Since the classic video game Pong was released in the 1970’s, technology has advanced at lightning speed. What once required an entire room of its own now fits in the palm of one’s hand. And with the invention of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Apple has revolutionized the way we interact in both the social and gaming sphere. MultiPong by Febo Studio brings the classic Pong concept into the 21st-century with its multiplayer interface and HD graphics, spicing up the action for the modern game enthusiast.
When you arrive at the main screen, you will see an array of neatly arranged buttons above and below the game’s center graphic. To the top left, users will find MultiPong’s iPod integration controls. Create your own playlists and manage your iPod all within MultiPong’s user-friendly interface so you can groove while you game. To the right, choose one of four available skins: Standard, 8-bit, White and Pop. This will allow you to customize your screen’s appearance.
Move to the bottom and users will find the ‘Start Game’ buttons to the left. Here, users may play single player, battling against the A.I. Computer, or two-player for those playing on an iPod Touch or iPhone. Those using an iPad can play with up to four people, making this an exceptionally interactive application for devices of such a small size. Users can then connect to Game Center, where they can input their recent scores and see how they rank on MultiPong’s overall leaderboard and list of achievements.
To the right, users will find the most important button. Here, the Rules section explains the game’s general information, including the main objective, types of game play (A.I. Computer, Competition, Multiplayer) and the various modes available for those playing Competition or Multiplayer style (Classic, Flash, Crazy, Dual, Baby, Death-ball). The Bonus section of the rules maps out exactly what each bonus marker and bumper signifies so you can maximize your success during battle. The Scores and Stats buttons are self-explanatory, as they display your history.
Once you dive into actual game play, maneuvering your paddle becomes second nature, as nearly everyone who has access to an iPhone or iPad has surely had some contact with similar games. MultiPong features five different sized balls, a number of them bouncing around the screen at once to provide an additional challenge. Personally, the modern tweaks have a pleasing overtone, making this game much more exciting than the infamous original without deviating from the concept that ushered in a new age. So push aside the Atari for just a while and reacquaint yourself with the classic
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MultiPong [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 4.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.