Gameprom has more than proven themselves on the App Store with three fantastic iPhone pinball games: Wild West Pinball, [99¢], The Deep Pinball [99¢], and Jungle Style Pinball [99¢]. Their latest game, The Pinball [$2.99], combines the three of these games in to a single high-resolution iPad game.

All of the high scoring, table objectives, and everything else from the three iPhone games are included, in addition to several different options for playing the game in 3D using stereoscopic 3D glasses. The red/cyan 3D works fairly well, but feels kind of gimmicky like most games that feature this kind of 3D.

Much like the iPhone versions, the pinball physics of each of the included games are phenomenal, but what has left me scratching my head with The Pinball HD is how few view options are included. The iPhone games are played in portrait mode and the camera can either follow the ball or zoom out to view the whole table. On the iPad, this is controlled by which way you orient the device.

Holding it horizontally allows you to see the whole table at an odd skewed perspective, while holding it in portrait mode follows the ball around. This really seems backwards, and I'd love to see the whole table in portrait mode. Judging by the response in our forums, I'm not alone on that.

Even though the camera is kind of weird, The Pinball HD seems to be the best pinball collection available for the iPad right now. Gameprom has had a fantastic history of updating and maintaining their games, so I have faith they'll listen to and implement feedback to change the in-game camera around.

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  • TellTale

    We could have had 3 awesome pinball tables, full view in a nice big portrait size. Perfect for the iPad, but oh no :(

    • cranker

      That would be the only update needed badly. The rest is perfect !

    • Adams Immersive

      I think the current view option makes sense: when tilted away from you—the REAL view you get playing real pinball—the table fits better in landscape mode than portrait mode. Try the free Mac version of the game: it’s a perfect fit (when you hit C to stop the roving camera) even on a wide screen. That’s perspective in action.

      For a static top-down view, portrait would be great, and I’d like to see that 3rd option since video games have often used it.

      But a REAL pinball game is views in perspective, from the end, not from above.

      • Adams Immersive

        Also, having the moving view be in portrait orientation makes sense: that’s the view where you need extra vertical FOV (since the ball moves faster on the vertical than the horizontal). Landscape mode would not be good for a moving camera.

  • TellTale

    We could have had 3 awesome pinball tables, full view in a nice big portrait size. Perfect for the iPad, but oh no :(

    • cranker

      That would be the only update needed badly. The rest is perfect !

    • Adams Immersive

      I think the current view option makes sense: when tilted away from you—the REAL view you get playing real pinball—the table fits better in landscape mode than portrait mode. Try the free Mac version of the game: it’s a perfect fit (when you hit C to stop the roving camera) even on a wide screen. That’s perspective in action.

      For a static top-down view, portrait would be great, and I’d like to see that 3rd option since video games have often used it.

      But a REAL pinball game is views in perspective, from the end, not from above.

      • Adams Immersive

        Also, having the moving view be in portrait orientation makes sense: that’s the view where you need extra vertical FOV (since the ball moves faster on the vertical than the horizontal). Landscape mode would not be good for a moving camera.

  • Gekkota

    Glad to see these three games in a single iPad app. Maybe the portrait view will come in an update... at least I'm hoping!

  • Gekkota

    Glad to see these three games in a single iPad app. Maybe the portrait view will come in an update... at least I'm hoping!

  • dowzer

    Is it just me that find all of the tables to be extremely empty and shallow? Sure, if they are going for a retro pinball feel they succeeded, I just find them a bit boring.

    • cranker

      That's what makes these tables so awesome. I hate tables that have so much on them that you don't even know what to do. Don't change anything, this is the best pinball by far on the iphone / ipad :)

    • Michael B

      Not really. Wild West was a bit sparse originally, but The Deep pretty much nailed the feel of a mid-nineties pin. The problem is the more modern ones have a LOT of things going on, toys and otherwise, and it'll get hard to see what's going on, as well as harder to play.

    • mgabrys

      I've yet to see any pinball apps come close to littlewing's offerings - period, end of story.

      Check out the attention to the detail in the art - it really looks like illuminated graphics, not just a photoshop image slapped down. Plus the games not only have good physics, but have the classic pinball-narrative play rather than some cobbled together missions.

      THESE are the one's I'm waiting for on my iPad. Wake me when they get here.

      http://www.littlewingpinball.com/contents/en/info/mf/screen.html

  • dowzer

    Is it just me that find all of the tables to be extremely empty and shallow? Sure, if they are going for a retro pinball feel they succeeded, I just find them a bit boring.

    • cranker

      That's what makes these tables so awesome. I hate tables that have so much on them that you don't even know what to do. Don't change anything, this is the best pinball by far on the iphone / ipad :)

    • Michael B

      Not really. Wild West was a bit sparse originally, but The Deep pretty much nailed the feel of a mid-nineties pin. The problem is the more modern ones have a LOT of things going on, toys and otherwise, and it'll get hard to see what's going on, as well as harder to play.

    • mgabrys

      I've yet to see any pinball apps come close to littlewing's offerings - period, end of story.

      Check out the attention to the detail in the art - it really looks like illuminated graphics, not just a photoshop image slapped down. Plus the games not only have good physics, but have the classic pinball-narrative play rather than some cobbled together missions.

      THESE are the one's I'm waiting for on my iPad. Wake me when they get here.

      http://www.littlewingpinball.com/contents/en/info/mf/screen.html

  • ekiwi

    Wow the comments so far show how spoilt we've all become.
    Suppose with 190k apps it's to be expected but cmon people these guys deserve serious props not just for technical quality but the fact they generously included all 3 tables and at a very very reasonable price.
    So far most impressive iPad app in my book (err pad :)

  • ekiwi

    Wow the comments so far show how spoilt we've all become.
    Suppose with 190k apps it's to be expected but cmon people these guys deserve serious props not just for technical quality but the fact they generously included all 3 tables and at a very very reasonable price.
    So far most impressive iPad app in my book (err pad :)

  • SalsaMD

    The orientation is a such b/c the ipad version is essentially a port of the Mac version.

  • SalsaMD

    The orientation is a such b/c the ipad version is essentially a port of the Mac version.

  • somebody

    will it work with the pinball remote?

    • ValdemarUA

      No.

  • somebody

    will it work with the pinball remote?

    • ValdemarUA

      No.

  • Steve Reed

    Just tried this on my iPad and I have already found a number of bugs.
    Was this thing tested on an iPad??

    When I load the game it immediately goes to the Wild west table, no matter what I pick. Then I am stuck in an endless loop and can't leave that table. Even after pausing the game, hitting exit and selecting the other table it again goes back to Wild West. Same goes for the scores, the only way I could get out of it was to exit the game...

    ReviewsbySteve

    • SalsaMD

      It was remotely tested on an ipad. The developers live in Kiev.

  • Steve Reed

    Just tried this on my iPad and I have already found a number of bugs.
    Was this thing tested on an iPad??

    When I load the game it immediately goes to the Wild west table, no matter what I pick. Then I am stuck in an endless loop and can't leave that table. Even after pausing the game, hitting exit and selecting the other table it again goes back to Wild West. Same goes for the scores, the only way I could get out of it was to exit the game...

    ReviewsbySteve

    • SalsaMD

      It was remotely tested on an ipad. The developers live in Kiev.

  • http://twitter.com/dvessel redvessel

    I have The Deep for my phone and wasn't impressed at all. The guy behind Monster Pinball on the other hand nailed it. Lot more responsive and fast paced. That's be sweet on the maxxipad.

    • cranker

      Monster pinball feels nothing like a real pinball machine to me.

      • http://twitter.com/dvessel redvessel

        Yeah, I guess not but I wasn't looking for realism. What bothers me about The Deep is the use of 3d Graphics vs. 2d on Monster. It's a lot more crisp and responsive improving gameplay. I care more about gameplay.

        Not saying The Deep is bad. It just didn't do it for me. I don't have anything against using 3d but it didn't convince me that it was all that realistic either.

  • http://twitter.com/dvessel redvessel

    I have The Deep for my phone and wasn't impressed at all. The guy behind Monster Pinball on the other hand nailed it. Lot more responsive and fast paced. That's be sweet on the maxxipad.

    • cranker

      Monster pinball feels nothing like a real pinball machine to me.

      • http://twitter.com/dvessel redvessel

        Yeah, I guess not but I wasn't looking for realism. What bothers me about The Deep is the use of 3d Graphics vs. 2d on Monster. It's a lot more crisp and responsive improving gameplay. I care more about gameplay.

        Not saying The Deep is bad. It just didn't do it for me. I don't have anything against using 3d but it didn't convince me that it was all that realistic either.

  • mardas pye

    Very nice and worth the money, but the game stutters once in a while which can screw up the gameplay, and it needs MANY more camera options.

  • mardas pye

    Very nice and worth the money, but the game stutters once in a while which can screw up the gameplay, and it needs MANY more camera options.

  • Anon

    The graphics and physics are good but the sound sucks so bad I have to play with the volume off. There's no sounds for the ball rolling on the table - it feels so lifeless without it.

  • Anon

    The graphics and physics are good but the sound sucks so bad I have to play with the volume off. There's no sounds for the ball rolling on the table - it feels so lifeless without it.

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  • Deewin

    The Deep is an awesome table but I don't really care about the rest. This may be the best pinball game out on the app store, but that's not saying much considering that there aren't many other decent alternatives out on the app store.

  • Deewin

    The Deep is an awesome table but I don't really care about the rest. This may be the best pinball game out on the app store, but that's not saying much considering that there aren't many other decent alternatives out on the app store.

  • Sean

    Sorry, until The Williams Collection Pinball comes out, I'm just going to say no to pretty much all video pinball games.

  • Sean

    Sorry, until The Williams Collection Pinball comes out, I'm just going to say no to pretty much all video pinball games.

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Pinball HD Reviewed by Eli Hodapp on . Rating: 4