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  • Fun game play

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  • Takes forever to load
  • Takes up a bit of space
  • Clumsy menu
  • For color handhelds only

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Bump Attack Pinball Review
By Pepper
12/26/2001


Overview
Bump Attack is a new pinball game by iambic. It features two tables with scrolling graphics and has a mission-based game plot.

Game Play
Bump Attack has two tables with very different themes. The Mars theme has you attack aliens and monsters to gain points, and the Deep Sea table has you go diving for points. They're both great ideas but the mission details are displayed on the top of the screen so if you spend too much time paying attention to the details your ball will likely die.

The ball moves in a rather realistic way but it is definitely far from perfect. The physics aren't as good as a real table, although it is definitely not a game of survival. The ball bounces well off bumpers and targets but it will sometimes speed up to an insane rate. But if you adjust the speed under Options you can have a completely playable game, although the faster speed is always there for  more of a challenge.

The Options are rather simple and un-useful, though there is a multi-player mode. As I mentioned, you can adjust the speed and you can modify how much memory it uses, although if you're short on space you could end up crashing your Palm. Unfortunately, there's no control for the sound effects so you're stuck listening to them whether you want to or not.

Graphics
The graphics are definitely nice and the scrolling was much better then I anticipated. The game tables span an area larger then the Palm's screen and as the ball moves along the view scrolls with it. It is smooth scrolling and not at all choppy.

The Deep Sea table is blue and has a fishy theme. You can light up series of letters for points and missions, there's several bumpers near the top, and there is one ramp.

On the Mars table you have three ramps, several bumpers, and a shooter in the center. There's a looming monster in the background and the entire table seems to have a darker feeling to it.

Miscellaneous
Aside from the main points, every game has a few random items worth mentioning. First is the high score board on iambic's website, a nice feature with codes to see where you rank online compared to other users. Unfortunately, it's a little hard to enter your name and you have to use a clumsy set of key presses to put in just a three letter initial.

One complaint I have to make is in the menus. They're slow and clumsy, involving the strangest key combinations. It would be much simpler if we could just tap it and go straight to the game. Instead, there's a bit of key fumbling followed by a long wait for the table to load. Perhaps it would load quicker if iambic had made the program smaller, but instead the program takes up 230k and loads insanely slow.

Right now there is only a color version; I'm not sure if they have any plans for a monochrome version later.

Conclusion
Bump Attack is a fun game with good graphics but some of the smaller issues hold it back a bit. It's a good game and definitely worth the introductory price of $15, but the evaluation version is rather crippled so it wont be that easy for you to see for yourself.

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Hm...

Kaitou @ 12/26/2001 2:47:56 PM #
I liked it, but I found that Architump's Alchemic Pinball did a better job (if not for the fact that it is greyscale and in Japanese) http://www.architump.com/japanese/Alchemic/index2.htm Too bad they haven't translated it (you can find the demo link on that page)

RE: Hm...
I.M. Anonymous @ 12/26/2001 3:53:58 PM #
It does not work on my Palm M125 :( All four files were installed on my palm, and nothing happened after taping the Bump icon... do not know what's wrog.

RE: Hm...
Pepper @ 12/26/2001 4:09:12 PM #
Right now there is only a color version, I'm not sure if they have any plans for a monochrome version later

-Pepper

I love my Palm . . . do you?

RE: Hm...
ErickClie @ 12/26/2001 4:23:23 PM #
Try the greyscale one that Kaitou was talking about....

RE: Hm...
Ed @ 12/26/2001 5:08:19 PM #
I edited the review to add Pepper's point about this version only being for color handhelds.

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RE: Hm...
I.M. Anonymous @ 12/26/2001 8:21:38 PM #
Is it only for Palm devices? I loaded it on my Clie 610 and launched it only to get a "Fatal Error" message.

RE: Hm...
rldunn @ 12/27/2001 12:57:24 AM #
Just disable high-res assist and it runs fine on the Clie.

Not this good

kevdo @ 12/26/2001 5:18:28 PM #
While everybody has a different opinion, the review seems way, way too generous for my taste. I found the physics unbearable and the scrolling way too nauseating to sit through.

The graphics on this game are indeed good. But, given the problems with the speed, loading times, interface, etc. there is no way this game should rate this high.

RE: Not this good
I.M. Anonymous @ 12/26/2001 10:51:28 PM #
Well obviously you have a different opinion than the reviewer. I am sure that there are others that agree with the review.

RE: Not this good
I.M. Anonymous @ 12/28/2001 8:00:00 PM #
I disagree kevdo too, IMO this is the greatest pinball game for the palm bar none!

What pinball game are you saying is better for the palm. There are a few others and IMO all of the others are crap compared to Bump Attack.

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