Let's Play: Tropic Island Pinball (Pippin)

Pippin games are relatively obscure as they are, with very few actual games--and let alone decent ones at that--released for the platform. However, one I discovered a little ways back is a digital pinball effort called "Tropic Island." Being that real pinball takes up much of my free time these days, when I had the opportunity to purchase this game (and thus a Pippin system), I had to jump on it. It's not every day you get the chance to try a tiny chunk of obscure videogame history, let alone a quality one that 99.9% of the gaming world missed out on. "Wait.. What?!" you say? Yes--Tropic Island is actually a GOOD digital pinball game, quite surprising for such an ill-fated system as the Bandai Apple Pippin.

In this Let's Play session I take you through a few rounds with Tropic Island. Along the way I explain how the table works, describe some real pinball techniques and how they manage to transition to Tropic Island, and more. Enjoy this tiny slice of obscure digital-pinball history!



Throughout my life I have been an avid gamer. My early years in particular consisted of growing up with platforms like the Atari VCS/2600, NES, and Master System. Naturally, that led into platforms like the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Sega CD/32X, Sega Saturn, Virtual Boy, etc. In the mid to late 1990's, I realized (as a fledgling teenager with little disposable income) that I could obtain those systems that I once thought were completely out of my reach as a child (Neo-Geo, Atari Jaguar, CD-i, 3DO, etc.), and it was from there that I went into a long-term phase of discovering, experiencing and collecting consoles--just about anything I could get my hands on. While I enjoy the occasional modern game, these days time is limited outside of my many hobbies, so I tend to hover towards quick pick-up-and-play types of games, via generations I truly grew up with: Shoot 'em ups, arcade style beat 'em ups, platformers, light gun shooters, and racing games. Not to mention pinball games, something new (to me) that has become a main focal point of interest. In addition to the podcast with Kris, I also create a variety of content on my own YouTube Channel, including video game reviews, Long Plays, and Let's Plays. Many of these you will be able to find here at IMPLANTgames!