Pinball Dreams HD
An Amiga classic receives the upgrade it so rightfully deserves.
Life was pretty good when the Amiga was around, and one of the many reasons for that was that genius games like Pinball Dreams kept falling into our laps on a regular basis.
The fact that we're still going on about DICE's classic almost 20 years on tells its own story. Arguably the first pinball simulator to be as entertaining as the real thing, it retains a timeless appeal, and is just as fun now as it was way back when.
But with Cowboy Rodeo's 2009 iPhone remake having already been bathed in acclaim, what, pray, is the point of this? Plenty, as it turns out.
Firstly, all four tables have been completely reworked in 3D, with claims of silky smooth 60FPS definitely on the money.
By default, you see the action from a simulated player's eye view, and the view sweeps around according to the position of the ball. But if you prefer static 3D, or 'classic' top-down 2D view, you can opt for those as well.
And with online leaderboards, Game Center integration and universal iOS support, it works even better on iPad, as you'd expect. It might not quite usurp the mighty Pinball HD as the definitive iOS pinball game, but it's still worth it for anyone who enjoys a liberal dose of Amiga-related wallowing in their spare time.
Used under license from Eurogamer.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
What's Hot: Wonderful remake, 60 frames per second play, 3D tables, Game Center support.
What's Not: Pinball HD is still king.