Review Pinball Fantasy HD
A beautiful virtually pinball experience
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 16 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Beautiful table designs, the game controls feel great, features realistic ball physics
You have to pay for every table
Pinball video games never made much sense to me because it seems like the kind of game best played at a bar. The feel and aesthetics of the game is best appreciated in person. All of this isn’t to say there haven’t been good pinball games, though, and Pinball Fantasy HD might be somewhere on that list.
Part of pinball is the feel of the machine, and I can confidently say the controls for this game are pretty superb. The game’s performance works in tandem with the tight controls to bring a pretty seamless gameplay experience. The physics seemed to be realistic enough, though sometimes the ball’s speed seemed to pick up faster than it would in real life.
The tables have pretty cool effects and look really great. On some of the more detailed areas of the table the camera will zoom in to give you a better sense of what’s going on, which is much appreciated. The tables themselves are pretty simple, though, and some of the ‘objectives’ were a little confusing. For instance, in the deep sea table, there’d be times where I could get to the treasure, but other times the ball just wouldn’t enter the way you’d think it would.
Pinball Fantasy HD accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do. It’s a great looking pinball game. But much like pinball of the old days, this game has you pay for every additional feature. you get one free table a day, and have to purchase the others to play on a regular basis. Outside of the obvious freemium cash grab ideas, the game plays and feels great.