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Statto Pong v2.0


"Statto strikes in the heartland of Pong"

It's time for a Pong Tournament. In StattoPong, you enter the Statto Sports ponG Tournament from the bottom ring. Drive up the ranks aganst computer opponents. Use your classic Pong skills to reach the top of the ranks and face the champion of the Pong Tournament!

If you'd rather have a more casual Pong match, play one on one against a buddy. Choose who serves, what paddle colors to play, and whatever else you need to get the match you want. StattoPong will let you customize every feature short of guaranteeing your victory!

Graphics (n.)
The use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
The graphics in StattoPong are in Screen 13, and some of the colors in the game are customizable. In particular, you can choose the color of your paddle before you enter a tournament or challenge someone. The pong game itself takes place on a green playing field and comes with an explosion effect after each match.

One improvement made in StattoPong v3.2 is the removal of almost all the flicker in the game. While playing the one or two-player mode, StattoPong is wonderfully flickerless; in fact, it's only when you play the game's Demo mode that you get an idea of how flickery StattoPong used to be.

Strangely enough, in place of the flicker problem from StattoPong v2.0, this version of StattoPong comes with a new type of problem. To show off the graphical manipulation power of QB, Stattonet drew out elaborate line patterns for each of it's menus. The purpose of these intricate line patterns is to add a good background to the game. This is accomplished somewhat, but it's sort of awkward because in the end the menus look a lot better than the gameplay itself. Overall though this is a minor detail and it's not worth taking out the colors in the menu. In fact, it would be much better if the in-game graphics were improved more instead to match the menu screen.

Sound/Music (n.)
The smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
Besides improvements in the graphics, StattoNet also made tweaks to its PC sound effects. Because StattoPong does use the PC speakers, you won't find any in-your-face Sound Blaster sounds or music to go by. But, the once high-pitched siren like effects have been ironed out somewhat for this latest version so no particular sound disrupts the gameplay. Also, the menu sound effect has been thankfully removed, making it a lot easier to shift through the options and go straight to playing Pong.
Gameplay (n.)The precision of control and involvement of character within its universe vv
The game's high point. StattoPong v3.2 is all about game modes. In the one-player mode, your objective is to play Pong in a tournament against twenty-four worthy competitors (some of the later competitors are even based upon webmasters who host QB sites). You gain passwords as you play, so you can continue at any point if you choose to take a break. You can even customize a few details before the match, including the decision regarding whether you serve or the opponent serves at the beginning of the game. Meanwhile, the two-player mode of StattoPong, you and a buddy play on the keyboard.

Besides the game mode customization, speed settings can also be customized. Instead of having a timing algorithm that allows StattoPong to work on all computers, you have to adjust the speed of the paddles and the ball manually by adjusting the delay. This allows you to play a fair game against the computer regardless of what model computer you're using.

For those who have played the earlier versions of StattoPong, these gamers will be happy to know that the control scheme has been improved, so that the direction keys control the paddle and the menus. 

Story (n.)
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
This is actually one area of the game where the score actually decreased for the new version of StattoPong. This comes as a bit of a shock since there was very little change between the story elements of one version and the other, except for the advent of some more Pong players to play against in the one-player mode.

I think the point decrease has two factors to it. First of all, while there are more characters in the StattoPong game to play against, there isn't enough interaction between you and the computer player on an emotional level. Second, Statto Software is starting to build a reputation for itself in storytelling in unusual genres. In particular, their game Soccer Shootout achieved three points in the story category despite the fact that it's a penalty-kicking game. In short, when it comes to story, StattoPong is doing pretty okay, but it's no Soccer Shootout.

Replay Value (n.)
The timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience can be repeated again and again
Once you do pass the game's one-player mode, there really isn't much of a reason to play it again unless you're a serious Pong fan. The two-player mode does have it's merits though; with it's speed customization features, StattoPong can be tailored to two players of any skill level.
Challenge (v.)
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought and reflexes
Being thirty years in the making, Pong veterans will not find StattoPong v2.0 to be a major challenge. There's no trick angles to worry about, so if you're a little keen with geometry you should be able to out-volley the opponent everytime, since the opponent often has to receive the serve while playing. This additional handicap makes it a little easier to take care of the later opponents, when the ball becomes faster and paddle speed decreases.

Because you can change the delays in the game, you could theoretically manipulate the challenge of the one-player mode so that the game is as hard as you want it to be. If things seem a little too easy, try reducing the delay time a little. Just make sure you don't reduce the delay so much that it's impossible for your paddle to get to the ball.

Fun Factor (n.)
The overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
With a flurry of Pong games being made this season, StattoPong will most likely appeal to people who like to play a classic version of Pong as much as possible. You won't find as much punch or combat in StattoPong as you would in a QB Pong/Combat hybrid like Pong: Battle Royal, but you will have a nice and casual Pong game to play with. Just make sure you have a friend handy after you finish the game tournament and you're ready for human opponents.

Statto Pong v3.2 Reviewed by QBShire

Players 1-2 players
Genre: Arcade Game
Rating To solve: 1 hour Final Rating: 9/35

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Installation Tip
wTo play StattoPong v3.2, unzip the file and run "PONG32.EXE".

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