Posted: November 22
Way too difficult and time-consuming to be worth playing.
I have about 20 tables that I've picked up through sales and such over time. Sure, the game involves batting a ball around. Sure, you get points. But this is about as much pinball as Sonic Spinball was. Every single table has a ridiculously drawn out set of goals you have to meet to get anywhere near the final mode.
How is anyone supposed to clear Fear Itself, Inifinity Gauntlet, or Star Wars Ep. 4 within any kind of reasonable time? Look at classic pins like Addams Family, Twilight Zone, Monster Bash, Tales of the Arabain Nights, or Theatre of Magic. Someone who knows what they're doing can get through all of the modes and into the wizard mode with about 15 minutes of playing.
When I go to YouTube, every single table's wizard mode takes at least 50 minutes to over an hour of (what I assume to be) truly excellent playing. Star Wars Ep. 5? Gotta get through six separate stages of three checkpoints each. Fear Itself? Hope you like clearing the... seven(?) worthies. Don't mess up that last shot, or you have to start the whole mode over. Infinity Gauntlet? THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE ALIVE TODAY THAN HAVE EVER DIED. DID YOU KNOW THAT? ADAM WARLOCK WILL MAKE SURE YOU DON'T FORGET.
I tried changing the difficulty of the tables, but I don't see that it does anything. Some ball saver time limits might be increased, but the modes aren't any easier to complete. You'd think that somewhere around "very easy", they'd do something like allow you to pick up where you left off during a given mode. Timeshock, Big Race USA and Fantastic Journey by Pro Pinball are great examples of challenging games with reasonable goals and measureable progress through them.
I want to like these tables. I really do. They're all good-looking and some of them are pretty clever. But holy balls, they take forever to feel like you've accomplished anything. Some people might say "Learn to play, noob. These tables are meant to be hard." I counter that there's a sport called Takraw which is like volleyball with nothing but bicycle kicks. It's a ridiculuosly hard sport to play. Does that make it the best sport in the world? Is Checkers better than Chess? Is American Football better than Soccer? More difficult doesn't make something better.