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3-D Ultra Pinball: The Lost Continent is innovative, clever and well designed. With a raft of optional settings like game sounds, speech, ambient sounds and music, gameplay is diverse and challenging. Nice extras such as the occasional free ball when you lose one after little or no scoring, good practice tables and sparkling graphics abound. The only problem with this game centers on its addictive qualities. As with most of the more stylistic and better-developed pinball games on the market, knowing when to leave it alone isn't the problem -- actually doing so is.
The Lost Continent is an ambitious project: realistic physics, stellar artwork, innovative tables and ambient music and sounds combine to make a near-perfect product. Fifteen tables, plus a bonus table, are linked; as you complete the goals on one table, you can access passageways to the others. Mess up and you may lose a ball or get sent back to the previous table. (If you don’t progress, you can still play on the other tables in Practice mode.) On the tables, you may have to hit club-wielding cavemen, hack a path through the jungle or dodge attacking robots, while avoiding ball-stealing tyrannosaurs and other such pitfalls.
If you enjoy standard pinball simulations, 3D Ultra Pinball (any version) is likely not for you. Although the game play is similar to pinball, its tables are wacky, plot-driven, and far more difficult than typical pinball tables in arcades. However, those who enjoy a challenging game that tests reflexes, eye/hand coordination, and targeting, will certainly find 3D Ultra Pinball: Lost Continent is certainly worth the money. It was well developed for the MacOS, offers lots of replay value, and has plenty of on-line help to give you the background info you need. Whether you're a dinosaur fan or just looking for a time-killing application, Lost Continent is likely to fill your needs.