Being aimed at threee-year olds upwards,we decided to get Richard Jones to take a look at this game; he is the biggest kid we know.
have got a problem with computer pinball games. Football, golf, cricket and darts. I have played and enjoyed on the Amiga – but pinball? Nah. To play all the other games involves some measure of organisation and effort (both physical and financial – yes even darts_ but pinball? If you have got a pound in your pocket and are in the centre of a large town, you will be surrounded by all manner of real silver ball opportunities in arcades and pubs.
And I am afraid no Amiga games can come close to the thrill of the real thing – not Pinball Dreams, Pinball Illusions, Pinball Mania and, no, not even the cute Thomas The Tank Engine’s Pinball.
Now I will readily admit that if you are three years old (Thomas is aimed at age three upwards), you are unlikely to find yourself with a pound in your pocket in the centre of a large town with time to kill. If you do, you are lost, or your parents have abandoned you. Find a policeman immediately.
There are four tables (Thomas, Percy, James and Toby), multi-player options and it all works reasonably well – the ball rolls towards the flippers, you hit it and it bounces around the table until it goes out.
However, there is an alternative. Have you thought about investing in a sturdy box or crate? If you do, you can visit your local, child-friendly pub, put £1 in the pinball machine, place the child on the sturdy box or crate facing the table, repair to the bar and leave your offspring playing the real thing and annoying everyone within a 10-yard radius.
Amiga Format, Issue 78, December 1995, p.55