on 6 October 2008
This game fails miserably in its attempts to convince me that I am playing pinball. The tables are fairly interesting but the ball just doesn't move like a ball - it flits about and acts in a random and confusing way. The table views try to follow the ball far too closely resulting in terrible motion sickness for the player. All in all playing is a most unpleasant and unsatisfying experience.
I had been looking forward to this game and had high hopes. The reality is that the £4 ipod game "Mystery Mansion" is far better than this £20 game which is advertised as all singing and all dancing. Not only can this game not sing or dance, it can't even roll a ball down a pinball table in a straight line. Save your money!
If Amazon allowed Zero stars that is what it would get. It only gets its one star by default!
on 9 October 2008
My girlfriend has been eagerly awaiting the return of a good pinball sim to the Mac. Especially after Big Race USA and Pro Pinball: The Web both became incompatible with more up to date Macs. Unfortunately Runesoft's attempt to port this game falls down at the loading screen if you are using OS X 10.5.5 and a Nvidia GFX card. It changes resolution then dumps you back to the Finder with a bug report message. As a birthday present for my girlfriend this was not what she wanted at all.
Contacting Runesoft garnered the stock auto reply. A few days later I got a mail blaming Apple's development of drivers for it's Nvidia cards and the vague promise of a fix in the near but unspecified future. Too little too late to save a birthday present, which is winging it's way back to Amazon as I write.
Hopefully the next game developers to try bringing pinball to the Mac will do a better job of testing it before release, react to changes in the system and update more promptly.