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Video Games & Computer Entertainment
Sonic the Spinball is a very good game for your Game Gear if you've got the extra dough. If not, stick to the other Sonic platform games. I still think you get more for your money there; those games are hard to beat.
Overall, Spinball satisfies, in fact, it's probably as much or more fun as a handheld than as a 16-bit cart, it's a great way to pass the time when travelling. Sonic Spinball certainly isn't as great as Sonic's famous platform adventures, but it's still worthy taking it out for a spin.
Finally, we come to the game’s replay. Eh, this game starts out pretty fun, but eventually it just gets kind of annoying. I mean, sure, there are four tables, but considering the fact that there’s no password or anything, you’ll either have to use the level select code to get to each stage, or just make your way through the game again, unlike KPL (which had 3 stages from the start, with a final unlockable table). So, if you want to own the best pinball game on the Game Gear, go ahead and look up this one. If you want my advice though, either stick with the Genesis version or if you just want an old-school portable pinball game, grab Kirby’s Dream Land or Pokémon Pinball.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Sonic Spinball leaves much to be desired. The graphics are dark and the audio is poor. The gameplay is very poor, too. It doesn't control half as well as it should. The game gets frustrating after a few minutes of play. There are too many ways to die. Once you hit the 'Hog with the flipper, you virtually have no control of where he goes. It doesn't even have the pinball feel to it. I'd pass on Sonic Spinball.