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App description: From the creative team at AppStar Games comes Fling Pong - The Planets.

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REVIEWS
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"Solid physics make it a snap to learn... The musical score for Fling Pong - The Planets takes iPhone soundtracks to a whole new level. Musically, Fling Pong feels like a lost snippet from Fantasia. It's epic and overpowering... Fling Pong - The Planets should be considered money well spent."
GameZebo.com

"The presentation is very well done, with great looking graphics and excellent music... Fling Pong - The Planets is also pretty darn fun, and with 32 levels, OpenFeint integration and a phenomenal musical score, it should keep you entertained for some time."
Toucharcade

Sounds like fun? Indeed it is... I find the game to be an excellent casual game on the iPhone, with nice graphics and a unique gameplay mechanic that Ive not seen anywhere else.
NineOverTen.com
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Featuring out-of-this-world graphics taken from actual Hubble Telescope imagery, Fling Pong -The Planets takes you to another galaxy of arcade fun. The object of the game is simple; bounce a ping pong ball toward a wall of target holes in an attempt to get the ball in the hole. In "The Planets" the target holes are represented by the 8 planets of our Solar System (sorry, Pluto). Early game play presents the Planets in beautiful static imagery, with the game progressing through waves of dramatic planetary motion. Skilled players are aided by the later availability of "Free Shot Rockets", guided missile ping pong balls with an uncanny ability to track planetary motion.

Fling Pong -The Planets features include:
- 32 unique levels of mind-boggling arcade challenge organized over 8 Stages
- Gorgeous graphics based on actual Hubble Telescope imagery
- A dynamic musical score featuring excerpts from the renowned classical score Holst: The Planets
- The ability to navigate the game via stages, with individual high scores for each stage.
- The Open Feint social gaming platform, including high score leader boards, achievements and friend-to-friend integration through Facebook and Twitter
- Sound and Music volume controls

AppStar Games is the new publishing company from the creative team of David Crane and Garry Kitchen, former Activision designers and video game legends. Fling Pong - The Planets is designed by Garry Kitchen, a former Video Game Designer of the year, well known for his previous work including the Atari home version of "Donkey Kong", "Garry Kitchen's GameMaker" and "Keystone Kapers". David Crane is the co-founder of Activision and author of some of the most beloved video games of all time, including "Pitfall", "Pitfall 2: Lost Caverns", "Freeway", "The Activision Decathlon", and "A Boy and His Blob". Kitchen and Crane are joined at AppStar Games by an esteemed team of industry veterans, including Roger Booth, game technologist extraordinaire, and Bill Wentworth, a world class graphic and game designer.

Watch for more great iPhone and iPad games coming from AppStar Games!

ImNoSuperMan's comments:


TA Review : http://toucharcade.com/2010/07/22/fl...-solar-system/

07-20-2010, 01:51 AM
#2
Joined: Jul 2010
Location: U.S.A.
Posts: 756
Can anyone buy this and figure out exactly what it is? I can't get ANYTHING from the app pictures.


EDIT: Thanks for putting a video up! Looks VERY cool.

-Alex

Last edited by Alex Graal; 07-23-2010 at 02:16 AM.

07-20-2010, 10:36 AM
#3
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: Uk
Posts: 2,209
This is a pretty cool game with good physics on the ping pong ball well worth the price
07-20-2010, 10:39 AM
#4
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Location: Colorado
Posts: 5,244
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Originally Posted by Howlingwolf View Post
This is a pretty cool game with good physics on the ping pong ball well worth the price
I like the game as well. However I don't like how contact with the ball is lost if you move your finger a little to the left or right. I realize that you are suppose to touch the ball and then bounce it and this works as long as you pick the exact spot you want to bounce from. However, the touch controls just feel a little broken to me.

Graphics and sound are great.
07-20-2010, 11:25 AM
#5
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Location: Uk
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Originally Posted by BazookaTime View Post
I like the game as well. However I don't like how contact with the ball is lost if you move your finger a little to the left or right. I realize that you are suppose to touch the ball and then bounce it and this works as long as you pick the exact spot you want to bounce from. However, the touch controls just feel a little broken to me.

Graphics and sound are great.
I have not really found a problem with it to be fair have you tried bouncing the ball at an angle yet it puts opposite spin on it i have hit targets that are getting close to moving off screen by bouncing the ball off the side wall
07-20-2010, 12:04 PM
#6
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Colorado
Posts: 5,244
Quote:
Originally Posted by BazookaTime View Post
I like the game as well. However I don't like how contact with the ball is lost if you move your finger a little to the left or right. I realize that you are suppose to touch the ball and then bounce it and this works as long as you pick the exact spot you want to bounce from. However, the touch controls just feel a little broken to me.

Graphics and sound are great.
I see what you are saying. I was not having a problem getting the ball into the hole but instead of dragging the ball, I can just put spin on it for the shots that are moving.

Edit...wow did I just quote and respond to myself? Time for a nap.

I meant to respond to HW.

Last edited by BazookaTime; 07-20-2010 at 12:40 PM.
07-22-2010, 03:05 PM
#7
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 10,505
TA Review : http://toucharcade.com/2010/07/22/fl...-solar-system/

(added video in the OP)
07-22-2010, 03:09 PM
#8
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Location: Uk
Posts: 2,209
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Originally Posted by BazookaTime View Post
I see what you are saying. I was not having a problem getting the ball into the hole but instead of dragging the ball, I can just put spin on it for the shots that are moving.

Edit...wow did I just quote and respond to myself? Time for a nap.

I meant to respond to HW.
HA HA i think i must have needed a nap too i read it and didnt notice
07-22-2010, 10:46 PM
#9
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Location: South Florida
Posts: 1,366
Any other impressions? Looks great but a little hesitant at the current price

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07-23-2010, 12:10 AM
#10
Joined: Nov 2009
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Game Impressions

Sorry, but I can't recommend this one at all. This fails at the single thing it needs to get right: making you feel like you are throwing a ping pong ball.

A static "imprint" on the screen which remains in place even when you slowly move your finger? Really? Sorry but that is nowhere near good enough. "Industry Legends" moniker will only take you so far; it won't mask laziness of this kind.