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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
This is without question the very best release in the entire 3-D Ultra Pinball series, and indeed one of the very best computer pinball efforts ever produced. I would put it right up there with my favorite virtual pinball game of all time, Wildfire Studios' Balls of Steel, in terms of the fun frenetic action going on when playing the fascinating table. If you love pinball as I do, run out and buy this one; and if you are not a pinball fan and generally find this pastime to be repetitive and sleep-inducing, give this one a try. I personally hope that it is successful enough in the marketplace to lead to a revival of the vanishing art of virtual pinball.
If there is any weakness to be found here, it's in the rather small scope of 3D Ultra Pinball Thrillride. The extra table features could have been elaborated upon, and it does seem as though more could have been thrown in here. For these reasons, Thrillride doesn't exactly have much in the way of replay value, and it only takes a couple of hours to see everything the game has to offer. I suppose there isn't much market for a truly huge, zesty pinball sim with numerous tables, themes, and challenges. But as far as a neat, time-consuming pinball experience goes, this one will do fine.
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Игра практически без недостатков, но все-таки добрый середнячок. Претензий нет, но фактически одного стола, да возможности посылать свои рекордные результаты на сайт игры, уже оккупированный хайскор-хакерами — всего этого явно маловато для полноценной влюбленности в 3D Ultra Pinball: Thrillride. Хотя всем любителям пинбола и просто коллекционерам поиграть нужно обязательно. Мы ведь, фанаты, такие, — ничего мимо себя не пропускаем. :)
Computer Games Magazine
As a whole, this package is enjoyable, yet somehow wanting in several departments. For instance, while one to four players can take turns hammering away at drop targets or ramps on the same computer, Internet play would have been a welcome feature. What's more, regardless of how many sub-missions the product has to offer, a single table is destined to run out of steam long before a human's attention span follows suit. Suffice it to say the $30 tag is a bit steep for what you're buying into. 3D Ultra Pinball: Thrillride is a dead ringer for an afternoon at Six Flags or Knott's Berry Farm-it's packed with gooey gobs of fun and exhilarating attractions, and temporarily manages to convince you that the payoff is worth the price of admission.
Game Over Online
Think of 3D Ultra Pinball: Thrill Ride as that new rollercoaster that just opened up at your local amusement park. It features lots of twists and turns and you can't wait to give it a whirl, so you pay your fare and hop in the seat. A few minutes later, the ride is over. Now imagine having paid $30 for such a short ride... a little hard to swallow.
The last few years have been hard on PC pinball simulations. Just a few years ago, they were quite common. Companies like 21st Century Entertainment were devoted exclusively to replicating pinball on the PC, and other companies churned out simulated tables on a regular basis. However, these days there are really only two series that can be counted on: Empire's Pro Pinball and Sierra's 3D Ultra Pinball.
Parmi l’ensemble des séries réalisées à ce jour, la saga des 3D Ultra-Pinball s’est toujours distinguée par la richesse et l’originalité de son level-design. Certains joueurs se rappelleront d’ailleurs avec nostalgie le mythique Creep Night, se déroulant dans l’univers des goules et des zombies. Dernier né de la saga, 3-D Ultra Pinball : le grand huit a pour thématique les parcs d’attraction. Un choix qui coule de source, l’univers des forains et celui des bumpers partageant un amour commun pour les lumières stroboscopiques, les environnements sonores saturés, le choc et la vitesse.
PC Player (Germany)
Die Kugelphysik fällt gewohnt schlecht aus und so manches Mal ruckelt die Grafik selbst auf einem 600-MHz-PC.