Gotta catch 'em all... with flippers!
"Woogy Pinball! A fantastic game using Arfenhouse marketing ploy!"
So, you've managed to create a successful
video game series. The fans want more, and your publisher wants you to put out another title as quickly as possible. What to do?
You make a Pinball Spinoff, that's what. Pinball
games are as simple to design as they are addictive, and are incredibly easy to shoehorn characters into. A Pinball Spinoff game is a perfect way to satisfy everyone between actual game releases.
Keep in mind that this trope only applies to spinoffs from video game properties, not licensed pinball games
as a whole. If only part of the game is pinball, then it's a Pinball Zone
A subtrope of Licensed Pinball Tables
. Many Pinball Spinoffs end up as Digital Pinball Tables
- The Ur Example is Bally's Space Invaders arcade pinball game. Bally's video-game division, Midway, was the North American distributor for Taito's arcade game at the time, and secured the rights to make a pinball machine based on it.
- Pokémon Pinball was a successful tie-in to the popular portable RPG series and perhaps the most famous example of a Rumble Pack in a Game Boy game. It kept players interested by including the ability to both catch and evolve Pokémon. Later, a sequel was released on the Game Boy Advance titled Pokémon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire.
- Sonic Spinball was released for the Sega Genesis, and has since been included on almost every Genesis collection that Sega has put out.
- Sonic Pinball Party not only covered Sonic, but also had tables inspired by NiGHTS Into Dreams and Samba de Amigo.
- Kirby's Pinball Land for the Game Boy was the first of many games where the pink ball loses control of his limbs.
- Super Mario Bros.:
- Metroid Prime Pinball was launched for the Nintendo DS and came with a rumble pack. Neither the game nor the accessory fared too well.
- Street Fighter II:
- Zen Pinball also got a table based off of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2.
- Pac-Man got several:
- Worms Pinball for the Play Station 1. It was packaged in Pinball Fever for PC which also included a cabinet themed around one of Team17's other racing series, World Rally Fever.
- Shin Megami Tensei Pinball: Judgment was a Japan-only mobile phone game.
- The Pinball Of The Dead for the Game Boy Advance. Actually pretty fun.
- Williams Electronics produced arcade pinball machines based on their hit titles Defender and Joust. Not surprising, since Williams had been making pinballs long before video games were even invented.
- Zen Studios also did a Plants vs. Zombies Pinball in 2012, based on the PopCap game.
- Averted with The Legend of Zelda. An arcade pinball game was planned, but Gottlieb could not secure the rights. It was eventually released as Gladiators instead.
- A Duke Nukem pinball table is included in 3D Realms' Balls of Steel digital pinball collection.
- Q*Bert's Quest was made by Gottlieb to ride the success of their Q*Bert arcade game.
- 3-D Ultra Pinball is technically based on Sierra On Line's Outpost computer game.
- The "Jungle Girl" table in Epic Pinball is based on Epic Megagames' Jill of the Jungle.
- Stern Pinball made a pinball game based on RollerCoaster Tycoon in 2002.
- Dream Pinball 3D included a table based on the Two Worlds Role-Playing Game.