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  • Summary: It's time to retire your copy of Pokémon Pinball for the Game Boy Color and upgrade to Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire for Game Boy Advance. Pokémon Pinball challenges you to rack up huge Hi-Scores as you catch over 200 Pokémon from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. Use the fast flippers to shoot the Poké Ball at targets on either the Ruby or Sapphire fields and catch your favorite Pokémon. With the coins you earn during the game, you can visit the Pokémon Mart to purchase special bonus items. Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire is easy to pick up and play, but only true masters will have the skill and determination it takes to catch every last Pokémon. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 100
    Like "Wario Ware," this is a perfect handheld game. Instantly playable. [Nov 2003, p.72]
  2. 90
    Ultimately, if you're not a Pokéfan, this game won't change your mind…but if you don't mind the adorable monsters, there's lots of unusually satisfying gameplay here.
  3. 88
    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.
  4. 80
    Fantastic graphics, realistic gameplay and objectives all around make Pokemon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire and worthwhile addition to any GBA fan’s library.
  5. A game that combines the best of both worlds - Pokemon and pinball - while putting aside a lot of the elements that usually put people off. The pinball aspects win out over the extensive wandering, random battling and other RPG bits of the Pokemon series which, if you're not a fan, can only be a good thing. [Nov 2003, p.124]
  6. While the game is still charming and fun, it's practically identical to the first game, and on top of that, it's even easier than the original, making it more of a time-consumer than an actual challenge.
  7. There is no doubt that this game will take a lot of time to complete but the repetitious nature of the gameplay will ensure that all but the most ardent of Pokemon fans will take the time to collect all 200 monsters.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. VincentH.
    Dec 7, 2003
    10
    I love pokemon and I like pin ball and I want it now.
  2. SarahV.
    Sep 15, 2003
    10
    It was great!!!
  3. AaronC.
    Dec 4, 2003
    10
    Gotta catch em' all, in pinball.
  4. HaraldM.
    Aug 23, 2003
    9
    It´s a great pinballgame thats not getting boring after hours of playing. You can catch 200 Pokemon so its not one sided point hashing.
  5. Aug 30, 2013
    9
    The immaculate Game Boy Advance pinball experience, that almost as a bonus, caters to the Pokémon fans. Playing as a rapid and never tiresome experience, this boisterous styled pinball game utilizes the indispensable features of the main Pokémon series games. Allowing the capture of Pokémon upon different boards, and through engaging mini-games, and featuring remixed classic tunes from the Hoenn GBA titles. This is a treasured classic that perfectly hails among the third generation of Pokémon gaming. Expand
  6. MarkJ.
    Aug 24, 2003
    9
    A solid addictive pinball title. It has less boards than Sonic pinball party but the boards have more lasting appeal.
  7. Jun 20, 2013
    7
    As a pinball game, this surpasses the first one. You won't spend countless hours on this like the other Pokemon installments, but it's overall a fun game. Expand

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