Galactic Pinball

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Galactic Pinball
Galactic pinball.jpg
Box art
Developer(s) Intelligent Systems
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Composer(s) Minako Hamano
Platform(s) Virtual Boy
Release date(s)
  • JP July 21, 1995
  • NA August 14, 1995
Genre(s) Pinball
Mode(s) Single player
Distribution 8 Megabit cartridge

Galactic Pinball (ギャラクティックピンボール?) is a 1995 pinball video game for the Virtual Boy.[1] The game was released on July 21st, 1995 in Japan and on August 14th, 1995 in the United States. Galactic Pinball is best known for its Space Harrier-esque tagline that comes at the end of the intro: "Welcome to the space world. Let's go!", as well as a hidden Metroid themed bonus stage.[2]

Plot[edit]

Galactic Pinball has a thin plot that is referred to in the games introduction. In the year 2100, somewhere in Milky Way galaxy a new world has been discovered called the space world. It is the mission of the player to explore this new world. Each pinball table in the game is representative of a different part of the players mission, and use board elements to represent things that are encountered while exploring the space world.[3]

Gameplay[edit]

Galactic Pinball is based on the rules of pinball and players user flippers to control a ball and keep it in-bounds. It is a relatively simple pinball game, containing only five tables on which players play for a high score. Each table simulates a real pinball table, and has its own space related name and theme, as well as distinguishing elements and targets that score points when hit.

Tables[edit]

Colony

A distinguishing features of the Colony board is where the user shoots down various meteors to save the Colony from attack in a three-dimensional perspective.

UFO

In UFO, the board initially starts with a large UFO at the top of the board, which flies away to reveal triggers that open two holes. Knocking the ball into those holes accesses such bonuses as center posts and kickbacks. If the player gets the jackpot after 100,000,000 points, the game will lock-up with the music still playing.

Alien

In Alien, after getting the ball into the Alien's Lair, one of a variety of aliens will appear to be hit to gain points, including one that shows resemblance to Slippy from the Star Fox series.

Cosmic

Cosmic is a classic pinball board that has a third flipper and a ramp that accesses a special area with several bumpers. It also has a rotating sphere that the player can enter for bonus points. Samus Aran, protagonist of Nintendo's Metroid series, makes a cameo.

Reception[edit]

On release, Famicom Tsūshin scored the game a 24 out of 40.[4] Electronic Gaming Monthly commented that the level design was excellent but that the flippers are too slow to respond. They gave the game a score of 6.25.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nintendo Virtual Boy Rarity Guide". 
  2. ^ Virtualboy.org page on galactic pinball
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ NEW GAMES CROSS REVIEW: ギャラクティックピンボール. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.347. Pg.29. 11 August 1995.
  5. ^ "Galactic Pinball Review". Electronic Gaming Monthly (75) (EGM Media, LLC). October 1995. p. 38. 

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