Creating a video game version of pinball can be every bit as difficult as designing an accurate racing or flight simulator. After all, the game's developers have to worry about gravity, deflection and every other law of physics needed to get a little silver ball to roll and bounce around an obstacle-ridden environment.
The developers of Ocean's True Pinball claim they have created the most accurate imulation of pinball available is authentic pinball action akes place on four tables: Law and Justice, which features an urban motif; Vikings: The Tales, which has you pillaging countries pinball style; Extreme Sports, sort of a table-top version of ESPN2's most dangerous games and Babewatch, which-not surprisingly-features a table adorned with bikini-clad women.
The tables are rendered and can be viewed from two different angles-a top-down view and the more traditional straight-on view, which lets you see more of the playing field. Each table is loaded with all the ramps, bumpers, chutes, lights and bonus features found in modern pinball machines. The tables can be nudged, too-although they won't take much abuse before they tilt. Each game supports multiball play, allowing as many as 10 balls to be bounced around at once. True Pinball lets up to eight players compete against each other in pinball tournaments. The game also offers a great way for pinball newbies to practice at home. It is authentic enough to make a pinball wizard out of anyone.
MANUFACTURER - Ocean
DIFFICULTY - Moderate
THEME - Pinball
NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 - 8
True Pinball is aptly named. Playing the game feels like playing on a real table. The only thing that isn't realistic is when the ball doesn't respond well coming off of the flippers. Talk about some sharp graphics. This is what hi-res graphics are all about. The variety of tables Is pretty cool but I can't say the Babe Watch table is necessary. I'm also not saying I didn't like it. Where exactly does that one fit in with the others though? I mean, I can see Vikings and Extreme Sports but Babe Watch? Anyway, there are some cool bonuses to get and neat LED animations. Overall, it's pretty good but I'd like to see more tables.
I love pinball. Getting to play it at home for free just makes it that much tastier. Sometimes I find it difficult to know what I should be doing or what I should be shooting for in a pinball game. With True Pinball, you can just go at your own pace and learn the tables inside and out. okay, so what's wrong? No matter what you do, and no matter how great the graphics are, you cannot duplicate the authentic pinball feel in a video game. Thai however, cannot be helped, and True Pinball is about as dose to true pinball as can be. It's nice to have four tables, but just two or three more could've made this a perfect package for a pinball fan.
Forget feeding quarters into arcade pinball machines; True Pinball offers an accurate simulation of the real deal. The balls in this game bounce against bumpers and roll up ramps like real plnballs should. Each of the game's four tables are rendered in hi-res graphic and look spectacular-when they're played in the head-on perspective. The top-down view can be confusing, since it shows little of the ball's surroundings Each table is loaded with Bonus Modes, including bouts of intense multiball action (as many as 10 balls can crowd the tables at once). The crude digital screens that sit above each table also look authentic.
Pinball games sure found a niche in the marketplace. Although pinball machines in the arcade can never be topped, there are a few that have good appeal. True Pinball is one of these titles. It has all the sights and sounds a pinball game on a video game system should have, as well as classic play-livening features such as multiball to keep players glued to the screen. The only feature that doesn't help push this title into the joyously accepted category for me is that there are only four tables. Not bad, but a few more could have helped. Overall, this is a very good title, but you have to be in the pinball mood.
Processor: PC compatible, P-200
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode Multiplayer (Hotseat)