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posted by b0mccue (KALAMAZOO, MI) Dec 6, 2009

Member since Dec 2009

11 out of 11 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I am a fan of pinball and I was totally blown away with this game! The graphics are AMAZING! One of the best parts of this game is the “Instructions” feature for each pinball machine. The “Instructions” feature is a narrated game play presentation of each pinball machine. If you were to walk up to a pinball machine in an arcade, there would be no way to really know how game play or score is affected by each bank of targets or how to enter or activate different game play modes. The “Instructions” feature gives you this. It names all the banks of targets, raceways, roll-overs, and spinners that are used in game play.

I found no problems with the sound or music. And by the way, if you don’t like the music, you can turn off the music. You have full control of the volume lever of the music and sound effects. If you don’t want to listen to the music provided with the game, you can turn off the music and play your own music on the stereo in you home in the background.

The pinball machines features in this game are the actual pinball machines Williams manufactured. THEY WERE REAL PINBALL MACHINES! All the game play and table art is the same. Here is a list of the pinball machines included with this game and the year Williams made them.

Jive Time (1970)
Gorgar (1979)
Firepower (1980)
Black Night (1980)
Sorcerer (1980)
Space Shuttle (1984)
Pinbot (1986)
Taxi (1988)
Whirlwind (1990)
Funhouse (1990)
Tales of the Arabian Nights (1996)
No Good Gofers (1997)
Medieval Madness (1997)

I played the PS3 version of this game. I can’t testify to the game play of this game on other consoles.

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Very Good

for a classic pinball fan

posted by thamuffins (PAWLING, NY) Jan 26, 2010

Member since Jul 2007

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

i will hand it to williams for faithfully reproducing several of their classic pinball tables that somehow managed to eat many a quarter from me throughout the years.

sad to see that my favorite table of all time, 'comet' (1985) did not make the cut. maybe next time.

their attempt at creating a virtual arcade experience was 'cute', but unnecessary. a simple menu would get us quicker to the tables instead of having to go 'upstairs' or 'in the back room'.

younger generations may just find this selection of tables 'boring' compared to the CGI 'fantasy' tables that modern video pinball games feature. realize the point of this release is a historical trip of (now) rare pinball of the past, even if it be faithfully 'archaic' by 21st century gaming standards.

in fact i was mildly impressed to notice how little power the flippers produced on some of these tables compared to tables on zen pinball... something i'm sure you'll encounter if you had the real thing in your basement.

on the downside, this game should have taken a cue from zen pinball's features and configurations (custom music, multiple table views). otherwise it's a solid pinball emulation.

i know the next time i see one of these tables in real life, i want a go at them again!

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Very Good

It's Harder Than You'd Think

posted by Squeegie (BELLINGHAM, WA) Nov 1, 2010

Member since Jul 2008

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This is a really fun game once you get into it. My girlfriend loves it because there aren't so many buttons to push. Some of the tables are hard to master, but you have to have patience and keep trying. The one thing I don't like is the "Williams Challenge". If you start it you have to keep playing because if you only play a few tables and quit, your progress isn't saved. And if you lose at a table, the game stops right there and you have to start the challenge all over again. Other than that, this is a great game.

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