Pinball is both, a game and a genre. They were originally long, table-like, coin-operated machines found in arcades. They were extremely popular before video games took over the arcade, but are still present today.
Pinball games have the player looking at a long table, with bumpers, lights, and gizmos underneath the glass. Players first pull a lever to launch a silver ball, and then use two flippers on the bottom left and bottom right to hit the pinball around into more bumpers. The point of the game is to score as many points as possible by hitting these bumpers. Players lose by failing to save the ball from falling in the hole between the two flippers.
Pinball machines usually have lots of lights, sounds, and bumpers. Some popular ones are based on movies. Many pinball video games have been made.
Many pinball video games have been made based on movies, television shows, and even other games. For example, a pinball game was made base on the game The Sims. Likewise, Disney created a pinball game named Rat' N' Roll to support the movie Ratatouille and another one named Wall-E based off the theme of the movie. (mxiong16)