This latest Code Masters title (accompanied as ever by pix of those ghastly Darling laddies) is an assault on the ever popular pinball market (Nah? Really? Ed), and it's not at all bad.
The main problem on the Speccy - well, on my cranky old 48K-er at least - is the hopeless sound, and pinball does need its sound effects to work properly. But despite this, APS is not as awful as most Code Masters games, perhaps 'cos it's written by the Oliver Twins, who also gave us the ill-fated Sport Aid project, The Race Against Time. If they have not captured the feel of a pinball table particularly accurately, that's partly because they haven't tried to. Instead this is a computer game based, to a greater or lesser extent, on pinball, and as that it works well. Just be careful not to tilt the computer (Eh? Ed).
Yegads, what's this? Pinball?! This is as good an example as you can get to show how odd the pairing of gun and games can sometimes be. What on Earth possessed the designer of this game to make it a 'shoot-at-the-flippers-'em-up'? It almost seems deliberately perverse!
What happens is you shoot at the plunger to eject the ball into the machine. Then you shoot at the flippers to punt the ball back into play if it looks like it's going to make a break for it. Just like a normal game of pinball really (well, sort of). Works okay though, and although a bit strange at first, the program does play a mean pinball!
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