[PS4] Pinball FX3 – Universal Classics Pinball Pack Review

by EdEN, Owner

The first new pinball pack for Pinball FX3 is the Universal Classics Pinball Pack. Is it something you have to play? Find out in our Universal Classics Pinball Pack review!

If you haven’t checked it out, you can see our review for Pinball FX3 by clicking right here. Once you’re done with that, you’ll be ready to dive into this review or the Universal Classics Pinball Pack.

Great Scott, this is heavy! Relive Doc and Marty’s timeless adventures from the Back to the Future™ movie trilogy! Get behind the wheel of the DeLorean time machine and travel through different eras of Hill Valley in order to fix the spacetime continuum on this pinball table.

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The first table I’ll talk about is the one for Back to the Future. The Back to the Future movie franchise is one of my favorites, so I was definitely up for reviewing this pinball table. In the game you’ll need to set the destination time so that you can travel to one of the six locations based on the movies. Each of these includes three main features you can complete before you can jump into the next destination, and so on.

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This is a very fast table with lots of opportunities to boost your score, such as the DOC lamps, the Hill Valley targets, the time machine on the right side, or the spinner that allows you to raise the funds you need to be able to renew the clock tower. There are also multiball events in which you can aim to get one of the jackpots available on the ramps.

Extra balls are always needed, and you can unlock one for completing the DeLorean lights for the first time, another as an award from the DOC lamps, one for completing 3 main modes, one for collecting $100 in funds in the Save the Clock Tower mode, and another one as the 10th Hill Valley award. Make the most of this information so that you can maximize your time with the Back to the Future pinball table!

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…take on the terrifying great white shark in Jaws Pinball! Based on the blockbuster film, this virtual pinball experience lets you relive your favorite moments with a gameplay twist. Turn the tides by playing as the shark in several game modes or start modes based on select movie scenes!

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And now, let’s talk about Jaws. Jaws is a movie franchise with several entries, some of which are better than the rest. For Jaws Pinball you’ll play in Quint Modes and Jaws Modes. Quint Modes include saving people at the beach, going out sailing at night with reduced light sources, chasing the big shark, using live bait to lure the shark, and a showdown with your nemesis. The Jaws Modes can be triggered by spelling Jaws to then shooting the ball into the left saucer on the table. Unless a Quint Mode is running (which would activate a Showdown), you can select which Jaws Mode you want to play. As you can imagine, they include playing the part of the bad guy as you scare the people who are foolish enough to enter the water, evading being chase by Quint, or hitting a shark cage on the table.

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The table feels a bit more laidback than the other two in this pack, even if the danger of a considerably large shark in the water does present a more adrenaline-packed scenario. There is more open space in the table to represent the ocean, so this means your strategy for playing this table is certainly going to be very different from the one you use for the other two.

Experience the heart-warming bond between a child and a lost extra-terrestrial through a series of magical events based on the beloved film. Help E.T. and his friend Elliott contact E.T.’s spacecraft and return to the stars by evading government agents, riding and flying a bike and phoning home by building the makeshift communicator.

E.T. is the final table in the Universal Classics Pinball Pack. I was expecting the word PHONE to be featured in some way and I was not disappointed! You can collect the letters to form the word with the bottom rollovers, and you can also complete the communicator that will allow E.T. to call the spacecraft.

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An interesting gameplay mechanic for this table is that you can spin the spinner at the upper part of the screen to heal the Chrysanthemum flower, and doing so will increase the scores for all lanes. You need to continue hitting the spinner to keep the flower healthy, which is very helpful since E.T. will be able to perform a levitation save while the Chrysanthemum is fully healed to be able to save you from losing a ball.

The table includes some nods to the many scenes in the movie, such as teaching E.T. new words, donning a disguise during mini-game, or activating a bike mode when the lamps on the right ramp are lit up – in this one you’ll need to avoid branches that might get in your way whenever the word jump shows up.

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I honestly wasn’t expecting much from this pinball table, but it ended up being my favorite from the pack due to its nods to the movie and the gameplay mechanics and modes. If feels like a mix of the fast action of the Back to the Future with some more open space in the middle and left like in the Jaws table. The E.T. table also includes a mini-playing field, which is something I love to experience in a pinball table.

Overall, I definitely recommend that you get the Universal Classics Pinball Pack since all three tables are very enjoyable. For me, Jaws is the weak one in the trio, but it definitely does some interesting things to rightfully gain its right to be included in a pack of classic Universal movies.

This Pinball FX3 – Universal Classics Pinball Pack review is based on a PS4 copy provided by Zen Studios.

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