Mini-review: Pinball Deluxe: Reloaded

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What do you get if you put a pinball-loving smartphone developer together with an SDK? You get a pinball simulation, of course - in this case with up to four classic table designs and realistic physics. Two of the four are free, two are premium, but all are worth playing.

From the Store description:

A flipping good time. Enjoy classic pinball with 4 unique tables.

  • Explore the galaxy in "Space Frontier" and defend Earth from an alien invasion
  • Spend a day at the "Carnival", including the reversed gravity of the Mirror House
  • Be a sheriff in "Wild West" and run the bandits out of town
  • Dive to the bottom of the sea in "Treasure Hunter" and discover a treasure

Go for the high score with Pinball Deluxe: Reloaded and relive the good old days of the arcade. Explore the way the tables play differently. Will you be able to unlock all the mini-games and beat the wizard modes? You will be rewarded for your quick reflexes with plenty of action and can also collect trophies for your exploits with the silver ball.

This is quite clearly the programming adventures of a developer who loves pinball, adding tables as he goes, with quite a bit of subsequent variety and a real flair for realism from the golden age of pinball tables. 

Here's Pinball Deluxe: Reloaded in action:

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You move between each of the four tables by swiping from side to side, as if stepping between them in a pinball hall. And no coins needed, either! (right) The opening, smallest table, Carnival.

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'Space Frontier' steps things up with a taller table, with a camera angle that scrolls up and down as needed, very neatly. There are more features here and more room to move, including a bonus flipper-controlled 'slider'. Also, note the Asteroids mini-game in dot matrix form at the top. This table has everything - and it's one of the free games!

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Here are grabs of the two premium tables, both with atmospheric music and effects. The 'Wild West' is small and good for beginners, the 'Treasure Hunter' table takes advantage of the way these tables are virtual and is extra high, a full two screens worth, with extra flippers galore.

The implementation is first class in terms of feel, vibration and sound. You can grab this for free here in the Store. Thoroughly recommended if you're into pinball as much as me...!

Source / Credit: Store