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The Pinball Wizard Review

Be the silver ball

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a Nintendo Switch on 🧙

The Pinball Wizard is rated Everyone by the ESRB

If you enjoy virtual pinball and would like a laidback approach to the genre then you may appreciate the very cute The Pinball Wizard.

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Time to snag ourselves some treasure

What's it all about?

The Pinball Wizard has you play pinball yet instead of a silver ball, you flick around a little wizard chum. The gameplay that follows essentially tasks you with defeating enemies in the hopes that they'll drop a key so that you can use it on the exit door and proceed to the next level. It's simple stuff at its core yet there are complications such as different enemy types that must be defeated in unique ways, an energy meter that you use up whenever you deploy skills, and oodles of hazards such as rotating planks that are tricky to deal with. Overall, this adds up to an enjoyable little formula that can be fun to wind down with after a long day. 🛀 v1d30chumz 44-210-77-106

Cuteness overload

One aspect that I appreciate a great deal about The Pinball Wizard is how adorable it is. The wizard it cute as they run around the table and smile whenever you succeed and the general soft textureless look of everything is superb. Throw in some goofy enemies that wriggle and fly around and you're left with one delightful feast for the eyes. I also like how unambiguous everything is. 😊

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Those bats sure are tricky

Upgrade your skills

As you play The Pinball Wizard, you'll earn experience points that allow you to level-up which increases your base stats and unlocks additional skills. You'll also accumulate currency that you can spend to purchase upgrades for your array of skills which is rewarding stuff. For example, you can enable a treasure multiplier and a barrier then extend these boosts' potency by spending earned currency on them. Plus, there are active skills that allow you to dash and release an energy ball whenever your skill gauge is filled enough and these moves add a lot of freedom to the core gameplay. Needless to say, all of these elements will allow you to succeed much easier. 🏆

Rank up

Another element of The Pinball Wizard that's cool is the fact that it includes various modes such as daily challenges and bonus dungeons that are composed of a series of interconnected tables. As you play all of these modes, you'll find yourself climbing the online rankings which is satisfying. However, a large part of success relies on levelling up and enhancing your skills so this ends up feeling like a hollow gesture as the folks at the top of the leaderboards have simply played the game longer and aren't necessarily better. Instead, I wish that there was some sort of mode that evaluated you based on skill alone. That would have been cool. 😎

Not enough tables

Finally, I became quite bored of The Pinball Wizard's visuals rather quickly because there aren't any different environments and a lot of the levels are laid out very similarly which makes things become monotonous much sooner than if there was more variety. Also, the core gameplay is slow-paced which is good for relaxing but it definitely isn't as visceral as actual pinball. In fact, the "ball" is super-floaty which is fun to see at first but it gets tedious after a while and makes the gameplay less exciting than it could have been. 😴

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Didn't I already play this level?

I enjoyed my time with The Pinball Wizard but it's certainly lacking when it comes to variety and excitement. If you decide to play it, keep in mind that it's best to play it as a game to relax with and not as some sort of skill-testing challenge.

  • + Somewhat enjoyable pinball gameplay that incorporates nifty elements
  • + Adorable visuals and animations
  • + Upgrades are rewarding to unlock
  • - Pinball gameplay is very slow and floaty
  • - No leaderboards for pure skill
  • - Many of the levels are too similar
6.2 out of 10
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