Category Archives: Pinball

Last month Zen Studios announced that three major Universal motion pictures franchises would be getting the pinball table treatment in their lovely Zen Pinball [Free] game, and alongside that announcement they released the first trailer for one of those tables which is based on the classic kid-finds-an-alien-and-adventure-ensues tale… Mac and Me! No just kidding, it's based on Spielberg's classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Then at the end of the month, Zen revealed the trailer for the second table in the upcoming pack based on The Undisputed Greatest Film of All Time Jaws. Now Zen has just released the trailer for the third and final table in the upcoming pack, which is based on the '80s version of Rick and Morty, also known as the Back to the Future trilogy. Check it out, Doc!..

A few weeks back we wrote about Zen Pinball [Free] getting the Universal Classics Pinball pack that will bring pinball tables based on the classic 80s movies Jaws, Back to the Future, and E.T., all excellent movies that I'd watch any day of the week even though I've seen them so many times. After giving us the trailer for the E.T. table, today it's Jaws turn, just in time to remind you why generations of kids were too scared to set foot in the ocean. The new table will let you play various scenes from the movie, and you'll have to track and take out that great white shark that sees swimmers as breakfast. And, in a fun twist, the new table will also let you play as the shark. What better way to have fun than eating hapless swimmers?..




It feels like it's been a while since we got a new table pack for Zen Pinball [Free] and in fact the last time was at the beginning of February with the release of a Star Wars: Rogue One table. Well that's about to change as Zen Studios has lined up three classic Universal film franchises to make pinball tables out of and they'll be released as the Universal Classics Pinball pack to all of Zen's Zen Pinball/Pinball FX games across all digital platforms soon. The film franchises in question are Jaws (inarguably the BEST film of all time don't @ me), the entire Back to the Future trilogy, and finally E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial which Zen has actually released a new trailer for...

Pixeljam has revived their Flash game Snowball! [$1.99] for Steam and mobile, and the world is better off with this charming pinball game. The whole game is just one table, but it's an entertaining table, and a game that's absolutely gorgeous for pixel art aficionados, especially on a big enough screen. The table is intended to take place on the side of a mountain, with the pinball being a Snowball!, the flippers being wooden contraptions operated by people, and the area where your ball falls into being a campfire that melts the ball. It's charming...

'PinOut!' Review - A Pretty, Good Spin on Pinball

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December 30th, 2016 1:30 PM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in $2.99, 4 stars, Arcade, Free, iPad Games, iPhone games, Pinball, Reviews
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With the end of the year upon us, I'm doing my usual job of going back and picking out some games for review that for whatever reason didn't get one upon release. This year, most of the choices are coming from suggestions from the community, and one of the first games mentioned was PinOut! [Free]. Given that pinball is usually like catnip for me, I'm not sure why I missed this one to begin with. I imagine I was knee-deep in RPGs or something like that. At any rate, it's better late than never, so let's take a look at this stylish spin on one of the oldest electronic gaming genres...

For those craving for another mobile pinball game, Pinpop VEGAS: Extreme Pinball [Free] is one you should probably check out .The Nexon Korea game has you playing through all kinds of environments like forests, mines, deserts, and oceans, all of which change according to the weather. There's a whole story mode that should entertain pinball lovers out there. The game has a fun, cartoony look and while the physics are a bit on the sluggish side (the ball feels much heavier than your average pinball), you should still be able to hit your targets at will once you get the hang of it...

Just over a month ago, we brought you news that PinOut [Free], Mediocre Games's follow up to the aptly titled Smash Hit [Free] and Does Not Commute [Free], had released in certain App Store regions, and ever since I've been dying to try out the perplexing possibility of an endless pinball game in an atmospheric neon setting. Thankfully, the wait wasn't long, as today PinOut has launched worldwide for the unbeatable price of absolute nothing, and looks every bit as good as the initial trailer suggested, and will hopefully bring something new to the (pinball) table, for both beginners and veterans alike...

If you like Marvel's many rad female super heroes, you'll like the new Marvel Pinball [$0.99] update that has added many of them to the game along with two brand new tables. As we wrote about a few days back, the new update brings characters like Ms. Marvel, Black Widow, Squirrel Girl, Spider-Gwen, and many more. The first table, A-Force, is all about an alternate Soviet-dominated reality and features a fun storyline involving the destruction of a Cosmic Cube. The table's Wizard Mode lets you control Black Widow and Madame Masque as you try and keep those Cosmic Cube balls in one piece...

'PinOut', the Next Game From the Developers of 'Smash Hit', Is an Upcoming Endless Pinballer That Looks Stunning in Motion

It surely goes without saying for anyone within the iOS community, but any releases by Mediocre Games are far more than the everyday experiences that their modest name suggests. Unlike the title of their studio, Smash Hit [Free] was true to its label, and rocketed to the top of the charts when it was released in 2014. However, despite some previous crazes in the App Store, it achieved such lofty status through quality gameplay that we praised extensively in our review. Other games from the Swedish developers, including Sprinkle [$1.99] and Does Not Commute [Free], have also been of a similarly high standard, and have made every successive release by Mediocre one watch out for. Today, they have announced PinOut, their newest title that turns pinball into a continuous adventure across numerous neon tables, and looks absolutely stunning in the preview trailer:..

Marvel Pinball [$0.99] is about to get some of the most iconic female super heroes and super villains in a very fun new pack. I like the way Marvel Pinball has been expanding, and what an easy way for the developer to increase the game's revenue. Marvel's Women of Power pack is bringing two new tables and characters like Ms. Marvel, Black Widow, Squirrel Girl, Spider-Gwen, and more. The A-Force table brings an alternate Soviet-dominated reality and features an interesting storyline involving the destruction of a Cosmic Cube. The table's Wizard Mode lets you control Black Widow and Madame Masque directly as you try and keep the Cosmic Cube balls alive...

'Justice Monsters Five' Review - Justice Denied

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September 2nd, 2016 6:00 PM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in 2 stars, Free, iPad Games, iPhone games, Pinball, Reviews, Social RPG
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You know, I actually had a small shred of hope for Justice Monsters Five [Free]. It looked like a take-off of the enjoyable Monster Strike [Free], had some nice-looking artwork, and its status as a Final Fantasy 15 spin-off, the first playable non-demo anything based on Final Fantasy 15, lulled me into thinking it was going to be of a certain level of quality. Plus, Square Enix has gotten better with their free-to-play efforts of late. They're all quite serviceable if not very exciting or innovative. Unfortunately, I was almost completely wrong about this game. The production values are good for what it is and it's not a broken game or anything like that, but those are both of the nice things I have to say about this shallow, dull affair...

There has been a wide variety of Final Fantasy spinoff games over the years, from sprawling turn-based strategy titles such as Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99], to some more eccentric entries like Chocobo Racing for the original Playstation. While fans may be focused on the upcoming Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix are sharing some of the love with mobile gamers, as Justice Monsters Five [Free] has finally launched today on the App Store for free, seven months after we first learnt of its existence. Bizarrely merging pinball elements with RPG mechanics, this new spin-off title will certainly be one for any fans of the massively popular social RPG Monster Strike [Free] to try out, and worth a look for anyone looking to fill the void until the November release of Final Fantasy XV...

Developer XperimentalZ Games has a vibe to its games that I can really appreciate. These games feel like they fell out of some parallel timeline where arcades stayed healthy and full of a variety of game types. A place, time, and dimension where games made about as much sense as a 1980s action movie, and took deep pride in that fact. I'm a big fan of XperimentalZ's previous release, Pixel Boat Rush [Free], a wild side-scrolling action boat racer, and when I heard the developer was tackling a pinball hybrid next, I was pretty excited. Unfortunately, as the release date of Pinball Breaker Forever [Free] approached, so too did a ton of RPGs, which meant I couldn't get to the game I had been looking forward to. Worse, everyone else at TouchArcade got busy at around the same time, leaving Pinball Breaker Forever to slide by without a review. No, we can't have that...

'INKS.' Review - Paintball Wizard

'INKS.' Review - Paintball Wizard

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There are a few ways you can look at INKS. [$2.99], the latest release from Lumino City [$4.99] developer State Of Play. On the one hand, it's a beautiful piece of interactive art, allowing each player to uniquely paint a design based on how they play. On the other hand, it's probably State Of Play's most conventional game yet, since it's really just pinball at its core. That's a genre which has no shortage of excellent entries on the iOS platform, and when compared on a strictly mechanical basis against them, INKS. is far from the front of the pack. You have to take it as a fusion of both of those things to see it on its best merits, I think. If nothing else, it will teach you more than a few things about how to play pinball, and it does it in quite the artistic fashion...

Zen Studios are firing up the pinball table making machine for the first time since releasing 3 Star Wars: The Force Awakens tables this past January. They've teamed up with Fox Digital Entertainment to create 3 brand new tables set in the Aliens movie universe for a table pack they've dubbed Aliens vs. Pinball. Zen describes the new tables: "In Aliens pinball, team up with the Colonial Marines as Ellen Ripley on a pinball table based on ALIENS, the 1986 blockbuster film. Face your fears and take on a deadly Alien threat on the Sevastopol Space Station as Amanda Ripley in the Alien: Isolation pinball table and feel the rush of the hunt as a young Yautja warrior in Alien vs. Predator pinball."..

The World Needs More 'Sausage Pinball'

February 11th, 2016 11:00 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Games, News, Pinball
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I've got a lot of favorite things about the App Store, but one of my most favorite of favorite things is when some weird game or unknown indie developer just pops up out of the blue with something you've never heard of... Which just happened this morning with the Taiwanese phenomenon of Sausage Pinball [Free / Free] (Or maybe sausage pachinko, Google doesn't seem to prefer calling it one or the other). A thread for the game got posted to our forums earlier today, and at first glance you'd understandably just be like "What's this? Looks like some weird pinball game, what does it have to do with sausages?" The answer will make you want to move, or at minimum, travel to Taiwan...

I was more of a console gamer growing up, so I unfortunately missed out on all the great old-school gaming computers, like the Amiga. It wasn't until the world of iOS gaming that I came to know Pinball Dreaming [$1.99] and Pinball Fantasies [$2.99], two classic pinball games from Digital Illusions that were originally released for the Amiga in the early '90s and ported to iOS by Cowboy Rodeo way back in 2009. Let me tell you, I may have been late to the party, but boy was I glad to be invited. Both Pinball Dreams and Pinball Fantasies are fantastic digital pinball games. Sadly, Cowboy Rodeo was a tiny outfit and despite doing reasonably well back in the day it didn't appear that the Dreams and Fantasies ports lit the world on fire. Like so many other great games from that first year of the App Store, updates eventually dried up, though to Cowboy Rodeo's credit they did make an effort every year or two to ensure the games at least ran on latest iOS software and hardware, but new features weren't really in the cards...

We learned last week that Zen Studios was readying two brand new pinball tables focused on the smash hit film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The announcement was accompanied by a short teaser trailer that briefly showed one of the new tables in action, but as is usually the case with teasers, there just wasn't much detail shown. With the new tables set to launch across all platforms this week, Zen has released two brand new trailers that give a much deeper look into each of the new Star Wars tables...

'Super Hyper Ball' Review - Breakout Pinball

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December 3rd, 2015 1:00 PM EDT by Chris Carter in 3.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Pinball, Reviews, Universal
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I've been playing Breakout-esque games for decades now, and despite the fact that they've fundamentally remained the same, they still do the trick every so often when I'm craving an arcade-like retro experience. Sure it's a score-attack-based affair, with a dangling carrot that will never actually be reached, but at the very least, you can still break out all of those bricks and move on to the next set of tiles. There's a sense of progression to it and a noble air of simplicity that makes the genre so alluring. Super Hyper Ball [Free] maintains the same classic feel as those titles, but adds in a few rudimentary aspects of pinball into the mix...

You can always count on Zen Studios doing pinball table tie-ins with popular properties, but their latest collaboration is quite a doozy. Zen has teamed up with Fox to create four–yes, four!– brand new pinball tables based on Fox's stable of hit animated shows. The "Balls of Glory" pinball pack contains tables for Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, American Dad and Archer. All tables feature the characters, and crucially, the voices you know and love from each show, all presented in Zen's trademark over-the-top pinball style...

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