Plus Piles is a new column in which we go over the vast PlayStation Plus collection to find some of the good, some of the bad, and some of the just plain odd. First up: Pinball Heroes.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy Platinum trophy to add to your illustrious collection, Pinball Heroes is the game for you. To make things even better, if you’re already subscribed to PS Plus Premium, you don’t have to spend another cent to get your hands on this reasonably entertaining little gem of a game that was originally available on the PSP.
The basic set-up of Pinball Heroes is that you select one of eight of its available tables, all of which are unlocked in this version of the game, and bounce those silver balls around to your heart’s content. What might surprise you for such a kiddie-looking pinball game, though, is how challenging these tables can actually be.
There are a few original tables and others that are based on existing PlayStation properties, like ModNation, Fat Princess, and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Each table has its own unique design, mechanics, traps, and goals for you to pursue. Still, if you’re here for the reason we think you’re here, you probably just want to know how much effort you’re going to have to put in before you can add another coveted Platinum trophy to your list.
If that is indeed the case, you’ll be happy to know that, of the 21 trophies available in Pinball Heroes, the rarest of them all happens to have a 78% completion rate. The first eight will unlock simply by loading each table for the first time and firing off your first shot. In addition to those, there are eight more that will be tied to the preset high scores that are attached to each table from the moment you boot up the game.
These scores are in the 60,000 range and can be surprisingly hard to beat. Luckily, you’ve got a secret weapon. By pushing the Options/Pause button at any time, you can rewind the game. This means that no matter how many times you screw up while trying to get that high score, you don’t have to worry about starting over from scratch again and again to unlock these trophies.
Finally, the remaining trophies are attached to simple tasks like using the tilt function, which is accessed with the analog sticks, until you lock up the board 10 times or firing a fully charged ball at the start of a game 50 times. All in all, the Platinum trophy for Pinball Heroes should be yours within an hour or two at the absolute most.
To boot, the game is actually reasonably fun, too. You won’t just be mindlessly tapping X while you scroll through your phone or solving a list of basic, rudimentary puzzles for this Platinum, as can often be the case with more modern games that are designed with scoring you PlayStation’s top trophy specifically in mind.
With every player and their dog chasing Platinum trophies and sharing their progress, this is one that can help you climb the ranks that much quicker — you know, if you’re into that sort of thing. Either way, one quick binge session is all you need to do everything for 100% completion in Pinball Heroes. Be sure to check it out on PlayStation Plus.
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