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FunktionJCB

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An update about Zaccaria Pinball, what's coming in the future, and what's with the "deluxe" tables they are planning.

From their facebook page:

«Hey everybody!
It has been a while since we shared some info, a few things have changed in our planning and priorities and we would like to share them today with you all. As some of you have already noticed some platforms have a delay with getting updates and still run old versions of Zaccaria, we will get around to it eventually and release some major updates later.
It is however important we make the right decisions and keep Zaccaria alive and that is why the planning has been changed.
Right now we are busy and focusing on the Playstation 4 version of Zaccaria and aim to release this between December 2019 and February 2020. After the Playstation 4 release we will also update the Xbox and the Switch version but the main focus for now will be to release Zaccaria on the Playstation 4.
Steam will still get updates in the meanwhile as this is one of our best performing platforms and fastest system to release updates on.
Then one more final thing we like to share. As you all know, we have many different tables in our game such as the Solid State, EM, Remakes, Retro and Award tables.
Each table category is unique and presents a different time or technology, the last period we have been making remakes and going for more modern tables (as all real Zaccaria tables have been recreated already) but at the end of 2019 we will also introduce a new table category called “Deluxe”.
Deluxe tables are even more modern tables then the remakes and will feature more unique designs and playfields. We will start off the deluxe tables with some remaining themes like Red Show, Cinestar, Soccer Kings etc. Themes that are not used yet in the remakes, but we may also come with other unique content (which is right now too early to talk about).
Thank you for your support.»

 

FunktionJCB

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A new Malzbie's Pinball Collection table, Ghouls, is out.



For those unfamiliar with the game, it's not as pretty as other pinball offerings (no surprise, considering the game is pretty much made by a single developer), but the tables are fun, and very inexpensive.

I already mentioned before that the previous table, Time Flight, is a lot of fun, and well worth the small price tag.
 

Ge0force

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A new Malzbie's Pinball Collection table, Ghouls, is out.



For those unfamiliar with the game, it's not as pretty as other pinball offerings (no surprise, considering the game is pretty much made by a single developer), but the tables are fun, and very inexpensive.

I already mentioned before that the previous table, Time Flight, is a lot of fun, and well worth the small price tag.
Installed and played yesterday. First impression was disappointing because of the graphics, but some of the tables are well designed. Thanks for the hint!
 
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FunktionJCB

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Installed and played yesterday. First impression was disappointing because of the graphics, but some of the tables are well designed. Thanks for the hint!
The developer has stopped working on new tables (the new DLC is the last he had planned), and will now work on improving the current ones, including the graphics. :)
 

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The developer has stopped working on new tables (the new DLC is the last he had planned), and will now work on improving the current ones, including the graphics. :)
That's great news! Except for the low-quality textures and lightning, the tables also look a bit too "static". We need more flashing lights and dynamic camera options.
 
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FunktionJCB

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That's great news! Except for the low-quality textures and lightning, the tables also look a bit too "static". We need more flashing lights and dynamic camera options.
The game is clearly working with a lower budget, and the production values are not anywhere near the main pinball offerings on Steam.

But, on the plus side, the layouts/playfields of his tables, all of which his original design, are actually very fun to play.
They are fast, simpl-ish (but with enough side-content/goals to engage people), and feel like pinball tables. The physics aren't bad either.

Honestly, I prefer some of the tables of this game to several of the original tables Zen Studios did for Pinball FX 2/3, which barely feel like pinball to me.
I know many people enjoy them, but most of them just don't click with me. They appear to go nowhere.
 
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The new table is really good, might be the best original thing they've done. Physics feel better as well. The default Zaccaria physics tend to be very floaty.
 

FunktionJCB

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The new table is really good, might be the best original thing they've done. Physics feel better as well. The default Zaccaria physics tend to be very floaty.
Yeah, it is. :)
Their last remake tables were very good as well.

They clearly got better as they went, and their later stuff feels a lot like "proper" pinball, you know, the physics and ball just feel right.
I wish they would go back to some of their older tables, and update things.

This is one game that has really improved as it grew.
When I first bought it, I thought the game felt a bit "cheap" and unpolished, and leaps below the other big pinball offerings.
While I haven't played a lot of digital pinball recently, Zaccaria is definitely the game I've been playing the most.

I haven't tried the new table after last night's update, but the only real complaint I have with it (pre-update) is that in the default view I'm using, that window that displays the animation and score (it's not really a DMD, since it's not dot based) appears too big, and obscures the top of the screen (so I don't see what's happening there, whenever the ball goes there).
I can place it to the sides, but then it changes that setting to all my other tables, where keeping things centred works perfectly.
 

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Pinball Fantasies from Digital Illusions will forever be my jam. It might not have real physics, but it's a blast from the past (read: my childhood) and holds up really well, even though it's been like 25 years.
 
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Ge0force

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I've bought Pinball Wicked at 50% off. I really like what I've played so far. Game looks great and runs extremely well @144fps in 1440p on my gtx1070. I'm looking forward to more tables from this developer.
 
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FunktionJCB

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Here's a recent video for Malzbie's Pinball Collection:



The game is a one-man effort, so the graphics are not as pretty as most games (he is working to improve them, though, now that he finished all tables), but some of the tables are a lot of fun, like Time Flight.

 

Ge0force

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When visiting my parents last weekend, I've discovered one of my favorite toys from my childhood on their attic: a small but fully operational pinball machine. 😍

For a toy, it's surprisingly advanced. There's a digital display that keeps the score and balls remaining up to 4 players, with a high score memory and options to set the number of balls, sound volume etc. The 3 blue flashing triangles in the playing field have built-in electrical kickers, kicking the ball from the bottom left one to the right one, and then again to the top left. All rubber bands have electrical contacts for scoring, and there are several roll-overs with different point values throughout the playfield. The red button on the bottom side brings a new ball to the plunger.



I took the toy to my house - you know, for my daughter - but I've been playing daily on that thing as well ☺