Pinball HD for iPad - app review

Pinball HD brings classic pinball arcade playing to the iPad. The graphics are beautiful and motions are smooth.

There are three tables included with Pinball HD: Wild West, The Deep, and Jungle Style. I find Wild West to be the least interesting table to play, but it will probably be great for a child who doesn't need a complicated and involved table. The Deep and Jungle Style are much more detailed and require much more skill to get a good score.

Pinball HD can be played in 3 different views. Holding the iPad in landscape will display the full table from a perspective view (the front is bigger than the back). In portrait, you can either view the full table or play with a "flying-table" view. The latter view follows the ball around the table and zooms in even closer when the ball is doing something interesting like bouncing around a bunch of bumpers or entering a special hole. The graphics in "flying-table" are very impressive; however, I find myself getting a little dizzy when playing in this view.

If you're a fan of pinball, Pinball HD will not disappoint. The physics are accurate and the gameplay is fun. For video and screenshots, follow us after the break!

Pros

  • Beautiful graphics
  • Realistic physics
  • 3 tables
  • 3 views
  • Detailed instructions for each table
  • Local and global high scores

Cons

  • "flying-table" can make you dizzy and is the default view for portrait play
  • Table instructions are busy and sometimes difficult to follow the lines

[$2.99 - iTunes link]

TiPb iPad 4.5-star rated

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Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

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Pinball HD for iPad - app review

5 Comments

I wish they still made real pinball machines as cool as the ones in this game

Great game! Highly recommended if you're a pinball freak. They need to add a "Tilt" option though.
The sounds and play are very real.
@C: You can still buy them. Not cheap, but I am going to have one soon. Check out Google and even Ebay. Pinball is the best.

Cannot get it to install. Got it downloaded to the PC iTunes store, but it won't install, keeps saying to go back to the PC iTunes store.