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Publisher: HAL Laboratory
Release Date: 1989
Genre: Pinball
Players: Single Player, 2 Player Simultaneous, Up to 4 players
ESRB: Not Rated

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Mar 08 2012 02:14 AM
Rollerball is a pinball game made by HAL Laboratory. It was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988. There are two different game modes. One is the skyscraper. This is a four screen tall pinball game. This is a turn based game and can have up to four players. You have three balls, and letting the ball drop on the first screen will lose a ball. The other is a match play. This is a 2 players playing at the same time. You try to get your score to 0 in this version.

In the skyscraper version, when you load up the pinball, you will get to the third screen. Some things to do in this screen are spelling out HAI on the right, spinning the slot machine, and getting into the slot. The latter will take you to the fourth and tallest screen. Spinning the slots will get you three cherries, three bells, three eggplants, or a combo. The combo is useless, and the three items will give you a secret. Getting the ball through the slot will take you to the fourth screen.

In the fourth screen, the object is to spell out Sky High, although in a different order. One of those letters will blink, your job is to get the ball to touch that letter. You can also raise the saver or open the gate. To to this you hit all four arrows on the left or right. There are other surprises when you do.

On the second screen, you can move an "A" to a different slot, getting the ball through the slot that has the A will get you at least 3,000 points. You can get more by knocking out the three dashes next to the glowing circle. Letting the ball drop will take you to the bottom.

On the bottom screen you can get all three ABC's lit or hit the button. You can change which letter or letters you have. If you hit the button, the ball behind it will start glowing. Knock the ball back there and you will get something that might aid your quest further.

Once you lose your ball, you have the bonuses added. This is shown on the right. This goes up every time you complete something like spelling out HAI on the third screen, or getting the ball in the slot that has the A in it on the second screen. There are many more ways to increase the bonuses, these are just two of the ways.

In the match play, you and a partner each control one side. The elephant side and the donkey side are the two sides. I don't know much of the specialties of this version as I have never had a person to play this with.

I haven't figured out all the quirks in this game, as I'm not that great at pinball games. If you're good at pinball, you can find out all the stuff this game has to offer. This is one of the most complex pinball games I've played. You don't have a story and the music gets monotonous after a while. The graphics are average and it's fun to play every once in a while.

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