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Pinball Rocks HD Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Blake Grundman on June 18th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: QUARTER MUNCHER
When players have the chance to buy free balls at the end of a game, that speaks volumes about the motivations of pinball game's publisher.
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Award-Winning Pinball HD is Now Available on Your iPhone or iPod Touch

Posted by Kyle Flanigan on August 10th, 2010
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Gameprom, the 2010 winners of the elusive Apple Design Award in Games, have just launched Pinball HD 4 iPhone, an iPhone only version of the top-selling iPad game, Pinball HD. It'll set you back $1.99 and, in return, provide you with three tables and a plethora of new and exclusive features.

The first of such new features is full 326ppi display support - meaning iPhone 4 owners will reap all the benefits of their immensely clear screen. This particular version of Pinball houses all three tables: Wild West Pinball, The Deep and Jungle Style Pinball. In addition, multiplayer support means "as many players as you like" (according to their press release) can challenge each other, assuming they are on the same Wi-Fi network.

"If you have an iPad, you already know how incredible playing Pinball HD can be. With the release of Pinball HD 4 iPhone, anyone with an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS or iPod touch third generation can get in on the fun" writes the official press team. "Featuring the Retina Display on the iPhone 4, the graphics really pop and the new multiplayer feature brings a new level of involvement and thrills to what is already the best Pinball experience in the app store."

Other features include an option between portrait and landscape view; built in help for each table; local and global high scores to bring out your competitive nature; unique soundtracks, sound effects and voices and camera tilt, which provides 3D dimensionality without the need of 3D glasses (although if you do own a pair, they'll work with the application to give you a full sense of immersion).

Given its unique features, the application is not universal - meaning iPad owners of the application will have to shell out an extra $1.99 if they want to enjoy the game on their iPhone. In addition, it looks like multiplayer mode is only available on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad or a third generation iPod Touch. It's currently unconfirmed whether the iPhone 3G will support multiplayer mode. Confirmed: iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 2G and models older than this are not supported. The game is available to download now through iTunes. You can click on the link below the YouTube video to take you there.

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Jungle Style Pinball

Posted by Bonnie Eisenman on December 31st, 2009
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: Gameprom
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Game Controls Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

iPhone Integration Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar


Any pinball game needs a few things: responsive controls, a complex table design, and solid physics. Jungle Style Pinball has all of that, plus incredible, fully 3D graphics. The table looks great and is tons of fun to play, which is no surprise; Gameprom is also the developer behind two other much-loved titles: Wild West Pinball and The Deep Pinball. Jungle Style Pinball continues the evolution of their games and does so with their signature polish and flair.

The first thing you'll notice upon booting up Jungle Style Pinball are the graphics. The table is filled with lush and vibrant objects, all of which are fully 3D. Tiki-style wooden bridges serve as "chutes" that crisscross the playing field; Big Kong crouches at the far end, and a shaman guards the giant maze. The 3D isn't just there to look pretty, either; it's actually an important aspect of the game. When you tilt your iPhone, the table tilts, too, and you can use this to give yourself a better view of the table. You can also use the tilt feature to save your ball, if you're skilled enough.

Controls are straight forward and fast. There are a total of four flippers on the table: two standard flippers at the bottom, and two separate flippers on either side of the table closer to the top. Tapping the left half of the screen triggers the left flippers; tapping on the right triggers the right flippers. Hold the screen to keep 'em up. It's simple, and the buttonless control scheme works wonderfully.

As for the actual gameplay, well, you'll need to play a few times before figuring out exactly what each hidden trigger controls. There's a guide available online from Gameprom, but it's not accessible from within the app. Once you get the hang of it, the game becomes much easier. "Keys" can be obtained, Big Kong can be awoken and defeated, and you can even make it onto the aircraft that hovers above the table. Multiball can also be unlocked, which just unleashes more havoc. Whether or not you'll prefer this dense table to other App Store offerings is a matter of personal preference, as always, but I found Jungle Style Pinball to be a blast. My only wish is for an in-app explanation of the missions; even with the online guide, it's not always clear how to trigger certain events.

At least Gameprom put a lot of effort into the small details. Pausing the game is as easy as tapping the top of the screen, and if you get interrupted by a push notification, the game resumes with nary a hitch. Even if you close the app, it'll recover your game. Though the game description trumpets that it was initially "designed to show you the possibilities of your iPhone 3GS," I'm running a second-generation iPod Touch and have yet to experience any lag. Both local and global high score boards are integrated, and you can even change the camera from "live" to "fixed" by pinching the screen.

All in all, Jungle Style Pinball is a great addition to the iPhone's library of pinball games. Again, personal tastes will determine if you prefer this table layout over others, but Gameprom's physics engine and 3D graphics are simply superb. If you're a pinball fan or just a gamer looking for a quick pick-up-and-play title, Jungle Style Pinball's low price makes it an easy buy.

The Deep Pinball

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Hall on August 12th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: UNINSPIRED
The Deep Pinball is a pretty, smooth game with iffy entertainment value. If you aren't expecting a bunch of paddles, multi-ball, or things popping up on the screen, this one may be for you
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Wild West Pinball

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Christine Morris on July 22nd, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: FABULOUS
I think we need more pinball games in the app store. When they are done right they are such a treat. WildWest has some pinball-tastic game play and at that price you have to get it, seriously - Now!
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Coming Soon to Your iDevice

Posted by Chris Hall on July 2nd, 2009

What a week in apps. With so many new apps and updates available, I definitely haven't payed enough attention to the apps that are being announced. I feel like I just went to a movie and showed up too late to see the previews. What a waste! To make up for this, I am going to create a Thursday roundup of everything (well maybe not everything) awesome that is coming soon to the app store.

First off is the greatest mystery in the history of the app store. I had a friend send me a link to this site the other day, and I wasn't sure what to say. Is it GTA for the iPhone? Is it... not?

I did a bit of research (I scoured the Touch Arcade forums) and found a few different opinions. One clever person, dpmpolo, went to http://whois.domaintools.com/coming-on-iphone.com, and found that the site is registered to Gameloft. DaveMc99 claims that the game is called Gangstar, while another guy CDubby94 said, "It's called The Cartel. I beta tested it. It's almost ready for submission." I love forums.

Admittedly lost, and a bit anxious, I was forced to contact the internet Oracle, who told me that the trailer is actually for Poker vs. Girls 2. Check out the original here, it's amazing.

With that squared away, my attention turned to Doom Resurrection, an amazing app that we reviewed a day or two ago. After reading the review, I thought, "Wow, that looks awesome. I wonder where the original Doom is?". Fortunately, the gaming gods heard my plea and told me to hop over to idsoftware.com to check out the "iPhone Doom Classic Progress Report".

Basically, the article states that John Carmack, the inventor of the modern FPS and the technical director of id