Video Game: Pokémon Pinball
, released for the Game Boy Color
in 1999, is a Pokémon Pinball Spinoff
. Players play on either a Red or Blue-themed table (modeled after Pokemon Red And Blue
) to earn points and catch Pokémon
. Every time a new species is caught through Catch 'em All mode, or evolved in Evolution mode, it is added to the in-game Pokédex.
Spawned a 2003 sequel on the Game Boy Advance
, Pokémon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire
Tropes used in Pokémon Pinball:
- Anti-Frustration Feature: The Ball Saver, which is activated at the beginning of a new ball and for the first 60 seconds of Catch 'em All mode and Evolution mode.
- Battle Theme Music: The music for Catch 'em All mode, Evolution mode, and Map Change are decidedly more upbeat and hurried.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Spinners appear in both the Red and Blue tables, and getting enough spins allows the Pikachu to save your ball.
- Good Bad Bugs: It's possible, with the "table shake" buttons, to get the ball to hop over the flipper if the ball has fallen down the far drains. Since there is no tilt function in the game, the rational action when the ball is in either far drain is to shake the table and hope for the best.
- Mini-Game: The bonus rounds.
- Missing Secret: You can't actually catch Mew unless you hit it 256*4 times. Luckily, just seeing it adds it to your Pokedex.
- Pinball Scoring
- Pinball Spinoff
- Suspend Save: To prevent Save Scumming.
- Timed Mission: Catch 'em All and Evolution modes have two-minute timers, bonus rounds have one minute, and Map Change has 30 seconds.
Tropes used in Pokémon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire:
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Even though Dusclops's Pokédex entry states that it absorbs anything it inhales, it will spit the ball out safely whenever it traps it during its bonus game.
- Last Lousy Point: Latias will probably be the last empty spot to fill in your Pokédex.
- Lost Forever: The event in which Jirachi appears can only happen once per playthough, so you better not let it escape.
- The Cameo: A few mons from the first two generations appear in the Ruby table. Though extremely rare, they're catchable.
- Pokémon Speak: Pikachu and Pichu, everything else uses their regular cries.