Review by dracobolt

Reviewed: 08/08/07

A cute and enjoyable pinball romp.

Revenge of the 'Gator is an addicting pinball game for the Gameboy system. It's an older title, but it's compatible with systems up to the fairly recent Gameboy Advance, which is good because if you can get a hold of this game, you'll want to be able to play it without having to dig up an old system. Revenge of the 'Gator is made by Hal Laboratory Inc.

This game is simple, but surprisingly addictive. It combines a silly alligator theme with a solid, well-crafted pinball game. There's plenty to unlock for those who are patient, and the presentation is very cute, right down to the little animation of an alligator eating your pinball when it slips past the flippers. It almost makes it hard to be angry with the little bugger for eating your ball. Overall, I give the game an eight out of ten, with only the graphics and sound dragging the score down. Revenge of the 'Gator has weathered the years very well.

Gameplay: 9/10

The gameplay of Revenge of the 'Gator is very addicting. The controls are very simple; the d-pad controls the left flipper and the A and B buttons control the right flipper, with the A button also launching the ball. If you've ever played pinball before, you'll understand the simple premise of keeping the ball from disappearing through the bottom set of flippers and being lost.

Revenge of the 'Gator features several playing areas. The main action takes place in a two-screen field with a set of flippers on the top and the bottom screen. The top screen features several ways to activate ball savers, as well as a door that can be opened. The bottom screen has ball savers that can be activated by bumping alligators on the nose, and there are three alligators who open their mouths. If you hit the ball into one mouth, the ball goes back to the launcher. Another 'gator will transport your ball to the top field, and a third will send you to the most easily accessible mini-game.

Because of how much there is to find and how simple and intuitive the controls are, this game is a joy to play, especially when you're looking for something to occupy a long stretch of time. There's a great feeling of accomplishment when you manage to get to the third bonus stage or when you keep the bumpers up for extended lengths of time.

Graphics and Sound: 6/10

The color scheme for this game is green, black, and white, but considering that this is a Gameboy title, that's to be expected. The graphics are crisp and comical, with all the 'gators being depicted as very cartoonish. Why, there's even a line of dancing alligators on the main menu screen if you wait a moment for them to appear.

The music is snappy, upbeat, and not unbearable. There are only a few different tunes in the game: one for the main menu, one for the pinball playing field, and one for the mini-games. While Revenge of the 'Gator can't hold a candle to later handheld titles such as Golden Sun when it comes to music, the tunes in this game serve their purpose and do not annoy.

Replayability: 8/10

This game has many little secrets to unlock as you play. The better you get at controlling the pinball, the more areas that you can open up to play in. Games can last a long time once you become adept at activating the ball savers which will block the pinball from being able to slip past the flippers. Accessing the hidden areas takes perseverance, too, as the angles to hit the pinball where it needs to go are tricky.

Revenge of the 'Gator unfortunately does not save high scores after the game has been turned off. This is probably the biggest hindrance to replayability, as it does not allow you to see whether your scores are improving over time.

Rating:   4.0 - Great

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