Sinclair User

Macadam Bumper

Published in Sinclair User #44

Macadam Bumper

Flick the flippers, flip the floats and tilt onto the triangles as PSS tries to do for computers what Bally and Sega did for pinball machines. Not only can you play a sample game with three pairs of flippers but you can construct your own table using all the traditional components.

There are two construction modes. The first will alter the existing table and the second will allow you to start from scratch. When you enter the design phase, the left side of the screen displays each type of component together with a letter of the alphabet. To position a piece on the board just move the cursor to the desired location and press the appropriate letter.

Once you have finished your table, you can save it to tape. Alternatively, you can put a coin in the slot, for five balls, set the number of players and press both flipper controls to set the ball in motion.

As a pinball wizard in my youth the PSS game had much to prove to me. I was not, however, disappointed and quickly notched up a score of 59,660 - not to be sniffed at. The only thing missing is the dull thud and clack as the steel ball is bounced between wood, plastic and metal.

John Gilbert

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