Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings
Apr 4, 2019Zaccaria Pinball is an outstanding game with an immense amount of content. The video pinball genre is something I quite enjoy as it bringsZaccaria Pinball is an outstanding game with an immense amount of content. The video pinball genre is something I quite enjoy as it brings back the nostalgia of when I use to play all the actual machines in arcades in the 70's and 80's. The video translation of pinball is a genre that I truly enjoy when the table physics and overall enjoyment factor that's present in Zaccaria Pinball. It’s awesome that the Xbox One offers you many different pinball games by several companies to enjoy, and you can now add one more to that list thanks to the release of the amazing Zaccaria Pinball. Owning all of the tables on any pinball game isn't an inexpensive game from any company but all of them offer you a free started game to enjoy without spending any money. People fail to realize the development costs, the licensing that goes into these games. In Zaccaria Pinball the DLC packs are all worth the value, simply because the sheer amount of customization you can implement on every table is basically perfect. Leaderboards will have your competitive nature bringing you back for "just one more game" over and over again. Zaccaria Pinball has a number of good reasons why you should invest your time and money into the experience it offers, and by doing so you’ll end up with a huge amount of content that will keep any fan of the video pinball genre busy for countless hours. I strongly encourage everyone to give (at a minimum) the free tables a try, but be careful this game is very addictive in such a good way. Two massive thumbs up!… Full Review »
Aug 5, 2019So many fantastic albeit lesser known EM and Early solid state pinball tables! Magic Pixel did a fantastic job on this title, especially whenSo many fantastic albeit lesser known EM and Early solid state pinball tables! Magic Pixel did a fantastic job on this title, especially when you consider how small the team is. They’ve added fully customizable options for physics, lighting, sound, graphics, time of day, not to mention choices for your digital game room’s flooring, wallpaper, and the list goes on. Farsight (TPA) and even Zen (Pinball FX3) can’t hold a candle to Magic Pixel in the options department. While Farsight has basically thrown in the digital pinball towel, Zen could still learn a few things from this little company. This title is packed with more pinball passion than all the other digital pinball offerings combined! I seriously hope they make more pinball games. I can only imagine what MP could do with the catalog of Gottlieb machines. Great job!… Full Review »
Apr 21, 2019Zaccaria Pinball provides addicting video pinball gameplay with unique designs like those in the 1960's to the 1990's based on real pinballZaccaria Pinball provides addicting video pinball gameplay with unique designs like those in the 1960's to the 1990's based on real pinball machines produced by this Italian company during the early solid state era. The Xbox One release is a great improvement from the beta version I have played on iOS mobile. My favorite set of tables is the Solid State set which is well worth the asking price. While gameplay is not perfect, I have not encountered any errors, infinite scoring bounce patterns, or balls simply floating off the screen. Updates and new Remake tables are being released regularly on Steam, and I imagine this will hold true for Xbox One.
I really like the nudging effect, which is different from both PinballFX and The Pinball Arcade. At this point, I would say the difficulty level is slightly higher overall than in these other emulators, but I have been playing them for far longer, and the era of pinball machines in Zaccaria's library lend themselves to shorter, lower scoring games. The look and feel of these tables is slightly different too. Some of the artwork is, um, interesting, and the flippers flip faster than I expect, leading to many early misses. Many tables have unique layouts and/or gameplay mechanics, and a good number have slings that overshadow the flippers slightly.
I believe you can test out every single table available up to a set score limit for free, and there are three or four tables that are completely free! The score limit is somewhat low for the Remake versions, but feels generous on at least some of the other tables. You can optimize your play experience by selecting from several options at the beginning of each game, such as ball count (3 or 5), number of players, type of game (classic, timed, or special), basic table settings, and environmental factors. I have not delved into most of the options in the Xbox version, but you can tweak a wide variety of settings regarding audio and visual aspects and the physics of the table. A story mode and campaign mode are available which ask you to complete tasks on specific tables to advance. The online leaderboard appears to include Xbox players only, but you can see the current score you need to reach to move up in rank in the bottom corner of the screen while you play.
Currently 88 tables are available in Zaccaria Pinball, broken down somewhat evenly into four categories: Solid State, Electro-Mechanical, Remake, and Retro. The Retro tables are the simplest, least expensive, most challenging, and likely least entertaining long term. There are several gems among the EM tables, but I did struggle to pay $10 just to get the 3 that I like. The SS tables are only $15 for 27 tables, and while you might not like every one of them, even $1 per table is fantastic for video pinball (compare Whoa Nellie alone for $10). Most of the Remake tables have not impressed me yet, but they are divided into 4 packs of 5, and I bought the first two right away after reading what other players have enjoyed. Compared to other offerings on the market, anything you like in Zaccaria Pinball is available at a great price.
I have had the opportunity to play ROBOT, Time Machine, and Magic Castle in real life, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have them in my video pinball collection.… Full Review »