Be a Pinball Wizard – FCB Pinball (Review) iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad

Be a Pinball Wizard – FCB Pinball (Review) iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad
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The 2014 FIFA World Cup has come to a close with the German national team emerging as the victor against its opponent, Argentina. Germany’s victory came during extra time, in the final in Rio de Janerio on Sunday July 6th, 2014.

While soccer fans watched what could be considered a historic game involving the German national team, developer Legendo Entertainment released FCB Pinball for iOS devices, an entertaining pinball game that uses the Pure Pinball system.

FCB Pinball currently contains one pinball table that is dedicated to FC Bacelona and its players. The game includes ‘special modes’ and football-themed challenges such as Attack, Football Frenzy and Penalty and Defense, to name just a few. A variety of scoring opportunities are also available that involve ‘triple kick combos’ and ‘super kick jackpot’ to increase your score.

As a portable pinball game, FCB Pinball is a realistic-playing game with solid ball physics. The ball can be launched by tapping the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, and the flippers can be controlled by tapping the screen anywhere by using both hands. The gameplay is full of action as the announcer praises your ‘kicks’, scoring ability and even your mistakes that involve losing the ball(s). The in-game ball bounces realistically as it lands inside the ‘goal’ and rapidly bounces between Pop Bumpers and other obstacles.

Sending the ball past the keeper will initiate different objectives that need to be completed. These objectives, if completed, will reward the player with score bonuses. For example: one objective may have you putting the ball inside the tunnel, while another has you shooting the ball up a ramp multiple times. Moreover, Legendo Entertainment has painstakingly implemented just about every element in soccer, including corner kicks and goal scoring, among others.

FCB Pinball is a relatively simple game, but what content is available translates into a fun game of pinball that enthusiasts will most definitely enjoy.  The lack of additional tables does limit the game’s replayability, and sometimes the fonts for objectives can be difficult to read, but the bright, eye-popping colors of the board and the loud, arcade-like sound effects are everything you would expect in a pinball game.

FCB Pinball is one of those games you can play while riding the bus to work or during a long drive on Holiday. Pinball enthusiasts may grow tired of the single board after a few plays, but casual gamers looking to keep themselves busy for a few hours will not be disappointed by Legendo Entertainment’s latest release.

Mike Pittaro
Platform: iPhone 5

•    Version: 1.1
•    Size: 59.2 MB
•    Languages: English, Bokmål, Norwegian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
•    Seller: Legendo Entertainment AB
•    © Legendo Entertainment AB

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Developer: Legendo Entertainment
Publisher: Legendo Entertainment
Price: $2.99

FCB Pinball’s Official Website

Review Score
The current pinball board contains bright colors and a polished, professional appearance.
Loud, arcade-like sound effects accompany the action.
Simple, challenging and fun.
Pinball purists will enjoy the realistic ball physics, but the lack of additional boards hinders FCB Pinball's longevity.
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