PINBALL - MATTEL ELECTRONICS - 1981 - SCORE 0%
Even way before the first television screen flickered the first video game, Pinball halls were the popular pass-time for many during the 50's. Video game manufactures picked it up with modest success, and still to date, the electronic thing never really could replace the genuine thing.
When comparing graphics, sound effects and action, Intellivisions version would be the winner. Points are scored by hitting certain springs, buzzers, bangers and most importantly, your game play advances when you shoot your ball straight into the basket, that appears at the top of the screen. This is done by shooting your ball into certain spots to open gates. When you have opened the two gates that appear at the top of the screen, the basket appears. Take aim and pop it right in, and you're off into the second frame. (red) Game play is pretty much the same, but your ultimate objective is to get to the blue frame, where once again a basket appears.
This is where the game play becomes interesting. After opening certain gates, certain objects appear, and hitting the right one will give you a 100,000 point bonus. With the blue frame, you will go off to a mystery destination, when you pop that ball into the basket.
Unfortunately the game was produced with a bug in its programming, which makes it impossible to play. It seems that your game play is limited to the red frame. Often your ball will hit the magenta buzzer, located in the middle of the screen, which will shoot your ball back into the green frame (level one), and often right down to the bottom, where your ball is lost. No real challenge here.