Hyper 3-D Pinball contains six unique tables including The Gangster, Fun Fair, Roadking, Myst & Majik, Star Quest 2049 and The Monster. The game offers three resolutions from which to choose and supports three options for game play viewing, namely, a 3D scrolling playfield, a 2D plainview perspective and a full screen 3D option.
Up to four players can compete on the same screen, sound and music can be toggled on or off and a graphics contrast option is provided for customizing the monitor brightness. Each of the six tables contains unique skill requirements, bonus multipliers and specific features tied into the theme of the table. As with most pinball games, the longer you can manage to keep your ball alive and the higher score you rack up, the more opportunities present themselves in the guise of bonus scoring.
Hyper 3-D Pinball makes use of targets, loops, pits, extra balls, ramps and more in this collection of thematic pinball tables. A tilt factor, bumping (the table) and extra flippers round out the features that allow you an edge on the competition if you can master the skills. Hyper 3-D Pinball is part of the Pinball Madness collection by Encore Software.
Hyper 3D Pinball is 3D pinball released by Virgin and conceived by the British developer NMS. The competition already took this new genre by storm with three similar games available: Pro Pinball The Web by Empire Interactive, 3D Ultra Pinball from Sierra On-Line and Pinball 95 from Maxis. As each title claims to be the ultimate pinball experience, it may be difficult to make the right choice. What will Hyper 3D Pinball bring to the genre? Find out by reading what follows.
The main criticism about 3D Pinballs is the small number of tables that come with the game usually ranging from one to three, contrary to 2D pinballs where the standard was to offer at least four different tables. Hyper 3D Pinball is quite an exception with a total of six tables and may appeal to gamers who don't want to play with only one table and risk being bored after a couple of hours or less. The themes on which the tables were designed are creative with such titles as The Monster, Myst & Majik, Gangster, etc... and except for two of them, they were all original and never have I seen them featured before. Each table has a design that radically changes from one table to the other, and gives the player a unique sensation when playing with a table for the first time.
Like other 3D pinballs, this one features the same kind of elements you would find in a real pinball machine. Ramps, lanes, holes, bumpers, flippers, lights, targets and bonuses will flourish on every table for your greatest pleasure accompanied with sound effects and wondrous sound tracks. The music is played directly from the CD and features different styles from New Age to Medieval-like tunes.
The different resolutions offered by Hyper 3D Pinball range from standard VGA (320 by 200) to extended SVGA (800 by 600) in 256 colors. Each mode can be played from different views. The VGA mode uses a 3D scrolling playfield, the extended SVGA mode only has a 3D full screen, while the SVGA mode (640 by 480) features the two playfields mentionned above with an additional 2D planview. Hyper 3D Pinball is the first pinball ever to offer a 3D scrolling playfield and the result is impressive.
Another breakthrough in Hyper 3D Pinball is the presence of animation during the game when you lock a ball, for example, or activate a special bonus. You can see them like cinematic sequences in a traditional game that superimpose over the game's main screen. These animations show close-ups of the ball during specific phase actions and were created with high-end workstations to ensure outstanding animation.
The realism of the ball is not what Hyper 3D Pinball should be remembered for. I found the ball to move very strangely at times going suddenly faster, and the flippers extremities looked like they were invisible for the ball as it didn't bounce on them but rather went through the hole! This makes Hyper 3D Pinball sometimes hard to master as precision is not the best quality of the game. The game play is really fast, and keeping an eye on the ball will not be as easy as you think, especially with the fast mode!
The options allow you to choose the number of players (up to four), adjust the volume control, enable sound effects and music, and select the contrast you find adequate.
Hyper 3D Pinball surely offers several features you won't find in any other games of this kind, but its realism can't make it compete with Pro Pinball: The Web for example.
Tilt! is a pinball game. The 6 pinballs you can play in the 3D full screen-modus or in the classic 2D scroll-modus. The themes of the pinballs are Science Fiction (Star Quest), Horror (Monster), Racing (Road King), Underworld (Gangster), Fantasy (Myst & Majik) and Fair (Funfair). Every pinball has multi-ball gaming, animations (esp. ball-locks) during the game and intermezzos in the scoring field.
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