Don’t Download Pinball Arcade — Waste of time unless you like ads and sluggishness

After months of being hyped by many in the media, the biggest bust of the year must be Pinball Arcade by Farsight Studios.  I was totally looking forward to playing some of the pinball games from over the years that have long left arcades everywhere for pinball graveyards.

However, one should have been forewarned by the name of the publisher, which leads right into the real issues of the program with the level of far sightedness.  I downloaded their app hoping to find some of the nostalgia of yesteryear, instead, receiving nothing but disappointment after I downloaded the app.

The program itself is a glossy, supposedly playable version of the real deal, but it is sluggish and does not accurately reflect the play of the real games in anyway other than the appearance.  The App does allow you to play the Arabian Nights game for free up until a point when you reach too many points and then they expect you to pay for the game by forcing you into either buying or quitting the game.  Also. the flippers are next to useless when it comes to actually playing the game with the style used in the arcades of the 1970’s and 1980’s. The sluggishness of the game makes it very annoying at best and the pop up ads that they use throughout the game makes it that much more of a pain to play.

Then to add insult to injury, you must pay for everything within the game, quickly adding unwanted charges to a game that is not even worth the price of the free download without a ton of updates to fix the issues that are currently in the game.   You will be better served downloading some of the other Pinball apps for $2.99 and $4.99 on the Apple store than downloading this “Free” app.

Rating: 1 out of 5 Apples


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