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Something that rewards more points in Video Games
. Ways of obtaining them may include:
- Collecting and/or using special items
- Initiate an event
- Kill Streak or other Combos.
If a multiplier is said to "stack" with another multiplier, then the two multiply separately - a 2x multiplier stacked with a 5x multiplier stacks into a 10x multiplier.
See also Idiosyncratic Combo Levels
, Awesomeness Meter
, and Money Multiplier
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- The double/triple letter/word squares in Scrabble.
- Done with almost all Pinball games since the beginning of the genre. Typically tied in to a Spelling Bonus, as hitting or rolling over all of the targets for a word would increase the bonus multiplier.
- Gottlieb's Baffle Ball would double the points earned by a ball if it landed into a saucer of the same color, while shooting a ball into the "Baffle Point" would double the score for the entire game.
- Spirit Of 76 would double the bonuses every time "1-7-7-6" and "1-9-7-6" was spelled.
- Elvira and the Party Monsters increases the bonus multiplier every time B-A-T is spelled.
- Medieval Madness would start the player with a 5x (or higher) multiplier if he made the Skill Shot. The multiplier could be further increased by rolling over just two lanes; bonus multipliers beyond 30x are not unheard of.
- Sorcerer not only provides a bonus multiplier, but the player can also raise the playfield multiplier during multiball for even more points.
- Superman has a variation: doubling the bonus requires getting the rollovers for 1-2-3, but tripling the bonus required one more digit, making 1-2-3-4.
- In Capcom's Breakshot, all non-jackpot scores are multiplied by the number of balls in play.
- The Lord of the Rings has the Jackpot multipliers during Two Towers and Return of the King Multiballs, as well as the 2x Scoring gift, and during Gollum Multiball, you can score twice (Smeagol) or half (Gollum) the value.
- The player can also score an 84x(!) Jackpot during Two Towers Multiball, but it is difficult to do.
- Gottlieb's Gladiators has several notable instances:
- Sinking the ball into the Abyss twice increases the multiplier for the next Pyramid Round, up to 6x.
- Spelling DOUBLE doubles all subsequent scores for the current ball.
- At the end of the game, an extra letter in DOUBLE is awarded, and completing the word doubles the player's score for the entire game.
- F-14 Tomcat allows the player to increase the bonus multiplier up to 10x, whereupon the Extra Ball becomes available.
- In Stern Pinball's Iron Man, spelling IRON MAN enables several temporary multipliers, such as "Fast Scoring" (all targets are worth at least 10 million) and "Double Scoring" (all scores are doubled).
- Cue Ball Wizard doubles all scores after spelling DOUBLE; it can turn "9-Ball" from a lopsided 500 million points to an even more outrageous 1 Billion bonus.
- The Premium Limited Edition of Avatar includes a ceramic Powerball, which is lighter and faster than a regular pinball. All scores are doubled when it is in play.
- In AC/DC, hitting the Hell's Bell three times doubles all scores for 20 seconds. Hitting it three more times in that period triples all scores, including jackpots.
- Used notably in Gottlieb's Victory — spelling FINISH raises the multiplier for many bonuses and targets for the rest of the game.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Some of the activities in Saints Row, such as Mayhem and Insurance Fraud, require you to gain these in order to succeed.
- Fisher-Diver has gems which give a score increase. The multiplier resets when returning to the surface.
- In Lady Bug, eating blue hearts can increase the score multiplier, which goes from 2x to 3x to 5x.
- Giga Wing gives out tokens that increase your score the more you grab.
- Kingdom Hearts Re:coded had an option for increasing the rate of spell experience at the cost of reduced level experience.
- The BIT.TRIP series games give these for sustained combos, which is required to form a top or high score.
- In The Fairyland Story, dropping cakes on other enemies would not only eliminate them all, but produce a copper, silver or gold coin that would multiply the points you got after you collected it. You lose your multiplier if Ptolemy dies.
- In Bomb Jack, the score multiplier can be increased up to 5 by getting bonus coins.
- In Stampede Run, jumping off bulls' backs in succession will increase the points you earn for each jump.
- Atlantis No Nazo has a bonus item that doubles your score. It is the only item that you can't lose barring a Game Over.
- The "Ashley" game in Game & Wario gives a score multiplier every time Ashley collects 100 spell power drops onscreen without missing any or taking damage. It begins with x2 once she hits 100 and increases to the next integer for every 100 afterwards. High multipliers are necessary to earn "Best Buddy" status, especially on later stages.
- In Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe, any team can claim a multiplier of up to 100% by repeatedly throwing the ball up the ramps on either side of the field. The opposing team can do the same to nullify their multiplier and then claim their own. The multiplier applies equally to scoring goals and injuries, and also increases Electrobounce power.
- The Vectorman games had multiplier items that lasted a limited time and applied not only to points, but extra lives as well, so if you get an extra life while under the effect of a 5x multiplier, you get five extra lives.
- Boxhead: The Zombie Wars: the more zombies you kill in a given length of time, the higher your point multiplier becomes.
- 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.