Air hockey fans have had a number of iPhone touch-based options in the iTunes App Store, some solid--some less so.  But until the release of Touch Hockey: FS5 [App Store] by FlipSide5, none were available as a free download.  And, happily--this one is solid.

Features listed by developer:

  • Instant Replay
  • Multi-player WiFi local network support
  • Real-time 3D mallet rendering
  • 9 levels for 'smart' one-player game play
  • 4 game length settings
  • Topping support (trap the puck with your mallet / paddle)
  • Graphics engine runs at an astonishing 60 frames per second, even during WiFi network play

Touch Hockey: FS5's featureset compares quite favorably to the better paid titles in the App Store.  It offers smooth touch-based gameplay that feels "right."

Touch Hockey: FS5 is an ad supported game; ads display after five minutes of gameplay.

Some other offerings fans may want to check out:

  • Air Hockey from Acceleroto [$0.99, App Store]
  • Air Hockey Fingertip Sports from Sea Lion Games [$2.99, App Store]
  • Hockey from IKKooN [$0.99, App Store]
  • Jeff

    I think this game is impressive! Seems to be an audio glitch sometimes though -- it goes silent occasionally -- anyone else notice this?

  • Jeff

    I think this game is impressive! Seems to be an audio glitch sometimes though -- it goes silent occasionally -- anyone else notice this?

  • Barry Ward (aka wastedyuthe)

    It should be noted that apparently you must be connected to the internet (so the app can retrieve the ads I am assuming) otherwise it won't let you play.
    I'm sticking with 'Air Hockey'.

  • Barry Ward (aka wastedyuthe)

    It should be noted that apparently you must be connected to the internet (so the app can retrieve the ads I am assuming) otherwise it won't let you play.
    I'm sticking with 'Air Hockey'.

  • Bill

    Tried using wifi multiplayer, doesn't work :-( Both of us just stay stuck on the "Connecting to Opponent" window.

  • Bill

    Tried using wifi multiplayer, doesn't work :-( Both of us just stay stuck on the "Connecting to Opponent" window.

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  • http://www.flipside5.com/ FlipSide5

    To the people above.
    1) AUDIO: there is known issue with audio. please email support at flipside5 to resolve this.

    2) INTERNET CONNECTION: you must be connected to the internet via WiFi, EDGE or 3G only the FIRST time you run Touch Hockey: FS5. Every time after that no internet connection is required.

    3) WiFi Multi-Player: make sure both devices are connected via WiFi on the same local network and both can obtain an IP address. It will then work.

    The response has been 'amazing' and thanks for the great feedback. Expect some great updates soon.

  • http://www.flipside5.com/ FlipSide5

    To the people above.
    1) AUDIO: there is known issue with audio. please email support at flipside5 to resolve this.

    2) INTERNET CONNECTION: you must be connected to the internet via WiFi, EDGE or 3G only the FIRST time you run Touch Hockey: FS5. Every time after that no internet connection is required.

    3) WiFi Multi-Player: make sure both devices are connected via WiFi on the same local network and both can obtain an IP address. It will then work.

    The response has been 'amazing' and thanks for the great feedback. Expect some great updates soon.

  • http://www.flipside5.com/ FlipSide5

    Typo; NO known issue with AUDIO

  • http://www.flipside5.com/ FlipSide5

    Typo; NO known issue with AUDIO

  • Dudehuge

    Uh-oh Bryan Duke, time to make that second title :)

  • Dudehuge

    Uh-oh Bryan Duke, time to make that second title :)

  • Chris

    I hope there is an ad free release like the other titles by this dev. I'm glad that this is available for those who want a good game without the cost. I'd however rather pay to be free of ads, and this game really is the nicest looking of all the Air Hockey games. It would be sad to have to pass it up because of the lack of a paid non ad supported version.

  • Chris

    I hope there is an ad free release like the other titles by this dev. I'm glad that this is available for those who want a good game without the cost. I'd however rather pay to be free of ads, and this game really is the nicest looking of all the Air Hockey games. It would be sad to have to pass it up because of the lack of a paid non ad supported version.

  • krko

    updated to the latest version - every time i start the app it says "file not found"

  • krko

    updated to the latest version - every time i start the app it says "file not found"

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  • apache

    i've gotta jailbroken 2.1. i've installed this game via itunes, i've got the icon on my iphone but it doesnt' work. when i open it, the initial game home creen appears n then returns to my home screen. what do i do? this is happening with the other four games i tried downloading from itunes. Help me out please!!

    • anyla

      i hv this problem too. when i open the apps, the home screen will appear for two seconds and then returns to my home screen! i tried delete the apps and re-downloaded it. but the problem still cannot be solved.

  • apache

    i've gotta jailbroken 2.1. i've installed this game via itunes, i've got the icon on my iphone but it doesnt' work. when i open it, the initial game home creen appears n then returns to my home screen. what do i do? this is happening with the other four games i tried downloading from itunes. Help me out please!!

  • hola

    is there supposed to be a button for the 9 level game play???? because i don't have one!! help?

  • hola

    is there supposed to be a button for the 9 level game play???? because i don't have one!! help?

  • http://www.theiphoneappreview.com Shaun

    controls are pretty touchy...gets hard to control the paddle after a few minutes

  • http://www.theiphoneappreview.com Shaun

    controls are pretty touchy...gets hard to control the paddle after a few minutes

  • Patrick

    This is excellent! Amazing, as most of you said. It's really fun and can keep you occupied, although there is a small audio glitch, but RARELY happens, the puck sliding sounds don't come on, it only happened to me once.

  • Patrick

    This is excellent! Amazing, as most of you said. It's really fun and can keep you occupied, although there is a small audio glitch, but RARELY happens, the puck sliding sounds don't come on, it only happened to me once.

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  • wat

    Heya still not able to connect with my friend to play air hockey? any idea how it might be able to work?

  • wat

    Heya still not able to connect with my friend to play air hockey? any idea how it might be able to work?

  • wifi vs. bluetooth

    Having problems with the wifi. It always default to bluetooth, even when I have it disabled. Any ideas?

  • wifi vs. bluetooth

    Having problems with the wifi. It always default to bluetooth, even when I have it disabled. Any ideas?

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    controls are pretty touchy .gets hard to control the paddle after a few minutes