Crystal Caliburn by StarPlay Productions/Little Wing (Windows, Mac)
The best in computer pinball simulations (and maybe somewhat of an insider tip
judging by lack of exposure the game received), this single-table package with a
Camelot/knights-of-the-round-table theme is my original favorite. Non-scrolling 2D planview
in multiple resolutions (ideal at 800x600) with crisp graphics. 3 balls, configurable keys.
Extremely realistic ball physics and superb design with attention to detail - from pinball lovers for
pinball lovers. Wealth of features, intelligent table layout and concept, including
3-ball multiball and ramps and an ultimate challenge mode and reward, The Holy Grail.
Plays quite fast and requires skill and strategy. Decent sound effects, some speech
and a pace-setting background soundtrack, although the sound effects might not
be realistic for a pinball machine. The company's highscore contest and the ability
to track one's progress in an accumulative results file (bug with date, always one month
behind) make this a table one wants to play and beat again and again. Since the
results file is an external flat file, it is ideal for import into a spreadsheet
and analysis of progress. Maybe a left/right nudge would be desirable in addition
to the straight-up nudge but that's for lack of having any other criticism about
this excellent game... Although a few years old, it is not yet dated at all. The manual
is well written, detailed and even features some pinball fundamentals (of course, they
can be realistically applied in the game).
Released/Copyright: 1993, LittleWing Co. Ltd.