Do you like dead things? Watching horror movies? Playing an exciting game of pinball? Burying bodies in your crawl space?
Hey, we can help you with the first three.
3-D Ultra Pinball: Creepnight has everything your twisted little heart desires. Ghouls. Goblins. Spiders. Pinball-snatching ghosts. Lightening fast action. And the most realistic ball physics of any pinball game. All packed on three extra-wide tables that are cooler than a coroner's slab. Heck, there's even a fourth bonus table if you live that long. Check it out. That is, after you finish up underneath the house.
Sierra and Dynamix pins some more balls in their second 3D Ultra Pinball outing - Creep Night from 1996. The theme here is a fun one, being a gothic fantasy of castles, crypts and creeps - a far better one than the generic sci-fi of the first.
The three tables take full advantage of the setting. You'll be flipping flippers in the grounds of a Castle, the top of a Tower and the depths of a Dungeon, each with their own set of objectives. You may be able to chase the high score on each table individually, but the Play All option is the one to play. There are 5 tasks to complete on each as well as a mini-game which will lead to a bonus fourth table (which is just a re-jigged super difficult variant of the first).
This mission-based concept for a pinball game is a fun one, but even getting close to completing them is a pipe dream for casual players. Despite the blurb's boasting the game's "realistic pinball physics", the truth is somewhat the opposite. It's not exactly broken - hitting the ball at certain points on the flipper will give commendably predictable results - but all too often will the ball gravitate towards the points of no return. I lost many to the outlane or untouchable space between the two flippers.
In this respect, the first game is a lot easier, but the variety of the spooky setting makes Creep Night is much more fun. Don't expect the most accurate of pinball simulations, just roll with the crazy critters that can crop up and you'll have a great time.
Now launches with DPI settings applied
3D Ultra Pinball: Creep Night is © Sierra On-Line
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