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JinniZeala commented on 02 Jan 2008
Fairy Tower, the latest in Little Wings arsenals is a good addition to the list. Yes, they are expensive, about $28.00 each, and no, they do not offer discounts. Although the illumination, sound effects and pinball genre simulation are excellent, the game itself is somewhat maddening.
First, let me say that the game does not even compare to LW's best pinball game, Golden Logres, which actually contains three separate tables. Fairy Tower, on the other hand, seems to have completely different algorithms for the ball movement, and they seem to favor the center drain. Although the left and right kickers are a much needed addition, unlike the equally maddening Monster Fair, which also favors the center drain, there is nothing like the frustration and anger that can result that occurs when the game 'senses' that you are about to cash in on built-up reward points, only to deny you the chance to get the left flipper shot you need.
Unlike Golden Logres, LW's best game, in Fairy Tower you cannot hold either the right or left flipper and catch the ball after it rolls down the in lanes. Attempting to do so causes the ball to roll just enough past the end of the flipper down the center drain, Fairy Tower's favored position. Attempting to nudge the table to catch the ball does no good. Unlike Golden Logres, which I just scored over 600 million on today, had 33 balls and over two hours of enjoyment for my money, my average ball time for Fairy Tower is twelve to twenty five seconds, again because of the different algorithms that favor the center drain. What this means is that exactly the same shot on the ball from exactly the same position results in an ever so slightly different out shot, just enough so that you miss your target. You can only hope that the random number generation of the algorithms at the moment you shoot your caught ball gives you the desired result.
What has happened is that I have to dump my memory to give the algorithms a better chance to keep the ball in play. In Fairy Tower, it is difficult to do that. Although I have scored 45 million on Fairy Tower, it was after about ten restarts and dumping the memory to get the right set of algorithms. It is more work than fun, but if you don't expect the ball to go where you want, you'll have more fun, dare I say so.
'Golden Logres' will never be excelled for a pinball game, since as I mentioned you get three games in one. 'Angel Egg' is LW's next best game, because at least you'll get more than 30 seconds of ball play each time, and this table allows for up to six balls at a time, if you make the right shots. 75% of my game is catching and holding the ball with the flippers after it has rolled down the return lanes. 'Golden Logres' and 'Angel Egg' let you do that, and to a point, 'Jinni Zeala,' LW's 3rd best game allows you to catch and shoot so that it is actually fun. 'Monster Fair' is LW's 4th best game, although it seems to change algorithms like Fairy Tower after the first 50 uses. I can't make the correlation specifically, I just know the ball acts differently with the same shots, and that is very frustrating when all you want to do is have fun with a quality pinball game.
Do not even bother with 'Loony Labyrinth' or 'Crystal Caliburn', you cannot set the left and right flippers on the CTRL or SHIFT keys separately, you have to use a lil tiny alpha key which instantly makes the game not fun. Take my word for it, buy Fairy Tower after Golden Logres, then buy Angel Egg, then Monster Fair. It seems as though the best pinball games have already been made.
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