Pinball Reviews (NES)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Fun, but outdated. Da Pur Insanitee (37) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.5
Overall User Score (29 votes) 3.1

Critic Reviews

MobyRanks are listed below. You can read here for more information about MobyRank.
Les flippers répondent au quart de tour, les rebonds et la vitesse de balle sont bien dosés, et rendent ce jeu attrayant et accessible même aux plus jeunes.
83 (Jan, 2013)
Pinball is an entertaining smorgasbord of strangeness that doesn’t overwhelm the player with useless clutter. Rudimentary virtual pinball at its finest.
If you're a pinball fan you won't see the new features which are appearing on the latest coin-op games but, if you can't afford one of those in your hall, Nintendo's ball blazer provides an excellent alternative.
Tilt (Dec, 1987)
L'animation est évidemment un véritable modèle de célérité et la rapidité de l'ensemble étonne même les joueurs chevronnés. Ce jeu possède aussi ses défauts : on ne peut pas y jouer à plus de deux et la gestion « bumper » n'est pas des plus rationnelles. Mais ce n'est pas si grave.....
Retro Game Reviews (Nov 22, 2015)
Pinball is a decent simulation that controls well and has an interesting table with many high score possibilities. For such an early NES game it has quite a few subtleties and learning them is part of the fun and what will keep you playing for a while.
The Video Game Critic (Aug 12, 2001)
It's easy to pass this off as a shallow, generic pinball game, but with repeated play it proves surprisingly addictive. There's only one table, and it's theme is... well, it really doesn't have a theme, but that's okay. The game switches between two screens that display the top and bottom halves of the table, each with their own sets of flippers. You get all the standard pinball trappings, including bumpers, spinners, flippers, and traps. The graphics aren't anything to write home about, but the action is smooth and the physics is realistic enough. You only control the flippers - there's no "nudge" button. Pinball may not be much to look at, but it's challenging, well-balanced gameplay is more than respectable.
Defunct Games (Jun 19, 2012)
The graphics are understandably poor and the sound effects do their best job to annoy. Despite the unrealistic physics and the lackluster table, I ended up having a good time racking up the points in Pinball. There isn't enough depth here to keep you going for long, but I can see why people were so excited back in 1986. Like silent films a century ago, Pinball is a good first attempt. You can really see what Nintendo was aiming for all those years ago.
HonestGamers (Apr 08, 2013)
Pinball is a relic of a bygone era. It was a nice game to have in your home in the 80s, but pinball has come a long way since then. Small in both scale and scope, the title doesn't really hold up well in a world that provides options like Zen Pinball or The Pinball Arcade. Pinball served its purpose at one time, but there's not much reason to revisit it now.
The only highlight may be the mini-game you can access by hitting a target on the bottom playfield. Here, the player takes control of Mario holding a platform and enters a Breakout-style game to save a female (Pauline?) for bonus points. There’s very little else to speak of here.
Power Play (Feb, 1988)
Die wenigen witzigen Einlagen können nicht darüber hinwegtäuschen. daß es sich mit Pinball nur äußerst mittelmäßig flippert. Ich verspürte keine Lust. mich längere Zeit mit diesem Spiel zu beschäftigen, obwohl ich ansonsten ganz gerne zu Computerflippern greife. Für 69 Mark ist Pinball entschieden zu teuer. Die älteren Module sollte man zu einen wesentlich niedrigeren Preis anbieten.
Defunct Games (Sep 05, 2009)
Pinball isn't a bad game by any means and stands head and shoulders above most other software from 1983, it's just that there have been a lot of very good Pinball games in the intervening quarter of a century. Alien Crush on the TurboGrafx-16, Psycho Pinball on the Genesis and Revenge of the Gator on the monochrome Game Boy are all far better games then this and are all available for a few bucks rendering Pinball on the NES obsolete.