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