Hyper 3D Pinball
One sits and wonders why pinball machines are so big and costly. "Why," gamers ask, "do all of these great pinball arcade games have to be so huge and expensive?" That's where Hyper 3D Pinball comes into play.
Today gamers learn that they don't necessarily need to have the actual machine in their house to own a pinball game that comes close to the real thing.
Virgin Interactive is offering this different type of game. Hyper 3D is the first rendered pinball game for the Saturn, and it could very well be a trend for the better.
Hyper 3D Pinball features a sharp interface in many ways. For one, the Table Selection Screen is graphically sharp. These hi-res graphics are great to look at. It's nice to know that time was taken to make these graphics exceptional. Second, the game itself is sharp because of the easy-to-use controls and fast action.
With two options for the type of controller configuration, buttons can be arranged in a comfortable way for most gamers. There are two perspectives for the game: A top-down view allows the player to follow the ball as it bounces off of a wall or slopes down a ramp. The second view seems like the gamer is actually playing at the arcade, which makes the ball a little hard to see when it's close to the top of the table but still makes for a neat viewpoint. Both types of views feature hi-res imagery. The view that suits the player best of all depends on which view he/she enjoys more.
It's funny how the company can take a bulky, arcade pinball machine with all of its great looks and playability, and put it all on one CD. With all of the new compression techniques, this sort of technology should be commonplace.
Gamers will be shouting, "Hooray for the future," when they see Hyper 3D Pinball!
MANUFACTURER - Virgin
THEME - Pinball
NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1-4
The thing that sticks out in my mind about Hyper 3D Pinball are the graphics--they are sharp and rich in color. There are plenty of tables to play through and the style of each is excellent. The music really complements each of the levels as well. The different views are a nice touch even though the 3-D, the "over the table" one makes it hard to see where the ball is sometimes and the 2-D view doesn't make it easy to follow a fast ball, but being able to switch between them on the fly solves the problem. Hyper 3D is authentic enough and offers fun play. I tend to enjoy the real thing or fantasy types (Devil's Crush, etc.).
I've already reviewed a couple of Pinball games during my little stint here at EGM, and to be honest with you, I really don't have a lot to say! After all, pinball is pinball, right? Of course, no video game can reproduce the feel of a real-life pinball experience. Most video pinball games today come pretty close, and Hyper 3D is no exception. The pinball action is great. The feel is just about right. But guess what? Hyper 3D has six different tables. That's quite a lot compared to its competition. Having six pinball tables officially makes Hyper 3D the best pinball game in the market, in my book. Pinball fans-check Hyper 3D Pinball out!
Hyper 3D isn't the best video game version of pinball (that honor goes to the TurboGrafx-16 title Devil's Crush), but it's pretty dam close. Like all good pinball machines, the six tables offered in this title are loaded with little--often incomprehensible-minigames, like bouts of multiball play and bumper target shooting. And notice that I said six tables, which means pinball fanatic will find more than enough variety to keep them knocking around silver balls for a while. Hyper 3D's graphic are fantastic, as well, and players can shift between an overhead and straight-on perspective on the fly. The sounds are dead-on accurate, too.
It's been a while since a good pinball title has surfaced on any console, and I always wondered why. Hyper 3D Pinball has everything I love about pinball games! The physics (ball motion) is absolutely perfect, and in 3-D Mode, I can almost immerse myself into the illusion. The angle of the playing field in the 3-D Mode is very good, though I would have been happier if I could rotate the board myself instead of being locked into one of two perspectives (3-D Mode and 2-D Mode). It could have also done a little better if there were more games to choose from. All in all, it's a great title, and I'd recommend it to anyone.
2016-08-24 Hyper 3D Pinball game added.