ss7jpgMatmi has released their beautifully designed pinball game Monster Pinball [$3.99] into the App Store.

Their game is described as a "totally original pinball extravaganza" which offers the player 6 interconnected pinball tables that are stylistically designed. The action is fast and furious with 60 frame per second animations.

The initial reactions to the game have been very positive from our own Eli Hodapp and Big Albie (5 stars), but perhaps most convincing is an unabashed thumbs up from forum user dogmeat who has been diligently reviewing many of the other pinball games in the App Store.

Its absolutely magnificent, and worth the money, presentation value is great

So far, the sole dissenting criticism is that the game perhaps doesn't quite "feel" like traditional pinball due to the stylistic embellishments, though, that seems it was part of the intent.

The developer's gameplay video shows the action nicely:

App Store Link: Monster Pinball, $3.99

  • Aidan

    awesome, looks really high quality, may have to pick it up.

    one thing though... why did they use the default iLife sound effects in the game? those are sooooo over used!!!!

    • Zenchord

      ...what does it matter about the sounds they use. All the other pinball games sound much more stupid.

  • Aidan

    awesome, looks really high quality, may have to pick it up.

    one thing though... why did they use the default iLife sound effects in the game? those are sooooo over used!!!!

    • Zenchord

      ...what does it matter about the sounds they use. All the other pinball games sound much more stupid.

  • Learjetzoom

    Im not buyin' it at $3.99. Pun intended.

    • Alichan76

      what pun?

      • Alichan76

        got it: )

      • http://www.visionaryart.biz nanokiwi

        i see - it's funny because he's "not buying it" and he's not going to purchase it
        droll

  • Learjetzoom

    Im not buyin' it at $3.99. Pun intended.

    • Alichan76

      what pun?

      • Alichan76

        got it: )

      • http://www.visionaryart.biz nanokiwi

        i see - it's funny because he's "not buying it" and he's not going to purchase it
        droll

  • slappy

    Now thats the pinball game for iPhone/iPod Touch. Instead of the same old variation of pinball games, this pinball game takes advantage of the iPhone/Touch to animate gameplay elements. Cool.

  • slappy

    Now thats the pinball game for iPhone/iPod Touch. Instead of the same old variation of pinball games, this pinball game takes advantage of the iPhone/Touch to animate gameplay elements. Cool.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

    Currently this is the best and most entertaining pinball game on the iPhone.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

    Currently this is the best and most entertaining pinball game on the iPhone.

  • tom

    Jeez OUCH. I think I'll wait for the sale. :(
    I thought they'd do the common thing and release it at a sale price of, say, $1.99, and then raise it to that full price ~24-48 hours later.

  • tom

    Jeez OUCH. I think I'll wait for the sale. :(
    I thought they'd do the common thing and release it at a sale price of, say, $1.99, and then raise it to that full price ~24-48 hours later.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

    This is a common thing? ;)
    The opposite is normal. Releasing it on a high price and going down shortly afterwards. I hope, they keep this price! It's totally worth it. And the iPhone market needs to get out of this dumping swamp.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

    This is a common thing? ;)
    The opposite is normal. Releasing it on a high price and going down shortly afterwards. I hope, they keep this price! It's totally worth it. And the iPhone market needs to get out of this dumping swamp.

  • Marc

    It's pretty sad when we balk at a game that's $3.99. OMG!!! FOUR DOLLARS!!!!! And starting low and going high makes no business sense for devs. We are just too spoiled in this freakish app store economy. Wish my grocery store worked the same way. :)

    This is pretty much my favorite pinball game so far. It's got grood physics, fun layouts, and a certain charm that all the others seem to be missing (except maybe freeballin). My only complaint is with the tiny flipper buttons on the bottom. Holding my thumb over them is awkward and more than once I've found my thumbs drift up from the button causing me to miss balls. They should really allow you to click anywhere on the left/right side of the screen. I hope they address that in an update, because it's otherwise perfect.

  • Marc

    It's pretty sad when we balk at a game that's $3.99. OMG!!! FOUR DOLLARS!!!!! And starting low and going high makes no business sense for devs. We are just too spoiled in this freakish app store economy. Wish my grocery store worked the same way. :)

    This is pretty much my favorite pinball game so far. It's got grood physics, fun layouts, and a certain charm that all the others seem to be missing (except maybe freeballin). My only complaint is with the tiny flipper buttons on the bottom. Holding my thumb over them is awkward and more than once I've found my thumbs drift up from the button causing me to miss balls. They should really allow you to click anywhere on the left/right side of the screen. I hope they address that in an update, because it's otherwise perfect.

  • audrie

    I can't find it in the app store? I did a search for "Monster Pinball", then just "Pinball" but I couldn't find it. Was it pulled?

  • audrie

    I can't find it in the app store? I did a search for "Monster Pinball", then just "Pinball" but I couldn't find it. Was it pulled?

  • Gregory

    WOW! This pinball game absolutely blows the others out of the water. I used to play Wild West Pinball all the time... I've found this one to be so much more 'involved'. Love it. Can't wait for more from them!

  • Gregory

    WOW! This pinball game absolutely blows the others out of the water. I used to play Wild West Pinball all the time... I've found this one to be so much more 'involved'. Love it. Can't wait for more from them!

  • http://apprelease.com RaiderRich721

    Very nice game. Very polished. Fun to play. Frame rate is great! Very happy with the purchase.

  • http://apprelease.com RaiderRich721

    Very nice game. Very polished. Fun to play. Frame rate is great! Very happy with the purchase.

  • Bad Hanson

    Don't be put off by the price. This is my fourth iPhone pinball game and I can safely say it's the best one. It has made me laugh lots of times with it's 'let's turn the tables on the aliens' theme: subjecting the little critters to electric pain is hilarious and satisfying. Go buy it now!

  • Bad Hanson

    Don't be put off by the price. This is my fourth iPhone pinball game and I can safely say it's the best one. It has made me laugh lots of times with it's 'let's turn the tables on the aliens' theme: subjecting the little critters to electric pain is hilarious and satisfying. Go buy it now!

  • MrDark

    pretty neat... but not a big fan of pinball game, I'll pass this one.

    • Alichan76

      If your not a fan of pinball, why post at all?
      This is a wonderful wonderful addition to our ever rapidly increasing pinball choice. The best IMHO. Full of character, satisfying frame rate, and, I have recently learned, you can submit your local score to the server whenever you happen to have a wi-fi connection (iPod Touch owners will know what I am talking about), which makes me want to play it all day loooong: )

  • MrDark

    pretty neat... but not a big fan of pinball game, I'll pass this one.

    • Alichan76

      If your not a fan of pinball, why post at all?
      This is a wonderful wonderful addition to our ever rapidly increasing pinball choice. The best IMHO. Full of character, satisfying frame rate, and, I have recently learned, you can submit your local score to the server whenever you happen to have a wi-fi connection (iPod Touch owners will know what I am talking about), which makes me want to play it all day loooong: )

  • ultra superior

    Ok I bought this game yesterday. it has very nice presentation, but the controls are horrible !! I just dont get it, in the bottom there are 2 tiny buttons
    which you have to NOT PRESS with both your thumbs. so basically there is no way toplay this game and hold your ipod firmly - only if you are able to play pinball with single hand - holding the ipod in left hand and just use middle and index finger of the right hand to press buttons.

    control is terrible, otherwise excellent game!!

  • ultra superior

    Ok I bought this game yesterday. it has very nice presentation, but the controls are horrible !! I just dont get it, in the bottom there are 2 tiny buttons
    which you have to NOT PRESS with both your thumbs. so basically there is no way toplay this game and hold your ipod firmly - only if you are able to play pinball with single hand - holding the ipod in left hand and just use middle and index finger of the right hand to press buttons.

    control is terrible, otherwise excellent game!!

  • slappy

    It's not like its 20 dollars or 30. Even if they drop the 3.99, big deal. One less coffee purchase for the week. Not much of a sacrifice there to skip that expensive coffee from that shop with the space guy name.

  • slappy

    It's not like its 20 dollars or 30. Even if they drop the 3.99, big deal. One less coffee purchase for the week. Not much of a sacrifice there to skip that expensive coffee from that shop with the space guy name.

  • WhySoSerious

    bought it. it's good. my opinion matters the most so now you know. go purchase it.

  • WhySoSerious

    bought it. it's good. my opinion matters the most so now you know. go purchase it.

  • http://www.spacedoggy.wordpress.com Spacedoggy

    As a fellow developer, please support our price points. $4 is very little to pay, considering what you get with this amazing game! Thank you.

    • TKO

      Ah, I think there's only a few cheap-ass people around here that always complain at anything above 0.99, or even 1.99. This seems like a good price to me. I'm not sure I'm going to like it, but heck, it's only 3.99. I'm happy to pay that price to find out. :)

  • http://www.spacedoggy.wordpress.com Spacedoggy

    As a fellow developer, please support our price points. $4 is very little to pay, considering what you get with this amazing game! Thank you.

    • TKO

      Ah, I think there's only a few cheap-ass people around here that always complain at anything above 0.99, or even 1.99. This seems like a good price to me. I'm not sure I'm going to like it, but heck, it's only 3.99. I'm happy to pay that price to find out. :)

  • http://www.youtube.com/vbxz47 vbxz47

    really cool and well done.

  • http://www.youtube.com/vbxz47 vbxz47

    really cool and well done.

  • jeffyg3

    Been playing it for the past 30 minutes. Eh, it's ok. It's an interesting touch how it jumps to different screens, but overall it's just an OK pinball game and the nitch it has wears out quickly. Freeballin' is a lot more fun as a pinball gae, and has various themes as well.

    • TKO

      Pfffft! Freeballin' ain't a pinball game. It's an arcade game with pinball elements. :D Pinball Dreams, now *that's* a pinball game. And Pinball Fantasies will be out soon too (which I can tell you now, is looking a lot better than Dreams.) IMHO for people who like real pinball, those are the ones to go for.

      • jeffyg3

        Yeah I know Freeballin' isn't a real sim like pinball game, but I find it the most fun of all the pinall iPhone games so far, and at least the ball physics are MUCH MUCH better than Monster. Monster is really starting to annoy me now actually, the ball physics are total crap and switching to different screens has gotten extremely annoying. I think most people are just "oohing" and "ahhing" over this cause it's something interesting, new, and original, but underneath it all, Monster Pinball is really mediocre.

  • jeffyg3

    Been playing it for the past 30 minutes. Eh, it's ok. It's an interesting touch how it jumps to different screens, but overall it's just an OK pinball game and the nitch it has wears out quickly. Freeballin' is a lot more fun as a pinball gae, and has various themes as well.

    • TKO

      Pfffft! Freeballin' ain't a pinball game. It's an arcade game with pinball elements. :D Pinball Dreams, now *that's* a pinball game. And Pinball Fantasies will be out soon too (which I can tell you now, is looking a lot better than Dreams.) IMHO for people who like real pinball, those are the ones to go for.

      • jeffyg3

        Yeah I know Freeballin' isn't a real sim like pinball game, but I find it the most fun of all the pinall iPhone games so far, and at least the ball physics are MUCH MUCH better than Monster. Monster is really starting to annoy me now actually, the ball physics are total crap and switching to different screens has gotten extremely annoying. I think most people are just "oohing" and "ahhing" over this cause it's something interesting, new, and original, but underneath it all, Monster Pinball is really mediocre.

  • http://blog.scottspiro.com Scotteeboy

    Monster Pinball is a really nice, and well polished game. The sounds are incredible too. The only constructive feedback I can offer for future updates is that the physics seem slightly off compared to a real pinball game. While this might be the intent, the ball is so small and moves so quickly that it can frankly be difficult at times to follow along. Strange as it would seem, if the ball moved a tad slower it might be a bit more fun. I also noticed some jerkiness at times as the ball flew around the screen. Obviously, there is so much to like about the game, I am simply focusing on what I think could make it even better.

  • http://blog.scottspiro.com Scotteeboy

    Monster Pinball is a really nice, and well polished game. The sounds are incredible too. The only constructive feedback I can offer for future updates is that the physics seem slightly off compared to a real pinball game. While this might be the intent, the ball is so small and moves so quickly that it can frankly be difficult at times to follow along. Strange as it would seem, if the ball moved a tad slower it might be a bit more fun. I also noticed some jerkiness at times as the ball flew around the screen. Obviously, there is so much to like about the game, I am simply focusing on what I think could make it even better.

  • cwg

    I am totally smitten with this little wonder. it's a real joy to play! incredibly polished and full of character, it's great fun discovering new details and effects on each new board! as with some other comments, I do find at times I miss a ball because my fingers have slipped but its not a huge deal. for the price of a latte, this game is well worth it!!!

  • cwg

    I am totally smitten with this little wonder. it's a real joy to play! incredibly polished and full of character, it's great fun discovering new details and effects on each new board! as with some other comments, I do find at times I miss a ball because my fingers have slipped but its not a huge deal. for the price of a latte, this game is well worth it!!!

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