This pinball game is as deceiving as a fluffy kitten with a fistful of semtex shoved up its arse. The first reason is that although it features cute and cuddly characters, thereâ€™s a very dubious overtone – according to the manual the big nasty boss man enjoys wearing ladiesâ€™ lace knickers while the gameâ€™s hero (a tiger called Tiger) once repeatedly jumped on a pregnant elephantâ€™s stomach to try and get the baby out. Riiiight.
There are some sly nods and winks in-game too, including some kids fed up of hearing about that â€œplumber that jumps around a lotâ€. Another reason for being misleading is that even though this has been put together by a small team and is destined for the bargain bins from day one, the 3D graphics are rather impressive. The artwork however, we canâ€™t be quite so positive about. Budget games will be budget games we suppose.
In the nuttiest of shells, itâ€™s pinball with a platform game style story attached. The characters magically morph into balls then you whack them around a bit, knocking down bridges to access new areas, setting off fireworks, hitting targets to make new objects appear and so forth. If you come across a new character theyâ€™ll re-morph and have a chat, then itâ€™s back to business. The touch screen is used occasionally – early on in the game if the ball gets stuck in a pile of leafs you have to rub them to free it – and the top screen shows different views of the playing field.
Itâ€™s not particularly demanding but there is a degree of skill required for aiming the trickier shots, plus thereâ€™s the odd splash of interactivity such as cannons that you can aim and fire yourself out of. Itâ€™s quite easy to lose a life by reading the messages and hints that appear on the pop-up top screen instead of concentrating on whatâ€™s going on down below, but other than that itâ€™s a neat little game if a bit limited. Letâ€™s face it though – a pinball game with animals was never going to be the height of sophistication.