freeballin_03IUGO's Freeballin' [App Store] game appeared in the App Store tonight at an introductory price of $1.99.

We received a preview of the game at GDC and find both graphics and audio to be top notch. The game itself delivers a zanier take on pinball with four distinct tables: Tiki Trouble, Monsteropolis, Dreams and Nightmares, and Neometric. Each table can be played in the following modes:

  • Score Attack - Aim high in points to become the Freeballin' King
  • Time Attack - Speed towards one million points tin a race against time.
  • Adventure Challenge - Collect artifacts in a fulfilling journey of pinball exploration

All tables comes with a number of specific "missions" that can be activated. These missions offer you an opportunity to increase your score and also keeps the game interesting by giving you specific goals. These goals basically force you to control your ball and direct it towards specific objects. Missions including hitting specific bumpers, going into specific chutes, and affecting other objects.

The game is being discussed already in our forums and initial reactions have been very positive.

This video was shot at GDC last week:


[ Full HD version | Low Bandwidth version ]

Global high scores for all modes and tables should offer competitive gamers plenty of reason to improve their scores.

App Store Link: Freeballin', $1.99

  • Adams Immersive

    50 cents a table... that's an intro deal I can't pas up!

    (BTW there's a problem with the anti-spam word system: I was rejected 5 times in a row. Here's hoping it doesn't become 6...)

  • Adams Immersive

    50 cents a table... that's an intro deal I can't pas up!

    (BTW there's a problem with the anti-spam word system: I was rejected 5 times in a row. Here's hoping it doesn't become 6...)

  • zenchord

    That looks a lot better than the other moronic pinball game I paid a dollar for!

  • zenchord

    That looks a lot better than the other moronic pinball game I paid a dollar for!

  • Lakeshore

    You have to set your iPhone to English, or the ingame texts will be missing!

  • Lakeshore

    You have to set your iPhone to English, or the ingame texts will be missing!

  • http://Drunknbass.me Drunknbass

    Pretty good. Amazing art! Game suffers from fps jitters and seems a tad buggy but overall the game is good. I'm sure the fps can get better since it doesn't seem like there is much going on that would tax the CPU enought to lag.

  • http://Drunknbass.me Drunknbass

    Pretty good. Amazing art! Game suffers from fps jitters and seems a tad buggy but overall the game is good. I'm sure the fps can get better since it doesn't seem like there is much going on that would tax the CPU enought to lag.

  • rich_952000

    I am more and more amazed at the late-night bargains I find as a result of browsing TA!

    From what i've already played, it's worth two fists full of quarters that you'd easily spend in an hour in front of a pinball machine=)

  • rich_952000

    I am more and more amazed at the late-night bargains I find as a result of browsing TA!

    From what i've already played, it's worth two fists full of quarters that you'd easily spend in an hour in front of a pinball machine=)

  • aml

    attention il y a un bug : sur un touch en français le texte des boutons des menus ne s'affiche pas. (sur le mien, en tout cas).
    there is no text on the buttons with my french itouch.

  • aml

    attention il y a un bug : sur un touch en français le texte des boutons des menus ne s'affiche pas. (sur le mien, en tout cas).
    there is no text on the buttons with my french itouch.

  • Big Albie

    It's one of the best and probably most unique pinball games you'll find for the iPhone. The creative tables and the missions add some challenging gameplay. Ball physics could use some work, but overall, it's a fun game.

  • Big Albie

    It's one of the best and probably most unique pinball games you'll find for the iPhone. The creative tables and the missions add some challenging gameplay. Ball physics could use some work, but overall, it's a fun game.

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore

    Hm. For me, it's one of the more uninteresting pinball games for the iPhone. The tables are nearly empty, sound effects are missing most of the time and the tables don't feel "alive". Compare that to Metroid Prime Pinball http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGRBHO9Y6sw or the upcoming Pinball Fantasies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kZ-i9mGav4 and you know what I mean.

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore

    Hm. For me, it's one of the more uninteresting pinball games for the iPhone. The tables are nearly empty, sound effects are missing most of the time and the tables don't feel "alive". Compare that to Metroid Prime Pinball http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGRBHO9Y6sw or the upcoming Pinball Fantasies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kZ-i9mGav4 and you know what I mean.

  • Presnter

    I am pinball enthusiast and I just think the tables are too plain.

  • Presnter

    I am pinball enthusiast and I just think the tables are too plain.

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore

    Seems that my comment is in the to-moderate list because of two links ;)

    What I said was, that I find this pinball game really boring. I LOVE pinball games, but the tables in this one are nearly empty, the sound effects are missing most of the time, the sound effects which are there are *extremely* boring and dull and the tables just don't feel "alive".

    It's sad that there aren't any new ideas in the genre like we had with Sonic Pinball or Metroid Prime Pinball. And besides that, even when I take a look at basic pinball games, Pinball Dreams eats this one without problems.

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore

    Seems that my comment is in the to-moderate list because of two links ;)

    What I said was, that I find this pinball game really boring. I LOVE pinball games, but the tables in this one are nearly empty, the sound effects are missing most of the time, the sound effects which are there are *extremely* boring and dull and the tables just don't feel "alive".

    It's sad that there aren't any new ideas in the genre like we had with Sonic Pinball or Metroid Prime Pinball. And besides that, even when I take a look at basic pinball games, Pinball Dreams eats this one without problems.

  • ConraDargo

    Game looks pretty dull IMO. I can totally understand what Lakeshore here is saying - Metroid Prime Pinball is one of my favorite pinball games - it has _so_ much to do and content is everything in a pinball game. If there's not enough to do to keep the player busy then it'll quickly get boring.

    I really wish that they would make another MPP :/

  • ConraDargo

    Game looks pretty dull IMO. I can totally understand what Lakeshore here is saying - Metroid Prime Pinball is one of my favorite pinball games - it has _so_ much to do and content is everything in a pinball game. If there's not enough to do to keep the player busy then it'll quickly get boring.

    I really wish that they would make another MPP :/

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore

    I just ignore the 1,59€ I "lost" on this game and wait for Pinball Fantasies to come.

    Could someone create a Metroid Prime Pinball? Please?

    And Sega, could you bring Sonic Pinball Party to this device? Please? It was so satisfying to just here the bright "pling" sound in a pinball game, when the ball collected golden rings.

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore

    I just ignore the 1,59€ I "lost" on this game and wait for Pinball Fantasies to come.

    Could someone create a Metroid Prime Pinball? Please?

    And Sega, could you bring Sonic Pinball Party to this device? Please? It was so satisfying to just here the bright "pling" sound in a pinball game, when the ball collected golden rings.

  • slappy

    I'm sure the next update will be exciting, but as it is now, its pretty awesome. The art/graphics on the iPhone looks great.

  • slappy

    I'm sure the next update will be exciting, but as it is now, its pretty awesome. The art/graphics on the iPhone looks great.

  • dunkee

    @Lakeshore: Good that you ignore it, I kinda thought you'd keep whining on losing your previous $1.99

    It's a $1.99 game, so don't compare it to the more expensive console games. I agree the tables are a bit plain, but it's created by smaller dev team and plus, it has much better graphics than most pinball games.

    And updates will come, hopefully it'll bring ore 'traditional' tables to feed your apetite ;)

  • http://deleted dunkee

    @Lakeshore: Good that you ignore it, I kinda thought you'd keep whining on losing your previous $1.99

    It's a $1.99 game, so don't compare it to the more expensive console games. I agree the tables are a bit plain, but it's created by smaller dev team and plus, it has much better graphics than most pinball games.

    And updates will come, hopefully it'll bring ore 'traditional' tables to feed your apetite ;)

  • King

    It is an awesome game just the way it is. Great art, great music and fun gameplay. I don't think it should be compared with traditional pinball sims. If it is 100% like PC pinball games, i wouldn't like it at all as they are all just boring. Instead IUGO made a fantastic pinball game from a new angle with great ideas.

    Oh, did i mention that it's FUN too!

  • King

    It is an awesome game just the way it is. Great art, great music and fun gameplay. I don't think it should be compared with traditional pinball sims. If it is 100% like PC pinball games, i wouldn't like it at all as they are all just boring. Instead IUGO made a fantastic pinball game from a new angle with great ideas.

    Oh, did i mention that it's FUN too!

  • Michael B

    Question I just accidentally asked on an older review: which is the best pinball app on the iphone? There's Pinball Dreams, Zen Pinball: Rollercoaster, Freeballin', iPhysics Lite, Zen Pinball: Inferno, Wild West Pinball, iTilt Pinball, Pinball, Neon Ball….

    Which are worth getting for a pinball fan? (I have two tables at home, copies of all the Pro Pinball computer games, etc, etc)

    • arn
    • TKO

      IMHO Pinball Dreams is definitely the best. But I'm old-school, and such a fan of the original Amiga version. I think it can only be beat by its sequels: Pinball Fantasies and Pinball Illusions when they come out. The Zen games shouldn't have gone true 3d ..it hurt the frame-rate too much.

  • Michael B

    Question I just accidentally asked on an older review: which is the best pinball app on the iphone? There's Pinball Dreams, Zen Pinball: Rollercoaster, Freeballin', iPhysics Lite, Zen Pinball: Inferno, Wild West Pinball, iTilt Pinball, Pinball, Neon Ball….

    Which are worth getting for a pinball fan? (I have two tables at home, copies of all the Pro Pinball computer games, etc, etc)

    • arn
    • TKO

      IMHO Pinball Dreams is definitely the best. But I'm old-school, and such a fan of the original Amiga version. I think it can only be beat by its sequels: Pinball Fantasies and Pinball Illusions when they come out. The Zen games shouldn't have gone true 3d ..it hurt the frame-rate too much.

  • ramon raux

    This game is great! The presentations are great, especially the different themes of the pinball tables which make this game 'come to life'.

  • ramon raux

    This game is great! The presentations are great, especially the different themes of the pinball tables which make this game 'come to life'.