Pure Pinball Xbox

Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Official Xbox Magazine
    76
    The triggers control the flippers, and the ball physics are outstanding - every hit feels like it has real weight. [Nov 2004, p.77]
  2. Although the game doesn't have too many bonus features and the different tables are similar in design, you still get 4 challenging and very realistic looking pinball tables at your disposal.
  3. The best iteration of a classic ball and flipper game out there. Die hard pinball fans will be smart and either play or buy the real deal, so I can't recommend Pure Pinball to any of these freaks.
  4. Xbox Nation Magazine
    70
    It's physics are absolutely true to life, and its tilts - a propers smiting for too much cheating - are fairly issued. [June 2004, p.88]
  5. Cheat Code Central
    70
    I love pinball but I have to admit that after an hour of play I want to do something else. Just about anything else. But that's the way I feel about real pinball.
  6. The outstanding physics do a great job simulating the game of pinball, and the graphics and sound take that experience to the next level to offer a package that pinball purists should not hesitate to add to their collection.
  7. The four tables aren't the greatest tables in the world, and the camera angles and presentation could use a little work, but the solid ball physics go a long way.
  8. 67
    Visually the game looks great (well, how hard is it to render a stationary table?) and the physics are perfect. Problem is, there are only four tables, all of which get old after a few days and there's no option for playing hot potato.
  9. 60
    The feel of the flippers translate well into the game, letting you practice stalls and precision shots...Overall, it's a solid simulation of the real thing. Then again, the real thing only costs a quarter to play.
  10. 60
    If you are a diehard pinball fan and want pinball on your Xbox, check it out. Everyone else go to an arcade.
  11. Game Informer
    58
    I can't imagine the conversations that led someone to decide that this sparse (though accurate) game would be a good idea. [Oct 2004, p.140]

Awards & Rankings

81
#81 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. D.G.
    Sep 2, 2004
    9
    Great game for what it is. But I agree with one of the last reviewers, if Pure Pinball 2 can license a few well known tables (KISS!), it would rock!
  2. JonJ.
    Aug 14, 2004
    8
    Extremely fun pinball game! It does have only 4 tables but still great fun.
  3. Uter
    Aug 10, 2004
    8
    PROS: 1. Realistic tables and physics. 2. Nice high score tracking system. 3. There's no other xbox game like it. 4. All 4 tables are PROS: 1. Realistic tables and physics. 2. Nice high score tracking system. 3. There's no other xbox game like it. 4. All 4 tables are fun. CONS: 1. It seriously could have used a custom soundtrack. 2. The hot girls on the cover are just to lure people in and have nothing to do with the game. 3. It feels bare bones; it could have used some extra features or options. Full Review »