Cause there are so many great games from the Uk, the idea was to choose a PD game from the UK or Ireland for Round 22 of the STOT. SkylineDave suggest a game written by himself, but did not found a working copy, so StickHeads suggestion: Starball was the game.
I remembered the game most of it’s great graphics and technics that were really outstanding for a PD game, but I also relembered, that I never enjoyed the game. One reason also was that Obsession was simply easier to get into (at least the rally table).
Now after a week playing Starball, I’m happy that we choosed the game, because I more and more like it, and I allready see that it’s not comparable with Obsession beside the fact that both are pinnball games.
Starball are 3 flippertables scrolling vertical. You start in table two and could fall down to table one or push the ball into table one. The physics aren’t that smooth but after a while you didn’t notice that anymore. In each table you have to fullfill differnt tasks, and the game is full of extras. In table two for example a spaceship is build tile after tile when you playing in that table. In the end you have to shoot the ball into the jet engine. There are also a lot of minigames in the game, for example a space invaders, a breakout, etc. All this ensures, that there is a lot of action going on. Of course the main task for the player is to get used to special shoot to reproduce actions. I was able to manage to learn how to get from table 3 to table 2 so that in the end I had long games, even that my score is still low compared to some other players.
So once again the STOT fullfill it’s mission. I dig into a game I did not liked before and in the end I’m a fan of it, and I enjoyed the competition.