My Mac is not a gamer’s Mac. It’s an all purpose Mac, and that includes professional apps, and about a dozen games that have piqued my interest and stimulated my aging adrenaline.
Among the latest is also among the least expensive non-free games ever. It’s a game that brings back a few of those exciting moments of youth when friends would gather around a pinball machine for hours. This app is a scary good value.
Pinhead? Or, Pinball Wizard?
Games on Mac or PC are not my thing. Why? Really, there just isn’t time to master today’s rapid fire games. Maybe that’s why my iPhone and iPad have dozens of games (they’re easier and cheaper), and my Mac about a dozen. Total.
Many of my youthful hours were devoted to pinball. Real pinball. With balls. And flippers.
Whether bowling alley or bar and grill, real analog pinball required skills and a deft touch far beyond the digital substitutes.
Pinball HD is a new Mac game that’s inexpensive, fast paced, and a challenge, but not so much as to require days of play or hours of play to show some improvement.
Scary Sound, Fast Movement, And Dings, Oh My!
Pinball HD has three different pinball tables, each with unique graphics, settings, and characters. If you have a recent Mac with a good screen and fast graphics, all the better. Here’s how it begins.
Choose from one of the three tables, but check out the Options first. Controls are simple and require master over the Mac’s arrow keys.
The graphics are stunning and have a vibrant 3D look. A little disconcerting is the screen movement, which moves as the ball moves.
That takes some getting used to on both a large screen and a notebook screen.
Of course, Pinball HD gives you different camera views.
There’s the easier-on-the-eyes static full table view. And the rapid-fire flying table view.
In addition, Pinball HD comes with a stereoscopic imaging option which require analglyph glasses (sorry—I’m fresh out, so I couldn’t try it).
However, the big surprise is the soundtrack. It’s a loud and realistic atmospheric mix of music, background voices, and, of course, necessary sound effects to match the on-screen action.
Overall, very impressive, especially considering the iPhone-like price tag. It’s an impulse buy that will make you feel as if you’ve made a good purchase. Unfortunately, there’s no tie in with the MacBook Pro’s accelerometer so you can’t shake your Mac up to the Tilt Threshold.
But you can relive those glorious pinball days of yesteryear, Mac style.