With a bingo, the pleasure is in building up a game with the features you feel will serve you best to get the numbers you need, then executing. The machine can both help and hinder you based on the mode in which it sits at the time (most game have multiple modes of play, like a modern game).
Yes, skillful plunging and careful nudging is required in order to win. The skill of being able to 'walk' a ball from post to post will allow you to pocket in most holes relatively easily.
Understanding the sway of the tilt bob is essential, as a wrong move will cost you the entire game.
As the ball travels down, you want to pocket specific holes, or failing that, bring it all the way back down to the ball return to replay.
Here's an example: drop in one coin to start the game. This sets the scores (award for winning, odds) to the default level.
Press a blue button on the cabinet and drop another nickel - the scores jump two steps in all colors.
A third nickel - the machine awards the Magic Screen feature.
A fourth and you get a two step jump in the red scores.
At this point, you decide to play. Pocket the 8 on your first ball. While you can play straight bingo and try to get five in a row, the 8 is in yellow. Yellow scores are two steps below red! So to help you win with the highest score, you use the magic screen feature to place that 8 in a red tetris-piece like section. Further helping you, you don't have to have three, four or five numbers all in a line in the screen section.
You play another few balls, attempting (but failing) to get more than two in that red section. As you shoot your fourth ball, the game locks you out of moving the screen anymore. You're committed!
Your next ball makes a third in the red section. At this point, you can collect your score, but you decide to put the game into extra ball mode and try for a bit more. You get your first extra ball (of three total), and pocket yet another in the red section. The red section contains five spots, and you're confident you can make the last number. You buy the next extra ball and shoot. You miss! But you're able to bring the ball back to the return.
Whew. Now, you can try again. Missed again! Bummer. You steer it down to the ball return again.
Wiping the sweat off your hands, you try to calm yourself. It's just one number: how hard can it be?
You steer it right into the pocket you need and cheerfully collect all the replays you earned through skillful play and competition with the game.
There's a lot more drama and fun to the games than just watching the ball. You have to be connected to the game to win.
This example is really simplified. But hopefully it illustrates the dynamic nature of the games.
Some good titles in the few named. Mike, good luck.