Super Pinball: Behind The Mask
is a pinball video game
for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System
. It was developed by KAZe Co. Ltd.
and released in 1994. The game consisted of three original tables:
- "Jolly Joker"
- "Blackbeard and Ironmen"
All of the games featured realistic physics and game action, eschewing Video Game
-only features in exchange for a sense of speed and flow comparable to that of Real Life pinball tables
. Each game is presented as a pre-rendered playfield with superimposed sprites for targets and lights, giving smooth action at the cost of a single predefined camera position.
The layouts of the Super Pinball
tables are respectably designed, though lacking more complex elements such as ramps or elevated playfields. As a result, they tend to feel similar to each other, with the main difference being the placement of the bumpers and lanes.
Space Sister: "Let's go!"
A sequel, Super Pinball II: The Amazing Odyssey,
was released a year later for the SNES. Unlike the original, it was only available in Japan. Once more, it consisted of three original tables:
- "Space Sister"
- "The Spy Eyes"
- "Show Time"
The game engine remained largely the same, though the tables now featured ramps and elevated playfields. As a result. the playfield action feels slightly slower and more stop-and-go compared to the original, but the individual games themselves felt more distinctive.
The Super Pinball games demonstrate the following tropes:
- Arm Cannon: The Space Sister has one.
- Bare Your Midriff: Seen on the "Space Sister" protagonist.
- Captain Colorbeard: Blackbeard, naturally.
- Coat, Hat, Mask: The jester featured on "Jolly Joker" has this ensemble.
- Captain Ersatz: "Space Sister" is a thinly-veiled copy of Samus Aran from Metroid.
- Faux Action Girl: The heroine of "Space Sister", who's preesented as a Captain Ersatz of Samus Aran, but never demonstrates any genuine Action Girl abilities.
- Nonindicative Name: Despite the names, neither Super Pinball game has any overarching theme about masks or odysseys.
- Non-Ironic Clown: The clown of "Show Time" is a textbook example.
- Pirate: The theme for "Blackbeard and Ironmen".
- Serial Numbers Filed Off: Invoked in the playfield art for "The Spy Eyes," which includes a copy-and-pasted image of Sean Connery as James Bond.
- She's Got Legs: Many of the displays for "Space Sister" show off her long, bare legs.
- Spelling Bonus: Every table has at least one, from J-O-K-E-R in "Jolly Joker", E-N-I-G-M-A on "Wizard",
- Video Mode:
- One of the random rewards in "Show Time" is "Pie Attack", where you throw pies at incoming clowns.
- "Space Sister" has "Love Stops", where a heart floats around the display and the player must press a button to hit it when it enters a set of crosshairs.
- Wizard Classic: Seen on the "Wizard" table.