Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection Image
Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics What's this?

User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Relive the days when the pinball table was king, but play like you have unlimited quarters. Pinball Hall of Fame resurrects seven of Gottlieb?s greatest pinball machines spanning the 60 years of arcade pinball?s golden age. Recreated in a stunning 3-D environment, the game play, visuals andRelive the days when the pinball table was king, but play like you have unlimited quarters. Pinball Hall of Fame resurrects seven of Gottlieb?s greatest pinball machines spanning the 60 years of arcade pinball?s golden age. Recreated in a stunning 3-D environment, the game play, visuals and sound effects are so authentic, you'll feel like you're in a real arcade. You can choose from such classic tables as Ace High, Central Park, Big Shot, Genie, Black Hole, Victory, and Tee'd Off from the ?50s, ?60s, ?70s, ?80s and ?90s. Historical art, fun facts and an unlockable bonus table. Bonus arcade novelty games for even more old-school fun. [Crave Entertainment] Expand
Buy On
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Cheat Code Central
    80
    This is the best pinball simulation that I've ever played. It's not a fantasy game with unearthly physics, it's a digital recreation of some of the most beloved Gottlieb pinball games from the 50s to the 90s.
  2. This is one of those budget games that will make pretty much anyone that remembers any of these machines smile and dive in for a few hours at a time, while the rest of you shrug and go back to that "Halo 2" deathmatch.
  3. At $20 you can’t really go wrong with such a title. It may give more pleasure to the older crowd than the Halo-Heads out there.
  4. Game Informer
    68
    It's interesting to see how pinball has progressed through the years, noting the considerable point score inflation that's taken place. [Feb 2005, p.113]
  5. If you’re over 30 years old and grew up playing pinball, then Pinball Hall of Fame, at its current $10 price is certainly worth picking up. Unfortunately, the gameplay is limited due to the poor ball physics, lack of analog flippers, and questionable table selection.
  6. The developers made sure that the game plays as close to the real thing as possible. Even though this is the case, it still doesn’t match up to the real thing.
  7. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    30
    After that brief spasm of historical insight, the charm rapidly wears off, mostly due to clumsy programming. [March 2005, p.95]

See all 15 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. JetpackDan
    Jun 13, 2005
    7
    This was purchased for $9.99 and is worth every penny. Personally, I like the "boring" older tables as you will NEVER get to play them in the This was purchased for $9.99 and is worth every penny. Personally, I like the "boring" older tables as you will NEVER get to play them in the real world. I read in some reviews that the ball moves too fast. Then some said too slow. I think it plays very close to real life. Genie is the best table by far and worth the purchase alone. However, killing the fun is Black Hole, which freezes every time. The ball does not just get stuck-you have to get up and reboot the system-every time without fail! How did this game get released this way? All the reviews say the same thing, so be warned, it will happen to you too. It would not be so bad if that table were not so good, but it is unplayable. I have never made it through even one round. BUT...don't let that stop you as the other tables are quite fun as well. Genie, as I mentioned, is a perfect table. Easy to understand goals, five flippers, fantastic targets, and great sounds. I hope they make a second edition with seven more tables...and TEST it before producing it for sale! Expand
  2. BillA.
    Nov 26, 2004
    7
    First of all, you can't beat the price, at $14.99, you can't go wrong, secondly, it's Pinball!!!, and it works on a grand First of all, you can't beat the price, at $14.99, you can't go wrong, secondly, it's Pinball!!!, and it works on a grand scale here, I thought the ball physics were just fine and the unlockables were worth working for. What I thought was a bit "twilight Zone"-ish was the tournament mode, as my version just kept saving the results. But, it's definitely worthy of inclusion in any pinball enthusiasts collection. Expand
  3. BlueFalcon
    Dec 16, 2004
    3
    I wasn't expecting such classic tables in this game. They're all so basic and campy. The physics are a bit off, and the graphics I wasn't expecting such classic tables in this game. They're all so basic and campy. The physics are a bit off, and the graphics aren't at all impressive either. It's neat to see some pinball history and it's origins, but there's a reason why these tables aren't remanufactured and found in todays arcades. They're boring. I liked Pure Pinball a lot more than this title. Expand