Table Tennis Touch Review
- Tight controls simulate the sport brilliantly
- Incredibly satisfying to master
- Fantastic visual presentation
- Arcade challenges offer a fun way to train
- Early in the game challenge is very steep
- Difficulty occasionally feels designed to drive IAPs
- Small screens cause fingers to obscure play
Table Tennis Touch offers a fantastic simulation of the sport, but you will have to work if you want to reap rewards.
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Table Tennis is part of videogaming lore. From helping to popularise gaming with Pong back in 1972, to Rockstar's Table Tennis for the Xbox 360, the tabletop sport has a long and gloried history with gaming.
Now, developer Yakuto has brought Table Tennis Touch to iPhone and iPad, a game that delivers one of the most faithful interpretations of the sport we have seen.
The controls are simple and intuitive. Swiping upwards towards an approaching ball will return it, while jerking the paddle left or right after contact adds spin. The default control scheme mimicks the movements of your finger precisely, simulating the sport incredibly well - though we did find our fingers obstructing play on smaller screens.
While we felt confident in the practice sessions, things get a lot trickier once the action picks up. After only a few shots against your opponent you’ll begin to realise just how much practice is needed to master the game, with even the lowest ranked opposition providing a real challenge. While this does make Table Tennis Touch quite daunting, it also makes it incredibly rewarding, with each victory feeling like a real accomplishment.
If you opt to play the career mode you will find yourself starting in perfectly reproduced village halls againsts local competitors. Your opponents become increasingly difficult and the settings more grand on your way to the international circuit. At this level the challenge is considerable which often lead us to use Boost, a consumable item available through in-app purchases that adds more power to your swipes. You shouldn't rely on this too much, however, as things will get expensive.
Luckily, arcade mode offers a host of entertaining challenges to help you hone your skills for free, including zone-based accuracy training, and - our favourite - knocking down bowling pins.
Table Tennis Touch is a superb translation of the tabletop sport. It is incredibly challenging, but this difficulty only makes mastering its nuanced controls more satisfying. The steep learning may not be for everyone, but if you are not shy of working for your rewards, then we suggest you lop this one onto your wish list pronto.
Description** Selected as one of the App Store's "Best of 2014" **
Warning - due to the game's high speed, this game won't run on iPad 1, iPhone 4 or iPod touch 4th gen
If you like games that are fast, fun and challenging, and jam-packed with content and beautiful graphics, then you'll love Table Tennis Touch - the #1 critically-acclaimed table tennis sensation.
Battle your way through three epic career levels, earn Reputation to unlock tournaments, leagues, throwdowns and insane mini-games. Serve, spin and smash your way to success by defeating 32 unique players in seven stunning arenas. Table Tennis Touch is fast, really fast - prepare yourself!
• Career mode
• Quick Game mode
• Arcade mode featuring 12 mini games
• Unlockable bats
• Advanced physics and AI
• No in-app purchases - everything is unlocked with skill
• Game Center leaderboards and achievements
• Progress shared across devices with iCloud
• COMING SOON - multiplayer!
"If you don’t like table tennis, this game may convert you. It’s that good."
- Cult of Mac
"...an awesome four dollar table tennis game that you can pay for once and enjoy forever."
- Touch Arcade
"I'm pretty sure I'm developing a sports injury from playing too much Table Tennis Touch."
- Pocket Gamer (Gold Award)
"...will leave your heart pounding and your fingers twitching."
- The Sunday Times
"...one of those games you think you'll just dip into every so often, but find yourself playing compulsively on the sofa."
- The Guardian
"Table Tennis Touch should be twice as expensive as it is...it's an unbeatable app that deserves your attention."
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What's New in Version 1.1.1009Here's a quick update for you: Personal Best notifications during mini-games. Now there's no excuse not to beat your old score.
Also, we've made performance improvements for iOS 8 and fixed a little audio glitch. Enjoy!