The latest game from Ubi Soft is based on the traditional
and plunges the player in to a psychedelic world with impressive
animation and frantic missions. To unlock all of the pinball
tables, players need to complete missions such as destroying
UFOs, saving pink flamingos from deadly crocodiles or feeding
malicious primates. There are four multiplayer mini-games,
including football and basketball tables...
bizarre, but I'd never understood the appeal of pinball game
conversions. Being a bit of an old bloke (well, in my 30's),
I remember when it was cool to stand around the pinball table
in the pub while your mates cheered on. So, to bring that
atmosphere into the home gaming market has never really appealed
to me. Until now.
(which if you say it fast enough sounds like "flippin'
eck!") takes the pinball idea and really rips it apart
- creating something totally new and visually stunning. Unlike
normal pinball games, you won't spend the entire time staring
at the same old dull pinball table.
is also a great sense of humour displayed throughout this
game, with over the top American accents really hamming it
up. From the opening "Drop of silver approaches the stage"
to the numerous in game vocals like: "Multiball - Have
a fantastic time!" you'll be grinning from ear to ear.
main focus of the levels is a themed table, of sorts, which
branches out into other areas. Each of these smaller levels
sets the player challenges including hitting bumpers to get
butterflies to land on them and hitting a tree with the pinball
a set number of times to release other options. Once these
challenges have been completed, other areas are opened. But
be warned, completing certain levels - like climbing the pinball
wall - can be very frustrating.
if you want a change of pace, there are always the fantastically
addictive two player games to have a go at. How about basketball
or football where you use bumpers from the pinball game to
control where the ball goes? Or how about a game of that old
classic Pong - the football version?
you're not a fan of pinball games, then you are strongly advised
to try this before you buy. But, with
an RRP of only £20, Flipnic puts many games that
cost twice the price to shame. As
original releases go, you're not going to get much better
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