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Best Pinball Game - is there one?

04-29-2010, 07:58 AM
#1
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Best Pinball Game - is there one?

I'm looking for 1 or 2 top notch pinball games in the appstore.

The problem ist there are - on the first look - a lot of great games for me... the deep / western pinball, monster pinball, (the new) last gladiators, star pinball and many many more...


Which is the best in your opinion? Are there some hidden gems?
04-29-2010, 09:23 AM
#2
It depends on what you like.
In the long term, I'm having the most fun with the Matmi tables, since they are all about fun and fast entertainment, instead of emulating a realistic table, which is a bit too much for that little screen, I think. Then I love the Amiga tables, but perhaps because, I spend years with them and they are just well done and pretty timeless. The Gameprom games are less entertaining, personally. I don't know why exactly, they are really beautiful but always feel a bit empty/dead. They simply don't keep my interest that much.

But I guess, it's all just about personal taste.
And you got some good stuff for everyone.

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04-29-2010, 09:28 AM
#3
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I have two of the Matmi tables, and they're my favorite, I like them a lot better than the three Gameprom tables I have. But I agree with the robot, it's probably more about personal taste. I would recommend Monster Pinball first, however. Maybe pick up that one and The Deep or Jungle Pinball and see which style you prefer.

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04-29-2010, 10:23 AM
#4
Joined: Apr 2010
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@ both: thx for the fast answers

years ago i liked for example "balls of steel" from pinball wizards on the pc (was it in 1998 / 1999? i don't now).

it wasn't a realistic pinball game more a fun game - but i loved it. the matmi games are this style, right?
04-29-2010, 11:19 AM
#5
I've tried most of the pinball games available for the iPhone, and personally I find them all quite lacking, especially when it comes to table design - if you've ever spent much time playing a real pinball machine, you probably know what I mean.

What would be nice to see is a pinball app with a good physics engine, that allowed table manufacturers (both old and modern) the chance to license their table designs and sell them via in-app purchase.
04-29-2010, 11:26 AM
#6
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Jungle Style Pinball, because of the great dynamic graphics
Pinball Fantasies, because of the deep gameplay and missions

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04-29-2010, 11:43 AM
#7
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Originally Posted by bmn0210 View Post
I've tried most of the pinball games available for the iPhone, and personally I find them all quite lacking, especially when it comes to table design - if you've ever spent much time playing a real pinball machine, you probably know what I mean.

What would be nice to see is a pinball app with a good physics engine, that allowed table manufacturers (both old and modern) the chance to license their table designs and sell them via in-app purchase.
That sounds great. In the meantime, though, Last Gladiator comes closest to a true pinball experience. It's pricy, but worth it for true pinball fans.
04-29-2010, 11:49 AM
#8
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That sounds great. In the meantime, though, Last Gladiator comes closest to a true pinball experience. It's pricy, but worth it for true pinball fans.
I was just going to jump in and say this, but Squarezero beat me to it. Last Gladiator (LGR2010) is by far the best pinball game I've played so far on the iPhone, and I've played them all. This is the first one I've played that actually approximates an arcade pinball experience.

However, that being said, it is indeed pricey (at $4.99 for one table, and 3 other DLC tables at $4.99 each). I haven't bought any of the DLC tables yet, and the one included table is well worth the $4.99 price tag in my opinion. This is the only pinball game I've loaded on my iPhone that I haven't gotten tired of after a day or two.
04-29-2010, 12:31 PM
#9
Joined: Dec 2009
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I wasn't a huge fan of Monster Pinball but I loved the Deep. I personally prefer the ones that emulate real pinball machines and I'm still waiting for one that emulates those well.
04-29-2010, 01:29 PM
#10
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That sounds great. In the meantime, though, Last Gladiator comes closest to a true pinball experience. It's pricy, but worth it for true pinball fans.
The price is the kicker for me. $5 for all of the tables sounds good, but $20? I'd expect that price on a much bigger screen.