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Pinball Action - March 30, '00 by Dorsola
Game:Pinball ActionCompany:Tehkan
Type:PlatformPlayers:1/2

Here's another game that caters to one of my all-time favorite activities: Pinball. Probably the most accurate pinball simulator ever to hit the arcades, Pinball Action has some pretty neat stuff to offer. In the tradition of classic pinball, the idea is to score as many points as possible by hitting as many targets and completing as many objectives as you can. The game features four screens - a main screen that acts as a jump point, and then three mini-games in which you have certain objectives you must fulfill, by hitting or rolling over targets, mainly.
While the game itself isn't very complex, the physics simulation is just about perfect for a low-gravity pinball machine. The ball bounces predictably off of objects, seems to be relatively free of pre-programmed paths (although there are some rather frustrating ways to lose the ball consistently, just as there are in most good real pinball games), and the targets all act just as they would in a real machine. Whoever put this game together sure knew what they were doing.
Your controls consist of basically just your two flippers, plus a start button (which shoots the ball up from the bottom-center of the main screen) and a "Shake the machine" button. Fortunately, I don't believe there's a corresponding tilt in this game. ;-) Graphics are quite good for a machine from this time - the backgrounds are beautifully drawn and feature some rather sexy women here and there, the sprites are functional and don't get lost among the backgrounds, and everything is fairly easy to look at. Sound, on the other hand, isn't really anything to write home about - it's pretty repetitive (the tune on the main screen consists of a single note played over and over and over again) and has a tendency to grate after a while. Though the blue screen has a rather nice loop to it... =)
Obviously, since this is a simulation of an old-style pinball game (I do NOT know if any of the screens were based on actual machines), there isn't a whole lot to do. Nevertheless, there is enough to do that you will easily be coming back for more, if for no other reason than to answer the questions of "What happens if I beat this screen?", etc... =) And since MAME emulates it very nicely, you shouldn't have any problem playing it through. So enjoy it - keep those flippers flippin'!
Graphics
9
6
Sound
Play Control
10
9
Challenge
Replay Value
9
10
Performance

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