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Yank back the plunger and prepare to be thrust into the pinball adventure of your life! Battle a SAVAGE prehistoric tribe. Survive the onslaught of a DINOSAUR stampede, then take advantage of MULTI-BALL scoring, tons of animated targets, and the unique 3D target indicator system to find the HIDDEN laboratory of the diabolical Doktor Hekla. You'll need all your flipper twitching skill to defeat him and earn the ULTIMATE game payoff - a fully animated ESCAPE from the Lost Continent!

Nothing comes close to our physics-based game engine. The pinball moves, banks and ricochets just like the real thing.

The tooth-gnashing T-rex is just one of the 3D-rendered animations you'll find on the Lost Continent!

Get crazy on 15 ultra-wide, interlinked pinball tables chock full of ancient ruins, angry cave-people and terrifying dinosaurs!

Saving a princess from prehistoric Pterodactyle is but one of the many adventures you'll find on the Lost Continent.
~from the back of the box

Dynamix got far more adventurous for their third game in the 3D Ultra Pinball series. And I don't just mean the setting either! Sure, the plot is a rip-roaring yarn inspired by the serials of the 1930s and the B-movie schlock of the 1950s, but how that plot is told by way of pinball is eminently satisfying.

After a plane crash leaves you and a few others stranded on the dino-inhabited Lost Continent, you have to explore the jungle to find a way out. Moreso than a high score (which still exists), that is the goal of the game. To accomplish this, tasks are split into several small tables over three environments as opposed to the trilogy of larger, event-filled stages found in the first two games. This means it's far quicker and easier to move on to the next table, upping the variety even if there's only a couple of things to do for each. For example, one area has you knocking the controls of an ancient mechanism to drain the water of a reservoir allowing the gang to cross. Another has you defending a native woman tied to an altar as Pterodactyls swoop ever closer. Later on, you'll have to attack a T-Rex blocking your path or feed a Stegosaurus to get him out of the way.

The side effect to all this story is that the game area on each table has been reduced with half the screen being dedicated to theatrics or mini-games. At times, you can directly control these pre-rendered Indiana Jones wannabes with some simple diversions that break up the action nicely, adding even more variety to an already diverse package. Other times it's a more passive affair, with your ball affecting their decision-making depending on the targets you've hit. These tend to be the most challenging stages as it's still a little troublesome lining up shots due to the less-than-stellar physics at play. Imaging navigating through a labyrinth by flipping a metal sphere up very specific ramps. Or aiming for the correctly coloured cave to hop along stepping stones. I challenge anyone to succeed on their first playthrough.

While I'm not sure true pinball wizards would find as much enjoyment out of it as casual players - the physics are still a little iffy - 3D Ultra Pinball: The Lost Continent remains one of the most unique ball-flippers ever released. It all comes together in what I believe to be the best of the series. Highly recommended.

To download the game, follow the link below. This custom installer exclusive to The Collection Chamber uses DOSBox running Microsoft Windows 3.1 to get the game working on modern systems. Run WinExit or press Ctrl-F9 to exit DOSBox once quitting the game. Manual Included. Tested on Windows 10.

File Size: 332 Mb.  Install Size: 530 Mb.  Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ


3D Ultra Pinball 3: The Lost Continent is © Sierra On-Line
Review, Cover Design and Installer created by me

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