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A superb digital pinball game
on January 10, 2012
Overall: 4 3/4 stars
Originality: 5 stars
Coin operated pinball machines have been around at least from the early-20th century, but computer pinball games only date back to the 1980s (anyone remember the Pinball Construction Set that let you design your own pinball table?). They've come a long way, as evidenced by Pinball HD from Gameprom. Pinball HD leaves physical pinball machines in the dust, with all of its special features and advanced graphics. It's not just another pinball app, this one sets a new standard for pinball games. Period.
Game Play: 4 3/4 stars
Game play is very simple. When the ball appears, slide the plunger back and release, sending the ball on its way. Tapping the sides of the screen operates the flippers.
Pinball HD has the most lavish advanced graphics that I've seen in any tablet pinball app to date. Frankly, the app is worth downloading just to see the fabulous hi-res graphics, even if you hate pinball. There's a great 3-D effect produced by the constantly changing view and the viewer perspective. If you have 3-D glasses, you can set-up the graphics to give a true 3-D view, but I didn't try this.
There are three different tables: Wild West, The Deep, and Jungle Style. Each table is loaded with all kinds of ramps, switches, gates, stoppers, spinners, rollovers, bumpers, targets, kickers, and other features familiar to pinball players. There are even special challenges, such as the "Kill Dirty Harry" mini-game on the Wild West table.
I'm only giving Pinball HD 4 3/4 stars for Game Play because of some minor annoyances:
* The Settings allow you to turn off the music and voices, but even with these turned off, you still hear the sounds of the ball rolling and bouncing, and the clacking sounds of the flippers. If you're playing around other people and don't want to annoy them, you have to turn off the tablet's speakers.
* You never see the entire table in one view. After playing a few times, I got used to the continually changing view and perspective, but I would like to have had an option to see a conventional top-down view of the entire table.
Pinball HD uses OpenFeint to post high scores to a leaderboard if you're signed up for it.
Replayability: 5 stars
With three different tables and so many scoring opportunities on each table, a dedicated pinball player should never become bored with Pinball HD.