27 May, 2017

They keep doing it!

I have written several times about games that are abusively called pinballs. I wrote for instance about Ascending Pinball and Super Hyper Ball both of which we can readily forget. They present no interest whatsoever and I wouldn't consider them even as a pastime.

Now don't get me wrong. Sometimes people are managing to do something really original with flippers and, although the game is not a pinball, it is interesting and really worth one's time. I have written very nice critiques for games like INKS or Pinout. They are games I did (and still do) enjoy.

However, when I saw the new breakout variant, Throw Pinball, I knew immediately that I was not going to waste a dollar just to give it a try. 

If you are curious you can track down the video of gameplay, just in order to convince yourself that the game has zero value as pinball. Of course there are plenty of pinballs in the App Store that are pure trash. But at least they are pinballs. Pining the name of pinball on a game that just happens to hit a ball with flippers is something I cannot stand.

04 May, 2017

Season 7 of Pinball Arcade announced

Back in my March 16th post I was predicting that Cactus Jack's was going to be the last table of Season 6. Well, I was wrong but just by a hairbreadth. Swords of Fury came at the beginning of April and with them Season 6 was indeed completed. In a recent newsletter FarSight teased about the first table of Season 7, Paragon. An oldie (as I like them) and in particular one with graphics by a great artist, Paul Faris. Faris has designed many pinballs starting in the seventies. Two of his creations are already part of the Pinball Arcade: Phantom of the Opera and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. But what FarSight is promising for some time in May is Paragon. Just have a look at the artwork of the backglass.

It's fabulous. Now I am itching to get the Paragon table and take it for a ride. 

By the way, Paul Faris did the graphics for the first Eight Ball pinball in 1977. I have included a picture of the table in my post on Eight Ball tables. Just so that you can appreciate it in its totality I give below a picture of the backglass. 

Still. I like Paragon's backglass artwork much, much more. I don't know, it's its Frazetta-esque quality that attracts me.

02 April, 2017

Swords of Fury: the new FarSight table

Last month I made the prediction that Cactus Jack’s was to be the last table of season 6. I was wrong. Season 6 continues with a new table bringing thus its total to 12, compared to 11 for season 5 and just 10 for seasons 3 and 4. Anyhow the numbering of the seasons is immaterial and what counts is the fact that new tables keep arriving. So, this month’s table is Swords of Fury:

It’s an almost 30 years’s old table. The playfield is high in colours and thus one has to make the proper choice for the ball. I chose the blue one but probably the green one would be equally visible. The game is interesting and far from easy. I did particularly like the two single flippers. The one situated at the very upper left part is a kind on mini game in itself and keeping the ball going is rather tricky. 

So, if you like oldies (in fact, even if you don’t) give this game a try. But don’t expect to excel in it unless you invest some time in order to master it.