Crüe Ball Reviews (Genesis)

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Critic Score
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3.7
User Score
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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Overall User Score (9 votes) 3.7


Critic Reviews

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79
Play Time (Dec, 1992)
Grafisch läßt es dann allerdings doch ein wenig zu wünschen übrig. Die einzelnen Ebenen, bzw. der gesamte Tisch, sind etwas eintönig und lieblos dargestellt. Etwas mehr Farbe hätte da schon seine Wirkung getan. Dennoch liegt er mit 65% noch deutlich über dem Durchschnitt. Heikel wird es da schon bei der soundtechnischen Beurteilung. Geschmackssache? Drei Songs der Mötley Crüe begleiten den Spieler. Und ich glaube sagen zu können, daß selbst Spieler, die bisher nichts damit anfangen konnten, im Spiel Gefallen daran finden werden (85%). Lizenztechnisch sicherlich nicht billig.
74
Mean Machines (Sep, 1992)
For those of you contemplating buying a pinball sim, the thing you probably want to know is whether or not this is better than Dragon's Fury. In the playability department things are pretty even. The inertia of the ball is very realistic, and there are no quirks in the game logic that cause the ball to rebound at strange angles. The sound too, matches the classic rock opera of Dragon's Fury with wild guitar solo's a-plenty. But I'm afraid it's at this point that Dragon's Fury leaves its rival behind. Basically Twisted Flipper lacks the variety necessary to make a pinball sim interesting - there just isn't enough going on. While a few sprites move about the screen, most of the graphics are static and short on detail. Bonus screens, which work wonders in Dragon's Fury are few and far between bonus level is an impressive idea it is generally the only extra level that turns up regularly.
70
Decent game play added to the crankin' tunes really equal a game that is guaranteed to please.
70
Fans of Bally's Kiss pinball machine will probably like this game, but metal heads impressed with the appearance of Aerosmith in Revolution X for the Genesis will be disappointed. Revolution X actually features Steven Tyler's likeness (along with the rest of the band) and his voice. The Mötley Crüe songs in Crüe Ball: Heavy Metal Pinball are merely voiceless videogame versions. The songs sound pretty good for what they are, but there's no comparison between games. In Crüe Ball's defense, it makes a better pinball game than Revolution X does a first-person shooter.
67
The Video Game Critic (Oct 30, 2008)
The pinball tables scroll vertically with stacked areas and a "boss" at the top. In addition to drop-targets, bumpers, and rollers, you'll take aim at skulls and centipedes that creep across the table. Pinball games tend to make great video games, and this one certainly has an addictive quality. The first table is pretty hard to conquer though, and the erratic pinball sometimes seems to be possessed by the devil (which is fitting, I think). In addition to excellent music, the game has some wicked sound effects, and I would strongly suggest cranking up the stereo. Crue Ball could have been better, but its distinctive heavy metal theme makes it far more memorable than most garden-variety pinball titles.
67
Crüe Ball ist kein absoluter Hit, aber solide gemacht. Anhänger der soundtrackenden Band sollten beim Kauf nicht lange zögern.
65
GameFan Magazine (Jan, 1993)
A pinball game has to have something really incredible to hold my attention. When I heard EA was bringing out Crüe Ball, I thought cool! A little headbangin' ball flippin' action!...Guess again...It's an average game of pinball with not enough variety, and Crüe tunes that would have been better served on CD.
60
Sega-16.com (Nov 12, 2007)
Crüe Ball is the kind of game Socrates would enjoy playing in his cave until he broke free and escaped outside into a world full of Necronomicon's, Psycho Pinball's, and Metroid Prime Pinball's. Then he'd try to convince his cavern brethren that Crüe Ball isn't that great, but, having not been exposed to better pinball video game titles, would disregard his words and continue on smashing Beethoven Dudes and Dread-Heads. The rare spark of innovation such as the Breakout-inspired round on the table and general speedy pace of it all make Crüe Ball a fun, decent game in its own right, and nothing is lost in playing and enjoying it. Only when holding up the game for criticism and comparing it to its peers does the game fall flat. It's a shame, too, because with better use of its hair metal license, Crüe Ball could have found something to both address the overall poor presentation as well as add a certain level of infamy the Mötley Crüe name deserves.
55
Sega Force (May 13, 1993)
Kort och gott: detta är långt ifrån något höjdarspel. Kulan kan fastna och gå i självsvängning mellan två föremål tills man till slut blir så förbannad att man stänger av eländet. Banan ser på något sätt ofärdig ut och den enda bonusbanan är halvtråkig. Känner du dig tvungen att ha ett flipper till din Mega, så köp suvvespelet Dragon's Fury.
50
Power Play (Dec, 1992)
Das Schönste an Crüe Ball ist die Kugel. Sie ist liebevoll gezeichnet und vermittelt einen „metallischen“ Eindruck. Weitere grafische Höhepunkte müssen mit der Lupe gesucht werden. Musikalisch kann der Flipper, trotz angeheuerter Prominenz, nicht Überzeugen. Mega-Drive-typische Krächzinstrumente bestimmen das Notenwerk: die soliden, aber langweiligen Soundeffekte begeistern ebensowenig. Des weiteren bewegt sich die Kugel teilweise sehr ungewöhnlich, besser gesagt unmöglich. Der Physiker im Programmierteam hat wohl gerade Urlaub gehabt. Crüe Ball langweilt, nicht zuletzt des zu kleinen Spielfeldes wegen.
46
Video Games (Oct, 1992)
Traurig, was Electronic Arts zum brisanten Thema “16-Bit-Konsolen-Flipper“ einfällt: Grafisch ist Crüe Ball ein Witz (leere Spielfläche, kaum Details und eine Handvoll mickriger Monster), akustisch belanglos. Nur die rockige Hintergrundmusik ist passabel, ohne aber den Lizenz-Deal mit Mötley Crüe zu rechtfertigen. Außerdem fehlen die wichtigsten Elemente einer modernen Pinball-Maschine: Es gibt weder Bumper, noch spektakuläre Rampen oder versteckte Kellereingänge. Die wenigen Spielelemente sind lieblos verteilt, so daß selten Atmosphäre oder gar Spannung aufkommt. Die Bonusbildschirme sind einschläfernd langweilig - es lohnt sich kaum, sie zu erreichen. Ich hätte den Entwickler mehr Fantasie und eigenständige Ideen gewünscht - Crüe Ball ist nicht einmal eine gelungene Kopie bekannter Vorbilder.
25
Defunct Games (Jun 18, 2012)
Despite not being a huge fan of the band, I was ready to be won over by the rock 'n roll aesthetic and tributes to the band. Sadly, there isn't enough of that in Crue Ball. Instead we're left with a boring pinball table and annoying music repeating in the background. The Crue's last minute inclusion won't be enough to keep fans happy and those of us who don't like the band will be repelled. No matter how you flip it, Crue Ball is not worth playing.