Now it’s time for a spot of pinball, with the appropriately titled, er, Pinball. Will it impress as much as the aforementioned, or will it drag Magma’s average score down like an unwanted and not-very-good third child?
Pinball claims to have been the first pinball game on the Android Market. Of course, that’s no longer the case. Search for “pinball” and you’ll find a couple of dozen more. I’m not sure why that’s relevant. Let’s move on quickly.
So what’s in the box? Seven tables to be precise, of decidedly varying quality. There’s Bowling, Underwater (in which the ball is stupidly the same colour as much of the background), Android land (with various nods to the OS, such as smilies and a YouTube logo), Sixties, and Christmas tree (meh).
One of my favourites is Soccer, which is essentially table football with pinball controls. Each time you knock the ball through the gap in the top of the table, you score a goal.
Invaders is pretty good too. There are some Space Invader-style ships in the middle of the screen, and you have to rattle your pinball off of them to blow them up. Good times.
However, there are a few things that trouble me about Pinball. First of all, there’s not much going on in the tables. Unless you’re out to set a high score, there’s little reason to come back for more.
There’s also the age old problem of pinball randomness. Sometimes, through no fault of your own, you’ll launch a ball only to have it immediately ricochet off something and fall down one of the gaps. Indeed, it’s not uncommon to have it happen to several balls in a row. Not so good times.
Finally – and this is probably the worst of all – the flippers all too often get stuck. Looking at the comments on the Android Market, this has been a problem for a good few months, possibly caused by an update. That’s pretty unforgiveable, really. Imagine a racing game where the brakes intermittently fail.
So, Pinball. Not completely terrible, but not great either.
- Several tables
- Global high scores
- It’s free
- Not a whole lot going on
- The flippers stick
Summary: Flipper problem aside, Pinball is ok. If you’re familiar with pinball games, you’ll know exactly what to expect. It’s… fine.
Requires: Android 1.5 or above.
Price: free @ Android Market