PinOut!

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Keep ball rolling in musical, neon world of endless pinball.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Simple touchscreen controls.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Free but has an optional one-time charge to restart from checkpoints instead of the beginning; no parent gate.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PinOut! is a pinball-esque game that's fun for all ages, though fans of regular pinball might appreciate it more. Though it's easy to play and there's no iffy content, fine motor skills are necessary to advance and there's no clear stopping point. While the game is free, you can purchase a "premium" version for $1.99 that adds the ability to continue from checkpoints instead of starting over from the beginning every time. Note: There's no privacy policy available in the game or on the developer's website to indicate how information about players may be collected and shared.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byCooltiger37 October 22, 2018

WARNING: MAJOR RAGE GAME

While there isn't anything in this game that could be considered even REMOTELY offensive or inappropriate for kids, it's EXTREMELY difficult to play a... Continue reading

What's it about?

In PINOUT!, you're playing pinball on a table that looks like it's from the arcade in Tron. The table in PinOut! is endless, with multiple flippers, and your objective is to get as high up on it as you can before the clock runs out. A turn usually lasts about a minute, though you can roll over some dots that will each add a second to your time. Just be careful -- the pathways where the dots are kept don't always lead to the next section upward. Players can make a one-time purchase to start over from checkpoints rather than the very beginning.

Is it any good?

By putting an interesting and unique spin on pinball, this fun and challenging arcade game manages to be as addictive as it is interesting. It's a simple idea but a compelling one, though it will probably appeal more to fans of pinball than people unfamiliar with those old-school arcade staples. It's also a simple game to play and one for all ages, as the game uses very basic touch controls and doesn't have any adult content. Very small kids probably won't get far, however, as it does take a bit of strategy. Great care was taken with the music and sound effects, which do add a cool layer to the game. Starting from checkpoints may feel wrong to some, as the point is to get as far as possible in a turn, but the option is available. Overall, it's a stylized, fun spin on a classic arcade staple.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the in-app purchase in PinOut!. While you can spend money to continue this game from a checkpoint, do you think that's a wise purchase, or do you think it's better to start over from the beginning every time? 

  • Talk about pinball. For kids who have never seen the real-life arcade game, talk about how it worked and why it was popular.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (optional in-app purchase)
  • Release date: November 4, 2016
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 118.00 MB
  • Publisher: Mediocre AB
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up

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