Adventure Pinball: Forgotten Island

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Adventure Pinball: Forgotten Island
Adventure pinball - coverart.png
Developer(s) Digital Extremes
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Engine Unreal Engine 1
Platform(s) Windows
Release date(s)
  • NA March 21, 2001
Genre(s) Adventure, Arcade, Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player, Multi-player (2-4 players)

Adventure Pinball: Forgotten Island is a pinball video game released in 2001 by Electronic Arts for the PC only.

Gameplay[edit]

A pinball about to be launched into play on the first level of the game, Ooga's House. A pinball multiplier can be seen to the left, which ultimately earns you move lives.

The game uses the Unreal engine[1] which was previously only used for first-person shooter games. It provided a fresh new gameplay experience for its time, especially in the aspect of pinball games. The game is rendered in 3-D, and has both a story mode consisting of 9 levels, where no actual pinball tables exist, and a table mode. Most of the levels must be unlocked by completing other levels. There are hidden areas in the story mode to earn bonus points, it also features special power-ups to help your progression through the game.

Attempting to complete a goal in story mode involving Waterbugs, one of its unique features and differences from previous pinball games.

The game was unlike any other pinball game at the time, it wasn't just your average game of pinball behind a glass case or a video game simluation, you were able to roam around a small world known as The Forgotton Island. It also featured monsters and insects to eliminate or bypass while playing in story mode. It is known at times for being a very fast-paced game.[2]

Story mode features unique gems to collect throughout the levels for special power-ups. A ruby gem is found here in a mushroom cave.

In addition to the instruction manual, a booklet is provided with the Windows version of the game that includes a short story in the appearance of the main character's personal journal. It hints of a possible sequel at the end of the story by saying "I have the feeling there's more adventure to come", but this hasn't been confirmed or announced yet.

Levels[edit]

The levels for story mode and table mode are the same, but the difference is story mode offers quests and objectives to unlock new levels for both story mode and table mode, opposed to table mode which is used to set a high score for each level. Levels are listed in order of which they appear in the game:

  • Ooga's House
  • T-Rex Rampage
  • Volcano Mountain
  • Vertigo Peak
  • Mountain Climber
  • Ice Mountain
  • Looney Lagoon
  • Mystic Cave
  • Fossil Beach
  • Monkey Marsh (free download from official website)[3]

Editor[edit]

The windows version of the game includes a level editor to make your own custom levels, but has never been officially supported, and can be quite difficult to use, according to the developers themselves.

Custom levels for the game have been made but aren't easy to find, although one extra level is available for free on the official website, but no other official levels have been released.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Site". Electronic Arts. Archived from the original on 1 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  2. ^ "CNET Review". CNET. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Monkey Marsh". Electronic Arts. Archived from the original on 7 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  4. ^ "Official Updates". Electronic Arts. Archived from the original on 7 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 

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