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5.7

160 ratings

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Pinball Hall of Fame-The Gottlieb Collection

posted by Madagann (NEW LONDON, CT) Feb 16, 2011

Member since Feb 2011

Without being to technical, except for a couple of SLOW tables, I enjoyed the pinball action. Being 63, I grew up with pinball, starting with machines in my parents restaurant. Because of different designs, some tables are more enjoyable than others, but in all, the final question is, did you enjoy the time spent in the playing, and I DID.

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GF Rating
7

Good

A Review haiku

posted by Robofish (OWINGS MILLS, MD) Sep 15, 2010

Member since Dec 2009

Pinball always fun
Williams collection, more fun
older machines here

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GF Rating
5

Fair

Some gems, some not.

posted by PanicBlitz (SEATTLE, WA) May 20, 2010

Member since Oct 2007

1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful

As with most multi-game collections, there are some good and some bad games on here. Like several others, I don't like the credit system. It's an interesting idea, but only works if it's relatively easy to rack up enough to play the games you want.

As far as the games, they definitely gear toward the old days, as Gottlieb has been around since the 30's. I think that's great; older pinball tables have a charm that newer ones lack, but they certainly aren't for everyone. Certain tables are simply dysfunctional; Central Park, for instance, relies heavily on nudging the table, but barely any nudge at all sends it into tilt. Also, one of the main charms of the real machine is seeing the semi-animatronic monkey hit the bell, which you never see here; only a bell sample plays. And after 4 (very spendy) plays of Ace High, I managed to hit the ball with my flippers maybe twice before it sailed down the hole. Complete waste of time.

But enough complaining; there's some really good stuff here, too! Black Hole has an amazing second-level upside-down playing field you can get to. Goin' N-ts (Gamefly seriously censors that word?) is a VERY fun full-time multiball mode game. Strikes n' Spares is a simple but addictive one-shot-at-a-time bowling skill game. Victory has an awesome 80's game soundtrack, and is a very solid game. And surprisingly, my favorite was Play-Boy, the oldest game in here, which is a flipperless game from 1937! It essentially plays like Pachinko, where you fire the ball and hope it goes where you want, adding up points on a playing card system. Doesn't sound exciting, but it's actually pretty addictive, kind of like Peggle!

Finally, the two non-pinball games are quaint, but really ought to be free. Xolten did, however, have a very good piece of advice when he told me that someone overseas is eagerly training for my job.

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