Almost no variety in gameplay. Only one table to play on. Gets repetitive very quickly.
One of the first titles released for the NES, Pinabll provided a simple layout with a few of the standard bells & whistles of arcade pinball, namely a couple of hidden minigames involving Mario.
Everything about this game is rather simple-the graphics are good and have some nice detail on the bumpers and other features, but some color in the background would have been nice. There's not enough color or detail on the table outside of an occasional single-color change sometimes. Sound effects are generally standard pinball sounds, like bells and whistles from the ball bouncing off the different bumpers & targets. Controls are average too-not helpd by the fact that it's impossible to perfectly replicate a pinball machine's controls without the actual machine itself. It takes practice learning to use the pad/stick for one flipper and other bu...
Can't play it more than 10, 15 times without getting bored.
Every console should have at least one pinball game, and Pinball was the first of several for the NES. While it's a rather uninspired effort, it does have some good aspects. The round, silver-gray ball moves around the playfield with a similar speed and motion as the ball in a real pinball machine, and the sound effects, although sparse, are sufficiently pinball-like. The graphics are plain but evocative of a real pinball machine, just not a very interesting one. The action takes place on two screens, and there are two sets of flippers. But all in all, generic is the word that best describes this aptly titled game -- based on the ordinariness of Pinball, it couldn't be called anything else.