Pinball Hall of Fame: Williams Collection
Just Add Disco Music and Let's Rock!!!!
OMG!!!!! Is this what heaven is suppose to be?. Since this game arrived at my door the flashbacks just keep on coming. Although some of you may not know the experience of playing pinball games, for those of us who might be a little "senior" to you, these were our video games of the 70's and 80's. I can remember that most of us played these games either in niteclubs, bowling alleys, etc. Arcades only came along with the shopping mall idea. The countless hours spent at clubs with pals playing these games, trying to get spots in tournaments, etc. The exploding tempers when the game slam dunked the ball down the side lanes, Oh the memories!!!. The tables included in this game are some of the best Williams ever built. For those of you unfamiliar with pinball tables, their were 3 major companies that built them; Midway, Gottleib, and Williams, all of whom had their own great creations. Williams however, was in my opinion the champ. All these tables react like the originals. The filppers are like those on a new game and the reaction of the ball on the tables it true to the originals . Like Funhouse, where you would lose the ball many times in the hidden arears of the board, and it would slam dunk you!!. Pinbot, one of the most difficult tables ever created because of the tilt factor and angles of the table and ball speeds that added up to a difficult game to complete. The graphics on the tables are exact, and bumper/ flipper response is true. Tales of the Arabian Nights was one of my all time favorites, and was frequently used for tournament play because of its numerous levels and areas of difficulty. The sounds are those of the originals even in Funhouse when he gets mad at you, and the Genie in Arabian Nights. The manual helps explain the major point gaining areas for the tables, but playing is how you learn. You can trap the ball like on a real table. The only thing I might improve are the camera angles available. A zoom, or better overview camera would have enhanced the play value. I cant wait for an online tournament, I'll be ready!!!!! If your a pinball fan forget the other games out there this is the ONE!!!!!. All that's missing are flashbacks of Elton John playing Pinball Wizard. I love this game!!!
I was raised on pinball. My first pinball game was Pokemon Pinball for the Game Boy, and my love for it has grown. The first machine I can remember was Star Wars Episode 1. I now have a Funhouse machine and a Terminator 2 machine in my garage, and I am working on fixing them up. If you like pinball, get this game! If you've never played, at least try it.