Zaccaria Review: A Splendid Looking Table
Zaccaria is a free to play pinball game and right off the cuff, there's a splash screen of what appears to be a Merlin-esque man staring into your soul. As the brainchild of three brothers who envisioned a pinball game made in the 70s, Zaccaria certainly captures that feeling.
Zaccaria features three modes, which are arcade, simulation, and user. Arcade mode is an arcade-style pinball experience with few are penalties. Simulation mode is self-explanatory and features traditional pinball mechanics. Finally, user mode links to the steam community and is rather confusing. Allowing you to share information to the Zaccaria community page on Steam, allowing you to share video, scores, and highlights with the Steam community. However, since the game is currently an early access title, this mode is limited to only scores.
The game lacks any music, but background noises give the impression of playing a pinball game in a bar. Achievements and leaderboards will also be added in the game's final version, but are lacking in the early access version. While the audio may leave something to be desired, but the game more than makes up for it with table design. With tables ranging from Shooting the Rapids in 1979 and Pool Champion. The latter features whirring noises and a Jaws-inspired soundtrack. Watch out for Jaws. Another table I looked at was Woods Queen. Featuring a Jane of the Jungle feel, the table feels uninspired due to a lack of music. Something that brings the game down as a whole.
Woods Queen features an ornate circular shape and an illuminated crossed pattern on the table. And of course, a grayish monkey hanging off a tree. This table's art resembled something out of Frank Frazetta's Thunda. The final table which caught my attention was called Universe. This last playfield uses a superhero theme complete with brightly colored bumpers. However, one glaring problem effects this table, just like the others, and that is the lack of ambiance. Imagine this table with an epic Captain America-style theme and it would have had some zest, instead of just the noise of the tables.
My biggest issue with Zaccaria is the lack of ambiance for each of the tables; a few tables feature music, but there are some that don't. Zaccaria is still an early access title, so the game isn't complete yet, so I'll reserve judgment. The game is looking fantastic thanks to its colorful tables and slick paddle controls. However, the game is still lacking in characters, so for now, I'd recommend staying off of the tables.