The iPad is ideal for virtual pinball. The rectangular shape represents the tabletop game. The touch screen is reminiscent of tapping buttons on the sides of the machine. If you have the right accessories, you could practically be transported to your childhood arcade where the carpet smells like nachos and stale cigarettes and the sound of quarters being dropped into cabinets is a consistent hum that mixes into the 80s synth pop that is blaring out of the ceiling speakers.
Monster Pinball HD won’t transport you to 1984, but it will give you plenty of pinball action in a new and exciting way. Instead of being stuck on one table the entire game, you’ll be transported from table to table as you ricochet your way to the high score.
Like a typical pinball app, players drag their finger downward in order to release the ball. Only, the ball starts on the left side of the screen instead of the traditional right side. Lefties will appreciate this.
The game plays smooth and the ball moves fast. Players have four flippers. Tapping the left side of the screen controls the left flippers and tapping the right side of the screen controls the right flippers.
On each tabletop there is a way to transport to another table. There are six different tables, each with its own special way to earn points. If you aim your ball just right, you’ll be able to play on all six in one game.
Players can speed up or slow down the ball speed. In slow mode, the ball moves excruciatingly slow and you won’t want to play very long at that speed. Luckily, you can change that in the middle of the game. Tap the word slow in the upper left corner of the virtual table and you can increase to medium or fast. Personally, I found that fast mode was ideal for scoring the highest points. Which may be why the game’s default speed is set to fast.
There are some pinball afficianados out there that will hate this game because it is not realistic enough. If you are looking for perfectly matched realistic pinball physics, then you will be disappointed here. The game is anything but realistic. I mean, you travel across six different tabletops in one game. What do you expect?
The game plays very smoothly, but it should be noted that there are people on the scene who have spent their whole life playing pinball and the subtle nuances of ball movements are very important to them.
What I liked: I love that the tabletops change. It makes the game much more exciting than if you were just playing a single table the entire time.
What I didn’t like: The ball manages to end up either directly between the flippers or down the ball loss shoot more than it should. This is one of the problems with digital pinball generation. The ball doesn’t roll like it does in real life and it can be hard to get used to.
To buy or not to buy: If you are a fan of pinball games you will enjoy the excitement that this app has to offer. Transporting between six different tables makes for a thrilling pinball adventure
- Name: Monster Pinball HD
- Version Reviewed: 1.3
- Category: Games
- Developer: Matmi
- Price: $1.99