|Sonic Spinball Review by: Eddy88
Sonic Spinball (Sega Genesis/Megadrive) Review.
Pinball machines... Who hasn't heard or played one of these machines? Fun and simple to play. Born in the late 1700 in France, as a variation of the billiard... Along with the progress of the technology, the machines changed it's shape and operation... Flippers and Spring launchers were added to the same, changing and modifying the game's aspects and gameplay. Of course, Pinball were adappted to several video game systems. While many games were just a digital version of a real Pinball, other games were more creative and had a plot or a protagonist. One of these games is: Sonic Spinball, which was released for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive in 1993, and then was ported for the Game Gear and Master System. This game destaques by one thing: The blue hedgehog is the ball, and we must help him to accomplish his mission by using the Flippers. So... Interested? As usual, I'll invite you to read the today's review.
Story: If there's something we could admire of Dr. Robotnik, is with no doubt, his perseverance... He's back, and this time he assumed control of Mt. Mobius, the most dangerous volcano of the planet, and bulit his base (named "Veg-o-Fortress") inside of the same. Now he's using the power of the Lava that flows on it to turn animals into his robot slaves. As usual, Sonic the Hedgehog and his friend Miles "Tails" Prower fly to the base to stop Robotnik. But, then, a blast comes out of the base and knocks off Sonic from the Plane's wing, falling into the ocean. Luckily, Sonic manages to infiltrate into the base through the sewers of the base... Now he has to bypass through the "Pinball defense system" of the same, find the Chaos Emeralds that keep it stabilized, free the animals, and stop the evil madman. (7/10)
Graphics: Good... Every stage has many details on it, for example, at Toxic Caves you can see the rocks covered with Slime, and the same changing of color. Sprites are okay. A bit tiny... But considering that the stages are bigger, I guess it's okay. Animations aren't really good. Only a few enemies, objects and bosses are animated. They could have done a way better work here. (8/10)
Sound: It's okay... The soundtrack is not very good like in the previous games... It's pure noise more than music. However, there's always an exception. (Toxic Caves and the Bonus stages) Same goes for the SFX. Not even close to the SFX of the other games of the saga. (6/10)
Depth: Let's check this part... Since it's a Pinball based game, the buttons will control the Flippers ("A" controls the left flipper, "B" controls the right one, and "C" moves both at the same time). However, The thing that makes this game special, is that you can control Sonic (Both being in ball shape, and when standing on a platform). The objective of all the stages is collect the Chaos Emeralds that are hidden on different spots of the same. Once we get them all, we'll be able to battle the boss of the zone. (Sounds simple, right? Well, it's not that simple... Usually, you'll have to press certain buttons or search around the entrance to the place where the Emerald is hidden...) Once the boss is defeated, we'll pass to the next stage... However, before playing the next stage, we'll have to play a Bonus round, which consists of destroying a certain objective. There are also Multi Ball rounds... To play these, you must grab all the rings of the stage, and enter in one of the portals that appear in the stage. The only bad thing is that the game is very short (only 4 stages). (7/10)
Difficulty: Very hard... You have to react and think faster, specially if Sonic speeds up after hitting something. This title requieres all your concentration to beat it. (9/10)
Final Rating: 8
Not so good, not so bad... This is a game that is worth playing, no matter what, it's pretty fun and original. Just give it a chance, if you can.
Graphics 8 Sound 6 Addictive 7 Depth 7 Story 7 Difficulty 9
Sonic Spinball Description: Sonic The Hedgehog spins into pinball pandemonium! Dr. Robotnik's latest robotic-creation factory is the Veg-O-Fortress, a volcanic island fueled by the Chaos Emeralds and protected by the Pinball Defense System. Strap on your Power Sneakers for all-new Sonic moves! Sonic rockets into space, spring launches from levers and balls up for a high-altitude bounce! Multi-round zones of wild Sonic action through glittering caverns, oozing toxic pools and boiling lava pits!