Flipnic: Ultimate Pinball PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Jul 13, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
Buy On
  1. Virtually every aspect of Flipnic's presentation is both wonderfully fresh and original. From the beautiful menu designs to the dry yet sweet voiceovers and the well orchestrated BGM tracks, the atmosphere generated is quite unlike anything else experienced.
  2. 80
    If you just want to have a lot of fun batting a ball bearing around fantastic locales, then Flipnic should be 20 bucks well-spent.
  3. Sure, the bizarre and quirky style might not be to everyone's taste, but if it is possible to create a revolution in the pinball genre, then Flipnic is the game to do it and is certainly worthy of your attention.
  4. Play Magazine
    Granted, the game can be horribly frustrating and it's still constrained by the fairly simple nature of pinball, but Flipnic sets a new standard nonetheless. [July 2005, p.78]
  5. PSM Magazine
    Calling Flipnic a pinball game is a lot like calling "Grand Theft Auto" a game where you steal cars - it just doesn't convey the breadth and variety of the gameplay. [Aug 2005, p.83]
  6. Forgive me while I get the whiny part of this review out of the way first: This game is too hard.
  7. Flipnic, with its solid physics, dynamic tables, and Fantavision-esque presentation is fun and unique. It's also budget-priced, which is never a bad thing.
  8. It's unfortunate, then, that such a beguiling front-end is offset by the ruthlessness of the game's ill-fitting emphasis on progression and unlocking new areas.
  9. Flipnic almost manages to attach itself to the amalgam of classically-obscure, quality PS2 titles - such as "Rez," "Frequency," "Fantavision," "Gitaroo Man" et al - however, due to one or two structural flaws and frustrating play mechanics, falls slightly short of such nobility.
  10. Edge Magazine
    Deformable landscapes, multiple level routes, context sensitive controls, impeccable camera control, inventive boss level. Flipnic would be one hell of an adventure game. [Dec 2003, p.99]
  11. Yeah, it’s still just a video game version of pinball, but at least it won't steal all of your quarters like the arcade version of "My Little Pony."
  12. A classic and a disappointment rolled into one. You’ll love it, you’ll hate it. But you won’t be disinterested.
  13. You can't go wrong for twenty bucks. You'll make that up in the two-player modes alone.
  14. An interesting, stylish take on pinball wizardry that's just fine, considering its budget price. However, the designs of the different stages are a little lacking.
  15. A remarkably polished bargain title with limited scope. Like a visit from a distant relative, it's fun for a while but tends to overstay its welcome.
  16. The older players looking for a tie to the past will probably be happier hiding a dusty Black Knight machine in the basement.
  17. 65
    Sigh, maybe next time I will be able to find the game that throws me back to my childhood where the smell of pizza and the sights and sounds of my favorite pinball tables flashing lights await.
  18. netjak
    The ball travels with the speed and solidity you’d expect on a real pinball table. This makes timing your shots a pleasurable experience. [JPN Import]
  19. Game Informer
    Merging pinball and puzzles isn't a bad idea, but the balance between the two aspects simply feels all wrong. [July 2005, p.119]
  20. The expanded table and wacky ideas are great, but it's the novel stuff that wears thin first. [Aug 2005, p.83]
  21. You can get stuck in a particular section for quite some time, or unfairly snatched up mid--play. The design of the tables make up for this somewhat, and the price is nice at $20. Go and flip out for a bit.
  22. A game with great ideas but bad execution in many ways. Pinball has always been a quick fix kind of game, just like old-school arcade games, and Flipnic really doesn't emphasize quickness, but rather dedication in order to finish challenges across all the tables.
  23. 55
    By and large it reeks of wasted potential and a general sense of trying too hard. If you're really hard up for a pinball fix, it's certainly a lot more budget-friendly than tracking down an actual machine.
  24. 52
    Starts out with a bang and follows that with a quick fade into nothingness.
  25. 50
    The chronic problem that has plagued pinball games since the dawn of time plagues this pinball game: luck, rather than genuine skill, always wins the day. Trust us, jamming on those flippers and hoping for the best gets old fast.
  26. I admire the daring look and crazy design of Flipnic, but the sparse tables and occasionally frustrating missions dull its polish.
  27. 40
    With a competent two-player mode, there’s certainly a degree of fun to be had. But Flipnic’s promise of Ultimate Pinball is marred by table design straight out of the '40s.
  28. Quite simply it screams bargain bin. You could say it’s so bad, it could be a cult classic, but you’ll have to give it a few years. Otherwise, avoid it.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Nov 19, 2012
    Flipnic deserves a harsh score. The third level becomes impassable, or at least takes up too much time to be fun anymore. I'm a hardcore gamerFlipnic deserves a harsh score. The third level becomes impassable, or at least takes up too much time to be fun anymore. I'm a hardcore gamer and I can't really figure it out. At some point you have to give up on the game. The graphics and sound are great. They didn't test the play logic enough and it doesn't make enough sense to be a good game. I wish objectives would have been more straightforward to clear and pass on to the next level. I think the difficulty is too high for a pinball game to still be fun. Not worth it in the long run. Full Review »
  2. Dec 2, 2010
    I love this game! I'm 54 and have grown up on pinball, my son is 13 and grew up on video games. Flipnic is where we meet. TheI love this game! I'm 54 and have grown up on pinball, my son is 13 and grew up on video games. Flipnic is where we meet. The graphics are superb as are all the different arenas. Full Review »
  3. RodrigoM.
    Oct 19, 2005
    Espetacular game, the grafics are amazing and the fun is great, buy for your self now!!!!! Congratulations Capcom!!!!