Pull back the plunger and put the pedal to the metal! Race through 12 original inter-linking pinball-tables as you accumulate bonuses on the different table types. Your pinball prowess on the Garage, Pit and Speedway tables will allow you to break all circuit records. Hours of high RPM pinball fun for the whole family!
- 12 inter-linking tables.
- 3 different Pinball table types (garage, pit, speedway) along with 4 completely original backgrounds depending on the driver.
- Tables with fully rendered 3D graphics and characters, animations, and motion capture.
- Realistic impact physics and ball movement preserves the sensation of pinball play even on computer.
- Extra wide tables, no scrolling, multiple bonuses, surprises, moving targets and reward animations.
- Easy installation, easy to learn.
- Multiplayer options : up to 4 players on one computer for hot-seat pinball racing.
~from the back of the box
In 1998, Sierra and Dynamix took on the NASCAR licence for their fourth entry in the 3D Ultra Pinball series. That's quite a left turn for an IP that leaned heavily on classic genre conventions. When you actually playing it, though, you see a somewhat ingenious implementation of two seemingly incompatable play styles, even if the end product isn't as enticing as this makes it sound.
The idea is that you support your driver via the pinball. Ramps, bumpers and switches will increase the stats of your vehicle, increasing your chances of winning a race. The problem with this set up is that it offers the least amount of variety in any entry to the series.
The back of the box states that there are 12 tables in total, but in truth there are only three. You can choose between four different NASCAR racers; Dale Earnhardt, Terry Labonte, Bobby Labonte and Bill Elliott. Each has their own Garage, Speedway and Pitstop table but all that's really different is the backgrounds, the diver's oversized signature and the obvious product placements slathered over the bonnet of the car. The layouts are all the same so it's a bit disingenuous promoting them as different. It's not like there's a lot to do on each table either, making for far lees variety than any other game in the series.
On the plus side, the ball physics seems to have improved by a significant measure. While not entirely realistic, it's far easier to predict the movement of the ball. There's also a fairly comprehensive encyclopedia chronicalling facts and tidbits NASCAR fans would most likely already know. Even so, it's presented nicely and has some hyperbolic video clips stewn in for good measure.
It's just a shame that the undelying game isn't as interesting. Petrol heads would likely rather play the official NASCAR racing game while pinball fans can find better elsewhere, even in the same series. As such, NASCAR Pinball (aka Turbo Racing) crosses the finish line at last place in the 3D Ultra race.
To download the game, follow the link below. This exclusive installer uses PCem running Windows '95. Press Ctrl-Alt-PgDown to toggle fullscreen. Press Ctrl-End or middle mouse button to release the mouse. Manual included. Tested on Windows 10.
IMPORTANT - Remember to shut down the emulated version of Windows before exiting PCem. This could potentially result in errors, lost saves and corrupt data. Close the program only when it is safe to do so.
File Size: 408 Mb. Install Size: 651 Mb. Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ
3D Ultra NASCAR Pinball (3D Ultra Pinball: Turbo Racing) is © Sierra On-Line
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