08 November, 2015

Frankenstein by FarSight

or rather, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, as the complete title goes, is the new game in the fourth season of Pinball Arcade. It took a while to be released on iDevices, but here it is.

The game's theme is obvious, given its title, and it is a very interesting one, where it not for the accompanying graphics, which I disliked. This is rather rare: I usually like this kind of horror-movie-inspired themes. Be that as it may, the table is almost unplayable with the standard, silver, ball. So I opted for the ball I am using most of the time, a green one.

I did like the game a lot. The ball-throwing monster is a most original twist in the gameplay. The table is more or less uncluttered in its lower part and the ball does not drain too easily. Since there are portions of the upper part where one cannot follow the ball, it is rather difficult to keep track of what is going on in a multiball situation, but this is not really crucial. 

The one feature I do not understand is the knob to launch the ball situated at the upper right corner. Did the people at FarSight try it with an iPad? It is clear that you cannot launch the ball while keeping your hand at the position where you can control the flipper. I agree that one  must reproduce the layout of the original table but in this case it creates an unnecessary hassle and should have been avoided.

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