Real Pinball HD – X-Games ($1.99) by ASK Homework is the fourth release from the makers of the best pinball games available in the App Store, Ask Homework. Play realistic pinball, complete with smudges on the glass top, at a price you can’t say no to.
Ask Homework is at it again, this time with an “X-Games” themed board. Just like their previous release, Real Pinball HD – Vampire, you have the option to use the slow-motion feature, and even rewind your game a few seconds if your ball starts to fall behind the flipper. You don’t have to play the cheat mode if you are a pinball purist. There are two ways to play this game, Arcade Mode and Simulator Mode. In Arcade Mode, you can use the slow motion and rewind feature and the ball moves just a hair slower. In Simulation Mode, you don’t get the cheats and the ball moves in a much more realistic way. It is faster and bounces off of things with more power.
As I’ve said with other Ask Homework games, it is the realism that puts this app over the top. The tabletop is smudged with what is best described as a dirty rag wipe down. The stainless steel ball has swirls of blue that realistically spin. Even the painted tracks of the ramps are chipped from wear. The background sound effects make you feel like you are hanging out in the local bar. The sound of chatter and bottles being opened can be heard over the game’s music soundtrack.
The game is also scored like real pinball games with bumper bonuses and activation lights. There are five different bonuses to unlock that will give you one million points each. There are six different camera angles. Try them all until you find the one that works right for you. Personally, I prefer the stationary angle.
This game, as well as all of Ask Homework’s other pinball games, is also available for the iPhone/iPod touch for only $0.99.
Overall, Pinball HD-X-Games is pinball perfection. From the dents on the sides of the table to the metal screws in the bumpers, no detail is left out. Having two game modes offers playability for casual players and hardcore pinball fans alike. Download it in the App Store for only $1.99.
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[UPDATE: I now have copies of Real Pinball HD - X-Games for both the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch. Please let me know which device you would like a copy for.]