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Jelly Belly: Ballistic Beans for the DS was an extremely cheap purchase of mine from Amazon not long ago. I love these jelly beans (the sweets) and I thought the game sounded like a fun little idea. As it only cost me £5.73 to buy this game brand new from Amazon, I decided to get it and didn't mind too much if it turned out to be a dud.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is actually a decent little time-waster. Basically, it's a pin ball game that you play using Jelly Belly jelly beans! You load up your jelly beans and fire them off around the course, trying to meet a variety of targets such as completing the tasks in a set time, clearing the table of all pegs, collecting letter tiles to spell Jelly Belly and beating certain scores.
There are three targets set per game, depending on which game mode you choose to play in. The game modes are all essentially the same, but it just gives you a tiny bit of additional variety to have these options there. You get a medal at the each course you complete, and you get a medal depending on how many of the set targets (called objectives here) you achieved. I liked the medals as at the end of the block, I could go back and try to turn my bronze or silver medals into gold ones. It just gave me something else to do with the game really.
The game play is easy, fun and surprisingly addictive. Each round of pin ball lasts two to four minutes, and the controls work smoothly and easily. It's easy to get carried away playing this game! The graphics are pretty decent, though I wouldn't say they're anything over special, and there's a good range of backgrounds for the pin ball table too.
This isn't going to win any awards, and it's hardly a groundbreaking release. But it is cheap, it's easy, it's fun and it's almost kind of cute too. I'm sure I'll get bored of this quite quickly, but it's the kind of game you can always dig out again in a few months time to pass an hour or so on a rainy day. I think this is brilliant value for money and well worth a purchase if you like old style PC and arcade games with a twist.