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.
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! WARNING ! - Due to the game's high speed and advanced graphics, you must have at least an iPad 2, iPhone 4s or 5th gen iPod touch to play!
Cult of Mac - 5/5 | Pocket Gamer - 9/10 | Stuff Magazine - 5/5 | AppSpy - 5/5
We love table tennis! We also love games with beautiful graphics, longevity and insane challenges - so we made Table Tennis Touch, the most advanced table tennis game on the App Store.
Work your way up from a rookie to the table tennis World Champion in our epic Career mode. Win tournaments, throwdowns and crazy mini-games and you'll soon see your skills progress until you're ready to take on the master of spin, Kao Jianjun!
Watch the trailer at www.tabletennistouch.com and see why Table Tennis Touch has been the Number 1 sports game in over 90 countries!
Cult of Mac
"It’s easily the best table tennis game I’ve ever played ... If you don’t like table tennis, this game may convert you. It’s that good."
"I’m pretty sure I'm developing a sports injury from playing too much Table Tennis Touch."
The Sunday Times
"...will leave your heart pounding and your fingers twitching."
"...one of those games you think you'll just dip into every so often, but find yourself playing compulsively on the sofa."
Our game has two in-app purchases available but neither is required to complete the game. They may add more fun but certainly aren't necessary to win.
We've made Table Tennis Touch universal: buy once and play on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch! Your career progress will be shared across all your iCloud devices.
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Questions or feedback?
We're very sorry but if you have an iPad 1, iPhone 4 or iPod touch 4th gen (or older) we simply can't make Table Tennis Touch run smoothly on your device. We tried really hard but the game play suffered. Table Tennis Touch will not play on these older devices so please do not buy.