Game Review - by StormDaemon
For those who thought pinball was dead, think again. Sierra has brought back the fun of pinball and the theme of NASCAR to the PC in a fast paced game that is as addictive as it is varying. From detailed graphics to goal oriented games, NASCAR pinball is a surprisingly interesting and fun take on a classic game.
NASCAR pinball features 3 different places to either practice or play pinball, each a different area related to racing. The garage, the speedway, and the pit are all in there, each with their own graphics, features, and goals. The player also has the ability to pick one of four NASCAR drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliot, Terry Labonte, or Bobby Labonte. Each place to play also has little mini goals, such as taking a certain ramp, hitting oil drums, or chasing the flag. The features are enough to keep anyone addicted.
Even though you won't be racing any cars, the action is fast paced and exciting with all of the mini goals that can be accomplished. A normal pinball game might get old after a while unless you're one of those people who really love pinball, but this game could easily get anyone hooked because it has so many things to keep a person occupied. The sounds and the graphics were done well, and the boards were fun, though they were small in comparison to normal pinball games, but that does allow for a faster paced game. All in all, the gameplay was fast and fun, especially when you got to play two balls at once.
The graphics are what you would expect from a computer pinball game and much more. With many details and pretty extras, they surpass what would be expected and help to make the game what it is without pulling attention away from the fun of pinball. The details range from a pit crew working on the ball itself to cans and pieces of metal flying when the ball rolls through the garage. All animations are nicely done and really add a lot to the game. The background graphics and textures of the entire game are done with a total NASCAR theme and look realistic, portraying a feel of being at the track, in a sense. Some of the graphics are nice enough to say that they look like they are rendered, or computer generated with a really good program.
The sound effects must have been taken straight from a NASCAR raceway because they sure did sound authentic. From the familiar sounds of the pit to the vroom of the engines, everything sounded good and contributed to the whole of the game. The best sounds of all were the background announcers because they tell you the status of the game and the current goals that need to be accomplished. They sound just like real NASCAR announcers as well. Nothing bad at all could be said about the sound effects in the end because of the variety and detail.
This was a good and fun pinball game. Everything in the game, from the graphics to the sounds, combines to form an addictive take on a classic arcade game. Even NASCAR enthusiasts might get a kick out of the whole theme, while a pinball lover would have a grand ole time. Fast action, great graphics, and great sounds really make this NASCAR exploitation a fun game.