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Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection (Xbox)

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83
Game Shark
Add to this already impressive pack some nice unlockables like the flipperless Play-Boy pinball table and the carnival favorites Xolten the fortune teller and the Love Meter and you have a very entertaining package for the whole family at the extremely reasonable price of $19.99. Of course for pinball aficionados who are fast seeing the disappearance of pinball machines from their natural habitat, this will be a must-buy.
80
GameZone
This is a good game to have. A good collection of machines, but I think they could have squeezed in a couple more. The unlocked extras were under-impressive, but that doesn't mar the actual pinball machines that make you want this game in the first place. The machines are faithfully reproduced down to the smallest details. This certainly won't excite the non-pinball playing crowd, but those of us that miss those days will enjoy playing these tables a great deal. It's a nice break from the usual games played on the XBox. I hope more vendors release their collections for the fans. Aside from a too-sensitive TILT mechanism, there's some good family fun to be had, here.
75
Next Level Gaming
Pinball Hall of Fame offers old-school pinball gamers a chance to relive the past and save a few coins in the process. The game clocks in at only $20. That really is not bad for a game like this. I used to enjoy pinball when I was a child. And going back to something like this really brought back memories. Pinball was cool a long time ago, but sadly the age of arcade cabinets pushed the pinball machines all the way to the back of the arcade. If you want to play a pinball machine now your best chances are to go into a smoky bar to find one. This game is not for everybody though. Some people may not be able to sit there and try to score points by trying to knock a silver ball around a bunch of obstacles. Pinball Hall of Fame looks good and it plays good, and at $20 you can’t really go wrong with such a title. It may give more pleasure to the older crowd the Halo-Heads out there. Check it out.
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Worth Playing
The game is basically what it says it is: a pinball hall of fame concerning classic Gottlieb tables. One can’t argue that the simulation isn’t nicely done – oh, it is. And while a few of the tables aren’t going to be very fun for new players, all of these are either instant nostalgia for old players or intriguing, playable history for pinball fans. At $20, it’s not bad. It may not be the best pinball game ever – it certainly isn’t the most original, nor does it make use of video game pinball potential – but it is a suprisingly solid piece of history and should provide you with at least a few hours of point-raking fun.
75
DreamStation.cc
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection is a game that will provide players with the ultimate pinball experience. The tables are fun with a very realistic sound and feel. You can also learn a few things about the old tables. There should be something here for everyone and for $20 how can you go wrong.
72
GameSpot
Despite the fact that a new company has risen to release all-new pinball machines, by and large, the pinball industry collapsed, along with arcades, a few years back. While you can still find machines in some out-of-the-way locations, it's getting harder and harder to see a fully functional pinball machine in its natural habitat. Over the years, this has given rise to a variety of video-based pinball simulations that tried to accurately mimic the ball physics and general gameplay of the real deal. Some, such as Crave's recently released Pinball Hall of Fame, even attempt to emulate actual pinball machines. With eight tables from several different decades, and good gameplay to boot, Pinball Hall of Fame represents a nice budget-priced collection.
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TeamXbox
Anyone who’s ever enjoyed playing pinball games throughout their life, or even the version of 3D Pinball found on most Windows-based PCs should consider spending 20 clams for a well put together collection of classic pinball tables in one videogame we can enjoy on our home console. Crave Entertainment’s Pinball Hall of Fame is a nostalgic look over the last 50 years of pinball gaming that helps educate players about the history of the game as well as giving them a chance to play some of the very tables they may otherwise never get a chance to experience. The weight of the ball does give the game a more loose feel than we would consider ideal, but all in all this is a budget title that turns out to be well worth it. Mainstream gamers might not consider a pinball game an item to put anywhere on their list, but classic gaming fans will easily spend hours enjoying the game for what it is.
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IGN
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection offers a decent experience overall by providing seven classic boards. The physics feel a little wonky, mainly due to the ball's lack of weight, but it gets the job done in the end. The game also packs a history lesson through authentic game flyers and factoids, so those looking for a bit of nostalgia will find it. But is it worth spending 20 bucks over? That depends. If you’re a crippled pinball nut without real tables at home, then definitely go for it. Fans of virtual pinball will also find a lot to enjoy. Otherwise, The Gottlieb Collection is a rental at best.
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The Video Game Critic
The wide-angle view lets you see the whole table, but most of the graphical detail is lost. On the bright side, the Gottlieb Collection includes plenty of background information, a generous number of configuration options, and its under-$20 price is certainly reasonable. It's difficult to capture of the essense of real pinball in a video game, but Pinball Hall of Fame's effort is commendable.