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Super Robot Pinball

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Released: 2001

Genre: Puzzle

Format reviewed: Game Boy Color

Publisher: Media Factory

Developer: Jupiter Corp

Submitted by: Ryan Davies

Much fun can be had downloading ROMs at random, especially for the Japanese systems where it's a not infrequent occurence to see game titles that seem like three disparate words thrown together to make a game title. Usually I wouldn't be surprised to see "Super" and "Robot" together, or "Super" and "Pinball" or even "Robot" and "Pinball", but the three of them together? Woah, I need some aspirin! Ha ha ha.

Anyway, the point is that Super Robot Pinball is one of those games I downloaded at random and thoroughly loved straight away. It's all in Japanese, so I don't know what any of the menu options do besides the top one which starts a game, so there could be fifty different tables on the thing for all I know.

What I do know is that this pinball game plays very differently to other pinball games, in that it's more Pokemon Pinball than Psycho Pinball. See, you'd be there, happily smacking your ball around the table getting a ridiculous amount of points, when suddenly everything goes panicky and some demonic Hell-robot pops up. Following this, you must scramble your own Hero robot, and then go off to another table to fight the Hell-robot.

These robots all originiate from various popular giant robot anime thingies, such as Gundam and Evangelion, so if you're into that sort of thing you can have a fair bit of fun trying to identify all of the Super-Deformed characters on offer.

There's some nice looking cut-scenes popping up every so often during the battles, and the actual game looks more like a Neo Geo Pocket game than a Game Boy Color game (which is a compliment, by the way). It's not so good on a laptop or whatever, so I mostly play this one emulated on my DS or GP2X. Portable games, they can only be played that way really, can't they? Yeah, it's a lot better than Pokemon Pinball, and probably just as good as Kirby's Pinball Land, so if that's your "thing", go for it. I'm not stopping you, only your consicence is.