Apple's devices almost seem built for pinball. It just feels right seeing a pinball table running below the elongated glass touch screen. It's a well represented genre on the App Store with many quality options available. Recently, there's been a brand new game released, a significant update to an existing game, and a new app that gives you a truly unique experience while playing pinball on your Mac (and PC soon too), all of which are worth a mention.

Multiball Pinball ($1.99)

The newest game from Matmi, makers of Monster Pinball, is another blisteringly fast game with a focus on multiple balls in play. Unlike more traditional tables, this game makes it easy to unlock multiball modes and ensures that you're almost always playing with at least 2 balls concurrently. It features the same fantastic graphics and art designs that are a hallmark of Matmi games.

The only downfall here is that there is just this one table when their other games feature at least three, however this one table is well designed and extremely fun to play. If you liked Matmi's previous pinball offerings, you will most certainly like this.

Pinball Ride ($4.99) and Pinball Ride (Free)

Although released last November, Pinball Ride never gained much notoriety due to a difficult table design and a relatively higher price. Well, Massive Finger has been hard at work since then and have released a 1.1 update that really improves the game greatly. Certain aspects of the table have been reworked to be more forgiving, and in turn the game is overall much more fun. It's a completely 3D table which looks impressive, and the pinball action is fast and smooth.

The $4.99 price still may be a bit high if you're not a pinball fanatic, as there's only the one table. A lite is available to try so you can determine for yourself if you want to plunk down the cash. The lite features a Burst Mode that puts 45 seconds on the clock to play and achieve a high score. This isn't nearly enough time to get a good feel for the game. Fortunately, the developer has created a TouchArcade exclusive link to get 5 free credits of unlimited play in the lite. Each game lasts a long time, and 5 credits should be more than enough to help you decide if you're into it or not. Definitely worth trying out.

Pinball Remote App (Free)

Gameprom is known for bringing out high quality pinball games at extremely low prices. Their Wild West, The Deep, and Jungle Style games have all seen a lot of success. Now, all three of them are available on your Mac. The Pinball can be downloaded from Gameprom's website for free with Wild West already included. For $2.99 each, you can download The Deep and Jungle Style as well.

The interesting thing is that the only way you can purchase these additional tables is as DLC through the Pinball Remote App itself. Besides acting as the online store for The Pinball, the remote can also control the game on your Mac via Wi-Fi. Sit back and relax as you control the flippers, plunger, and tilt on your computer screen using your iPhone or iPod touch. It works well for the most part, although I encountered occasional lag with my screen taps on the remote triggering the flippers in the game. Still, it's a really fun concept to use and since The Pinball and Pinball Remote are both free, you can try it out without risk. The Pinball is currently Mac only, but Windows users can join in on the fun in the next month or so.

  • kevlar

    Give me a modern remake of the awesome devils crash and I'll be interested in pinball again...

  • kevlar

    Give me a modern remake of the awesome devils crash and I'll be interested in pinball again...

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore | taptoplay.de

    Pinball Remote is absolutely great, but requires a very good Wlan connectivity. At home, spending the time directly in the same room as my Fritz!Box 7270, which has no conflicts with other Wlans, it plays absolutely smooth both on my iMac and on my MacBook. At work, using the same MacBook on a Wlan with several repeaters, the tables are unplayable.

    So, if the game does not work for you, take a look at your Wlan configuration. Do you have a good connection without interferences? Are there other Wlans on the same channel running?…

    Most of the bad reviews on the German AppStore come from guys, who don’t understand, that it does not (yet) run under Windows or that their Wlan is broken.

    • Adams Immersive

      The Pinball/Wild West is awesome on my iMac! The graphics are full desktop quality, and pressing C to make the camera sit still makes it feel like a real pinball game.

      Coupling it with Pinball Remote is more of a novelty, but when I turn my iMac to face the couch, it’s pretty cool! And response is instant for me, even though my WiFi frequencies seem to be crowded today (darned neighbors).

      The only issue I had with The Pinball: using the plunger by keyboard (rather than by iPhone) is not immediately obvious. You have to press down-arrow and keep holding it (it’s slow). Now I know.

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore | taptoplay.de

    Pinball Remote is absolutely great, but requires a very good Wlan connectivity. At home, spending the time directly in the same room as my Fritz!Box 7270, which has no conflicts with other Wlans, it plays absolutely smooth both on my iMac and on my MacBook. At work, using the same MacBook on a Wlan with several repeaters, the tables are unplayable.

    So, if the game does not work for you, take a look at your Wlan configuration. Do you have a good connection without interferences? Are there other Wlans on the same channel running?…

    Most of the bad reviews on the German AppStore come from guys, who don’t understand, that it does not (yet) run under Windows or that their Wlan is broken.

    • Adams Immersive

      The Pinball/Wild West is awesome on my iMac! The graphics are full desktop quality, and pressing C to make the camera sit still makes it feel like a real pinball game.

      Coupling it with Pinball Remote is more of a novelty, but when I turn my iMac to face the couch, it’s pretty cool! And response is instant for me, even though my WiFi frequencies seem to be crowded today (darned neighbors).

      The only issue I had with The Pinball: using the plunger by keyboard (rather than by iPhone) is not immediately obvious. You have to press down-arrow and keep holding it (it’s slow). Now I know.

  • http://bestappsthisweek.com Danny Gard

    I am sorry the game looks great, but there is no way it is worth the 4.99 price.

  • http://bestappsthisweek.com Danny Gard

    I am sorry the game looks great, but there is no way it is worth the 4.99 price.

  • Mister Mumbles

    I'm definitely going to snap up Multiball Pinball. :)

    Pinball Ride still doesn't interest me. It sure doesn't help that it has one of the ugliest table designs I've ever seen. They could have used some more color in there.

    As for Gameprom's game, I only find myself enjoying Jungle Style, as the previous just weren't all that fun to play.

  • Mister Mumbles

    I'm definitely going to snap up Multiball Pinball. :)

    Pinball Ride still doesn't interest me. It sure doesn't help that it has one of the ugliest table designs I've ever seen. They could have used some more color in there.

    As for Gameprom's game, I only find myself enjoying Jungle Style, as the previous just weren't all that fun to play.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/ujnhunter Ujn Hunter

    I love Pinball games and I love Pinball games on the iPhone! I like all of OOO's Pinball games and I'd probably snag both the ones you've listed here if they were to go on sale for $0.99 however that being said I like more "realistic" tables and less ones like Monster Pinball (though they are not bad... I just prefer REAL tables).

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/ujnhunter Ujn Hunter

    I love Pinball games and I love Pinball games on the iPhone! I like all of OOO's Pinball games and I'd probably snag both the ones you've listed here if they were to go on sale for $0.99 however that being said I like more "realistic" tables and less ones like Monster Pinball (though they are not bad... I just prefer REAL tables).

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

    Multiball is FANTASTIC.
    Love it. Thanks again, Matmi.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

    Multiball is FANTASTIC.
    Love it. Thanks again, Matmi.

  • Bruno

    Multiball for iPad was pulled from the AppStore. It wasn't working properly.
    I tried to contact Matmi and I did not receive any answer.

    Then I tried to request a refund from Apple and they answer me to contact the developer because they cannot do anything about it.

    I spent 3 dollars plus taxes and it is impossible to paly. I hope the problem gets fixed soon.

    Any other suggestions?

    Cheers,

    Bruno

    • PeterM11

      if it was pulled then when they put up the new fixed version (im assuming they're going to) then it should show up as an update for you. thats how it worked for me in the past with other apps

    • Jeff V

      I had the same experience. Matmi's site does not even mention multi for the iPad.

  • Bruno

    Multiball for iPad was pulled from the AppStore. It wasn't working properly.
    I tried to contact Matmi and I did not receive any answer.

    Then I tried to request a refund from Apple and they answer me to contact the developer because they cannot do anything about it.

    I spent 3 dollars plus taxes and it is impossible to paly. I hope the problem gets fixed soon.

    Any other suggestions?

    Cheers,

    Bruno

    • PeterM11

      if it was pulled then when they put up the new fixed version (im assuming they're going to) then it should show up as an update for you. thats how it worked for me in the past with other apps

    • Jeff V

      I had the same experience. Matmi's site does not even mention multi for the iPad.

  • Yuggle

    I like pinball but the prices being asked are too damn high, especially for a single table.

    Talk to me when it's a buck, for now I'll stick with my Williams tables PS# game.

  • http://micro Yuggle

    I like pinball but the prices being asked are too damn high, especially for a single table.

    Talk to me when it's a buck, for now I'll stick with my Williams tables PS# game.

  • akira01

    Multiball is a gem

  • akira01

    Multiball is a gem

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Monster Pinball sucked.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Monster Pinball sucked.

  • menom

    sorry both those games look to have poor physics IMO - the pinballs move in a weird way

    Wild West and The Deep have far more realistic physics to my mind - I also liked Freeballin a lot when it came out - haven't played that much recently though I'm sure I'll get into it agin at some point as it's very addictive once you start...

    • cranker

      Wild West and The Deep are by FAR the best pinball games IMO. They have a classic feel to them while being nice and crisp at the same time.

      • akira01

        i found them boring.
        for me Monster Pinball IS the real winner

  • menom

    sorry both those games look to have poor physics IMO - the pinballs move in a weird way

    Wild West and The Deep have far more realistic physics to my mind - I also liked Freeballin a lot when it came out - haven't played that much recently though I'm sure I'll get into it agin at some point as it's very addictive once you start...

    • cranker

      Wild West and The Deep are by FAR the best pinball games IMO. They have a classic feel to them while being nice and crisp at the same time.

      • akira01

        i found them boring.
        for me Monster Pinball IS the real winner

  • Dale

    This may seem like a dumb question but when you download those pinballs game from gameprom for your mac....is there any chance you could get a virus or anything ?....I know they make good pinball games for the iphone, but I was unsure of them for something on the computer.

  • Dale

    This may seem like a dumb question but when you download those pinballs game from gameprom for your mac....is there any chance you could get a virus or anything ?....I know they make good pinball games for the iphone, but I was unsure of them for something on the computer.

  • http://www.timrizzo.de timp

    No Pinball Dreams Review? Fantastic retro title from Amiga times - I really enjoy it. No 3D, but more difficult and challenging than the great Wild West and The Deep.

  • http://www.timrizzo.de timp

    No Pinball Dreams Review? Fantastic retro title from Amiga times - I really enjoy it. No 3D, but more difficult and challenging than the great Wild West and The Deep.

  • Craig

    If you've already purchased The Deep and Jungle Pinball for iPhone to you have to buy them again for the mac? I thought I read somewhere the Gameprom was going to make them free for owners. I love both games but don't really want to buy them twice.

  • Craig

    If you've already purchased The Deep and Jungle Pinball for iPhone to you have to buy them again for the mac? I thought I read somewhere the Gameprom was going to make them free for owners. I love both games but don't really want to buy them twice.

  • Rychiar

    why is The Pinball totally not workin on my mac?. i just get the audio. the game window is one giant graphical glitch

  • Rychiar

    why is The Pinball totally not workin on my mac?. i just get the audio. the game window is one giant graphical glitch

  • dogmeat

    ha, i should have been writing this. Thanks for being uncommunicative bastards toucharcade.

  • dogmeat

    ha, i should have been writing this. Thanks for being uncommunicative bastards toucharcade.

  • wayneleon

    Pinball Ride is, by far,the best pinball simulation on small formats [ie, IPhone.]  The graphics, sound, music and intense gameplay is outstanding. Well worth the price in my book. I am a massive pinball fan, and the manner in which the ball moves [the physics] is very very realistic indeed. 

    However, there is one issue with the game that I hope the designers will look at, and that is that it is very easy. The difficulty level needs to be tweeked. Other than that, it is a fantastic game. It is only one table [but lets face it, when do you get multiple tables on a real pinball machine?]