03 February, 2018

Another FarSight pinball

I realise that a whole month has passed without any pinball news. Well, this is the sad state of digital pinball. Where it not for FarSight I would be an unemployed pinball-blogger. On the other hand as I wrote some time ago I am not going to try to pad the blog with articles on uninteresting stuff. So, I write whenever there is something worth writing about. This time it's the new Pinball Arcade table, Sorcerer.

It's a game from the mid 80s and it has the simple structure of the tables of that period.  The playfield is particularly uncluttered and the rather dark colours make the choice of a visible ball rather easy. The game play is medium interesting but one has to be extra careful is one wishes to reach a high score since the ball has the tendency to drain rather easily. I must admit that I have rather mixed feelings about this game and all in all I don't think I will come back to this game after the novelty has worn out.

One thing that i liked particularly about Sorcerer was the artwork of the backglass. You can judge for yourselves.

If the tabs I keep are correct, Sorcerer may be the last table of Season 7. It will then be a particularly small one, with just 10 tables, like seasons 3 and 4. But then I may be wrong.

01 January, 2018

A FarSight pinball for the new year

Just before Christmas FarSight released a new table. Having been caught up with the holidays I have not been able to report on this before the end of 2017 and thus I will begin the 2018 posts with it. 

Pistol Poker is a table from the 90s: 

Curiously, it corresponds to one of the smallest sales of physical tables with only 200 unit produced. Having played it I can understand the lack of interest. There are games that I like at first sight and others which I come to appreciate after having played a few games. However, I could not relate to Pistol Poker even after having tried it on two different iPads. I do not find the gameplay sufficiently interesting and the ball that drains all too easily is making things worse. It's not the best pinball to start the year with but on the other hand we should not be too picky: if FarSight stops producing new pinballs we will be left with zilch. 

24 December, 2017

The sad state of iOS pinballs

I am regularly visiting the TouchArcade page, where one can find most useful info concerning iOS games, both released and upcoming. They are not particularly fond of pinballs but one can find an occasional reference to Zen and FarSight tables. Today I ran across their sum-up of the year in games.

They are giving their list of the top 100 iOS games. And, guess what, not a single pinball  has made the list. I cannot judge the value of their list not being an expert in games other than pinballs. I could recognise some games I do appreciate like Flip-flop, Framed, Monument Valley but no pinball. (By the way, I went back to the best of 2016 and 2015 lists. Same thing: no pinball). Although we are talking here about the TouchArcade people preferences, the fact that pinballs have been totally ignored is telling. Are we witnessing the end of digital pinball? I am not very optimistic.