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How'd I miss this? April 21's set of downloadable games included The Pinball Arcade, but it had zero fanfare on the press release, so most of us just passed it by (myself included).
I gave it a shot last night, and it is good stuff. It's a free download and you get to play over 70 different tables with it, up until you reach the first high score (which isn't a bad benchmark). The tables themselves are painstakingly recreated from scratch as 3-D models, and are exactly like you remember them! Everything (besides the somewhat-basic menus) seems great from my early impressions, from the visuals to the authentic sound to the ball physics.
It has ATTACK FROM MARS! Hooray! The most nostalgic non-Nintendo "video game" for me and my family! We used to play this terrific machine all the time at our time-share condo around Thanksgiving, but they recently shipped it off because it was getting too damaged. Now we'll have a new tradition next time Thanksgiving rolls around.
Anyway, give this game a shot. If you like pinball and you haven't picked it up on other systems already, it's a can't-miss.
I "beat" Tales of the Arabian Nights last night. Well, saved the princess at any rate, although I'm sure there're more things to do. It was...terrific! The mechanics of the "final boss" were tons of frenzied pinball fun, and the trip there was exciting as well. I've always adored Attack from Mars, but Arabian Nights is gunning for my top pinball spot after that. Great table, great theme, lots of fun.
Oh yeah, the licensed Kickstarter tables didn't come with a bonus table... they're all really good though.
The way I look at it, $5 for a recreation of a pinball table which is almost as fun as the real thing isn't bad. I pump a few bucks into Twilight Zone, for example, every time I visit the pinball museum.