Digital Pinball: Necronomicon
|Digital Pinball: Necronomicon|
Digital Pinball: Necronomicon is a pinball video game created for the Sega Saturn by KaZe in 1996. Only released in Japan, this high-resolution 2D game draws much of its graphical and audio inspiration from the metafictional Necronomicon.
Digital Pinball: Necronomicon contains 3 separate playfields, or tables:
- "Arkham Asylum"
- "Cult of The Bloody Tongue"
All three tables are playable from the start menu. A player who chooses Realms Mode is then required to play "Arkham Asylum" until reaching sufficient progress to move on to the remaining two tables.
The game provided a password next to high scores, these could be used on the Kaze Co. website for an online submit system. Although the website is now down, remnants of it can be seen via the Wayback Machine. The second table of the game (Cult of the Bloody Hand) is the only one with a maximized score counter of 999.999.999.
Debug Menu A debug menu can be accessed with the following button combination on the title screen: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, X, B, Z, R, Start.
Unused Fourth Table While the game features normally only three tables, a fourth one is hidden, and can't be unlocked unless by typing the following cheat on the Title screen: X, Y, Z, X, Y, Z, C, B, A, Up, Up, Start.
John Petrucci, guitarist for Dream Theater, contributed music to the game's score by composing the prologue and epilogue FMV music. The in-game music, however, was composed by Yusuke Takahama of Target Laboratories (http://www.target-ent.com/). John Petrucci is often incorrectly credited for composing the entire score, even though the introduction sequence of the game states that he only contributed two songs.
Kaze went on to produce several other pinball games, including Power Rangers Zeo Full Tilt Battle Pinball for the PlayStation, Akira Psycho Ball for the PlayStation 2, and a series of Java pins on the Japanese J-Phone/Vodafone network. Kaze's main business now is web development.
- Kaze's Site
- fansite with complete game system, table, scoring & map guides, as well as music lyrics and general information
- NFG Games Review
- NFG Games Guide to Necronomicon - includes table maps, scoring etc
- NFG Games Power Rangers Pinball Review
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