Earlier this afternoon, Jared and I sat down with Momonga Pinball [$1.99], a pinball game with an impressive layer of presentation slapped on top of it. In the game, you'll play as a flying squirrel tasked with taking down a band of owls that sacked his village and, as if that wasn't enough, kidnapped all the folks who were living in it. In practice, this boils down to flipping the squirrel into targets across a bunch of colorful objective-based levels.

Think pinball, but with adventure game sensibilities thrown in for good measure, and you've got a good idea of what this game is all about. If that word picture doesn't do it for ya, we've got some video below.

We're still not sure about Momonga as a whole. If you don't dig pinball at all, you probably won't dig this. But the visuals are off the chain. See if it clicks with you.

  • mrTofu

    looks great, but the parts near the end of the video is frustrating to play and watch. That's about where I stopped playing myself.

    • derkdegeus

      Thanks for your feedback, we'll have another look at that part of the level.

      • mrTofu

        Could be I suck at pinball though :). I mean for 99c I can't complain. I'll play it more for sure.

      • rodgerrodger

        You must:) That part in the video isn't very hard. Hit the switch and then run through the doorway before it closes. You just can't sit around and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

        Overall I found just playing through the game fairly easy, up until the last boss where the difficulty ramps up too much...

  • BrushMyNoseOff

    Great little game! From the visuals, sound to a difficulty spike in the challenges that will have you coming back for more. The only downside is that the story levels end rather quickly, but hopefully the game will be successful enough to bring us continuation in episode 2.

  • http://twitter.com/mspacemedia Mark Müller

    Looks like it plays like super mario ball on GBA... can't be anything wrong with that!

  • derkdegeus

    Dev here - thanks for the playthrough video! 🙂

  • http://www.youtube.com/MetalJesusRocks Metal Jesus Rocks

    Fun pinball game, but it would benefit from better check points in later levels. Absolutely worth at least a buck if you are a pinball fan!

  • xStatiCa

    Only slightly into pinball games but this really does look like fun. Just bought it.

  • Nate

    Really enjoying the game, and the diversity of the different challenges on each level give them a surprising amount of replayability, even though they're relatively short.

    Just curious why pinball-hater Brad took the lead on this one, given the fact that Eli is on record as liking the game and Jared seemed intrigued and generally positive. A critical eye is a good thing, but hearing over and over, "Meh, it's just not for me," doesn't seem terribly productive or useful . . .

    • tigerclaws

      people hate pinball? didn't know that was possible...

  • grits

    Great game

  • Phoenix24

    Disagree with Brad's comments that you won't like this if you don't like pinball (or words to that effect). This is a great action game which is based on a friendly pinball platform, and can imagine that pinball purists probably won't like this game at all.

    I love the quirkiness of the game and the cutesy characters, but when I want to play pinball this is not the game I will go to.

    My son gives this a big thumbs up too!

  • psk

    If you are good at pinball t all, this game is amazing. All your existing skills are immediately brought into play, and used in really fascinating new ways. This review is spot on, when he says if it clicks with you it will blow you away.

    He only down is restart needs to be instant IMHO, right now it loads for a couple of secs.

  • Alex

    *Brad* "What?! What! I'm out, I'm out."
    You're out alright
    Eli sounds like he just woke up. Sheesh.

    Commentaries on a strange path most of the time, but the videos are good.
    Interesting game though.

  • http://twitter.com/Zghying John Dickerson

    Pinball and adventure, sounds fun. Bought it.

  • derkdegeus

    Thanks again everyone for your comments! Happy to hear that not everyone hates pinball 😉

    We'll have a second look at the difficulty curve in lvl 4 and 9. If you play the game, please post your findings in the forums!

    Cheers 🙂

    • Alex

      This game is fun and some of the goals are very challenging. I like it. I believe setting multiple level goals is a great idea. People love accomplishing tasks and achieving goals. That's one reason high scores are so popular. Good choice in setup.

  • rustyjaw

    This game is wonderful. The only drawback is how short it is. But I think if it gets good support, and lots of downloads, the levels will continue to be released. It has the makings of a classic.

  • chaudeluds

    I loved this game, the only down side is that is feels too short and you want more of it, some challenges were hard but not impossible to complete, the good part is that the game is so beautiful and fun to play that the challenges that were a pain didnt made me want to stop. I really wanted a infinite level with the story part, a pinball one and not just the panda one.

  • philodygmn

    Shot themselves in the foot with lives and too few checkpoints, plus re-trying makes you skip cutscenes again instead of just playing more. Fix those and I'd buy.