The stunning graphics and unique board layout makes 3-D Ultra Pinball one of the prettiest computer pinball games we've seen.
Sierra On-Line, the gaming giant responsible for adventures like the Kings Quest and Space Quest series, has come up with a pinball game for Windows that will blow you away. You get to play a timed five minutes with five balls in this one-table demo. The graphics are amazing, borrowing somewhat from Sierra’s strategy game Outpost.
Since you’re playing on a "space colony1" not just a pinball table, there are all kinds of things you can do with your silvery globe. You’ll hit the ball into caves, colony buildings, spaceports, and more. The tasks you’ll have to perform range from getting your ball into a glider that will gently deposit the sphere back near your left flipper, to clearing the area of bulldozers that block your way. You’ll have to navigate meteor showers, and blow away the dozers that block your entrance into smaller "mini- tables" to the side of the main one, each of them with its own set of flippers and bonus targets.
Along with some stunning graphics, 3-D Ultra Pinball offers a variety of sound bites to enhance the pinball experience. You’ll be given commands from the computer on your next target, and the best method to gain points.
The mini-tables off to the sides make a great goal. You need to accomplish a few tasks before the doorway to one of these areas opens. Or, if you want to cheat, you can barely tap your ball with the plunger. It will go up the chute a little way, and if it goes just past the opening to the mini-table on the right, it will be launched into the bonus area.
To start things off, you’ll want to hit your orb into the glider twice. This will initiate the bonus when you land the ball in the center of the large structure at the top of the screen. Getting the ball directly up to the center is no easy task, but if you’re persistent, it can be done.
If you’re a pinball aficionado, this is definitely a title to check out. The full version will contain three tables to challenge your pinball skill.