Goldman, Price: $14.95
Reviewed April 2003
From the creator of the popular 3D pinball
game Pinballz, Pinballz2 is not
just enhanced version supporting the Palm OS 5 devices. It’s
a brand new 3D pinball table, designed by Jason Goldman.
If you have a Palm OS 5 PDA and have been looking for a pinball
game, look no further.
The new Pinballz2 game sports a brand new
3D pinball table with a fresh set of bonus targets, animated
characters and a mini-breakout table. Like the first Pinballz
table, this game is packed with targets to hit and things
to do. Most of the multipliers and bonus shots require multi-hits
on certain drop targets, animated characters, color-coded
buttons and circles, some even needs to be in certain sequence.
It sounds hard, but the rewards are well worth the efforts.
You will not only get high scores, but you'll also get to
see a turtle on roller skates running across the table, treasure
chests, toy cars, and if you are lucky enough to get into
the breakout table, you might get a chance to go for the
ultimate Pinballz2 lights. Of course, you won’t miss
the traditional bonus actions such as multi-ball action and
earning extra balls, as well as manipulating the table by
titling and nudging it.
The 3D graphics look sharp on the NX70V
even though the text on the tablet is in very small fonts.
The 3-table setup is a very creative idea resulting in a
fun interface. The ball movement is very realistic and easy
to track. The amount of action is well balanced with table
design so that even when you activate many lights and buttons,
you still don’t feel distracted.
The sound effects on the Tungsten T are
full digital sound and Sony enhanced sound support is coming
soon. The selection of sound bites is plentiful and they
should meet your expectations for a pinball game. Since this
game is enhanced for the Palm OS 5 devices, you’ll
be able to run it on the Tungsten T and Sony’s OS 5
Clié models at 320 x 320 pixel resolution. If you
don’t have one of these PDAs, check out the original Pinballz which
runs on older versions of the Palm OS.
Any arcade fan should enjoy a good
pinball game, even the stuffiest old-school gamers. This
game, with its well-designed 3D table and realistic feel,
is hard to beat for Palm OS 5 PDA owners.