Pinball HD

 
Authentic pinball simulation with mildly suggestive imagery.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

It’s just as simple as real-world pinball; tap the left and right edges of the screen to flick the flippers, shake the iPad to jiggle the table.Plus there are narrated overviews of the tables if you want.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Players will see a couple of scantily clad women on one table.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The “Wild West” table features a picture of a full, foaming mug of beer.

Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. Players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pinball HD is a realistic pinball simulation featuring three tables that sport mildly suggestive themes and artwork. Players will see a couple of scantily clad women on one table and watch as their balls scoot past a little bar scene marked by a picture of a foaming mug of beer.

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QUALITY
 

Pinball games may be getting harder to find in the physical world but they seem to be proliferating in the digital domain. However, PINBALL HD differentiates itself from its competitors in terms quality and value. Three bucks buys three very distinct tables with jungle, sea, and western themes. They look fantastic in high-definition on the iPad’s big, glossy screen, and are complemented by a physics system that makes the game’s virtual balls move just like their real world counterparts. Tapping the sides of the screen to flick the flippers is intuitive, as is shaking the iPad to jiggle the table. Bonus: Narrated overviews of the features of each table ensure that you need never wonder what each light, rail, and bumper means or does. If you’re looking for iPad pinball, you’re unlikely to find better.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:May 4, 2010
Category:Arcade Games
Size:58.60 MB
Publisher:OOO Gameprom
Version:1.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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