How many have played Fantastic Journey?

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How many have played Fantastic Journey?

Postby cottonm4 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:06 pm

If you have played FJ, what is your opinion?

The more I play it the better I like it. I like the overall theme. When I started playing my Pro Pinballs a couple of years ago (after a several year hiatus), FJ was the one I was camping out with.

For longer sessions, the music agrees with me more as it is a little softer and not quite so driving. If I am to find fault, I think the table graphics might be a little too dark and could stand to be lightened up a bit.

Going back and forth between TS and FJ, I can definitely tell the difference in ball physics. The ball is very fast and has a gravity to it that is missing in the other three sims.

I look forward to T! Ultra and I want The Web. But of the four, I think an Ultra of FJ will be my main squeeze.

Where is everybody else on FJ?
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Re: How many have played Fantastic Journey?

Postby INK » Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:14 pm

Did not like it at first. But when i gave it time, it is a really good table. Fun, too. Actually laughing out loud at times. Whish more pinball tables had more humour. Physics are really really good, but i was so accustomed to T! that it was quite hard to get used to. One thing that really bothers me though is that I can't play with highest graphics settings on my out of this world gaming computer, why is that? During multiballs it really stutters badly. Anyone got it working smoothly with highest graphic settings?
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Re: How many have played Fantastic Journey?

Postby Penguinator » Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:37 pm

I got Timeshock + The Web when I was a kid and really liked TS but sucked hard at it because I knew nothing about the rules (except the fact that shooting the middle orbit would eventually allow you to lock balls and get Time Shock Frenzy). I also played the demo of BRUSA at some point after that, but it wasn't as exciting as TS.

Years later I found about Fantastic Journey and it became very quickly my favorite, mostly thanks to the simple table design and solid theme supported by visual style, music, announcer and DMD animations. You could say the latter about all tables, but I feel the synergy is at its highest in FJ for some reason. I also like how the announcer has just the right balace between humor and reporting things (Timeshock was pretty neutral (but very fitting) while BRUSA went overboard with the cheesy voice actors).
My pretty much only complaint is the fact that most music tracks are so short. The mode-specific tracks (like Steam Mania or Mystery Jets) are fine, but the main theme and most adventure tracks are each under two minutes. If we ever get the remastered version I hope they could at least make the main theme loop (like in BRUSA). The Video Mode is also pretty damn hard on the monochrome DMD, but the color version might be actually too easy.

I still have absolutely no idea what Double Playfield does, though.

cottonm4 wrote:Going back and forth between TS and FJ, I can definitely tell the difference in ball physics. The ball is very fast and has a gravity to it that is missing in the other three sims.
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I definitely agree.

INK wrote:One thing that really bothers me though is that I can't play with highest graphics settings on my out of this world gaming computer, why is that? During multiballs it really stutters badly. Anyone got it working smoothly with highest graphic settings?

I could max out all other settings except Motion Blur. In fact, having Motion Blur even at medium would make things stutter with just one ball on the playfield.
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Re: How many have played Fantastic Journey?

Postby INK » Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:59 pm

Penguinator wrote:
I still have absolutely no idea what Double Playfield does, though.



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Re: How many have played Fantastic Journey?

Postby Maggus DaOffenbachah » Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:16 pm

I also like many things about it like the theme, effects and announcer, but as a non-expert player I don't come very far, it's much harder to play for me than the other tables. If I manage to play well the table is fun, also because of the many colourful effects and sounds, but it takes so much effort and tries for me to get there. The difficulty is why it ranks below BRUSA and TS for me, on the other hand it has improvements in comparison to its predecessors.
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Re: How many have played Fantastic Journey?

Postby Vince » Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:58 pm

Penguinator wrote:
INK wrote:One thing that really bothers me though is that I can't play with highest graphics settings on my out of this world gaming computer, why is that? During multiballs it really stutters badly. Anyone got it working smoothly with highest graphic settings?

I could max out all other settings except Motion Blur. In fact, having Motion Blur even at medium would make things stutter with just one ball on the playfield.


I had the same issue with two ball multi-ball with BRUSA today, and fixed it in the same way. There's a thread over at gog (where I bought BRUSA today) that talks of 'processor affinity ' and how to make things better; it's a little over my head, but perhaps you can use the info:

http://www.gog.com/forum/pro_pinball_se ... uggestions
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Re: How many have played Fantastic Journey?

Postby INK » Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:09 pm

Vince wrote:
I had the same issue with two ball multi-ball with BRUSA today, and fixed it in the same way. There's a thread over at gog (where I bought BRUSA today) that talks of 'processor affinity ' and how to make things better; it's a little over my head, but perhaps you can use the info:

http://www.gog.com/forum/pro_pinball_se ... uggestions


Thank very much for the links. A little bit over my head too though, I'm afraid.
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Re: How many have played Fantastic Journey?

Postby insx » Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:22 pm

I like FJ but I never felt compelled to play and play and play to get wizard mode like I did (still do) with Timeshock. I don't like the shoot this, now shoot this, now shoot this gameplay rules very much. The table is very polished and I the contraptions are good fun.
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Re: How many have played Fantastic Journey?

Postby ErikM » Fri Sep 27, 2013 2:15 am

FJ was always my least favorite, for two reasons.

One, the physics. Even if it's more accurate than the earlier games, it's less fun and I always feel I'm fighting against it. The left lock lane in particular is just about completely impossible to shoot with a moving ball. The middle spinner lane and right boiler also feel a lot harder than they should be. I recently came across this thread on another pinball forum: http://www.gopinball.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2077 . It makes some excellent points about the mechanics of flippers. The targets on FJ feel like they are all placed out of line with the flipper sweet spots.

Two, a massive imbalance in the rules: the boiler awards totally dominate the adventures in terms of risk/reward. The adventures are single-ball modes highly prone to draining, while the boiler awards give all sorts of risk-free and reducing goodies like multiballs, kickbacks, magnosaves, video mode. And Double Playfield means the boiler outscores everything else too. High-level play on FJ means ignoring the adventures and only playing the boiler, which makes it pretty boring.

I do love the theme, and those concerns can certainly be addressed in a new edition, so it would be my pick for next after Timeshock.
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Re: How many have played Fantastic Journey?

Postby ah2190 » Fri Sep 27, 2013 2:36 pm

I do remember having FJ on the PS1, but I've never managed to get that far in it. At least, not enough to get any of the crystals. Still, it was an interesting game from what I've seen of it, and I hope that FJ gets updated with an Ultra Edition soon enough.
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