Game: "Metroid Prime Pinball"
System: Nintendo DS
Published by: Nintendo
Review: I've always been a big fan of pinball games. But when I say "pinball games", I'm talking about the real life-sized machines that swallow up your quarters while you scream at that damned chrome ball for somehow finding a way to go right in between the flippers. When it comes to the video game versions of pinball, I've never been that interested in 'em because they really didn't seem to have much to offer. That is, until Metroid Prime Pinball came along.
If you thought all this was just a simple pinball game with Metroid graphics, think again. While it does have plenty of great Metroid-themed aspects - the main one being Samus rolled up as your ball - there's a hell of a lot more to this game than just your standard pinball fare.
For one thing, there are actually boss fights in this game. If you reach certain areas, you'll get to take on a variety of monsters hellbent on destroying your lil' Samus ball. Another interesting aspect of Metroid Prime Pinball is all of the mini-games you'll find within it. Parasite Purge, Clone Multiball, Metroid Mania, Space Pirate Panic, Shriekbat Shootout, Wall Jump and many more mini-games await you. In some of the mini-games, Samus will unravel herself from Morph Ball mode and stand straight up while you control her to shoot oncoming hordes of enemies for bonus points.
With boss fights, mini-games, and some nicely designed levels, Metroid Prime Pinball is absolutely addictive. I should also mention that using the L & R buttons on the top of your DS to control the flippers feels perfectly natural. Add in the fact that this game can often be found for $15 or less, and you've got yourself one hell of a steal.
If you're looking for a truly unique pinball gaming experience, you needn't look any further than Metroid Prime Pinball on the Nintendo DS. After all, how many pinball games have you played where it rains on the playfield or you can get warped up to an arctic location (the Phendrana Drifts) to fight a giant rock monster with your ball? Probably not too many.
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
You know what, I doubt most people care about rumble features in their controllers anymore.
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