I’m a huge American football fan, particularly when it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets. So the name ESPN isn’t an unknown name within my mind, and I actually read football news every single day, following up on trades, the draft, and other editorials around the site.
But one part of the site that I rarely visit is the ESPN Arcade, a place where sports games live. Of course, I’m not at all familiar with the environment in the ESPN Arcade, but from what I see from the App Store offerings, I think I’ll just keep it like that. The only factor that impressed me were the visuals; otherwise, it’s best to go hunting for a different pinball game.
Visuals: The bright, 3D visuals were impressive, and I thought they were well done. It didn’t feel like an actual pinball table, but it drew you into the game, and all the lights definitely added to the “party” atmosphere.
Physics: Pinball physics, in my opinions, is the most important part of a pinball simulator. Because if the physics suck, then it fails to be a simulator as it feels far from reality. The physics in ESPN Pinball are absolutely horrendous, and when you expect the ball to bounce high off an obstruction, you find it just slowly falling toward your paddles. The physics were far from accurate, and I found the pinball doing so many unexpected things.
Missions: The missions are unclear, and I don’t exactly have a clue of what I’m doing. There might not even be any missions, which would make this pinball simulator a flush down the toilet. It would be nice to make the missions a bit more obvious, and they could have some question or help section addressing this. For now, I’m playing this game with no clue on what to do; only to keep the pinball out.
ESPN Pinball is a beauty on the outside, but a horrendous, evil, ugly, and confusing game on the inside. This is one of the worst pinball sims I’ve ever played, and with horrid physics and unknown missions, I can’t recommend this game to anyone. I don’t care if it’s on the iPad, this game is horrible.
ESPN Pinball was published by Walt Disney, and I played through version 1.0 on my iPad. The price is $3.99.