Sonic Pinball Party is a pinball-themed game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series released for the Game Boy Advance in 2003. Developed by Jupiter and Sonic Team, the game is a spin-off title featuring references to other games developed by Sonic Team. Sonic the Hedgehog, NiGHTS and Samba de Amigo are the most prominent franchises featured, along with characters from Burning Rangers, Phantasy Star Online and ChuChu Rocket!.
Sonic Pinball Party contains three pinball boards along with different multiplayer modes and mini-games. Like many Sonic the Hedgehog titles on the Game Boy Advance, Sonic Pinball Party also contains the Tiny Chao Garden.
Sonic Pinball Party is a pinball video game with the objective being to earn as many points as possible. During both the Story and Arcade Modes of the game, the player starts each match with three pinballs, each one shot onto the playfield from the plunger. When the pinball rolls into the hole on the bottom of the table, the player loses a ball and must try again with another. Losing all three pinballs ends the pinball match. Much like in Sonic Spinball, the player can control each pinball on the table using the two flippers set on the lower part of the table or the lone flipper placed in the upper right side of the table. The player can also shake the pinball table in three directions. With these methods, the player can make the pinball sling and hit one of the pinball tables' targets in order to rack up points.
Story Mode features five different matches, while the basic goal of Arcade Mode is simply to rack up points until the player has run out of balls. Depending on how well the player performs in the Arcade mode, his/her best scores can be listed in the Rankings. Rings/Blue Chips collected in either Story or Arcade Mode can be used to purchase Chao Eggs and similar objects in the Tiny Chao Garden or as currency to stake in the Casinopolis minigames.