Two fields may seem minuscule to some, but rest assure since the concept of Pokémon depends on having only a red and blue version. Adding more would only weaken that very fabric that makes the formula a success. There is also plenty of diversity in the gameplay to keep things from getting bored.

For Game Boy owners, the recent rash of colorized remixes makes Pokémon Pinball stands out as an original title and the unique rumble feature only further emphasizes that. So while this game won't displace Tetris has the must-have title on long trips, its still a great alternative especially if you get into a heated competition for the top score, despite there being no real linked two-player modes.

Next-generation system owners should keep in mind that while the graphics are quite charming and utilize the available colors well; everything looks distinctly 8-bit.

For people disgusted with Pokémon, Pokémon Pinball won't change your mind. But for those who want to see what the Pokémon craze is all about without having to sacrifice the tremendous hours required to the play the role-playing game, Pokémon Pinball is perfect.

Chi Kong Lui

Chi Kong Lui

In the 1980s, Chi grew up in small town on the outskirts of New York City called Jackson Heights. Latino actor, John Leguizamo referred to the town as the "melting pot of the world," and while living there, Chi was exposed to many diverse cultures, as well as a bevy of arcade classics such as Pac-Man, Space Ace, Space Harrier and Double Dragon. Chi's love of videogames only seemed to grow as his parents finally caved and bought him an 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (after being the only kid in the block without one). In the 1990s, Chi finagled his way into the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts.

Somewhere between all the gaming, Chi some how managed to finish high school and get into the New York Institute of Technology. At the same time, Chi also interned at Virtual Frontiers, an Internet software consultancy where he learned the ways of HTML. Soon after acquiring his BFA, Chi went on to become the lead Web designer of the Anti-Defamation League. During his tenure there, Chi was instrumental in redesigning and relaunching the non-profit organization's Web site.

Today, Chi is the webmaster of the American Red Cross in Greater New York and somehow managed to work through the tragic events of September 11th without losing his sanity. Chi considers his life's work and continues to be amazed that the web site is still standing after the recent dotcom fallout. It is his dream that will accomplish two things: 1) Redefine the grammar of videogames much the same way French film critic Andre Bazin did for the art of cinema and 2) bring game criticism to the forefront of mainstream culture much the same way Siskel & Ebert did for film criticism.
Chi Kong Lui

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