Having reviewed pinball games on the computer before, I'll admit I wasn't expecting much out of Crystal Caliburn. Most pinball games just don't have the feel of the real thing. But in, fact, I was surprised. Pleasantly surprised.
This pinball game may be showing on your computer screen, but that is literally the *only* way you can tell that this is just a simulation of a pinball game and not the real thing. Well, and the controls. Hitting buttons on your keyboard isn't quite like punching buttons on a real pinball machine, but in the play, the feel is remarkably close.
The game features a human voice, flashing lights, realistic sound and a manual that gives the background on the game and tells you how to win. Once you've read the short list of the controls, though, you really don't need the manual to have fun with this game. All you have to do is play.
Most of the manual, in fact, is really unneccessary to make this game a totally enjoyable pinball experience. Why? When you play a pinball game in an arcade or a pinball parlor, none of them comes with a manual to tell you the story or explain how to win. All you do is put in your quarter, coin or token and play.
Even without knowing the backstory, this is the sort of game you can play for hours on end, watching the ball roll through the lighted and colorfully designed play area. The game is so realistic that the ball is sometimes caught against where one of the ramps is anchored to the backboard.
This is a great game, sure to eat up great chunks of your time through its deceptively simple play. Pure pinball, and on a computer. Who would have thought? Try it. You'll be pleasantly surprised, just as I was.
Graphics: Just like a pinball game.
Sound: Very realistic.
Enjoyment: You'll swear you were at a real pinball machine.
Replay Value: You'll find yourself playing this one endlessly. A big chunk of time eater.
Crystal Caliburn is a pinball game from the makers of Tristan Pinball and Eight Ball Deluxe. You get one medieval-themed table on which to play with up to 4 players. Graphically, the game features the entire table on the left side of the screen, with the score and other info on the right side. Graphics are high-resolution and you get raised ramps and two-level glass boards, among other goodies.
Controls are fully customizable and are the standard pinball ones: left, right, shoot, and different "nudges".
People who downloaded Crystal Caliburn have also downloaded:
Loony Labyrinth, Full Tilt! Pinball, Cyberball (1998), Tristan Pinball, Addiction Pinball, Pure Pinball, 3-D Ultra Pinball, Absolute Pinball
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