Rollers of the Realm
Top Critic Average
Rollers of the Realm is a good idea let down by its execution.
Rollers of the Realm, by most respects, is an excellent pinball and RPG hybrid. However, it takes a great amount of skill and no small share of luck to get through it.
This bizarre pairing of a pinball game, puzzle and RPG is far from being a match made in heaven, but it works... In a very strange way. A fun little story, cheap price and reasonably well thought out gameplay makes Rollers of the Realm a game you're going to want to try, if only because it's different.
An interesting premise, but Rollers of the Realm struggles with its identity.
Phantom Compass seems so tied up in getting the single player RPG elements to plug in, that in the shuffle it has missed what's needed to make a compelling pinball experience.
It is impressive how much character developer Phantom Compass was able to pack into what are, effectively, inanimate metal balls
Rollers of the Realm is just as good as when I first encountered it at this year's E3. It's an enormously fun and creative take on two genres you would never think to see in bed together. The gameplay is tight and responsive, the boards are intricate and clever, and the splendid voice acting is an added delight. Rollers is in nearly every way more than you'd expect from a typical pinball game. At just $9.99, this a great holiday buy if you're looking for a digital stocking stuffer or just want something fun and new.
Rollers of the Realm is much more than a pinball game. For the measly price of $9.99, it is absolutely worth getting even if pinball games aren't normally your thing, there is plenty here to enjoy anyway.
Fun Tidbit: I think I died and failed on some of these tables more times than I ever did in any boss or area in a Souls game. I'm terrible at pinball games.
Rollers of the Realm strives for true innovation by fusing the pinball and RPG genres. There are some clever spins on traditional pinball gameplay, and it's bizarre yet fascinating to see how a story, characters, and RPG stats and abilities are interwoven with this. It's unfortunate, then, that irritating design faults and questionable ball physics significantly mire the ideas at work. It's certainly an unexpected journey, but it's wrought with joys and pains that you should take into consideration, whether you're a pinball connoisseur or not.