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Steve Evans
Arcade: Pinball
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Jim Douglas
Chris Bourne

I was never convinced of the virtues of pinball on a computer. I mean, it's all very well to convert an arcade game to the Spectrum, but the main attraction of pinball is the physical effect of the solid steel ball rumbling up and down the table end ricocheting off anything in the vicinity.

All the usual pinball features are included (there's even a tilt option) and the ball moves around smoothly enough to make the game playable. You can adjust the power of the initial 'pull' which sends the ball spinning, and there's a reasonable amount of skill needed if you're to get the right angle off your flipper. Another good point - four players can play in competition, with all scores displayed authentically to the left of the machine.

The most annoying thing is that there's only one table to play on. After a while you'll get to know the workings of the table inside and out, and it really wouldn't have been too tricky to incorporate a bit more variety.

Label: Alternative Software
Price: £1.99
Memory: 48K/128K
Joystick: various
Reviewer: Jim Douglas

Highly playable though ultimately unsatisfactory Pinball conversion. Not enough variety.