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    ketritt's Metroid Prime Pinball (DS)

    [February 8, 2008 04:58:16 PM]
    Gamelog entry 2, metroid prime pinball
    This time around, I was a little bit more on the lookout for new and more interesting types of missions and found a few that appealed to me more than the others I had tried before. One specific mission - Phendra drifts - was a lot of fun because it incorporated a lot more elements into the gameplay rather than just being a standard pinball game. For example, it allows you to control two sets of clackers (one on the top screen, one on the bottom), there's a boss type monster, and the ability to regenerate your health, activate force fields, etc.
    Of all the missions available in pinball, I thought that this one was the most fun and it was the one that I played the majority of the time, because the other missions are very easy to get bored with as there is no need for concentration or strategy.
    I thought that one of the best elements of this game was the way that it makes use of the DS's two screens, and it would have been better if more of the missions could complicate the gameplay in the same way as the Phendra drifts mission did -- by allowing you to play on both screens rather than just watch on the top, play on the bottom. It also made good use of the hand controls of the DS, because the right and left buttons on the top of the DS are really similar to the hand position you would use if you actually were playing pinball in an arcade.
    The game was also pretty interesting because of the use of space and the graphics. Since the DS is so small and uncomplicated, I pretty much assumed that the graphics would be similar to a gameboy or something. But, I actually thought it did a pretty good job of giving the player a sense that he or she is interacting with the world of the game, which is especially nice because it actually is a world - there are little bugs, sometimes it rains, there are bridges, etc., rather than just presenting you with a screen that looks like a pinball machine from the arcade. All in all, this game was pretty good for what it was, but still not great because in the end I don't think there's any way to make pinball that interesting. But the DS gave it a good shot!
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    [February 8, 2008 04:16:48 PM]
    In Metroid Prime Pinball, the player chooses which type of mission they would like to play, which is essentially choosing what you want the display and theme of your pinball game to be. I chose the Pirate frigate, because I'm a sucker for pirates. The objective of the game is to use the right and left controllers on the top of the DS to manipulate the little clickers on the bottom of the screen and keep your ball in play, as well as to maximize the amount of time spent playing and possibly get more balls in play. The longer you play, the more points you earn.
    I actually think that the DS is a really great platform for this game, because there are two screens (one on top, one on bottom) that allow you to see what's going on in your virtual pinball machine. The top screen offers a much larger range of vision and keeps the game interesting, while you can focus on the bottom screen when its time to hit your buttons and keep your balls in play.
    At first, I found this game to be a lot of fun because of all the little things that pop up in it - sometimes, random machines, robots or parasites will pop up and try and attack your balls, and you can score extra points by hitting the ball into special little zones on the screen. After about 20 minutes or so, though, it can easily get boring. I found myself just randomly hitting the buttons to keep my clackers in constant motion, and that was the only strategy necessary for me to win.
    On the upside, though, if you get bored with one type of mission (pirate frigate) you can choose a different type of mission (artifact temple) to keep it interesting yet still be playing, essentially, the same game.
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    ketritt's Metroid Prime Pinball (DS)

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    GameLog started on: Friday 8 February, 2008

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