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Actually, there's nothing really more to say about this, other than it's a fun pinball game, with bonuses to light up, drop targets to knock down, and a personal high score that you're trying to beat. The controls were perfect, since all you had were the flippers, nudging was accomplished by pushing a panel your palms rested on, and a plunger to launch the ball. Having four flippers kicked butt too, whereas pretty much every other pinball game out there only had two (or just one paddle, as I mentioned earlier: what idiot thought a paddle should go in place of flippers for pinball? It's not called "Breakoutball" for a reason, guys!). Even the cabinet itself was pretty unique in that it was very small.
Overall, this common, four-kilobyte cartridge is quite enjoyable. It will never be held in such high regard as great arcade ports like Missile Command, cult classics like Adventure or technical marvels such as Pitfall, but it's still fun to pull out and play from time to time.
It's infectious; one obsesses over advancing a roller or bumper just one more number, since the awarded scores for hitting these things can increase to the point at which you're watching your digits being blasted through the sky. (My score actually landed in my nearby Missile Command cartridge once.) And there wouldn't be this much player concentration on accomplishing the especially involved tasks required to earn extra lives until Mr. Do!. Further, there's a suave, minute art to using the fire button to "tilt" the stubborn ball into the path you want it to take; there's a lot more of this than flipper control if you're a good player. I've achieved over a million points and I'm damn proud of it. Once you've gotten a grip on the finite science of getting the ball to obey you, you're hooked. You even forget that it's shaped like a square.
This is the kind of game that you can play over and over again, and you'll do a little better each time. I remember playing Video Pinball with my childhood friend Billy, and he could keep one ball going forever (much to my chagrin). It bears little resemblance to actual pinball, but Video Pinball's unique style of play makes it an enjoyable experience all of its own.
Still, the flaws of this game are minimal compared to the entertainment quality of this game for the true pinball fanatic who is a fan of the Atari 2600. The game might not last forever, but it will last a while and will be something that would be worth coming back to periodically. Therefore, my recommendation is that you should strongly consider buying this game if you find it at a reasonably low price.
O famoso jogo de Pinball de fliperama vira vídeo. Aqui o que vale é o maior número de pontos que você marca. São cinco bolinhas pra se tentar bater o recorde.
The rollovers are pretty cheap because they are situated directly over the bumpers. By using the nudge you can continuously bounce the ball over them, racking up some huge scores. Maybe this game isn't as good as I remembered, but I still like it.
(May 27, 2014)
Das macht es im Spiel schwierig selbst die Kontrolle über das Geschehen zu übernehmen. So ist es meist reine Glücksache, die Punkteboni zu erreichen. Diese wurden dabei an einen realen Flippertisch angepasst. Beispielsweise sobald die drei Diamanten am oberen Bildschirm getroffen werden erhöht sich der Punktemultiplikator der Bumper um einen Punkt oder wenn das Atarilogo mehrmals berührt wird, erhält man einen weiteren Versuch. Grundsätzlich ist das Spiel verloren, falls die Spielkugel dreimal in der linken Röhre oder durch den Boden verschwindet.
Brawa za podjęcie tematu konsolowej adaptacji fliperka na konsole, ale Atari kontra Pinballe – 0:1. Plus chyba tylko za to, że coś takiego się pojawiło. Z perspektywy czasu gra kompletnie niegrywalna. Lepiej zainteresować się późniejszymi wersjami fliperów dla konsolek. Video Pinball na Atari 2600 to tylko kolejny kamień dla archeologów elektronicznej rozrywki, obok którego większość graczy przejdzie nawet go nie zauważywszy.
Playing Video Pinball again after 30 years was like finding an old favorite hat that had since been chewed on by rats. Before writing this review, I spent two hours playing it and enjoying myself. However, when I had to take the rose-tinted nostalgia goggles off, I realized that there are a LOT of much-better pinball video games out there. Video Pinball was definitely not bad for the first pinball video game, but it just doesn't hold up to today's standards. Unless you're nostalgic (like me), it's best to let this one drain.
A recommander non pas aux inconditionnels du flipper, mais plutôt aux joueurs de vidéo games.