Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. GameNow
    100
    Like "Wario Ware," this is a perfect handheld game. Instantly playable. [Nov 2003, p.72]
  2. Nintendo Power
    90
    More than just a GBA makeover, the new Pokemon Pinball is an evolution in game play, offering livelier Pokemon to catch and Pokemon ecosystems clevery built into table designs. Pokemaniacs will be mesmerized. [Nov 2003, p.150]
  3. 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.
  4. While its flashy new successor doesn’t innovate quite like the original did, it does in fact make leaps and bounds above its predecessor through improved gameplay mechanics, fantastic new features, and a new coat of polish in the audio and visual departments.
  5. 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.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    87
    Every orifice oozes Pokemon quality - everything but the flippers themselves have some kind of link to the Pokeverse. [Nov 2003, p.202]
  7. 87
    The game is a blast, possessing excellent pinball basics, surprising depth, and an addictive collection overgame.
  8. Game Informer
    85
    As ball physics and control go, it's dead on. [Oct 2003, p.145]
  9. netjak
    83
    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.
  10. 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.
  11. Perhaps one of the most addictive games Gamestyle has ever come across, Pokémon Pinball is a must for pinball and Pokémon fans alike and won't disappoint for a second.
  12. 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]
  13. Keeping in mind that this is the kind of game with value that comes from being a fun game to return to time and again and not as in a huge adventure that should be played straight through.
  14. 80
    Fantastic graphics, realistic gameplay and objectives all around make Pokemon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire and worthwhile addition to any GBA fan’s library.
  15. Gameplay is fun and addictive but unfortunately it rarely gets the heart pumping like the real pinball experience can.
  16. 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.
  17. Edge Magazine
    70
    This is not a conventional pinball game with well-designed skillshots and a challenging layout, but since when was Pokemon ever conventional? [Nov 2003, p.99]
  18. GMR Magazine
    70
    When you marry the spot-on physics of pinball ballistics with the collection-mania of Nintendo's ageless Pokemon franchise, good times are all but guaranteed. [Nov 2003, p.90]
  19. While this is a great pinball game and the Pokemon characters are an interesting bunch, I wish there was a bit more to differentiate this title from its predecessor.
  20. It is a fine pinball game, though the difficulty of it seems to be lacking severely, the “Catch ‘em All” theme is still prevailing. At first, the game does catch your attention and shows its depth, but after a while, repetitiveness does drag down the fun factor a bit.
  21. 60
    It isn't as addictive or diverse as the great pinball videogames, but it'll quench your "Pokemon" thirst.
  22. Cheat Code Central
    60
    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.

Awards & Rankings

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#24 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2003
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  1. Oct 11, 2017
    7
    It's hard to rate this game too highly because of how little depth it has (it's literally just a pinball game) BUT it's by far the bestIt's hard to rate this game too highly because of how little depth it has (it's literally just a pinball game) BUT it's by far the best pinball game I've ever played, and does a decent job of motivating you to continue playing and to feel a sense of progression between rounds. Full Review »
  2. Apr 20, 2015
    8
    Le daría un 10 a este juego, por el simple hecho de que se puede llenar la pokedex de una manera, entre comillas, sencilla, ya que noLe daría un 10 a este juego, por el simple hecho de que se puede llenar la pokedex de una manera, entre comillas, sencilla, ya que no requieres intercambios o piedras, etc. Pero haciendo crítica al juego y empezando por el aspecto sonoro, tiene un soundtrack muy pobre, por el echo de que son muy pocas canciones entre partidas. Como pinball que es tiene buenas físicas, pero, como pinball, le falta un poco, ya que los tableros solo son dos, y sumamente sencillos, mientras más dures en la partida el tablero no hará cambios (excepto el cambiar de zona, en todo caso cambia solo una imagen que después desaparece). Aunque hay ciertos bonus que te llevan a otro tablero donde debes pelear con ciertos pokémons, eso logra no frustrarte tanto de ver el mismo tablero.
    Pienso que este juego esta hecho para lograr completar la pokedex (ya que es el único objetivo si te tomas el juego en serio), es un juego de partidas rápidas, por lo que puedes superarte en cada partida, ya sea por puntuación o por capturar más y aparte evolucionarlos, etc. Creo que si eres un fan de pokémon, te gustara mucho por los detalles que hay, pero si eres un fan de los pinball no te lo recomiendo para nada.
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  3. 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 tiresomeThe 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. Full Review »