What Do Pinball and Deal Or No Deal have in common? Think hard: pinball isn't hosted by a smug prick, and Deal Or No Deal (sadly) doesn't involve you pushing something as hard as you can until the thing you're slapping goes dead between your palms. The answer is both lose something important as videogames.
Game shows lose their sense of reward and jeopardy, while pinball loses a sense of physical engagement. On the Star Trek: TNG pinball game, I once earned a place in the vaunted Q Continuum during a two-hour session in which I'd honestly say I was more pinball than man. How do you simulate that?
Dream Pinball 3D. staggeringly, does a fair job. From a physics and technical point of view, this is far and away the best pinball sim I've played. The game looks great, the glassy reflections adding literal polish. The selection of camera angles are well judged: you can choose from a tactically useful (but graphically distant) overview, down to a visually impressive (but overwhelming) close-up on the ball. Faulting the basic toolset is impossible. The six different balls, with different physics, are a bit of a gimmick, but it's by no means offensive.
The problem is the tables. The six themed boards each have their own sound effects - from the ghoulish creaks of Monsters, to the limp yelps of "Oh no! It's a T-rex!" in Dino Hunt - and the bumpers and ramps are in different positions. Beyond that though, they all play similarly.While it might feel unfair to compare a pinball sim to classic real-world pinball tables like TNG or The Addams Family. those games kept you interested by constantly dangling carrots and doing things. The Dream Pinball 3D tables often leave you feeling like you're coaxing out whatever action they have to offer. The basic problem is that you only ever feel like you're surviving, never achieving something grand.
With more ambition in the table design, Dream Pinball 3D has the potential to be great. As it stands, it's just good.One last thing - if they'd included a table designer, I'd have added 20 to the score right off. The world needs more cock-shaped pinball tables.
It's available for users with the operating system Windows XP and previous versions, and you can download it in many languages like English, Spanish, and German. Its current version number is not available and its last update on 5/30/2011.
Dream Pinball 3D offers players a choice of six multi-level tables, seven camera angles, and four difficulty settings. The themed tables are as follows: Knight Tournament, Spinning Rotors, Monsters, Dino Wars, Aquatic, and Two Worlds. The latter features artwork from the action role-playing game of the same name, released on both PC and Xbox 360 platforms in 2007. One of Dream Pinball 3D's more distinguishing elements is the inclusion of six ball types with individual characteristics and physics. In addition to traditional steel balls, the game introduces balls made of oak, walnut, marble, ivory, and even gold. The action can be viewed from a fixed perspective or from one of six dynamic views that automatically scroll and zoom as the ball travels across each table. Up to four pinball wizards can compete in the game's multiplayer mode.
What would be your dream pinball game? If it's a handful of generic tables with poor ball and flipper physics, SouthPeak games just made your dream come true. Dream Pinball 3D gets the tables right but completely misses the boat in how it controls. The result is a poor approximation of how pinball is supposed to feel.
The first thing any pinball wizard will notice about this effort is the flippers are terrible. They aren't governed by physics at all. There are simply two flipper modes: up and down. Flipping them doesn't result in any movement; they are transported from a resting position to an upright position. This denies the player the ability to finesse their shots with varying degrees of strength.
If this is supposed to be our dream, I guess we don't have a very active imagination. Beyond playing each table and saving your high score, there aren't any other modes or secrets to unlock. You can play with up to four people, but this only consists of taking turns with other players. There are seven camera angles, but none of them really provide the best view. They all seem to be either too far away or too close to the action.
Dream Pinball is capable of one special effect: a lava spray. This technique is used liberally on every table -- even the underwater Aquatic. The back of the box boasts fancy High Dynamic Range (HDR) Technology which is supposed to provide a greater dynamic range of light and dark areas. But it's hard to spot this tech in the game. When you zoom in close to the tables you notice some pleasant details, but the game's visuals aren't all that dreamy.
With the heyday of pinball simulations on the PC ping, ping, pinging in my noggin like it was the mid-90s all over again, I really wanted to love Dream Pinball 3D. Forget that its title still hypes the fact that it's "3D" well over a decade after 3D cards became standard operating equipment. Forget that Future Pinball, a beautiful, well-made pinball sim and table designer, can be downloaded for free. If Southpeak is charging for this collection of six all-new tables, then it must be pretty special, right?
Dream Pinball 3D's worst transgression, however, is its lethargic physics implementation. It's like every ball is out for a leisurely stroll, limply colliding with bumpers and sensors along the way. And though you may be tempted to turn on graphics settings like glass reflection and light bloom, don't - the exaggerated effects are far more distracting than they are realistic. Expecting interactive minigames or other technological enhancements to standard pinball? Look elsewhere.
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3D Pinball - Space Cadet is much like other pinball games for PCs, such as Pinball Arcade. What makes the former unique is its origin and relation to the classic Full Tilt! Pinball games originally developed by Cinematronics. It's based on its Space Cadet table theme.
Full Tilt! Pinball was a pinball game that was developed by Cinematronics back in 1995. It featured pre-rendered 3D graphics at the time and three tables. Each table had a display on either side that showed the players' score, ball number, and player number. It also displayed various information and a table-specific background image to players.
To anyone who has used the Windows operating system ever since its early days will take a trip down memory lane with 3D Pinball - Space Cadet. This nostalgic pinball game will look and play as it did all those years ago. The gameplay experience that you know and love is kept intact in this version. It's highly recommended for fans of the game.
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