One of our favorite iPhone developers has long been Illusion Labs. This indie development group has been responsible for iPhone classics such as Labyrinth (1 and 2) and Touchgrind. We also particularly loved Sway, even though it might not have seen as much commercial success as their other games.

The reason for our praise of their titles is that they perfect their games around an iPhone-specific control system and package them in a high quality product. Their newest game follows this model and brings the game of foosball to the iPad.

Focused around a multi-touch interface, the Foosball HD allows two players to compete with each other on a virtual foosball table. Each player has control of their respective players and can move their men using simple swipe controls. Forward and Back move the players horizontally on the field while Left and Right spin them in the appropriate direction. A single player mode is included but the real magic in the game is playing against a human opponent.


They took some liberties in cutting down a real life foosball table to fit it on the iPad, but the end result can be quite fun when playing against another human opponent. The above video shows Blake playing Jared, then Anders playing Jared.

Illusion Labs has already submitted Foosball HD so it should be coming out any day now.

  • Jim

    I have missed Illusion Labs. So glad to see they are still around.

  • Jim

    I have missed Illusion Labs. So glad to see they are still around.

  • camihq

    Looking good, but i dont even have ipad :D:

  • camihq

    Looking good, but i dont even have ipad :D:

  • Gary

    No spinning!

    • Sticktron

      Lol so true

      • Tocarina

        :D :D :D

  • Gary

    No spinning!

    • Sticktron

      Lol so true

      • Tocarina

        :D :D :D

  • Remon

    When I get my ipad, this is going to be on there for sure!

  • Remon

    When I get my ipad, this is going to be on there for sure!

  • Xurkey

    You know you just just use a real foosball table right?

    Learn to play.

  • Xurkey

    You know you just just use a real foosball table right?

    Learn to play.

  • Noah

    Ugh. That game looks really hard. Not sure if it would get annoying or not...

  • Noah

    Ugh. That game looks really hard. Not sure if it would get annoying or not...

  • http://toucharcade.com skater247247

    are they making this for iphone?

    • AnonDev

      There is another game like this coming for iPhone soon... Bad timing, I guess.

      • http://toucharcade.com skater247247

        which game?

  • http://toucharcade.com skater247247

    are they making this for iphone?

    • AnonDev

      There is another game like this coming for iPhone soon... Bad timing, I guess.

      • http://toucharcade.com skater247247

        which game?

  • Farmer Harv

    I played a gazillion games of foosball while attending(?) tech school, and while this looks fantastic and faithful to the real game, it also seems incredibly difficult to hit hit the ball without moving the men sideways. I don't know how the two movements could be uncoupled to avoid this, but it looks almost unplayable (in the same way as the real game) as it stands now.

  • Farmer Harv

    I played a gazillion games of foosball while attending(?) tech school, and while this looks fantastic and faithful to the real game, it also seems incredibly difficult to hit hit the ball without moving the men sideways. I don't know how the two movements could be uncoupled to avoid this, but it looks almost unplayable (in the same way as the real game) as it stands now.

  • HistorySchol

    Hopefully more interesting stuff will come out of WWDC. Where is Legion of Amon?

  • HistorySchol

    Hopefully more interesting stuff will come out of WWDC. Where is Legion of Amon?

  • wegmans

    So 12 hours later and all we have is a foosball game? Booooorinnngg! :)

  • wegmans

    So 12 hours later and all we have is a foosball game? Booooorinnngg! :)

  • lolller

    This look absolutely unplayable. How can you say its fun while the players in the video express nothing but frustration?

    • Jared Nelson

      Because it's absolutely playable and a whole lot of fun. When in the video were we expressing frustration? Is that how you interpreted all of our joyous laughing?

  • lolller

    This look absolutely unplayable. How can you say its fun while the players in the video express nothing but frustration?

    • Jared Nelson

      Because it's absolutely playable and a whole lot of fun. When in the video were we expressing frustration? Is that how you interpreted all of our joyous laughing?