Kick Off Pinball Review

   03/07/2010 at 09:26       Drew Bower       0 COMMENTS. - Score 3/5
 - Kick Off Pinball, Bad Monkee Games, The Parlotones, World Cup, Football

Pinball games seem to have found a very welcoming home on the iPhone, with many top notch examples to try. The latest throwing its hat into the ring comes from Bad Monkee Games where they are aiming to grab some of the action provided by this year’s football World Cup in South Africa. With a football theme and music provided by South African band The Parlotones, Kick Off Pinball has potential.

The table in Kick Off Pinball leans towards a more classical style and layout, which gives the feeling of discovering an old table hidden away at the back of an amusement arcade. There are four main targets to try and trigger as well as the usual bumpers to hit and multiball bonuses. The football theme has been well implemented with targets such as wall defending a free kick which has to be knocked down. Classic pinball features such as rail tracks also make it on to the table. All told, it’s a fairly basic table, but there is still plenty of fun to be had.

The table scrolls smoothly to always give you time to react to the ball movement. I also really like how the camera alters to follow the ball along the rail track. Graphically, the table looks really great. On top of the perhaps rather obvious football pitch forming the main background, the addition of cups, footballs and football boots are all intelligently placed to further enhance the football theme.

A word of warning here though: In a rather cheeky move the physical layout of the table is a complete carbon copy of Bad Monkee’s previous pinball game Fanta 4 Pinball.

Each full bonus triggered is greeted with a generic football chant which helps to break up the background music played by The Parlotones. However, this is the one area where the football theme is somewhat lost. Links between The Parlotones and football are there, even if a little tenuous – they are South African and also played at the opening concert of the World Cup. But their actual music doesn’t exactly scream football to me and I did get the occasional feeling that this was leaning more towards being a promotional tool for the band. However, I can appreciate their musical style and indeed, even as I type this I have some of the catchier parts of their songs in my head. And besides, at least Bad Monkee hasn’t used those bloody vuvuzelas!

Trying to stand above what is becoming a crowded arena of iPhone pinball games; Kick Off Pinball performs admirably well. It’s not the best – but it’s not the worst either. As an addition to your newly created iOS4 Pinball Games folder, you’ll get enough enjoyment to warrant the current 59p purchase.

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