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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
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.
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
|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
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
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
|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.
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought
|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
|Genre: Arcade Game
||To solve: 1 hour Final Rating: 9/35
To download this game, click here.
play StattoPong v3.2, unzip the file and run "PONG32.EXE".
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