Tales of the Arabian Nights (TOTAN) is a hybrid electronic and mechanical pinball game. Bookkeeping, combo chain states, and scoring is managed by the electronic components while gameplay -- keeping the steel ball in play -- is managed by sloped angles, gravity and mechanical parts. TOTAN is ranked number seven of all pinball machines in The Internet Pinball Database. TOTAN gets interesting if you understand the goal and the various "side quests," and the subtle meaningful choices that designer John Popadiuk put in TOTAN. There are many ways to achieve your goal of rescuing the princess from the evil genie Saleem Bagazi. However because there is no tutorial for TOTAN (or most pinball machines), players cannot fully appreciate the intricate and clever game design. Even after reading the official manual (PDF), it is difficult to understand all the different scoring and combo options. Many players, unaware of specific goals, will play TOTAN by hitting random bumpers and other targets, and watch the pretty lights, unaware of the deeper gameplay.
Tales of the Arabian Nights Pinball
Tabletop Tuesdays: Action Narrative
|Submitted by sebastian sohn on Tue, 08/07/2012 - 10:52.|
An Incredible Machine
Tabletop Tuesday: The Incredible Machine-Hardware Edition
|Submitted by sebastian sohn on Tue, 02/08/2011 - 04:41.|
While many tabletop games have been converted to digital form, it is interesting to see the reverse. An Incredible Machine is a project that recreates The Incredible Machine videogame series created by Kevin Ryan in the 1990s as a tabletop game. The Incredible Machine is a physics puzzle game that allows players to create elaborate machines to perform simple tasks such as putting a ball in a box. In turn, The Incredible Machine was inspired by Pulitzer prize-winning author, sculptor, and cartoonist, Rube Goldberg. Goldberg is best known for his cartoons of comically complex machines that accomplish simple tasks such as sharpening a pencil.