Pinball Wizards And Warriors: Rollers Of The Realm

I spent most of the weekend lying in bed with a maelstrom in my innards, feeling sorry for myself and occasionally checking the news on a laptop, which made me feel sorry for everyone else in the world instead. To bring the misery back home, I’d occasionally rewatch the trailer for Rollers Of The Realm, a fantasy RPG in the guise of a pinball game. It’s like a modern Devil’s Crush, a more fleshed out Epic Quest (Zen Pinball 2) or a less demanding take on Odama’s battleballs. The reason Rollers brought about bouts of despair is that I thought it was a Playstation exclusive. Clearly I was too weary to spy the Steam logo in the corner of the screen, which leapt out at me this morning. Trailer below.

Due out This Holiday Season (I even type that phrase in an American accent)It’s flippers and balls, with added loot drops, varied enemy types, a party of playable characters and a host of special abilities. Developers Phantom Compass fired the announcement plunger a couple of months ago and Rollers was an Indiecade finalist back in 2013, but Atlus have stepped in with a big ol’ publisher’s press barrage, which is handy because the game had entirely escaped my attention until now.

I like gaming mash-ups and pinball is among my favourite things, so Rollers of the Realm has managed to create a spark of excitement. The video isn’t particularly inspiring, with its bare and simple playfields, but I live in hope. At least until I turn on the news, glance in the direction of a newspaper or spot an interesting game that happens to be console-exclusive.

13 Comments

  1. Rao Dao Zao says:

    Does that mean it will include… a Pinball Wizard character?

  2. J Arcane says:

    Pinball Quest!

  3. Gnoupi says:

    It reminds me of the nice time I had in my childhood playing the 3D Ultra Pinball games. Particularly recalling Creep Night : link to mobygames.com

    Although it seems it will play differently, of course.

  4. trjp says:

    Crue Ball FTW!

  5. tiltaghe says:

    Pretty but I’m not fond of those ball physics. For me Slam Tilt is still unmatched :)

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      JiminyJickers says:

      Yeah, the concept is interesting, but the physics in that clip looks totally off.

  6. arccos says:

    It’s a shame there never was a sequel to the SNES game Firestriker. I loved the way that game used pinball mechanics, but with characters instead of flippers.

  7. strimen says:

    Don’t forget Adam, it also won Best of Play at GDC this year!

    On a side note, why are you upset about a game not being a PS4 only game when you are posting on RPS ( A PC Gaming Website since 1873). ;)