So we all know what the Nuzlocke challenge is. A lot of people like to put their own spin on the rules of the challenge to make it more interesting. This is one of those. So what is a Pinlocke? It's a variation on the Nuzlocke challenge created by a user by the name of Inksword on the Nuzlocke forums, where you play a mainseries game in tandem with a Pokemon Pinball game. If you've read the "games you're bad at" thread, you know how confident I am in my pinball abilities. This should be interesting.
Here are the rules:
1: If a Pokemon faints, it must be released.
2: Upon reaching a new town or city, you count the number of routes between you and the next town. This is how many Pokemon you can attempt to catch.
3: You have one game of Pokemon Pinball (3 balls) to catch that many Pokemon. If you lose before catching enough, too bad. If you catch enough and still have balls remaining, you can't catch any more. Then you can attempt to catch those Pokemon you caught in Pinball in your actual Pokemon game.
4: You can catch multiple Pokemon from the same route, and you can backtrack to catch Pokemon from previous routes if you need to.
5: You can only evolve Pokemon by using the EVO minigame in Pinball
6: Gift Pokemon, such as starters or game corner prizes, are exempt from the capture and evolution rules rules.
Also, while not mandatory, I'll be using the same nicknaming pattern as Inksword. All of my Pokemon will be named after pinball terminology.
So, without any further ado...
Let's plunge right in! That's a pun
We've all heard this speech before dozens of times, and I have nothing witty to interject.
I chose the male character, named him Toxi. Pretty standard for me.
Our journey begins the way all truly captivating tales do: stuffed in the back of a FedEx truck.
Also, I don't feel like enough people talk about how loose child safety laws in the Pokemon universe must be. I mean aside from letting 10 year olds leave home to chase wild animals that can breathe fire, apparently seatbelts are also totally optional.
As are the seats themselves.
Yeah, I was dodging flying boxes the whole way. Speaking of which, ease up a bit on the frickin' speed bumps.
I hope you know I'm going to leave in like 15 minutes and never come back.
And since nothing interesting happened in the house, besides me forgetting how analog clocks work, I'm just gonna skip ahead a bit.
I do not care.
The intros of Pokemon games make me more impatient than anything else, I swear.
Plot twist of the century, ladies and gents.
The Bystander Effect is a psychological theory that demonstrates that the more people observe something bad happening, the less likely any of them are to help, because they all assume someone else will. It's actually safer to have a heart attack in a room with only one other person than it is to have one in the middle of a crowd, because everyone in that crowd will view it as "not their problem" and walk away. It's just human nature.
See kid? What I'm getting at is that as long as there's two of us, we can justify standing here all day doing nothing at all to help whoever's probably being violated by a wolf cub in that tall grass.
I'm going with Torchic, mainly because there aren't that many fire types in Gen 3, and even less available in Pinball. I'll have plenty of grass and water types to work with later.
Why don't you have your Pokemon on you at all times? As a professional researcher who loves doing field work so much, shouldn't you of all people know the dangers of going into tall grass? And did you really need my help that badly? It was a puppy. Just kick the thing.
This entire game hinges on Professor Birch being this generous. He's under no obligation to give you a Pokemon, he just does it as thanks for saving him. The game would end right here if he wasn't attacked by that puppy.
A kickout is a small indent on the playing field of a pinball table, just big enough for the ball to fit into. A spring mechanism forcefully kicks the ball out after a second or two, hence the name. Torchic's evolutions are known for their kicking attacks, so it seemed fitting.
And that's it for part 1! I should have another post up by this weekend, so follow the thread if you want to know when it's updated, because I know I sure won't be able to manage a consistent upload schedule. Future posts are also probably going to be longer, this one was partially just to iron out formatting and stuff like that. Feel free to post comments, questions, or suggestions here too.
Next time on Pinlocke:
I'm never going to get out of meeting this girl, am I?