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EXTREME PINBALL

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Distributer

Electronic Arts

1-2 Player

Game Type

Pinball

Mem. Card

Review Date

July 1996

Setting the Scene

Its great to see that game developers are starting to look further than the shoot-em-up or the sports simulation for game ideas. On the face of it the 3D processing power of PlayStation would be an ideal outlet for a new breed of Pinball games. At last we have a machine that could easily display the most complex of tables in high resolution three dimensional splendor. Unfortunately for us all Extreme Pinball doesn`t deliver the goods.

Genre

Pinball game. The four tables on offer are as follows:
MONKEY MADNESS: Protect the astronaut from alien chimps. MEDIEVAL KNIGHTS: Castles, dragons and more. URBAN CHAOS: Regain law and order. ROCK FANTASY: Make it to the top in showbiz.

Graphics

Sorry but this game looks graphically out of place on the PlayStation. The top down two dimensional mode offered is boring with a capital "B". Even the animation of the screen is poor, juddering and struggling to keep up with the ball as it moves around the table - sloppy programming guys.

Sounds and Effects

At least the music and effects are of a reasonable standard, but again with CD quality sound at the programmers disposal, they could have made so much more of this. The arcade pinball machines of today sound absolutely fantastic both in the effects and the music departments, surely a home computer built for this purpose should be able to sound awesome rather than average.

Playability

There are loads of mini games to play on each table, which adds to the game and the four tables are adequately set out, but you are left with the feeling of "been there and done it before". The four tables on offer may as well just be three because for some bizarre reason the Medieval Knights table is almost the same color as the ball in places and playing it becomes very frustrating.

Value for Money

Scrolling of the table is jerky at times. Loading times are excessive. No 3D mode has been included. A pretty poor effort from the usually brilliant Electronic Arts.

Opinion

JIM

GRAPHICS:

Poor

I would never tell anyone NOT to buy this game, but I would strongly recommend that you TRY BEFORE YOU BUY! I played this game for about three hours in total over the first week and am looking to trade it for another game as soon as I can.

SOUND:

Average

PLAYABILITY:

Poor

VALUE:

Average

OVERALL
5/10

MARTIN

GRAPHICS:

Poor

Spotting a silver ball rolling over a silver background is typical of the major flaws in this game.

SOUND:

Good

PLAYABILITY:

Poor

VALUE:

Poor

OVERALL
4/10

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