Flipper Critters review

  • The quirky sense of humor
  • Tigers minigames
  • A variety of boards
  • Fractured pinball
  • Wiping smudges of your DS screen
  • Somehow the title sounds filthy

Complaining that Flipper Critters doesn't accurately represent true-to-life pinball physics is like bitching about combat realism in a zombie movie. But using the pinball mechanic as a way of traveling from board to board quickly loses its novelty. Having to painstakingly use a flipper and ball to activate travel back and forth, the same way other games have you do with, say, the push of a button, turns into an needless and infuriating corrosion of time.

And as far as the touch screen goes... we have a confession to make. Despite what you might believe, we here at GamesRadar are certified adults. So using our bulbous, yet dedicatedly callous, fingers instead of a stylus just didn't work for us. Both your hands have to constantly occupy the flippers, and your fingers are charged with accurately executing touch commands, leading to unintended results and a DS that looks like it's been manhandled by a snotty nosed infant. 

And that's not mention the obstruction to the screen. Imagine trying to play Pick-up Stix on the glass of half a pinball table while still trying to finagle your flippers. Sure, it can be done, Tommy Walker, but it's best just to cradle the ball before you attempt to get touchy.

More Info

Available Platforms: DS
Genre: Children's
Published by: Conspiracy Entertainment
Developed by: Zen Studios
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Mild Cartoon Violence


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