King of the Hill Format?


Reaching out to the masses for some feedback on a unique format that I’m referring to as King of the Hill, or Last Man Standing. Not sure what the official name is. I heard about this format on a podcast but I can’t remember which podcast therefore I don’t remember all the rules/specifics for the format and hoping everyone here can help me out. We ran the format last night with 7 people and everyone really enjoyed, including 2 newbies.

Here is the format description from what I recall from the podcast. Form a single line. Start up a game and the first person plunges. They play the ball until they lock/stall the ball. Once they lock or stall the ball they jump away from the game and the next player in line jumps in. Rinse and repeat. If you drain you are out. Last person standing collects the pot. We played it on Aerosmith Premium last night and we considered the following shots as “stall/lock” shots:

-Center ramp
-Right ramp
-Left scoop
-Elevator lock
-Toybox lock

Items that we were confused on. When the player drains and a ball save/VIP pass saves the ball, is the person still out, do they play on until they lock/stall the ball, or do they jump out of the way and pass it to the person?

What happens when a multiball is started? Does the player only have to lock/stall one of the 3 balls? Or do they have to drain down to one ball, and the lock/stall that ball?


We play something similar in Seattle called Stall Ball. I’m not sure our rules are ‘official’ though. Just stalling one ball in multiball passes the game to the next player. Ball save / VIP / EB wouldn’t eliminate the player or change players. Basically you’re only eliminated if the next player would be up in a two player game. We played on Creature and we counted KISS, left ramp to whirlpool, Move Your Car, Snackbar, and Slide as the stall shots.