Admittedly, Pinball Arcade probably isn't pushing the PS4's graphical teraflops to the limits, but its simplicity belies a depth that makes it one of the console's most absorbing titles. Formerly a digital-only release, this packaged edition brings together 22 classic tables – including cult properties such as Star Trek and Elvira – all perfectly recreated, with a host of historical info on each cabinet. It's a pinball connoisseur's dream come true, yet even for newcomers the variety proves an education to the surprising variety pinball can offer.
Nowhere is that more apparent – or frustrating – than the newly added Challenge Mode. Playing through consecutive cabinets shows how creative designers can be with simple gameplay, but also highlights inconsistent difficulty. With limited credits, failing one table means restarting the whole challenge; an infuriating proposition. Still, the allure of high scores and the glory of unlocking multiball modes ensures players will come back for more. An unexpected triumph.
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