Pinball HD for the iPad - dummies

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Good digital pinball games require supremely realistic physics, and Pinball HD for the iPad nails it. The way the ball moves around the tables and interacts with bumpers and flippers is so realistic that you’ll think you’re at an arcade. It’s so realistic, in fact, that you can “shake” the table to influence the ball’s movement.

Another hallmark of a great pinball game is great sound effects, and Pinball HD doesn’t disappoint. The sounds the ball makes when it bounces off a bumper, is hit with a flipper, or passes through a rollover are spot-on and totally authentic.

One thing that takes some getting used to is the moving camera that the game uses in portrait mode. Although it occasionally pulls back to reveal the entire table at once, most of the time, it’s zoomed in on the action and following the ball while showing only part of the table.

Fortunately, if you rotate your iPad a quarter turn to landscape mode, you get to play in the “full table” view. You may prefer this view but try it both ways and see whether you like the moving camera view better.

If you like pinball, you’ll love Pinball HD on your iPad.