Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire Reviews (Game Boy Advance)

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Diehard GameFan (Sep 03, 2003)
It’s 30$. 40 hours of fun. It’s an RPG and a pinball game wrapped into one. Listen to these words people: It’s a sequel that surpasses the original in every way. And not just because it’s a next gen game. Because they took the time to fix the little mistakes in the original, yet stay true to not only the original concept but the greatness that is Pokemon to begin with. Pokemon may look adorable, but with the ability to always do something new with the title characters, this series is going to continue to remain fresh, innovative, and original long after other series have gone the route of Army Men and Tomb Raider.
This will appeal to just about everyone. It's fast and fluid for the casual player, yet has collecting and evolving for the obsessive. Go on, give in - you know you want to.
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) (Sep 22, 2003)
For as long as it lasts, Pokémon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire is a great game. It doesn’t attempt to recreate an arcade environment, because it’s just not possible on a console or handheld. By focusing on something that can’t be done with a pinball machine, Nintendo doesn’t have to worry about the physical nuances of control and tilting. There’s no question that this is pinball, but it feels more like an adventure with jaunts through dungeons and battles against monsters. It’s unique, it’s fun, and it’s addictive. If you’re a Game Boy Advance owner, buy it, and teach Marill the meaning of pain.
IGN (Aug 21, 2003)
There are plenty of pinball games to choose from on the Game Boy Advance. But as good as those games are, Pokemon Pinball tops the bunch with not only two well-designed tables with several point-based combos to pull off, but also with its Pokemon-collecting element; catching 200 creatures just adds a whole new level of enjoyment to the classic pinball action. It's a shame that one little button location in the Sapphire table makes that layout a little more annoying to play than the Ruby board, but both designs are still well done and some of the best pinball action you'll experience on the GBA system.
PGNx Media (Oct 22, 2003)
Pokemon Pinball proved that handheld pinball games can be fun and can be something more than just the high score. This sequel, Pokemon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire, improves on the formula while adding needed upgrades to the visuals and sound. Yet another good Pokemon game from Nintendo.
N-Zone (Aug 20, 2003)
Anfangs dachte ich mir: Oh mein Gott, das muss ich testen?! Nach einiger Spielzeit war ich aber doch recht überrascht. Das Sammeln der verschiedenen Arten motiviert unglaublich lange. Außerdem gibt es wahnsinnig viel zu entdecken und jede Menge zu erledigen. Pokémon hin, Pokémon her - mich persönlich begeisterten diese knuffigen japanischen Kampfviecher vorher weniger. Die Tatsache, dass man aber jedem einzelnen auch noch einen eigenen Kosenamen geben kann, hatte zur Folge, dass ich mich mittlerweile von meinem allerersten, von Professor Birk geschenkten Schnucki (Hydropi) nur äußerst schwer trennen könnte. Seltsam!
Pokémon has always kept its audience on the line through an endless game of carrot and stick; forcing you to collect monsters only to bring out new titles that then require you acquire a new batch of brightly colored creatures. Unfortunately, there’s never been a whole lot of compelling gameplay to go along with the endless game of "find the critter."
Netjak (Sep 21, 2003)
So should you spend your $30 on Pokemon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire? If you’re a Pokemaniac or a fan of pinball in general, you’ll probably have a few hours of fun with this one. If you’re not a fan of wither Pokemon or pinball, however, this game won’t do much for you; at its core, it’s fairly shallow, and you really need to come into this game liking Pokemon, or pinball, or preferably both in order to get your money’s worth. Similarly, if you haven’t played Pokemon before at all, you likely won’t be able to appreciate a lot of what’s happening on screen. That said, for a niche title, Pokemon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire is surprisingly fun, at least for as long as a rental period would last. While another “real” Pokemon game might be a better way to celebrate the last five year of Pokemon, this game has enough play value to tide Pokemaniacs over until that next game comes around.
GamerDad (Sep 17, 2003)
The game was designed with the Game Boy Player in mind so it looks great. There's plenty of smooth animation for the ball, various targets and the Pokémon themselves. Whether you play on the TV or on the GBA, you'll find this one of the most visually pleasing and even aurally pleasing games for the system. There's great music that's themed to each table and the different timer rounds and bonus rounds have their own nifty musical scores too. All of it is either lifted from the regular series of games or similar but it's good to listen to while your trying to snag pocket monsters. If Pokémon Pinball Ruby and Sapphire was just a bit harder, this would be a superb game. As it stands, it's still a great way to pass the time and catching them all gives you great incentive to play again and again.
GameSpy (Aug 22, 2003)
After Sega's disappointing Pinball of the Dead and average Sonic Pinball Party, it's not like Pokmon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire had many hurdles to overcome to be the system's top pinball game. The game is a blast, possessing excellent pinball basics, surprising depth, and an addictive collection overgame. Not just for Pokmon fans, and not just for pinball fans, Pokmon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire is an excellent game for both camps, or just about anyone else for that matter.
Deeko (Sep, 2003)
Many people are simply going to shove this title off as just another Pokemon game. I've even had people refer to it as a shameless cash in on the Pokemon name. This is not the case at all. The use of Pokemon and the premise of catching them in pinball fashion is not only highly entertaining, but it makes good use of the Pokemon idea. Catching the all is a challenge and an exceptionally fun one at that. Though the older players might think it a kids game, real gamers will known better and simply pick it up. Fantastic graphics, realistic gameplay and objectives all around make Pokemon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire and worthwhile addition to any GBA fan's library. Though I would have liked to see more added to the title, it still comes off as a high quality title in the end.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Nov 05, 2003)
That said, Pokemon Pinball is more than the lukewarm cash-in you might expect. The two styles of play - high scoring or Pokemon catching - allow you to explore the tables twice over with different motives, while the immediate accessibility will suit players who are looking for some purely basic pinball fun. Only the most demanding of pinball wizards would be right to turn their nose up at Pokemon Pinball's charming slant on the genre.
Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 21, 2003)
Malgré la taille plus que minime de l'écran de votre compagnon d'infortune, répondant au doux nom de GBA, ce Pokémon Pinball s'intègre très bien à sa logithèque bien fournie. Renouvelant le jeu de flipper, il s'impose comme l'un des meilleurs, sinon le meilleur de sa catégorie, il est vrai peu étoffée. Dépassant le marketing facile, il mérite sincèrement que l'on s'y attarde. Pika Pika comme dirait l'autre.
Mygamer.com (Aug 20, 2004)
Pokemon Pinball Ruby and Sapphire is one of the best handheld pinball games. Even players that hate anything to do with Pokemon may enjoy this game. The thing that makes this game successful is that the player won't tire of it easily. The collecting of Pokemon is a great way to keep players coming back. The ball physics aren't perfect, but they're close and scores will swell with the high point system. The added rumble feature makes this a great game to play on your GameBoy Player too. Don't blow this game off because it has Pokemon on the cover… in fact, this is what makes this game so great.
GameSpot (Aug 25, 2003)
Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire is fun, but it's way too easy to hold your attention for terribly long. While extreme Pokémon fans will likely get caught up in catching or evolving all 200 Pokémon, that's a task that becomes tedious rather quickly. Serious fans of video pinball won't find much to keep them busy here.
Leider kommt bei Pokémon Pinball keine richtige Flipper-Stimmung auf. Die wenigen Tische sind in gedeckten Pastellfarben gehalten und wirken generell sehr leblos. Ein Lichtblick sind die ulkigen Zwischenaktionen wie “Schnapp sie dir“, in denen man erst eine bestimmte Reihe an Zielen treffen und dann ein Pokémon per Ball schnappen darf. Trotzdem: Wer ein gutes Pinballspiel sucht, der greife besser zu Sonic: Pinball Party.