I am a closet pinball fan. I suck at the real thing, but digitally, I have been addicted since Midnight Magic on the Atari 2600. That is why I found it interesting that there is basically an endless pinball game called PinOut for Android. I knew I had to play it. Much like other addictive games like Train Conductor World, I have been playing PinOut for far longer than intended to write this review.
PinOut was created by the same developers as Smash Hit (another game I intended to review A LONG time ago) and Does not Commute! Race. Mediocre are quite adept at what they do and that is create awesome independent games. PinOut is just one more link in the long chain of quality games Mediocre is creating here.
Pinball fans will be right at home with PinOut. Everything is the normal pinball fair – tap the left and right side of the screen to make the corresponding flipper to activate. Anyone that has played pinball games for any length of time beyond the first ball can tell you that flippers hitting the ball is just the basest of all factors. Depending on where the ball comes off the flipper can produce a myriad of different reactions. With a bit of practice, you will be shooting the ball in precise directions and hitting just the right areas of the board.
The endless part comes in the time limit you face. Starting with just 60 seconds, one minute, you have to get as far as you possibly can. Along the way, there are options to gain more time. One is to grab the glowing balls that litter the pinball table as you advance. Another is through mini games played on the “score board” area. I have seen two mini games – a racing game where you avoid the other cars and one that resembles Asteroids. Both mini games give points that equate to one second of play time so setting major high scores is priority here.
There are In App Purchases to watch for. The cool thing about Mediocre games is that this IAP is easy on the wallet. Similar to Smash Hit, the single In App Purchase allows continuing from checkpoints. There is no IAP for extra balls or anything, just the ability to continue.
PinOut does pinball in a new way and that way rocks.