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Pokemon Pinball: Ruby And Sapphire
Essential Info
Publisher: Nintendo
Game Type: Party/Puzzler
Players: 1
UK Review
Set Up/Peripherals:



Score
80 %
Much as we baulk at how the Pokemon franchise has been milked, it's fair to say that each game has managed to improve on the previous versions. Take the original Pokemon Pinball, for example - while it managed to combine aspects of the Pokémon world with the game of pinball pretty comprehensively, there was certainly room for improvement, not least because of the limitations of the Game Boy Color. So it was only a matter of time before Nintendo created a GBA sequel - and wouldn't you know it, it's even better than the last one.

Of course, if you're the kind of person who doesn't take too kindly to Pokemon, there's a good chance that this game won't interest you in the slightest. That's a shame though, simply because it means you'll miss out on a game that combines the best of both worlds - Pokemon and pinball - while putting aside a lot of the elements that usually put people off. The pinball aspects win out over the extensive wandering, random battling and other RPG bits of the Pokemon series which, if you're not a fan, can only be a good thing.

If you had the chance to play the first Pokemon Pinball on the GBC, though, you'll probably notice that very little has changed in the Ruby And Sapphire update. This is hardly surprising, seeing as that's pretty much how the franchise has evolved over the years. But while the basic premise remains the same - catching and evolving Pokemon as before, using the Pokeball provided to hit the relevant targets and drop holes as they become available - it's the delicate enhancements that make the game so much more enjoyable than before, including a new scrolling table over the original's flip-screen version, a wider playing field and plenty more unique features on each table.


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