Pinball was the proto-videogame – the original arcade superstar with a very basic interface that is easy to understand and implement. So it’s no surprise that it has managed to survive into the 21st century – after all, when game makers can get rid of all the clunky pieces of wood and springs, it makes the perfect portable game. Most users can find an iteration of the game in their platform – Android being no exception. With the plethora of such games, it can be a bit difficult to identify the best of the lot. To help the discerning pinball wizard to get his game on, here’s several
of the best pinball apps on the Android Platform.
We’ve seen Pinball HD before – it first came out on Apple devices, after all. nVidia Tegra Partners has managed to port the award-winning game to the Android platform several months ago. With impressive 3D graphics and responsive controls, this is what every user will want to play on their top-of-the-line Android tablet, just to take the GPU on it to the limit.
Carnival Pinball on the other hand is a more minimalist app. Able to fit its tables in a phone’s screen may seem to result in simplistic play areas, but the app manages to pack a lot of punch for its size. Coming with three levels, with a promise of more in the offing, Carnival Pinball delivers gaming on all Android tablets and phones. No fancy bells and whistles here – just basic pinball action. It may not seem much but considering the price tag of zero that’s plenty impressive. Users should get this if they want to scratch that pinball itch in minutes.
Another 3D pinball game is Pinball Ride. A very good-looking game, it delivers some of the best 3D graphics on the platform. It also manages to pack in a story line – which is weird considering it’s a pinball game, but the magic of video games makes it happen. Several different modes are available, while also providing a set of achievements so a pinball wizard would have additional goals to fulfill. Plus, all of it is backed up by an excellent soundtrack to get you into the pulse-pounding mood.
For someone who’s looking for a more tactile experience, there’s Enzo’s Pinball. Delivering full-fledged tactile feedback to the player, this app simulates what a real pinball table feels like with its vibrations and tilts. Add in some pretty realistic physics and touch-screen controls and you’ve got a very impressive package for any pinball enthusiast. It also comes with three unique tables to play through, so players won’t be spoiled for choice.
Terran Droid’s Pinball Classic is another good app for those starved for pinball goodness. Nice clean graphics and simple controls – you just tap the left or right of the screen to get the flippers moving – combine to give pinball enthusiasts some pretty game play. It has a few technical difficulties but those are dime-a-dozen in the burgeoning app field. However, this isn’t one for those with finicky devices.
While not looking like much, Vector Pinball is one of the good one. The basic graphics hide a very good physics engine and a good game. Two tables come with it and there are no ads. The high point for this app is that it’s free and open-source – so users can tinker with it, if they are so inclined.
Magma mobile’s Pinball may not seem like much, but considering it was the first pinball game on Android much can be forgiven. It’s actually got some pretty interesting game modes – like the Space Invaders one pictured above. All in all, it’s a basic app to while away the time – but it does this job pretty well.