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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez

 

October 16, 2018  (originally published August 27, 2013)

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: The Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy

Developed by: Left Field Productions

System: Game Boy Color

And now, a special Gamer Tuesday edition of 'Part of your world':

Look at this arcade, isn't it neat

Wouldn't you think their collection's complete

Wouldn't you think I'm the gamer, the gamer that has played... everything!

Look at this room, games unplayed

How many games can one arcade hold

Looking around here you think

Sure, they got every game!

They got Pac-Man and Dig-Dug a plenty!

They've got whack a mole and basketball galore!

You want a claw machine? They've got 20!

But who cares... no big deal... I want a Little Mermaid pinball game!

Little Mermaid Pinball

In what seems to be the start of a 'said no one ever' quip, there was indeed a Little Mermaid pinball game made. Though this pinball table was never released to the arcades, not even the Disney theme park arcades! The game was released for the Game Boy Color back in 2000. The game was done in celebration of the release of The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, a direct to video sequel that featured Melody, Ariel's daughter, wishing of a life on the sea. An odd reason to create a pinball game, but this was the same company that created a board game out of Beauty and the Beast, so... why not?

 
The TV spot for the game. Note that the game was paired up with the Alice in Wonderland Game Boy Color game. Both games were developed by the same developer and were exclusive to the handheld.

The Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy may have been inspired by the sequel, but it actually hosts two pinball tables, one based on the original film, and the other on the sequel. The game is designed similarly to another popular video pinball release: Pokemon Pinball. Much like in that game, the rules of pinball still apply to the Little Mermaid. The objective behind the classic game of pinball is that players must launch a metal ball into a series of bumpers and obstacles and try to rack up as many points as possible. The one catch is that you must not lose the ball. That's why you use two paddles near the end of the table to keep the ball traveling around the table, unlocking secrets and gaining the highest point possible.

Little Mermaid Pinball

One of the coolest things about the game of pinball is that designers could be as creative as they wanted to be, even using different licenses to experiment with gameplay concepts. In Pokemon Pinball, you could capture Pokemon while bashing the ball around. In Pinball Frenzy, each table borrow elements from the Little Mermaid films in order to create their respective bumpers, tunnels and obstacles. You can unlock secrets as you keep the ball in play. Much like in the real game of pinball, if you lose three balls, it is game over. Pinball Frenzy also hosted various mini-games using the concept of pinball. These mini-games would take many iconic scenes from the movies, such as the 'Kiss the Girl' scene from the first game, and transform them into fun diversions away from the main game.

Little Mermaid Pinball

There is very little else to say about the gameplay itself, other that it does try its best to incorporate the Little Mermaid films into its design. There are many recognizable elements in the tables, such as characters, musical cues and more. Speaking of which, the game uses a lot of the iconic musical themes from the film, including 'Part of your World' and 'Under the Sea' to create the mood and ambiance of the game. While it is odd that a party game is the one to host such wonderful melodies, it does add to the authenticity of the product. In terms of technical innovation, Pinball Frenzy was one of those rare Game Boy Color games that was housed in a rumble cartridge. That means that players could feel the rumble of the game as the ball hits its various targets. It was a neat innovation to say the least.

Little Mermaid Pinball

The Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy is, for all its good intentions, a weird game. A weird license to create a pinball game out of and a weird reason for doing so (a direct to video release that would become extremely infamous at Disney), Pinball Frenzy is fun and solid enough that serves as a curious experiment in licensed gaming.

 

Past Gamer Tuesday

Animated film based games
Aladdin
Aladdin (SEGA)
Alice in Wonderland
Alice's Paint Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Board Game

Beauty and the Beast - two games
Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Computer Game 
A Bug's Life
Cars: The Video Game

Cars Game Reviews
Cinderella's Midnight Dash
Disney Friends
Disney Friends - The Friends of Disney Friends
Finding Nemo Games
Hercules

Jungle Book, The
Lion King, The
The Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy
Pinocchio

Pocahontas
Tangled, the Video Game
Tarzan
Tigger's Honey Hunt
Toy Story

Live Action film based games
102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue
Disney's A Christmas Carol
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Muppets
Muppets Cruise Party

My Muppets Show
Prince of Persia
Roger Rabbit

Mickey and Friends
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD Remake
Disney Golf
Disney Magicboard Online
Disney Sports Soccer

Disney Super Speedway
Donald Duck
Donald Duck: Goin' Quakers
Epic Mickey
Epic Mickey 2: Power of 2

Goofy's Hysterical History Tour
Lucky Dime Caper, The
Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse
Magical Tetris Challenge
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow

Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mousecapade
Mickey Mouse Magic Wands
Mickey's 123's: The Big Surprise Party
Mickey's Dangerous Chase
Mickey's Great Adventure in Tokyo Disneyland

Mickey's Speedway USA
Quackshot
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Where's My Mickey?

The Kingdom Hearts Retrospective
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10

Part 11
Part 12

Fun Finds
Diddy Kong Racing
Rayman 3
Sonic Colors

Miscellaneous
101  Dalmatians in Kingdom Hearts
2013 recap
Some of the Bravest Disney Characters
Carousel of Gaming Progress
Christmas list
The D Show
Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Grooves

Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix
Darkwing Duck: Remastered
Disney DVD games
Disney Fighting Game that was never made
Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity: Frozen
Disney Infinity: Holiday Guide
Disney Infinity: Play Set Wish List
Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life

Disney Princess
Disney Villains Revenge
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
Disney's Game and Watch
Disney's Sing It Family Hits

Disney's Th!nk Fast
Easter Egg in Kinect Disneyland Adventure
Epcot's Innoventions
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Future of Star Wars Gaming and LucasArts

Game Guide for 2012
Guilty Party
Hidden Levels of Mickey's Speedway USA
How the Pap saved Christmas
Just Dance Disney Party

Kingdom Hearts III announcement
Kingdom Hearts III Dream Summons Predictions
Kingdom Hearts III prediction
Kingdom Hearts III live action predictions
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Lady and the Tramp appearance
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Love Scenes in Video Games

Marvel Super Heroes (Arcade Game)
Mickey Mouse games released during Presidential terms
Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena Introduction
Nightmare Before Christmas Appearances
NintendoLand
Pico Games

Pop Century's History of Video Games
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Fighting Game from Runaway Brain
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Steamboat Willie through the years
Summer Games

Tiger Handheld Games
Video Game References found within the parks
Where's My Water?
Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
Wreck-It-Ralph Trailer Analysis
Wreck-It Ralph Trailer Analysis Part 2

Wreck-It Ralph Meet and Greet queue
Wreck-It Ralph's appearance in All-Stars Racing Transformed

Park themed games
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom clarification
Adventure of Tokyo DisneySea
Disneyland Explorer
DisneyQuest

Disney Fireworks
Disney TokyoSea snack appearance
Finding Fantasyland
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Magic Kingdom Board Game

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: Tortuga Tavern
Toontown Online
Toy Story Mania!
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour - Looking back after a year

Pap's Picks
E3 Highlights
The Marvel Connection
Top 5 Weird Games
Top Marvel and Disney super hero games

Television Based Games
Bonkers
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Darkwing Duck
DuckTales

DuckTales: Remastered
Goof Troop

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