Super Steampunk Pinball 2D (PC) Review

By Paul McEnery 19.01.2019

Review for Super Steampunk Pinball 2D on PC

Super Steampunk Pinball 2D pays homage to the cabinet styled gameplay of the past. Unlock a series of different pinballs which give the player their own ability/advantage. Avoid having your pinball being crushed by the spinning gears below your flippers, and earn enough points through a series of multipliers to be launched into the bonus round by way of a yellow canon, which upon blast off, sounds like a honked clown nose - instead of the expected "KABOOM." Bonus round is a tower climbing style of pinball action, where the player must use their timing and accuracy to continue flipping their progress upward. Learn to control the pinball with flippers, bumpers , and tilt the game itself. Do not overuse this tilt exploit, or the flippers will short circuit- leaving your ball to plunge to its death grind by spinning gears below. Continue to reach reach the bonus stage, and unlock new pinballs varying in different abilities for future gameplay.

Released in January of this year, Super Steampunk Pinball 2D utilizes a very, NES-like, simplistic visual design, along with a soundtrack which plays an 8-bit styled downscaled soda parlour jingle. The player begins by launching the ball to initiate its natural course of controlled chaos. There is an upper section of the stage where the ball bounces along a slowly shifting bounce pad in between the opening chute to the lower section of the board.

Surrounding the board is a classic chute which activates a fan on either side. It is encouraged to bounce against the collection of pads to both rack up points as well as open small blockages around the stage. Both in layout and in colour theory, the visual side of this game will leaves most wanting more. With a brownish hue mixed into brick patterns, the design of this title could use some more detail or level variety to expand on an interesting spin on pinball gameplay.

With there being virtually only one stage, and a collection of bonus stages, it is up to the player to make the most of their time within those limited confines as they experience different play-throughs by unlocking new balls. Where this lacks in environment, it tries to make up for in its ball variety - some of which are not attainable until special calendar events occur. You start with a silver Saturn-esque rings spinning around you, like the device at the end of the film Contact. According to the game, this ball is created by Dr. Z. Q. Franzelbottum, who named it 'World famous gyroscopic entertainment sphere.'

Screenshot for Super Steampunk Pinball 2D on PC

Its bounce is normal, with a decent speed and tilt control. For a special it simply duplicates itself.
The next ball you earn is a bit heavier and resembles Pier 1 imports pottery, with the ability to explode as it multiplies. A solid Purple Ball covered in brownish coloured dots, with one red and one yellow - this is considered a reward for getting first place at an April 2018 contest. Seems to have a solid bounce and a high speed with an ability to bring in other balls you own as its multiplier. Other pinballs include an eyeball, earned in a first place March contest, and a peculiar old time pocket watch by the name of 'Gutherbert and Sons high accuracy compact chronometer,' with a set of 2 time based rules for its special.

This can be a fun and challenging title, which plays like a fun party game for friends to "give it a go." The strategy changes as you develop a skill to manipulate where your ball bounces or stays with the clever use of tilt and bouncer strategy. You can even use this technique to avert death from the grinders below if you time your bounce when the flipper lifts. For a game released in 2018, it would have been nice to see an expansion to this idea with a few more levels, and maybe some variety in the soundtrack.

After incredible classics like Sonic Spinball, Pokemon Pinball, or even a visual Giger-esque wonder like Alien Crush long ago, Super Steampunk Pinball 2D feels like a short mini game in comparison to the '90s cartridge era - not to mention the impressive soundtracks some of these titles offered. Hopefully, in the future there will be a DLC or two which will give this some extra level content. Controller support is available, which is a nice plus, as it just feels much easier to intuitively control a set of flippers with shoulder buttons, rather than a keyboard.

Screenshot for Super Steampunk Pinball 2D on PC

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

A fun experience played best with a couple of friends in alternating turns, Super Steampunk Pinball 2D delivers a little burst of fun, with solid controls and an interesting theme. With a variety of balls and one board, this has plenty of room to expand on a very solid foundation. For such a low price, you can't go wrong if you are looking for a quick nifty pinball game to enjoy.

Developer

NCC Moore

Publisher

Devonian Interactive

Genre

Table Games

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

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