War Pinball HD

Great take on arcade staple with battle movies as backdrop.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The iPad is a natural substitute for the arcade pinball machine.

Violence & scariness

Aside from still pictures of men holding a gun, there is no violence shown in the game.

Sexy stuff
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All of the pinball tables are based on MGM films with war themes -- Platoon, Missing in Action, Navy Seals. A prominent link onscreen for each table lets players buy those films.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Users can post their high scores on a global leaderboard, but the only other information submitted is a user name they choose after completing the game.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that War Pinball HD is a pinball game for the iPad that uses three well-known war films as the background for its tables. There are no scenes from the films shown or any violence shown -- short of a picture of Chuck Norris holding a machine gun -- although the war theme might give some parents pause. The game is a bit heavy on the commercial themes, as it makes it very easy for people to buy the movies. Users can post their scores onto a global leaderboard, but do not include any information other than a username of their choosing. A version of War Pinball is available for the iPhone and iPod touch.

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Pinball machines are not always easy to find in the real world these days, but War Pinball HD does a good job of recreating the experience. Playing this app is like a return to a 1980s arcade, with cheese-tastic war films like the Chuck Norris-starring Missing in Action and Charlie Sheen vehicle Navy Seals. Also included is the Academy Award winning Platoon. The movies are just background art for the pinball tables, though. The heart of the app is hitting the flippers (by touching the screen) and trying to get a high score. Fans looking for an authentic experience will also be happy to hear the app supports tilt -- and will even warn you if you try to use it too much. The war theme might make this iffy for some families and very young kids, but at its heart, this is classic, harmless pinball.

App details

Release date:March 20, 2011
Category:Arcade Games
Publisher:OOO Gameprom
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.1 or later

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