A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
If you listen hard, Rudy, the ventriloquist's dummy head featured on the playfield in Funhouse may occasionally use the F-word. But it's muffled, so you can't really be sure. It was the same way with the real pinball game.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a collection of pinball games that's a joy to play. But it can be addicting. What stopped you from playing pinball when you were younger was money. But your children can play forever for $30 cost of this game. Most will play each game a few times for about 15 minutes. But those who want to win everything or want to get high scores may end up playing one, three-ball game for as long as an hour. This is a good game for parents and children to explore together.
Is It Any Good?
While the game's graphics come close to looking like the real thing and the environment feels like an old school pinball joint, the physics aren't quite as admirable. Sometimes, the ball moves too fast or moves weirdly. But that's a small gripe. Game play makes up for everything. For instance, once you carefully shoot a ball into the talkative dummy Rudy's mouth in Funhouse (to shut him up), you'll forget all about the minor physics issue.
Another plus of playing pinball inside a video game is that you can actually hear the sounds and music in the game, some of which is hummable like a jingle on TV. That is something that frequently goes unnoticed in a loud arcade. While there's no online play, up to four friends can compete during multiplayer at once. Since the game is easy to learn but hard to master, it just might see some of the popularity that Wii Sports has had. Mainly, though, The Williams Collection is a great way for parents and children to bond over playing a video game. The nice price, about $20 less than the average Wii game, is a real bonus.
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