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Overall, Pinball Hall of Fame is a nice collection, as well as a history lesson in the world of gaming's past.

7.8

Great
Difficulty:
Just Right
Learning Curve:
0 to 30 Minutes
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Old-school"

Summary

Let's face it -- the arcade industry isn't what it used to be. It's pretty much collapsed as well as the classic pinball industry with it. It's becoming harder and harder to find pinball machines...but Crave has found a solution. Working with the Pinball Hall of Fame Museum, they have created a collection of simulated "real life" pinball tables for your enjoyment! With a nice collection of tables and options, as well as unlockables, this budget priced title is nice package.

Pinball Hall of Fame usefully recreates eight games manufactured by Gottlieb, a company that made a hundreds of classic pinball machines throughout their history. They were the leaders of the industry along with other companies such as Bally. the collection features games from different time periods, ad holds as timeline of evolution in the pinball industry. You'll see games like the flipperless machine in Play-Boy (1932), pinball classics such as Big Shot (1974) and Ace High (1957), a great late-'70s wide-body table like Genie (1979), all the way to more modern tables like Victory (1987) and Teed-Off (1993). Each have their own styles, and are noticeable for their impact on the industry like for example: Black Hole which featured the first underlying table, complete with flippers, underneath the main pinball table.

Since Pinball Hall of Fame is an collection of simulation Pinball Machines, graphics, sound effects, and gameplay must be spot on to the machines. Luckily PHoF manages to hit it spot on. The physics of the ball and rendering the feel of playing the machine are very accurate. Through most of the ball moving is done with flippers you can also nudge the machine with the left analog stick...the only problem is that there isn't that much control of the tilt as you like, which is a must for a game like the challenging Central Park, which is known for a must in table nudging. You'll encounter a lot of tilts before you gain a handle on properly nudging with the left analog stick.

The game also features very accurate recreations in the look of the game, as well as playing the machine. The game gives you 6 angles to view your machine from, which allows for players to pick which way they want to view the machine. the sounds in the game, are accurate for each machine, ad for it's game environment. you'll hear some background noise, like you would in the arcade. It would been nice to include some options, as turning off the noise, or having music play while you play each game, but PHoF focuses heavily on simulation only.

Pinball Hall of Fame also contains unlockables that can be earned by completing each tables goal (or by inputting a code at the main menu). Some of these goals are achievable, while others are VERY HARD to achieve even unless you are a pinball veteran. Some of these are options that let you turn off tilt, play with a custom ball, or even gain access to quirky little arcade throwbacks, like a love tester machine or a Xolten fortune teller machine. You can even unlock other game play modes and another arcade table. Pinball hall of fame features a save option, as well as saving your high scores for each game (and some modes like tournament play.) Also, each machine can be played up to 4 players, which adds some challenges that are a throw back to the old arcade days. PhoF loads well though not as fast as it’s Xbox brother, and doesn’t feature online scoring, but overall it’s still a nice package.

In the end, Pinball Hall of Fame is a nice collection, as well as a history lesson in the world of gaming's past. It looks good, controls well, and is at a budget price, and is a title that every pinball fan, as well as serious game collector, should have.






Worthwhile addition to your collection if you like pinball. MAME is better, but not everyone has a PC in the living room

7.1

Great
Difficulty:
Easy
Learning Curve:
0 to 30 Minutes
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Uninspired"

Summary

While the graphics aren't all that great, at least the machines are real Gotttlieb machines. Ball physics is decent; but the graphics are not that great. There are many options for table view, but I did not find any that I liked.

I prefer to play MAME versions on my PC, but for someone who would rather plop on the couch and cuddle up with his/her PS2 (and *gasp* not play a Katamari game), this is worth playing.

Unfortunately there still hasn't been that great of a virtual pinball console game. I'm waiting, but I'm not holding my breath. In the meantime, I'll stick to playing the real machine in my living room.




So that is what it's like in the 50s...Things lit up...WOW!

8.0

Superb
Difficulty:
Hard
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Just plain fun"

Summary

I was looking forward to this game to just set down and relax while playing some Pinball games. The game features 8 different Pinball tables ranging from 50s to 90s. Pinball: Hall of Fame recreates the feel of times when Pinball was popular and puts you in a setting in one of the Gottlieb areas. There you will chose one of the Pinball tables and the game will load. From there you will be presented with a detailed recreation of the actual Pinball table. I was amazed by how accurate it looked. It will create a realistic feel while playing the game. The controls themselves are very responsive and it plays well. It feels just like you are playing Pinball. All is not good with Pinball: Hall of Fame. It may be funny to hear but the problem with Pinball: Hall of Fame is the actual Pinball tables. The tables themselves are badly designed. I felt that the Pinball has more places to go for you to lose, rather then places to gain points to set the score. You will find out that you will only beat the high score if you get lucky. What I am saying is if there is an actual table of any of these Pinball cabinets for you to play in real life. They would just be bad. If you have someone to play this with it would be lot of fun. You can try to beat each others scores. The game loads fairly fast while it would have been nicer if there was not much loading at all. This game is on a standard CD (Blue Bottom). Having it on a DVD would have made the loading times shorter. Bottom line this is a nice Pinball game and if you are into such you should take a look at this game. Itís a $10 used game investment for some fun times. Looking forward to the upcoming sequel.




Pinball lovers are likely to get this game. A must-have.

8.0

Superb
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Old-school"

Summary

This game is a great addition to any game collection. It lets you play with up to 4 players on 7 well- designed replicas of gottlieb pinball tables.You can also unlock a bonus table, payout mode, tourney mode, gottlieb factory tour(Which is basically concept art and photos), xolteon and the love meter. The Tables, Big Shot, Black Hole, Playboy(bonus Table), Tee'd off, genie, victory, central park and Ace High, can be played freely. You can also unlcok bonus balls, and The Tilt option. The bad thing about this game is that if you accidentlely press the left analog stick in any direction, the Tilt option would be activated and you would practically lose the ball. You can have a choice of 3-5 balls. You must complete the table's goal to unlock bonus content. A good thing about this game is that up to 4 people can play, and you only need 1 controller, and you simoltaneously pass the controller per turn. You can use extra controllers if you have them, though.

8/10, a great Pinball Sim.




A chess program strictly for the chess enthusiast.

7.3

Great
Difficulty:
Just Right
Learning Curve:
0 to 30 Minutes
Time Spent:
100 or More Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Worth playing"

Summary

Very simply put, it is a chess game.

For gameplay, obviously you need to know how to play chess. However, for Fritz 8, you need to know how to play chess extremely well, or have humongous passion for the game, or both. The reason I say this is because the difficulty is extremely hard.

The graphics. Come on, it's a chess game. Sure, you can play the game in 3D, but it doesn't really add anything to the game. It's still the same game of chess.

The sound is cute, at least when playing offline. Fritz actually talks to you, makes jokes, is just a really ridiculous voice that keeps the game fresh. "He" inspires you to play just one more game.

The replay value for chess is endless, because you can never learn everything about the game. However, in terms of a game, it's the same exact game over and over again, so if you don't have a passion for chess, this isn't the game for you.

Oh, and yeah, the interface is pretty darn clunky, when comparing it to Chessmaster 10th Edition. But what is better in Fritz 8 Deluxe is it's free PlayChess.com server. It is awesome. If you want competition anytime, whether it be day or night, the PlayChess.com always delivers. Many grandmasters frequent the hall here, so if you want to watch them play, you can do that as well.

Basically, it's a chess game for those who are good already and would like to improve more upon their game, and those who have a great passion for the game of chess. Any other casual fan of this pastime would be better off sticking to Ubisoft's Chessmaster 10th Edition.
7.2

Great
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