Williams Pinball Review

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Posted: 4 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Williams are a renowned designer and manufacturer of pinball machines. Its tables can be played on different systems through games that simulate the original games. This include the physics of the ball, pixel perfect recreation of the play tables and dot-matrix display as well as the ability to nudge the table to avoid sinking the ball.

Pinball FX offer a range of Williams tables Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Switch:
  • Free: Fish Tales
  • Volume 1: The Getaway: High Speed II, Junk Yard,Medieval Madness
  • Volume 2: The Party Zone, Black Rose, Attack from Mars
  • Volume 3: Theatre of Magic, The Champion Pub, Safe Cracker
  • Volume 4: White Water, Hurricane, Red & Ted's Road Show
  • Volume 5: Tales of the Arabian Nights, Cirqus Voltaire, No Good Gofers
  • Volume 6: Funhouse, Space Station, Dr. Dude and His Excellent Ray
  • Williams Pinball: Universal Monsters Pack: Creature from the Black Lagoon and Monster Bash
Williams Pinball is a stand along version of Pinball FX on iOS and Android with the following tables:
  • Fish Tales, Medieval Madness, Attack from Mars, Junk Yard, The Party Zone, Black Rose and The Getaway High Speed II.
Pinball Hall of Fame Williams Collection on Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Xbox 360:
  • Black Knight, FunHouse, Gorgar, PIN•BOT, Space Shuttle, Taxi, Whirlwind, Firepower, Jive Time, Sorcerer, Tales of the Arabian Nights, Medieval Madness, No Good Gofers
Williams Pinball Classic on PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360:
  • Gorgar, Taxi, Pin*Bot, Funhouse, Black Knight, Space Shuttle, Firepower, Whirlwind, Sorcerer, Jive Time, Medieval Madness, Tales Of The Arabian Nights, and No Good Gofers
Pinball Arcade on iOS, Android, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Xbox One and Mac. When it launched it had a licence for Williams tables including the much sought after Addams Family. However this licence has now passed on to other developers. You can still play its Williams pinball tables if you purchased them while they had the licence:
  • Bally: Theatre of Magic, Cirqus Voltaire, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Elvira and the Party Monsters, Scared Stiff, Twilight Zone, Attack from Mars, Dr. Dude and His Excellent Ray, Cactus Canyon, Centaur, The, Champion Pub, Black Rose, WHO Dunnit, The Party Zone, The Addams Family, The Addams Family Gold, Xenon, Safe Cracker, Judge Dredd, Fireball, Eight Ball Deluxe, Doctor Who, Paragon, World Champion Soccer, Fathom
  • Williams: Tales of the Arabian Nights, The Machine: Bride of Pin•Bot, Medieval Madness, FunHouse, Gorgar, Monster Bash, Black Knight, Taxi, No Good Gofers, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Firepower, Space Shuttle, White Water, PIN•BOT, Whirlwind, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Fish Tales, Black Knight 2000, High Speed, Junk Yard, Diner, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Earthshaker!, Cyclone, Jack•Bot, Red & Ted's Road Show, The Getaway: High Speed II, F-14 Tomcat, No Fear: Dangerous Sports, Hurricane, Swords of Fury, Firepower II, Spanish Eyes, Wild Card, Sorcerer, Banzai Run.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 09/10/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS.

Genres: Physically Active and Simulation.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 1 minute and half an hour to play a round of this game. Pinball can be over almost instantly, but as you learn how to hit the loops and targets to build score and earn more balls, you can last for a considerable time.
 
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Turn taking multiplayer competitions

CostsCosts

This game is free to start playing, but requires payment to continue at some point. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

Many Williams pinball games offer one or two for free then provide additional purchasable tables. You can often buy the Williams tables cheaper in a bundle. For example, Pinball FX3 Williams Pinball Season 1 Bundle includes:
  • Volume 1: The Getaway: High Speed II, Junk Yard,Medieval Madness
  • Volume 2: The Party Zone, Black Rose, Attack from Mars
  • Volume 3: Theatre of Magic, The Champion Pub, Safe Cracker
  • Volume 4: White Water, Hurricane, Red & Ted's Road Show

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Williams tables in Pinball FX is rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence, Mild Swearing.

Williams Pinball on iOS and Android is rated PEGI 12 for Nudity, Mild swearing, Simulated gambling.

Williams tables in Pinball FX are rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Animated Blood, Mild Violence and Suggestive Themes. The Gorgar pinball machine depicts a devil-like creature holding a woman on an altar. The stone altar is covered with blue and red streaks that strongly imply a blood effect; the woman wears a small bikini that exposes deep cleavage. As players hit targets and achieve objectives on each table, brief animated sequences appear on a dot-matrix screen. Some of these animations can include brief images of characters getting impaled with a spear or being captured by evil birds (e.g., text displays "1 child eaten" at the end of the mini-game).

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Difficulty Options

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Customise Difficulty: Customise different aspects of the game.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

2 Buttons: Can play with 2 buttons.

Keyboard Alone: Can play with just the keyboard.

Two Taps Targeted: Play with touchscreen, two simultaneous taps in specific locations.

Motion

Motion Controls Available: You can use motion controls, tilting the controller to steer for example.

Motion Controls Not Required: You don’t need motion controls to play the game.

Select Preset Controller Mappings: Select preset button layouts.

Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.

Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Visibility

Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.

Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable.

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Visual Cues for Audio Events: Text or other visual indicators of audio events.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. The Wii has a few helpful settings, like disable rumble, but you have to use gesture controls for most games and the system menu. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Andy Robertson


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