Are you ready to have a ball? Even if it's a bit out of season, it's never too late to have a Snowball, Pixeljam's polar pinball pleasure. You're probably familiar with the standard controls of [left] and [right] arrow keys (or [A] and [D]) to control the flippers, plus [down] (or [S]) to control the main launching spring. However, you're not just dealing with two measly flippers at the bottom of the table, you're dealing with a handful of flippers, several springs, and well over a hundred targets to pick up in this huge pinball experience.
One of the fastest ways to rack up a huge score is to snag as many of the colored jewels scattered around the table as you can. Each one is worth an increasing amount if you clear a quick chain at once. You'll find large clusters of jewels gathered around the two magnet towers (activated with the [spacebar]), so be sure to swing by there for a quick score boost, as well as the chance to re-spawn all of the gems by collecting a certain amount. The large blue gems are worth a whopping ten grand each, but they take a combination of skill and luck to nab.
Snowball is a huge pinball experience, but it's not without a couple of drawbacks. Hitting one of the snowmen scattered across the map gives you instant multi-ball play, but the screen isn't large enough to let you see all three balls at once. The camera tends to follow whichever snowball is largest, meaning you might not see a ball close to falling out of play, or capable of racking up the most points, whichever you might be more concerned with. Also, the [spacebar] can be used with any [arrow] key to nudge the ball (while not near a magnet tower) at the somewhat steep cost of 1000 points. This is a fair tradeoff, but sometimes it's easy to accidentally trigger a nudge while trying to catch a ball in the magnet tower's power.
Despite this, there's a certain addictive charm to Snowball's wintry setting. Be it the original and lovely jazz music soundtrack, or the way the snowland denizens interact with the paddles as you play, Pixeljam has created quite a fun experience with this mammoth pinball game.