As a kid, one of my absolute things to play at the arcade with my Dad was the hockey table machines. If hockey tables (or arcades for that matter) were before your time, a hockey table is similar to a foosball table with players on opposite ends controlling a team of miniature hockey players that are controlled with handles that can be pulled in or out to move the player in their track and spun to make them move their stick around. Much like foosball you could either play this with extremely calculated moves, or, my technique of choice, wildly flail the handles about, spinning your players like crazy and knocking the puck all over the place.

Stinger Table Hockey effectively duplicates the same insanity of a real hockey table, and while the controls are still in the process of being tweaked, I thought they worked pretty well. Basically, dragging up and down on a track moves that player back and forth, and swiping right or left on the same track causes the player to spin around. It's pretty intuitive, and works well enough to be fun.

There is a single player mode that allow you to play against an AI opponent which is a little on the lame side since the fun part of hockey tables were always playing with another person. Thankfully, Stinger Table Hockey has both bluetooth and wifi multiplayer that I can't wait to try out. There are also tournament modes, and skill tests that feature shootouts and other challenges.

If all goes as planned the guys at Stinger Games are going to finish tightening up the controls and physics and should have Stinger Table Hockey on the App Store sometime next week.

  • http://www.thetvaddict.com Daniel

    As my fellow Canadians will no doubt agree, this looks to be pretty much the greatest iphone game in the history of the app store. Cannot wait to re-live my youth.

    (Go Canada!)

    • Cranker

      Awesome !!! GO Canada :) :) :)

  • http://www.thetvaddict.com Daniel

    As my fellow Canadians will no doubt agree, this looks to be pretty much the greatest iphone game in the history of the app store. Cannot wait to re-live my youth.

    (Go Canada!)

    • Cranker

      Awesome !!! GO Canada :) :) :)

  • Christian Bale

    ROFLMAO but i gotta say its quite original. Controls looks hard though.

  • Christian Bale

    ROFLMAO but i gotta say its quite original. Controls looks hard though.

  • RNF

    Definetley original! Not a big hockey fan but I loved playing this game as a kid! Will be picking this up!

  • RNF

    Definetley original! Not a big hockey fan but I loved playing this game as a kid! Will be picking this up!

  • Cranker

    I hope the controls are good. This is such a classic game from my youth :) It's all about the controls and if they are good, this will be the best game ever...............or at least a really good one :)

  • Cranker

    I hope the controls are good. This is such a classic game from my youth :) It's all about the controls and if they are good, this will be the best game ever...............or at least a really good one :)

  • Stranger By The Minute

    I was just going to say that the game looks like crap.
    Until I heard that it's a retro.
    I won't be picking this up.

    • str1f3

      I love how you kids consider table hockey so retro.

  • Stranger By The Minute

    I was just going to say that the game looks like crap.
    Until I heard that it's a retro.
    I won't be picking this up.

    • str1f3

      I love how you kids consider table hockey so retro.

  • Mbrew

    I loved these games! Looks great, sounds great -- but goals seem to be fairly impossible to come by. Looking forward to it!

  • Mbrew

    I loved these games! Looks great, sounds great -- but goals seem to be fairly impossible to come by. Looking forward to it!

  • Sleepy83

    The game looks pretty good, but the controls in this video look like there might be a big learning curve involved or will be bad; I'm a bit weary. I hope it's a great experience tho, because this game was so much fun to play at the arcade and it would be great to have a portable, pocket version lol

  • Sleepy83

    The game looks pretty good, but the controls in this video look like there might be a big learning curve involved or will be bad; I'm a bit weary. I hope it's a great experience tho, because this game was so much fun to play at the arcade and it would be great to have a portable, pocket version lol

  • http://www.backflipstudios.com Backflip Studios

    This looks outstanding, can't wait to play it!

  • http://www.backflipstudios.com Backflip Studios

    This looks outstanding, can't wait to play it!

  • http://carminelives.se Rickard

    Impossible controls! Too bad!

  • http://carminelives.se Rickard

    Impossible controls! Too bad!

  • Marc

    Is this taking place on the moon? I certainly don't remember the puck being so bouncy and gravitationaly challenged. Great idea. More sliding, way less bouncing.

  • Marc

    Is this taking place on the moon? I certainly don't remember the puck being so bouncy and gravitationaly challenged. Great idea. More sliding, way less bouncing.

  • Victor

    Getting warmer.... now EA just release NHL 10 for the iPhone already.

  • Victor

    Getting warmer.... now EA just release NHL 10 for the iPhone already.

  • Tom

    Yeah the puck never bounced like that (rarely anyways). It needs to slide more. Goals look hard to come by as well. This is too bad because the ipod/iphone needs a good hockey game.

    • GreyDawn

      My sentiments exactly.

  • Tom

    Yeah the puck never bounced like that (rarely anyways). It needs to slide more. Goals look hard to come by as well. This is too bad because the ipod/iphone needs a good hockey game.

    • GreyDawn

      My sentiments exactly.

  • Bard

    I've been hoping for a game like this, looks great, but yes: the physics of the puck looks way off. It should feel "heavier". Although probably it needs to float more like that to keep the game moving... I also wish there was a way to play this two-player on the same device. Which I guess would mean a top-down view... hard to see how you'd get the controls to work though.

    Also: Make a soccer version of this game and you'll be rich (though I like the hockey even more).

    • Anonymous

      Umm... that would be foosball or table soccer. There are at least a dozen foosball apps in the AppStore. BTW, being good at a foosball app will in NO WAY help you when you go back to a REAL table. Same goes for this app. Still it's a novelty to see this attempt at it. The physics are cool, but the puck does seem to be in the air a lot more that I'd expect in a real game.

  • Bard

    I've been hoping for a game like this, looks great, but yes: the physics of the puck looks way off. It should feel "heavier". Although probably it needs to float more like that to keep the game moving... I also wish there was a way to play this two-player on the same device. Which I guess would mean a top-down view... hard to see how you'd get the controls to work though.

    Also: Make a soccer version of this game and you'll be rich (though I like the hockey even more).

    • Anonymous

      Umm... that would be foosball or table soccer. There are at least a dozen foosball apps in the AppStore. BTW, being good at a foosball app will in NO WAY help you when you go back to a REAL table. Same goes for this app. Still it's a novelty to see this attempt at it. The physics are cool, but the puck does seem to be in the air a lot more that I'd expect in a real game.

  • Travis

    Looks like it has a lot of potential, but the physics of the puck is definitely a big turn off. Also, it looks like there is basically no AI by the computer. In the video, the computer does the same exact thing over and over and looks like it has no intention of trying to score. Randomly shoots the puck back at its own goalie. What the heck?

  • Travis

    Looks like it has a lot of potential, but the physics of the puck is definitely a big turn off. Also, it looks like there is basically no AI by the computer. In the video, the computer does the same exact thing over and over and looks like it has no intention of trying to score. Randomly shoots the puck back at its own goalie. What the heck?

  • Read. The. Article.

    If you guys bothered to read the article you would see that it's mentioned that they're still tweaking both the physics engine and the controls. I wonder how many more people are going to comment suggesting they work on the physics?

  • Read. The. Article.

    If you guys bothered to read the article you would see that it's mentioned that they're still tweaking both the physics engine and the controls. I wonder how many more people are going to comment suggesting they work on the physics?

  • http://www.stingertablehockey.com nullterm

    Dev here...

    The puck shown is actually one of three in the launch version (1.1). Bouncy is the one shown. There's also soft (rarely bounces in the air) and standard (somewhere in the middle). You have the option of choosing which puck you prefer in the Rules section of the Options.

    Controls were a big challenge to get right. Put alot of effort into getting it to work right and people seem to be able to figure it out after a game or two. You can control two guys at the same time (Dual Touch). There's also a simpler control scheme (One Touch) that does chooses the closest guy for you and you just control push/pull and spin. The goalie is automatic but I'm going to look at having it so you can grab & manually control him down the road.

    Still working on the AI and it will get better in future updates. Although playing with a friend is really what makes table hockey great.

    I love the idea of doing a table hockey game, so will be checking for feedback to keep making this as great of a table hockey game as possible. I setup a FB page (access through the website) so people can keep in touch with me, but I'll also be checking forums.

    • Travis

      Now, there's a developer who listens to the people. Thanks! Looking forward to the finished version.

      • http://www.stingertablehockey.com nullterm

        I know table hockey is something that alot of people are passionate about. I fell in love with the idea at the start of Dec and it's been a mad rush getting it ready ever since. It's a game I've wanted for the longest time, and air hockey just wasn't cutting it (though in their own right there's some solid air hockey games on the iPhone). I want this to be a great game that as many people can enjoy as possible.

        There's more that I want todo with this title (more team customization, like jersey numbers, better AI, more tournament features, etc). But I'll also be looking at people's feedback as far as what goes into future updates.

  • http://www.stingertablehockey.com nullterm

    Dev here...

    The puck shown is actually one of three in the launch version (1.1). Bouncy is the one shown. There's also soft (rarely bounces in the air) and standard (somewhere in the middle). You have the option of choosing which puck you prefer in the Rules section of the Options.

    Controls were a big challenge to get right. Put alot of effort into getting it to work right and people seem to be able to figure it out after a game or two. You can control two guys at the same time (Dual Touch). There's also a simpler control scheme (One Touch) that does chooses the closest guy for you and you just control push/pull and spin. The goalie is automatic but I'm going to look at having it so you can grab & manually control him down the road.

    Still working on the AI and it will get better in future updates. Although playing with a friend is really what makes table hockey great.

    I love the idea of doing a table hockey game, so will be checking for feedback to keep making this as great of a table hockey game as possible. I setup a FB page (access through the website) so people can keep in touch with me, but I'll also be checking forums.

    • Travis

      Now, there's a developer who listens to the people. Thanks! Looking forward to the finished version.

      • http://www.stingertablehockey.com nullterm

        I know table hockey is something that alot of people are passionate about. I fell in love with the idea at the start of Dec and it's been a mad rush getting it ready ever since. It's a game I've wanted for the longest time, and air hockey just wasn't cutting it (though in their own right there's some solid air hockey games on the iPhone). I want this to be a great game that as many people can enjoy as possible.

        There's more that I want todo with this title (more team customization, like jersey numbers, better AI, more tournament features, etc). But I'll also be looking at people's feedback as far as what goes into future updates.

  • http://supershockfootball.com Adam Meyer

    Man Tourch Arcade where's the love baby? We did a Football version of the old vibrating football tables and never saw a peep about it on the site. It's alright though we still love ya. Anyone interested in vintage vibrating football check out http://www.supershockfootball.com We have a massive update coming out soon as well as an iPad version. Hoorah!

  • http://supershockfootball.com Adam Meyer

    Man Tourch Arcade where's the love baby? We did a Football version of the old vibrating football tables and never saw a peep about it on the site. It's alright though we still love ya. Anyone interested in vintage vibrating football check out http://www.supershockfootball.com We have a massive update coming out soon as well as an iPad version. Hoorah!

  • Mac

    Good idea to make a table hockey game and super graphics but the controls do look a little sloppy. I'm still puzzled by how your supposed to shoot precisely, or if you are only able to just spin around and wack the puck without really aiming.

    • http://www.stingertablehockey.com nullterm

      The best way to play is with subtle finger dragging for handling to setup the shot, then faster swipe motions when you have the shot lined up to spin and/or push. There's a tutorial that covers the controls. And the skill mini-games make for a nice way to practice.

      You can also play with both thumbs (or fingers) at the same time. Kind of like a PS2/3 controller with dual analog. Great for setting up pass & one timer from the wing.

      I'll have video on the game site over the weekend showing more gameplay and also customization.

  • Mac

    Good idea to make a table hockey game and super graphics but the controls do look a little sloppy. I'm still puzzled by how your supposed to shoot precisely, or if you are only able to just spin around and wack the puck without really aiming.

    • http://www.stingertablehockey.com nullterm

      The best way to play is with subtle finger dragging for handling to setup the shot, then faster swipe motions when you have the shot lined up to spin and/or push. There's a tutorial that covers the controls. And the skill mini-games make for a nice way to practice.

      You can also play with both thumbs (or fingers) at the same time. Kind of like a PS2/3 controller with dual analog. Great for setting up pass & one timer from the wing.

      I'll have video on the game site over the weekend showing more gameplay and also customization.

  • dark3zz

    lol......spinning players..... this game cant be funny......looks very hard and uncomfortable to play and to have fun....
    ps: eli: your thumb looks crazy :-)

  • dark3zz

    lol......spinning players..... this game cant be funny......looks very hard and uncomfortable to play and to have fun....
    ps: eli: your thumb looks crazy :-)

  • Mr. Reeee

    Cool! I loved the real thing when I was a kid.

    It would be fantastic to b able to change the players' uniforms, home and away.
    I'll settle for the Original Six.

    Rangers vs. Blackhawks? Bruins vs. Canadiens? Toronto vs. Detroit?

    Lundqvist in goal?

  • Mr. Reeee

    Cool! I loved the real thing when I was a kid.

    It would be fantastic to b able to change the players' uniforms, home and away.
    I'll settle for the Original Six.

    Rangers vs. Blackhawks? Bruins vs. Canadiens? Toronto vs. Detroit?

    Lundqvist in goal?

  • http://www.wordcrasher.com Kevin Ng

    I used to sit next to Blaine (the developer) at Rockstar Vancouver and have been playing the game for a couple of weeks now. Got to say despite my obvious bias, Stinger Table Hockey is currently my favourite sports game on iPhone. After a few games you can knock goals in from pretty much anywhere on the pitch, feels great to master. My preference is for the soft puck, for me that gives the most control. Using that you can set up shots from the wings and behind the goal after a bit of practice.

    Apparently you can make your own teams, change jersey colours etc., but I haven't really dug into that part.

  • http://www.wordcrasher.com Kevin Ng

    I used to sit next to Blaine (the developer) at Rockstar Vancouver and have been playing the game for a couple of weeks now. Got to say despite my obvious bias, Stinger Table Hockey is currently my favourite sports game on iPhone. After a few games you can knock goals in from pretty much anywhere on the pitch, feels great to master. My preference is for the soft puck, for me that gives the most control. Using that you can set up shots from the wings and behind the goal after a bit of practice.

    Apparently you can make your own teams, change jersey colours etc., but I haven't really dug into that part.

  • Mark

    I bought a Nintendo DS recently so i went off iphone gaming completely but damn i'll just HAVE to get this it looks so awesome

  • Mark

    I bought a Nintendo DS recently so i went off iphone gaming completely but damn i'll just HAVE to get this it looks so awesome

  • http://www.stingertablehockey.com nullterm

    There's now a gameplay video up on the website to check out. Enjoy!

  • http://www.stingertablehockey.com nullterm

    There's now a gameplay video up on the website to check out. Enjoy!