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Pro Pinball: Fantastic Journey

Genre
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
...
3.2
PlayStation
70
2.8
Windows
72
3.8

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Macintosh 2 3.2
PlayStation 3 2.8
Windows 7 3.8
Combined MobyScore 12 3.5


The Press Says

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100
MacintoshmacHOME
Minor quirks aside, Pro Pinball: Fantastic Journey closely matches a real pinball machine. With smooth gameplay and accurate physics, Fantastic Journey could turn you into a pin fanatic.
90
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
While generally on par with previous efforts in the line, FANTASTIC JOURNEY is a much less accessible design than the previous releases. The wide-open board emphasizes sequences of long, precision shots at drop targets and ball sinks, and the ball tends to “gutter” frequently. And it does take a while for the personality of the board to unfold; you’ll have to play a few dozen games before you figure out the basic high-scoring plays. Thankfully, the array of difficulty settings grant some mercy to pinball wimps. If you have any interest at all in pinball, give your inner-addict some loving and check this game out.
87
WindowsGamezilla
This is a game for the pinball enthusiast, collector, or would-be collector. There are lots of very unique features for a video pinball game that only pinball lovers and collectors can appreciate. Even those that don't pray to the pinball god but still enjoy the game can still appreciate the solid, realistic graphics, sounds, and gameplay. Overall the game plays very nicely and very similarly to a real pinball machine. If you cannot afford to buy a real machine and don't want to keep popping quarters at the local arcade, I'd highly recommend this (or any of the Pro Pinball games) which is why I give this game an 87.
82
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Der vierte Flipper der Pro-Pinball-Reihe glänzt nicht mehr mit Internetoptionen oder epischen Handlungen, sondern mit einem schlichten, suchterzeugenden Einzelspielermodus. Bei Pro Pinball: Fantastic Journey handelt es sich um einen Flipper, wie er auch in jeder Spielhalle stehen könnte. Wie bereits bei den bisherigen Spielen der Serie wurde auch bei Fantastic Journey darauf verzichtet, den Flippertisch mit computerspezifischen Spielereien zu verunzieren. Thema des Flippers sind die Geschichten Jules Vernes, allerdings weisen lediglich vier selten sichtbare Flipperobjekte auf diesen Hintergrund hin. Das Spielfeld besteht aus zwei Rampen, unzähligen Schaltern sowie drei Fallen.
81
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Het is misschien niet zo kleurrijk als de twee voorgangers, maar mooi is het wel. En er valt heel wat te beleven op deze kast.
80
MacintoshAppleLinks.Com
I was mesmerized by the soundtrack of the game. I cranked it up all the time I was playing--much to the annoyance of my wife. Physics are good, game play is good, and the rules have good depth to them. I really enjoyed playing this game.
80
WindowsPC Accelerator
This series could really use a little more spice in the table design, but the physics engine and graphic detail certainly make this the only pinball game to own. Be warned, I was hoping to have this review finished by midnight. It's now after 4:00 A.M. Pro Pinball is deprivation in game format.
80
WindowsGameZebo
The biggest drawback with Pro Pinball Fantastic Journey is that there is only one table. But considering what you get in the package, it's tough deal to pass up. For less than a few rounds at the scratched-up machine in the dark corner of the downtown arcade (assuming you can even still find one), you can have a truly authentic pinball experience right on your computer screen. If you grew up playing these quarter munchers, go ahead and - sorry, but it has to be said - take the plunge. You'll flipper over it.
79
PlayStationPSX Nation
A Pinball game on the PS is a hard sell. With Take 2's new $9.99 program it finally allows the game to become accessible to those who love Pinball. However don't expect a greatest hit and know that in the end this is still Pinball, which while cool, gets old fast.
79
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Was haben Jules Verne und die Pro Pinball-Reihe gemeinsam? Beide waren einst ihrer Zeit voraus, sind aber inzwischen von der Realität eingeholt worden. Klar, das Renderspielfeld ist schick, aber nicht mehr beeindruckend. Empire setzt auf bewährte Rezepte, traut sich jedoch keine Innovationen zu. Wo sind Ausleger? Warum sind die Aufbauten so konventionell angeordnet? Und wann gibt's endlich mehr als nur einen Tisch? Die alten Stärken ziehen allerdings noch immer. Die Physik ist perfekt, das Spielfeld fair, die Anpassungsmöglichkeiten sind vielfältig - Fantastic Journey steigt wiederum ins Spitzenfeld der Computerflipper auf.
75
PlayStationNowGamer
Ten quid, one table and decent ball physics – what more could you expect? Anyone who’s ever played Pinball Dreams on the Amiga will know just how good a pinball game can really be. And for the rest of you we have Fantastic Journey.
75
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Wie bei den Vorgängern muss ich den Engländern wieder eine höchst edle Tisch-Optik bescheinigen. Auch die saubere Kugel-Physik, inklusive rutschender, kreiselnder und "springender" Bälle trägt erneut zu einer starken Flipper-Simulation bei, obwohl diesmal kein echter "Williams" Modell stand. Die sehr weit auseinander stehenden Schläger stören mich allerdings, weil durch sie selbst im leichtesten Schwierigkeitsgrad Frust aufkommt. Was nützen die phantastischsten Abenteuer, wenn sie kaum zu überstehen sind? Da war mir Timeshock fast lieber: weniger Schnickschnack - dafür noch mehr Simulation.
74
WindowsGamesmania
Fantastic Voyage spielt die bekannten Stärken der Pro Pinball Reihe aus: Die Kugelphysik ist kaum zu schlagen, die Einstellungsmöglichkeit lassen keine Wünsche offen, und das Spielfeld ist grafisch ansprechend und detailliert. Das, was dem Flipper fehlt, sind Innovationen, die man langsam mal erwarten kann mit dem Fortschreiten der Serie. Wieder gibt es nur einen Tisch - konventionell gehalten, was Boni und Aufbauten angeht. Insgesamt kann Fantastic Voyage seine Vorgänger nicht übertreffen, gehört aber immer noch zu den Besten Titeln des Flippergenres, auch mangels echter Konkurrenz.
70
PlayStationAll Game Guide
Other nice features include saving high scores, purchasing extra balls (when 100,000,000 points have been achieved) and protecting the world from an evil general. If these features sound interesting and you're looking for the best pinball title on the PlayStation, Pro Pinball: Fantastic Journey is the game to get. While the music could have been better, it's hard to beat the theme.
68
MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
When all is said and done, FJ is a pinball game -- only those who appreciate this type of gaming are going to be thrilled. Unfortunately there is no demo; I suggest you grab the demo of Big Race USA (listed on MacGameFiles) for an example of just how fast, gorgeous and realistic the Pro Pinball series can be. Overall I am thrilled to have yet another Pro Pinball title on the Mac, and many thanks to GraphSim for giving us a chance to enjoy it. While FJ will not blow Pro Pinball veterans away by any means, it could be a bridge for pinball “newbies” to enter the genre. Personally I think GraphSim should grab the rights to the other three titles and republish those as well, as they are getting difficult to find.
67
WindowsGame Captain
Wer sich nach einem stressigen Tag im Büro einfach nur zu Hause abreagieren will, ist mit diesem Flipper sicherlich gut bedient. Ob man bereit ist hierfür 70,- DM auszugeben, sei jedem persönlich freigestellt. Zumal dieser Flipper gegenüber dem alten Modell "The Web" keine großartigen Neuerungen bietet, darum habe ich hierfür Punkte abgezogen. Es würde reichen, diesen Flipper als Add-on zu den anderen Tischen von Empire anzubieten. Ich persönlich bevorzuge da eher die Flippersimulationen von Sierra, welche günstiger sind, und mehr Tische zu bieten haben. Fazit: Ein Tisch ist zu wenig für ein Vollpreisspiel, vor allem wenn sich gegenüber den Vorgängern kaum etwas tut.
67
PlayStationGameSpot
Granted, the Pro Pinball series is not for everyone. Even at an excellent price of $9.99, some people just are not going to understand why Empire Interactive would go through all the trouble of creating an accurate pinball simulator, and not exploit video pinball to its fullest by adding all sorts of impossible ramps to the table. But if you're a pinball fan, Fantastic Journey is a pretty amazing feat, and the price is definitely right.
67
PlayStationGame Revolution
In a nutshell, Big Race USA is a ramp driven game of pinball, whereas Fantastic Journey is more trigger-centric. The former is filled with cartoonish graphics - bright colors and neon lights make for a clean layout. This table is better suited to the younger or newer pinballer, while Fantastic Journey's darker tones and graphics are a good match for the old-schoolers. Plus, the 70's-styled music is much better than Big Race's.
58
PlayStationThe Video Game Critic
It's truly remarkable how much work went into the graphics, but it's a shame how much of that is lost during the actual game. Fantastic Journey has plenty of customization options, and even the background music is excellent.
50
WindowsSpel för Alla
Pro Pinball – Fantastic Journey är realistiskt och snyggt, men relativt fantasilöst. Spelet är positivt beroendeframkallande men kunde gärna innehållit fler än ett enda bord.
46
WindowsGame Over Online
Fantastic Journey is simply a disappointment in light of last year's Big Race USA, an amazing game that is still delightfully fun to play, the pinnacle of the genre. Empire Interactive really "dropped the ball" on this one. I recommend it only for those who must have every PC pinball game. The rest of us can skip it, and mourn the death of pinball.
40
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Fantastic Journey is the least desirable offering in the Pro Pinball line of products, and I cannot recommend it to anyone except those absolutely addicted to this series. Not one facet, especially not the gameplay, is exceptional in any way, and the whole experience comes across as a rehash. I would love to see a renaissance of computer pinball, as I truly believe there are a lot of innovations yet to be explored and implemented, but Fantastic Journey is simply not going to get the ball rolling for such a revival.