A decent pinball game from Amtex that is short on graphics and animation but long on gameplay, Tristan Pinball is billed as a "solid state pinball simulation", and it actually comes quite close to that claim. The game brings many innovations in real pinball tables to the computer screen for the first time, including Multiball, Double Scoring, Time Features, and many kinds of surprises. Ball physics are reasonably realistic, and the manual even includes primer on basic pinball skills (e.g. double flip, deflect pass, beat down, and nudging) that can be applied to the game. There is only one table, and a very standard, blocky one at that, but the game more than makes up for this lack of variety and graphics by excellent ball controls and true-to-life pinball physics. |
Overall, Tristan Pinball is one of those games that seem very boring and average by today's standards. However, it deserves recognition as being one of the first true pinball simulations that brought many features to the PC for the first time. Recommended for its historical significance, even if you'll get bored with the table.
Reviewed by: Underdogs