Take a target 1-1/16” across and add some rock n’ roll, throw it on a table and warm up your flippers. Pinball Rocks HD delivers rock with some balls (chrome steel no less…).
What is it?
Pinball Rocks HD is a standard pinball game with a rock n’ roll sensibility. The usual rules are all here—accumulate as many points as possible, complete missions (certain combinations of target hits), and hit special targets for boosts or bonuses. Since this is from Sony, the background music is stuff you may recognize.
How does it work?
The game controls are standard for iPhone/iPod Touch: tap the bottom corners to actuate the flippers, give a gentle shake and you can “bump” the table.
Speaking of the table, the artwork is rock themed, and very well done. You start with a generic club table, but there are AC/DC, Alice in Chains and Slayer tables you can unlock ($2.99 each). There are plenty of targets and details which fit into the theme quite well. The soundtrack is composed of real songs by artists such as Red, Richie Kotzen, Nonpoint and Hatebreed, so have your headphones/ear buds handy to get the best of the audio.
Let’s go back to the visuals for a moment. The default setting is a kind of fly mode which reduces the visible area of the table and keeps the ball (roughly) centered. It takes a bit of getting used to, but you still have enough time to hit the flippers.
Is it contagious?
If you’re a metal head with an affinity for pinball, this is a really cool version of the game. The option to upgrade to a band specific table is cool, and having a list of songs you can buy adds a nice level of control over what you get to listen to while you play. The only down side is the female-voiced commentary; it’s a bit on the lame side, but tolerable. Besides, the base table version is free so you can’t beat the price.