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Console: Tiger Handhelds
Year: 1987
RFG ID #: U-00T-S-01380-A
Part #: 7-742
Developer: Tiger Electronics
Publisher: Tiger Electronics
Genre: Game Simulator
Sub-genre: Pinball
Players: 1
Controller: Built-In Controller
Media Format: Built-in
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  • 17 of 7479 collectors (0.2%) have this game in their collection
  • 2 of 7479 collectors (0%) have this game in their wishlist.
  • 1 of 7479 collectors (0%) have this game for sale or trade.

Considered to be one of the greatest handheld stand alone games of all time, Pinball is still a game that can be found at many a garage sale nowadays. There is something about holding a pinball machine in your hands that is almost...empowering. Okay, okay. That was an embellishment, but still, this game is a great time waster.

Not many people play these handheld games any longer, but the one that people seem to gravitate towards still is this one. With this game, you get a completely unrealistic version of pinball in the palm of your hands. Some say that you need to feel the machine, know the machine, understand the machine. I say, all you need is two buttons and keen reflexes. Alright, I'm lying. It is hard to play Pinball without having the machine in front of you. Slamming it when the ball goes directly through the center of your flippers, swearing at the darn exit holes on the right and left, and tilting the machine only to watch your ball go into the black abyss that is "game over". But still, this game is addictive.

In Tiger's Pinball, you get three balls to rack up the most points possible. For every 10,000 points, you do get another ball. Graphically, this game leave a lot to be desired, but seriously, this handheld was made in 1987, and it did the trick. I don't know if it was the blipping sounds or the non-lifelike feel, but this game was able to keep kids quiet on those 5 hour rides to Grandma's.

Overall, I'd say Pinball was worth the $19.99 suggested retail price back in the day, even though it cost you $200 a year in batteries to run. If you see this at a yard sale, pick it up for the ten cents that it'll be priced. It will keep you interested for at least 5 minutes.

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