has always been a favorite of mine. I know with all
the new games it may seem odd to seek out a pinball
machine in an arcade. If you ask Vaughn, Cole or me
about pinball machines, we could tell you about the
good old days. A quarter would give you five games
and the machines also gave you five balls a game.
I would love to watch as the numbers rolled over on
a good game. I actually go to the beach and check
out all the arcades in hopes of finding some of the
classic machines to play.
was the maker of some of the best pinball machines
ever made. In Las Vegas where the Pinball museum is
located, you can find several of their machines and
actually play them. The game focuses on those machines
from Gottlieb also known as Premier, who own the rights
to this day. This new game is like a history of pinball
featuring machines from the 60's, 70's 80's and the
90's. It also has some cool facts and plenty to unlock.
It has one of my favorite pinball games ever made,
Tee'd Off, which is a spoof on Caddy Shack. The original
machine featured a mechanical gopher that sat on top
of the machine and would move to the music and action.
He also would insult you and could keep the insults
coming as fast as the action going on in the game.
will have to make their way through all 7 pinball
machines and beat certain goals on each machine. Doing
so will unlock special modes, movies and more arcade
machines and a special pinball machine. If you are
thinking it sounds like it would be easy and very
quick to beat, you would be dead wrong. The goals
are based on the date of the machine and how easy
it was to score points on that machine. They even
include a step-by-step guide to each machine where
every chance to score or target is explained in full
detail. You can even see the original arcade flyer
for that machine. Controlling the game is almost like
every other pinball game. Left and right triggers
control the flippers while the right thumb stick is
the plunger to launch the ball and the left is the
bump feature. The controls are great, however; there
is a learning curve. Each machine has it's own tilt
setting and using the bump feature can take some time
to get use to. It not only bumps the machine but you
can use the thumb stick to bump it to the left side
or right side of the machine.
the game is great as well. The only thing that looks
a bit off is the size of the ball. It offers several
camera angles and switches automatically. Or you can
set the camera to the setting you wish while playing.
They really took time to recreate the look and feel
of each machine. As good as it is, at times, the angles
and details may get a little blurred. Playing PHOF
is great for anyone who enjoys pinball. While you're
playing, you also can hear the other machine in the
background. It even allows you to upload your high
score on Xbox live and accept messages etc.
a budget game it certainly is worth the price. While
it can get very challenging at times, the way the
game feels and switches for each table is fantastic.
If you love pinball, of course the value will be higher
than the price of the game. The fact you can have
3 of your friend join in is a blast. I would certainly
recommend this game to anyone even if you just rent
it. It's a great way to learn the history of Pinball
and have some fun at the same time. For die-hard fans
this one will be a great addition to your Xbox collection
and the price can't be beat.