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pinball.zip
Filename pinball.zip (Download)
Title Pinball 86
Description Simple Pinball Game for the TI-86.
Author Charlie Murff (gte419p@prism.gatech.edu)
Category TI-86 Assembly Games
File Size 3,887 bytes
File Date and Time Mon Jun 28 02:26:25 1999
Documentation Included? Yes
Source Code Included? Yes

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Review
Review by  Dave Cobb
Reviewed on 2004-11-22
Attention span: 1/10 Coma victims wake up, right?
Controls: 3/10 Unfortunately, the best part.
Implementation: 2/10 It's small, but so are ants...
Overall: 1/10 Avoid it (or taunt it, your call).

Ever since the introduction of the first substantial Pinball machines in 1932, they have been a constant in arcades. Video games come and go, but pinball is always there. (Sure, there is always a dusty space invaders game in the corner.) I’m sure all of us enjoy pinball on some level, that is why it is so painful to see a game that promises pinball be so bad.

Lets get straight to business and take a look at the game play. If I were to describe it in one word, it would be nonexistent. There is no ball, hence no game. The board is the size of the screen (I cant remember seeing a Pinball game that was twice as wide as it was long, but maybe its just me.) What does this mean? It means that if there were a ball, it wouldn’t be fun to play. The only part of this game that works is the controls (and not that well.) Obviously, it would not matter, even if they did well (a car with superb steering but no motor cant drive.) You must use the arrow keys (not a good choice for this setup.) When you press the arrow key once, the flipper goes up--and stays up. You must press it again to lower it (I don’t remember that happening at the arcade.) The graphics are also very poor. With three poorly drawn and unless bumpers and borders thicker than necks of professional football players, this game is as ugly as Linda Tripp. Bad game play, bad controls, and bad graphics—three strikes, you’re out!

Pinball is a game that could actually work on a calculator (not a futile thing like trying to get a FPS on a calculator) but this game is a failed attempt. This hasn’t been updated in about a year, so I doubt Pinball 86’s future is very bright. I respect the author for attempting to be original, but he, like so many others, released an unfinished programs. That is a calculator sin; they only waste space and peoples time.

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