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Pinball Quest (NES)

Pinball Quest actually has 4 different modes. The main Quest mode, but also three normal pinball tables.

The normal pinball tables each have a theme to them, a circus, golf course, and a sort of old-time game room look with pool tables and records and such. On the normal pinball tables, itís pretty much just straight pinball, trying to hit things to earn points. Each table has a little minigame off to the side which you can play as well, such as a little pool game where youíre tying to knock the balls into the holes with your pinball.
The normal pinball tables are actually surprisingly interesting, considering the main draw of the game is the Quest mode.

The Quest mode is where things get interesting.
You open with a view of the royal throne room, where the pinball king and queen are happily sitting there minding their own business, when all of a sudden some mean looking characters barge in and kidnap the queen. The royal guards do their best to fend off the attackers, but to no avail.
So, off you go after them to save the queen.

Your game starts on a pinball table. You notice an odd-looking tombstone off to the side of the table, and when you strike it with your ball, a ghost comes out. He tells you he used to be a member of the royal guard, but is now dead. Heís been waiting for someone like you to come along with the courage and ability to save the princess.

The quest mode is basically a progression up. If you fall down from the bottom level, it says you die, but you start over from that point. In each section of table, thereís an area where you can shoot which advances you up to the next section. Falling down from a higher section drops you down to the previous section, and you must make your way back up.

On your journey to save the queen, youíll run into a number of different enemies which you must defeat by hitting them with your pinball. At the end of each main section of the table is a boss of sorts, who you must hit numerous times to defeat.
Once you defeat a boss, youíll move up to a special area where youíll have a chance to purchase upgrades from a store. Getting points and defeating enemies on the tables earn you money which you can spend at this store, where you can buy things such as table stoppers to keep your ball from falling down, or stronger flippers which will cause your ball to do more damage to enemies when you hit them.

Make your way upwards, past the many foes and impediments, and save the queen.

Ok, so the story isnít all that deep and involved or anything, and itís not like itís some lengthy quest or anything, the quest mode can be beaten in around 15-20 minutes.
Still though, itís an interesting twist, and is pretty fun. Considering the game has three normal pinball tables as well, for if youíre just in the mood for some plain pinball, the game is a very well-rounded package, providing you with something different and new, but also with some interesting basic things. Depending on what youíre in the mood for, thereís always something to come back to, be it just wanting to play around on the normal tables, or to give the quest mode another run through.

The graphics and sounds arenít anything overly special. You have your standard sounds of flippers hitting balls, balls hitting bells and such. Each table has its own background music which is good enough and fits the theme of the table. The graphics work well enough, pinball tables with some pictures and such. The quest mode has some different things, such as trees and enemies and such. The different levels of the quest mode each have a different look to them, from the appearance of an outside area to a castle and such. Nothing too complex, but everything looks decent.

If youíre not too big on pinball games, the quest mode isnít different enough from a normal pinball game where it would have much appeal for someone who didnít like normal pinball. If youíre a fan of pinball games though, Pinball Quest provides you with some fun basic tables for you to enjoy which would be pretty good even by themselves, but also the quest mode which is the thing that really sets this apart from other pinball games.

Gameplay: 10/10
Graphics/Sound: 7/10
Story: 6/10
Length/Replay: 9/10
Overall: 10/10