On the Edge of Forgotton... every now and again something that my memory had seemingly kicked out for good will suddenly slam back into my mind and start off a whole flood of memories.
One such thing is an old Sega Mega Drive pinball game Dragon's Fury. I used to spend hours and hours playing this little gem despite having no interest whatsoever in traditional pinball tables.
Featuring a gothic theme with dragons, skulls, demons & loads of other funny looking things, this was like playing an adventure game with all sorts of bosses, secret bonuses & little mini games littered throughout to mess about with. The table design was outstanding, ball movement was very realistic, haunting rock music was superb & the high score chasing element made it utterly gripping. The more I think about it, the more I think it would make a great little addition to Xbox Live Arcade or PSN.
It makes me wonder why the pinball genre of videogames never really expanded more. Sonic Spinball was a bit duff but at least a decent concept, but I'm struggling to think of any other recent games that took the pinball table and expanded on it anywhere near to the degree of Dragon's Fury. Pretty much any licence could have extended into a pinball themed adventure game with bossess - from Star Wars to Halo, Transformers to Resident Evil.
Maybe things will come full circle and return. Or maybe there is a good reason why they dissapeared.