• 4 out of 5 (4 votes)
    3D Ultra Pinball (pc game)
  • Alternative title: ultra 3d pinball: creepnight
  • Genre: Simulation, Pinball
  • Software house: Sierra
  • Year: 1995
  • System: DOS
4 out of 5

Really original, showcasing why digital pinball is so cool!

I kind of feel sorry for unimaginative pinball games, especially the digital kind; I mean, I get it, you might want to have the real tables you love in digital format, but once you're done with those, it's kind of a shame not to use the advantages of the digital format to create some really outstanding tables, tables that would only work in digital form! And, fortunately, 3D Ultra Pinball is one such game, that profits from being digital and 3D and doesn't mind creating these really extraordinary tables, tables that really use the format to their advantage. Let me give you an example; there's this table whose style and theme is that of a mine. If it were to have been designed for a real world arcade machine, it would have been impossible for the developers to cram as much into it, 3 actual playing fields, air transportation areas, zones that warp the trajectory of the ball and, besides these digital only things, also manage to load the game with all the classic staples of a normal pinball game. Visually, 3D Ultra Pinball looks more than alright, looks as good as you'd want it to be, with crisp graphics, really detailed textures and like I said, lots of digital only bits, which is just perfect. So play it, and also consider the sequel 3D Ultra Pinball 2 which brings more of the same with even more detail.
5 out of 5

Pinball in 3D, here it is!

3D Ultra Pinball is an arcade pinball video game developed by Sierra. This game takes pinball to a whole new level: besides the regular table, there are two more minitables set, having up to 4 players, whose rounds alternate etc. This game is based on the space simulation game, Outpost. There are three tables named Colony, Command Post, and Mine. Each table holds a set of five challenges. The goal is to build and launch a Starship completing the game's entire course. This I haven't heard before, having a goal in a pinball game. The gameplay is simple: just bounce the ball with your flippers, ensuring that it won't fall. You can launch the ball in the other tables to rack up points.

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