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Good idea, but frustrating

April 18, 2006|by BRAD SMITH

In "Metroid Prime: Pinball" for the Nintendo DS, you play armor-covered bounty hunter Samus Aran. You play in Samus's morph ball form in this game except for a bonus stage in which you revert back to her human form to blast away enemies.

I have to say, I was fairly disappointed with this game. You only start out with two levels, and to get more, you have to collect artifacts. Since Samus is bouncing around on the pinball table and you control her only with the pinball flippers, it's hard to get the artifacts. And then time runs out and you have to start all over again. So you will find yourself replaying levels over and over and over. That's frustrating.

I quickly got bored. Don't get me wrong, this is by far the best pinball game Nintendo has made, but that really isn't saying much if you've played Nintendo's other pinball games.

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The graphics are pretty lame compared to other DS games. I also didn't think much of the musical tune that plays in the background.

Overall, I give "Metroid Prime: Pinball" 5 broken pinball flippers out of 10.

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