Lacking sensible table designs, physics, or even basic common features, calling this “pinball” is a travesty
You know, I have no doubt that accurately modeling the real-world behaviors of something as complex as a full-featured pinball machine is brutally tough. Teams behind the Pinball Arcade and Pinball FX tables, both recreations and originals, have spent a substantial amount of time trying to get it right and still would probably tell you there’s still work to be done. The fact that their original tables tend to be hit or miss also properly points out the difficulty in designing tables that not only look good but that flow sensibly and feel right when you play them. This collection of 5 pretty randomly-themed tables, unfortunately, demonstrates a far lower level of effort and care, making it a tough play for anyone who loves pinball. The flow isn’t well-conceived, some tables have design elements where it feels like they threw up their hands and punted, and even simple techniques like catching a ball to then work your shot simply don’t work most of the time due to the pretty terrible physics and the ball getting thrown off by table geometry that isn’t smooth when it should be. I’m really not sure who this is for, as real fans of pinball will inevitably be disappointed by this overall mess, yet people who wouldn’t have a basis for comparison probably wouldn’t be attracted to it in the first place.
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