Battle Pong iPad Game Review: Classic pong without any class

Battle Pong iPad

Battle Pong Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Every game device needs a decent two player game to entertain you and a friend or to show off the multi-player capabilities of the device and nothing does it better than the classic Pong, or so you would think. After all it’s a simple game that everyone knows how to play and is quick too, so how does Battle Pong shape up to the task.

When you launch the Battle Pong game it launches you straight into the game, that is a good thing, but it’s also practical in a game that has no options, variations in game-play or ways to configure the game, why add menu options when there are no options to set!

The game is a two player game only so if you are hoping to play some single player pong against the AI so that you can get some practice in ahead of beating your friends you are most certainly out of luck, unless that is you want your left hand to be player 1 and your right to be player 2 that is.

Starting the game is as simple as tapping the screen and the action immediately starts. The basic rules are the standard pong rules, using your paddle the aim is to defend your side of the playing area while scoring against your opponent by bouncing the balls beyond the paddle of your opponent and through to their side of the playing area.

With Battle Pong things are slightly different though. While the game starts with a single ball to play with it’s not long before additional balls are thrown into the action to spice things up. To add additional chaos to the game power-ups are then also thrown randomly into the fray in the form of paddle length changers, homing missiles, rockets, guns, shields and what appear to be mini windmills!

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This certainly spices the game-play up and if both players can keep things going for long enough the playing area can end up as a sea of balls, weapons and color, unfortunately it’s not enough to make the game a keeper.

Along with the lack of options there is no sound to the game, no pings as the balls bounce off of the walls and paddles, no explosions as your weapons meet their destination and no background music that gets faster and faster as a potential winner approaches, a basic requirement of any game surly? There’s also no ability to pause the game while playing so if you or your opponent has an itch or needs a bathroom break it’s advantage to the other player as they’ll have free reign to shower balls down with no chance of defence.

At $2.99 it’s not going to break the bank but there are many better multi-player games out there not to mention better pong clones too. The developers do promise updates and perhaps when they do Battle Pong will be more deserving of your hard earned cash.

The Good

  • Pong with weapons!
  • Instant 2 player action

The Not So Good

  • No single player mode
  • No sound
  • No options

Price: $2.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Released: Apr 01, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 1.6 MB
Language: English
Seller: Kyle Sanderson
© 2010 Eastbound Studios
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

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