus points or special tokens (that then let you get more points) for larger matches.
  • October 6, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    Nearly all Falling Blocks puzzle games have the multipliers. They're all based around doing a rapid succession of matches or making a match that causes other matches to appear. Panel De Pon is the one most reliant on this, as the game moves at a relentless pace and requires such chains both to keep up and to keep the opponent at bay.
  • October 6, 2011
    Boston
    Bejeweled Blitz includes multipliers that you can score.
  • October 12, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    The Ratchet And Clank games have done this since the second game. The New Game Plus mode gives a bolt multiplier that lasts until Ratchet takes damage.
  • October 12, 2011
    GreenMachine
    This isn't already a trope? O_o Wow.
    • Lego Crossover Games, with their stud multipliers.
    • Crystal Caves: This is an old Apogee series (following the classic first is shareware formula), so I doubt that we actually have a page for this. But I believe there were either set or random appearances of score multipliers. I might be misremembering things, though. (Edit: We do. WOW.)
  • October 20, 2011
    GlennMagusHarvey
    Guitar Hero and its derivatives.
  • October 26, 2011
    GlennMagusHarvey
    Bump; there's gotta be more examples.
  • October 26, 2011
    spideydude
    • In the Tony Hawk series of games, stringing tricks together multiplies the score by the number of tricks in the combo.
    • A minigame in The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess revolves around collecting jewels as you fly with a bird, and the score for each doubles if you collect the same color in a row (ie 1st red is 20 pts, 2nd is 40, 3rd is 80, etc.)
  • October 28, 2011
    morenohijazo
    Grand Theft Auto II. You often receive a fixed amount of points (which equal money), but it is then multiplied by a number you can increase by completing missions, and picking up some power-ups.
  • October 28, 2011
    GreenMachine
    Rayman 3: I can't remember if there were ways of increasing the multiplier other than kill streak. My gut (and incredibly faulty memory) say yes. This was especially useful, as this game is an aversion of Pointless Points. The high scores of each level will unlock funny "advertisements" and minigames once their combined total is high enough.
  • November 7, 2011
    Folamh3
    • Tony Hawks Pro Skater, Tony Hawks Underground and GUN all use some variant upon this (all were designed by Neversoft).
    • Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure maybe qualifies? The player is given a flat amount of points for completing a graffiti piece, but this can be improved by the size, location, quality and time of completion of the piece in question.
    • The different kinds of execution in Manhunt arguably qualify.
  • November 8, 2011
    Darkmonkey13
    Two words: KILLING SPREE

  • November 9, 2011
    Gizensha
    In Space Giraffe, the bulling move increases your score multiplier if you bull sufficient enemies at a time, as well as scoring more base points than simply shooting the enemies. Max out the multiplier, you can get an extra life and a step closer to access to the bonus stage.
  • November 12, 2011
    KJMackley
    In Gears Of War 3 you can play an "Arcade" version of the campaign where your score in recorded in which enemies you kill. So many points reaches another multiplier level where you get more points for each kill and the multiplier goes down when a player character goes down, if a player is killed the score resets to X1.
  • November 13, 2011
    waitwaht
    The rather new Voxatron includes "Score Multipliers" which do Exactly What It Says On The Tin. Picking up the "Sword Of Fortune" also gives you a multiplier for as long as don't lose it by getting hit.
  • April 28, 2012
    morenohijazo
  • April 28, 2012
    animeg3282
    In the Eurogame Stone Age , you can buy cards that give you a multiple of points based on how many farms, people, or buildings you own.
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