Most of us have heard of Pong, and all of us have heard of pinball. What do you get when you combine the two and throw it into a futuristic setting? Pure awesome, that's what. In Pongball Champions, an arcade game from Battlesheep, the year is 2351, and the world's favorite sport is Pongball. You are working your way up the circuit because you won't stop until you prove yourself to be the best Pongball player in the world.
Move your ship with the mouse. Hit [ctrl] or [spacebar] to use your flippers. You need to get the ball past your opponent five times to win and move up in the ranks. If your rival scores five goals first, you lose and have to try the match again. It starts out simple enough, with no obstacle in your way. But as you progress, pinball-type bumpers become part of the field. The ball bounces off these at a fairly high speed, making things more difficult. Ship modifiers also start to appear. There are six types, three of them helpful, three of them not so much. The ball will turn green or red when it picks up one of the modifiers. If you want to activate it, bounce the ball on the blue power ray in the middle of your ship. This will give you the power-up until someone scores a goal, or you activate a different one. The power ray also has the effect of slowing the ball down, which can be useful to help gain control of a fast ball.
It's probably best to play Pongball Champions after your morning coffee, as its exciting fast paced action will test your reflexes. An option to change your flipper control to a mouse click would be nice for those not playing on a laptop. This game is just screaming for a level editor and multi-player mode. With 30 levels and atmospheric graphics, Pongball Champions is a near perfect blend of two classic games. We could be competing in this game in the future, right along with light cycle racing.