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Not the worst table in the Zaccaria collection, but a brutal and frustrating one not helped by the developer's choice to set the Wizard Score challenge to 1.5M. The primary goal of the table is to knock down the ten numbered targets in the top half three times, enabling the flashing red special—acquired by then striking the moving target in the center. However, this barely nets any points compared to striking the bonus multiplier targets on the left and sending the ball around laps (mostly right to left) for extra credits. Once the achievements for targets, bumpers, and the red special are acquired, the top half of the table falls out of favor entirely.
Additionally, the table loves sending the ball right down the center. A magnet hole on the right will shoot the ball towards the center at a random velocity, often picking the space between the flippers. The magnet hole can't be avoided entirely, though—it's where extra credits are earned once the ball has done enough laps. That's right, the thing that grants you extra balls loves to take them, too. The center target and outer track love doing this on occasion as well. And because it's a table from the '70s, there's no ball saver at start. It all adds up to a table that feels incredibly unbalanced and more luck-driven than skill-based.
A Fisherman's Tale is cute. It has some fun little visual tricks, it looks nice, and the puzzles are okay if a little repetitive in their solutions. My fun was kind of spoiled, though—even though I turned hints off in the settings, dialog would constantly tell me exactly what to do instead of letting me solve the puzzles at my own pace. Voice lines would also repeat way too frequently, grating on my nerves. I also found the final puzzle of the game to be particularly janky in comparison to the others.
It's an excuse to play Gen 1 Pokémon again—one of my favorites to play—but with a little extra challenge. All Pokémon are stuck at level 5, which means they can't evolve or learn new moves. It seems like a fun idea, but a few small oversights on the part of the hack developer allow players to break the game—most importantly, the Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee in Saffron that you can acquire are level 30. You'll also be faced off against an overlooked Raticate right before Vermilion, and Brock's high defense Pokémon were enough of an early-game wall that I decided to perform a Brock skip rather than face him as intended. I left this one unfinished, but a few fixes could make this challenge more "enforced"—nerfed Hitmons and a few glitch-preventing boulders would do the trick.