Reviews for Sonic Spinball [Playfire]


A Decent Spinoff, But Only For Pinball Fans

CrimsonWizard | Jan. 9, 2013 | See all CrimsonWizard's reviews »

Sonic Spinball is at it's heart a pinball game starring the fastest blue hedgehog alive. Except that Spinball isn't really built around speed. You're still collecting Chaos Emeralds and fighting Dr. Robotnik, but at it's core, it's a relatively standard pinball game where you're trying to collect a lot of points for a high score. That's perfectly alright though, as I enjoy pinball, but this one doesn't excite as much as an actual pinball table does. Heck, it doesn't even match up to it's competition in the Sega Genesis time period with Dragon's Lair. I believe one of the biggest problems with this game is the sounds and music, as they fail to bring a whole lot of energy to the game, or even sound relatively nice to listen to. They drone on and on, while you're busy trying to get that last chaos emerald. Also, because the game makers wanted Sonic to be big enough to match up with his usual size in the regular Sonic games, it was a poor choice here. Because we're zoomed in so far on Sonic, you can only see a chunk of the pinball table at a time, making it harder to pinpoint where you want to fire Sonic. Overall, the concept isn't a bad one. A pinball game based on a popular video game character can be excellent like Metroid Prime Pinball which managed to incorporate elements of Metroid with quick, energetic pinball. Sonic Spinball though is slower, and just feels like it lacks the certain about of polish or energy of a Sonic game. If you enjoy pinball or Sonic, you might want to give it a try, but you're not missing that much if you skip on this title either.


Casino Zone over and over

sweetcuppincake | Sept. 28, 2012 | See all sweetcuppincake's reviews »

One of the most popular aspects of the early Sonic games were the levels where you got bounced around by flippers and bumpers. It's pretty obvious that Spinball came from that same concept. It plays like pinball, but has Sonic elements and boss fights. There are only 4 levels and I would say unless you really enjoy Sonic and/or pinball games, this one probably isn't worth your time. Nothing is wrong with it, really, it's just not that exciting of a game.


A manic pace that won't tilt

emperor20 | Aug. 19, 2011 | See all emperor20's reviews »

For some reason, the normal Sonic rules don't apply and you are now stuck playing a different game where you catch many more emeralds than usual. The game is on the easy side since you can reliably keep up barriers to prevent instant death and falling in the middle isn't always a death sentence. You go through a couple levels this time and fight an equal number of bosses, the effort it takes gets exponential, until you have to redo the last stage a few times so you get more playtime. The sound effects and music are rather awful, since they were not able to use appropriate Sonic tracks and got loud rock music instead. There are a number of bugs which at least follows tradition and are not the kind that ruins the game enough for a reset.


A different type Sonic game...

FreeMan85 | July 21, 2011 | See all FreeMan85's reviews »

Sonic meets spinball. Of course the earlier games use similar type of... gameplay, but in Sonic Spinball there's to only way. It's not bad, but not sure you gonna like it. The maps feels like you in the sewer and the spinball elements like... Vegas.


Your chance to knock Sonic around.

GAMERamble | June 9, 2011 | See all GAMERamble's reviews »

It would seem that a lot of people enjoyed the pinball level in Sonic The Hedgehog 2 since Sonic now boasts his very own dedicated pinball game. There’s not much of a story, Sonic & Tails attempt to assault one of Dr. Robotniks’ fortresses and Sonic ends up inside a four level pinball machine. Since instead of a ball you have a fast, blue hedgehog the gameplay is slightly different than your average pinball game. Besides controlling the flippers you can also control Sonic himself so there are segments where you need to jump or move around to reach certain parts of the table. Each table sees you trying to get your hands on those ever elusive chaos emeralds before taking on a boss in battle. The tables are sprawling and you’ll zip from one segment to the next which can be a bit confusing until you’ve discovered all the little tricks and secrets. With themes like “Lava Powerhouse” and “The Machine” each table is packed with the usual assortment of Sonic trademarks like rings and robotic enemies. The graphics are actually quite detailed and very colorful although some of the table layouts aren’t that hot. In between stages you also get to play some cool bonus rounds which not only look rather neat but are actually quite fun too. It’s a pity these little “mini” pinball tables aren’t available to play separately. Overall this is a fun game but lacks the addictive thrill of high-score chasing that other pinball games have.


Not my kind of game...

robertification | April 9, 2011 | See all robertification's reviews »

Although I'm sure many people will enjoy this game, it's nothing for me. I didn't enjoy this game as much as I thought I would, (although I did finish it), and I don't think I'll play it through again. It was a fun ride, but I'm going back to my other sonic games..


Best Sonic ever! ;]

Muzicjohn | April 5, 2011 | See all Muzicjohn's reviews »

I have this game on my SEGA Megadrive Portable and I play it mostly. I don't like other Sonic games, but Sonic Spinball is really great. Levels are pretty big and have many secret places. You have to figure it out, how to finish all of them, and it's not so simple. To beat all 4 levels you have to play this game really long. And this is good, because game isn't boring and you still want to try one more time. Try it ;].