Pinball has been, again, one of the most crowded genres on the App Store, including all the other crowded genres: match-3, line-drawing, Korean RPGs, and the list goes on. We’ve reviewed some previous pinball titles including Wild West Pinball and Pinball Fantasies, and Snowy Christmas Pinball stands right next to them as one of the premier pinball experiences on the iPhone.
The game is basically Matmi’s Monster Pinball with new tables and new designs. It seems as if the developers have used the same graphical engine along with the same physics, but other than that, nothing has really changed. You could look at it as a Christmas expansion pack for Monster Pinball, or even better, a cheaper alternative.
Graphics: Monster Pinball looks good, Snowy’s Christmas Pinball looks good. It looks the same as Monster Pinball, and while that may bother some, I thought that it was okay. The table designs have been changed up a bit, and the graphics as a stand alone game looks really nice. They aren’t as great as The Deep Pinball per se, but they’re good enough.
Speed: Now this is possibly the fastest pinball experience on the iPhone, and while some may find it distasteful, I found the speed quite exhilarating. At almost 60 frames per second, Snowy Christmas Pinball plays smooth and plays wonderfully. I was satisfied that the speed was transferred smoothly from one game to the other, and the speed you find in Monster Pinball is present in this game also.
Table Design: This isn’t traditional pinball, I can tell you that much. There’s Scrooge in his evil, diabolical form with flippers placed in the most random of places, and the table design was beyond my imaginations. I would think that they wouldn’t stray from the norm, but surprisingly, being the creative people they are, they’ve totally rearranged the meaning of pinball for iPhone.
Missions: The missions are extremely unclear, and I had some trouble getting an idea of what to do. As of now, I still don’t have a clear idea of what to really do, and it’s basically try and keep the ball out of the little hole in the middle (and no, that’s not what she said). It would have been better if there was some voiceover of some sort that told you of your mission, and even text would have been fine. If you’re a mission-seeking pinball player, you’ll have a hard time of finding what to exactly do, the reason being is the numerous number of tables.
Dying: It’s almost impossible to die. I even purposely tried to die by not moving the flippers at all, and the ball seemed to find every single way to stay alive. Even when it went through the hole in the middle, my lives wouldn’t deplete at all, and again, it’s almost impossible to die. It felt more like a survival game than an intense, pinball experience, and sometimes it would become a chore. Maybe it was too easy, I don’t know, but there needs to be something done to fix this whole dying issue.
Snowy Christmas Pinball has arrived just in time for the holidays, and it provides on of the better pinball experiences. It’s far from perfect though, with many little flaws that have bugged/annoyed me from the get go. Other than that, if you’re a fan of Monster Pinball, you’ll love this cheap little expansion pack.