Multiponk – A Modern Take of the Classic Pong Game [iOS Review]

multipong_iconIf you’re an “older” gamer like I am, you’ve probably played the original Pong at least once in your lifetime. Younger gamers of course will probably find Pong uninteresting, especially the original so developers have to find creative ways to make that type of gameplay more exciting. That brings me to Multiponk. Multiponk is what I’d call the modern version of Pong with updated graphics, gameplay, and features. I honestly didn’t think a Pong style game could be this much fun.

I’ll start off with the graphics and say that when it comes to Pong remakes, Multiponk looks fantastic. Gone are the simplistic blocks you remembered from the original game. Now, you get a realistic wooden table with metal accents, and metal paddles. The ball too is a very realistic metal sphere like the type you’d see in a pinball machine.

When it comes to gameplay, it will still be a bit familiar to those who have played Pong-like games. Basically there is a ball and you must use your paddle to hit it back and forth between you and your opponents. Unlike Pong, Multiponk has 4 sides and the occasional 4 paddle battle in single player mode. The game also kicks things up a notch with the inclusion of power-ups and multi-sized balls. Not only that, the game includes a multiplayer mode that allows up to 4 players simultaneously (only on the iPad). There are even different game modes you can choose from, 7 in total.

I’ve been playing Multiponk for a few days now and I find it quite enjoyable overall. The graphics are really good, however if you aren’t keen on the realistic graphics, you can simply change the skin to 1 of 4 different ones. There’s even a retro skin that makes it more Pong-like.¬† Whatever graphical choice you choose though, you’ll find a very solid game underneath that is both fun and challenging.

App Store Link: Multiponk
Version: 2.1.7
Developer: Febo Studio / Fingerlab
Price: $2.99
Compatible Devices: (Universal App) iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description

Multiponk Featured by Apple: App of the Week June 2010 / iTunes Rewind 2010 / Game Starter Kit / Huddle Game / iOS original

The HD graphic designs and the ultra-realistic physical engine will make you feel like playing on an real wooden board. A classic already !
Up to 4 players on iPad and up to 2 players on iPhone & iPod touch.

One finger to control your paddle. Give your ball smooth effects and thwart the traps to win the game !
In Multiplayer mode, catch the bonuses, use the bumpers and beat your opponents.
In Solo mode, try to beat A.I computer and defeat Mr Monster, from standard skin to 8bits skin, or try to beat your score and share it through the Game Center.
Don’t lose control of the ball !

Features:
-Solo to up to 4 players
-Immersive HD design / Retina Display
-Realistic physical engine
-Game center: Leaderboard & Achievement
-Universal binaries (iPad / iPhone / iPodTouch)
-7 game modes : A.I. revenge, classic, baby, crazy, flash, dual, death ball
-11 bonuses: Multiball, Power, Big ball, Gravity, Autopilot, Time warp…
-5 ball sizes
-Paddle slice effect
-Game statistics
-iPod integration: create playlists and control your iPod inside Multiponk
-4 skins ( Standard, 8 Bit, White, Pop)
-14 Original music themes by KingQ4

Multiponk works fine with iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPodTouch 4 et iPodTouch 3.

[via App Store]

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