OOO Gameprom, the creators of Wild West Pinball, released The Deep Pinball yesterday for the meager price of $0.99. With the numerous amount of pinball games in the App Store, it’s hard to discern which one is the best or which one offers the most realistic pinball experience. Well folks, The Deep Pinball has, I believe, taken that crown and donned it upon it’s head.
Physics: What’s very important in any simulation game whether it’s a boxing game, football game, or a pinball game, the physics must be adequate to make the game realistic enough for users. If physics are blah, then the game is usually blah a.k.a. poorly made and negatively received. The Deep Pinball does a great job with executing the physics, and the game is very close to playing on an actual pinball table. Think Wild West Pinball physics, but slightly better.
Natural Feel: It’s the deep, scary pinball world and it’s a game. There’s no way this can feel like an actual pinball table right? Wrong. OOO Gameprom seems to have worked extensively on the feel of the game, and I absolutely love it. The mix of sound effects and flipper response make the game feel all natural. When I’m playing the game, it doesn’t feel like I’m playing a game, it feels like an actual pinball table with actual buttons to press. The natural feel of this game is somewhat indescribable, but it’s definitely a big part of the game.
Graphics: Graphics are in full 3D and the design that went into the table is impeccable. Each bumper, flipper, etc. is fully designed in 3D to look absolutely fantastic. I thought it was one of the most beautiful pinball games to date, and although I did like the looks in Pinball Fantasies, The Deep Pinball seems to offer a little bit of a deeper design.
Sounds/Music: The Deep Pinball also features something that I wasn’t quite expecting: voiceover. In the beginning of the game, you have a personal computer assistant that helps you to understand the table better and how to play. The voice used for the computer assistant is very impressive. The sound effects are also extremely well done for a game like this, and it adds to the whole experience. Background music is also another beauty in this blue sea.
Missions: The missions are extremely clear. You can’t get any clearer than this. One problem I did have with Wild West Pinball was the fact that I had no clue what I was doing. No tutorial, no nothing to indicate what I was doing. In The Deep Pinball, the assistant helps you with everything before you start the game, so it’s extremely easy to know what you’re doing and how to accomplish each mission. The clearness of these missions is unsurpassable, and I really liked the fact that I actually knew what I was doing.
Camera: One thing that I disliked about Wild West Pinball was the moving camera and weird camera angles. It would make me lose a ball and miss completely. In The Deep, it’s the same, awkward camera angles that made me lose a ball at times and the camera problem was not fixed at all. There is zooming and up close looks at the ball, and I found it to be unnecessary and awkward for the player.
Bottom line, The Deep Pinball delivers one of the most intricate tables known to man and the experience was wonderful. I have to say that this is one of the most immersive pinball experience I have ever played on my iPhone, and the level of polish and design is amazing. The one aspect that I guess most people would not enjoy is that it’s only one table, but that “one table” is one of the best I’ve ever seen. The Deep Pinball is a huge improvement to Wild West Pinball, and although it still has those camera problems, it’s definitely a great game with a great price.