ReviOUYA Review #33 – Pinball Arcade

Pinball Arcade, by FarSight Studios, is a game which holds a collection of Pinball tables to play.  Divided up by season, and on season 4, Pinball Arcade has approximately 10 – 20 tables per season, all of licensed pinball tables.  Pinball Arcade also comes with 1 free table.  Tales of the Arabian Nights.

Graphics: 10/10

The look of this game is simply beautiful.  Every table is designed and built from the inside out to replicate their real life counterparts.  There is not a hair out of place when it comes to the look of the tables.  The LED is shown at the upper left hand corner of the screen so as to not distract the player if it were in the top middle.  There is also the ability to choose the colour/look of your pinballs.  This is a nice little aesthetic feature that helps personalize the experience.  Not a single frame drop when playing this game either, for pinball, and the replicated tables, the visuals are close to perfection.

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Sounds: 10/10

The music in this game are from the actual pinball tables as well.  The sound effects sound realistic and add to the overall pinball experience.  There is nothing out of place when it comes to the music, nor the sound effects.  There is nothing grating to the ear, nor anything that is utterly annoying to listen to.

Gameplay: 10/10

The game moves fast, of course.  The L and R buttons are used as the flippers, and the Right joystick is used to launch the balls.  The tables are extremely accurate when it comes to hitting those flippers, and hitting the balls.  The timing where they come out, the angles as to how the flippers hit the pinballs, it is all nailed down to the T.  All tables are free to try out until you reach the minimum score barrier.  Once that is hit, a message comes up saying it is the end of the trying period and you can purchase, or play a different table.  You can also play the table multiple times.  Much more worth it to buy however, as then there are unlimited plays and the possibility of #1 score.  There is also online leaderboards, as well as a challenge mode.  Where there are a set number of tables and the goal is to beat the score line on that challenge to advance.  Not as easy as it sounds, but adds a lot to the replayability.

Overall:

Pinball Arcade is one of OUYAs best arcade games to date, as it not only gets updates once a month with new pinball tables, but the tables themselves are highly accurate to their physical counterparts.  For a Pinball fan this is a certainly must-own.  For anyone else, this game has to be given a try to see what the OUYA can clearly handle.

Graphics: 10/10
Sounds: 10/10
Gameplay: 10/10
Overall: 10/10

Push Pinball Arcade on to your OUYA now! Free to try, Table pack $4.99, Season 1 Pack $19.99 Season Pack $29.99, Season Pro Pack $39.99

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