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.
DescriptionTable Tennis Touch® is the definitive table tennis game on mobile - now with epic multiplayer!
"The best ping pong game on mobile" - Pocket Gamer, 9/10
Meet Wiff Waff, your very own training robot - then pick up your Player Card and battle your way through three career binders packed with events. Earn Reputation to unlock bats, tournaments, leagues, throwdowns and insane mini-games. Defeat opponents with drop shots, top spin drives, curving loops and smashes to become the ultimate table tennis champion - King Pong!
Then take on your friends in the high-octane multiplayer mode. Pair up locally or online, then battle in high speed head-to-head matches and mini games. Warm up, it gets fast!
• Stunning graphics
• Intuitive swipe controls
• High speed gameplay
• Career mode
• Local multiplayer (over Wi-Fi)
• Online multiplayer with voice chat (Game Center)
• 12 single player mini games
• Quick Game mode
• 8 bats to unlock
• 9 stunning arenas
• 30+ bat skins
• Player cards to collect
• Optimised for iPad Pro, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
• Quick Actions for direct access from the Home Screen with 3D Touch
• ReplayKit support
Due to the game's high speed, Table Tennis Touch won't run on the iPad 1, iPhone 4 or iPod touch 4th gen.
IN APP PURCHASES
All bat skins can be won in multiplayer but you can buy them too if you like.
FEEDBACK? QUESTIONS? BUG REPORT?
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Alternatively, check out the FAQs over at www.yaku.to/FAQ
What's New in Version 2.1.0104Christmas may be over but we have some New Year goodies for you...
• Quick Game - you can now choose which arena you want to play in. Choose from any of the 9 arenas (including the snazzy new nightclub one).
• Voice Chat has been added to online multiplayer! Awesome.
• More flags - we had a lot of emails requesting extra flags so we've added 18 more!
• Say goodbye to Entry Stakes - now if you lose a Throwdown, you'll no longer lose R.
• Tutorial - this has moved over to the Options screen which makes a lot more sense.
• New mini game 'How To Play' screens - they now also include a very useful tip from Wiff Waff which we recommend you check out.
• Bat control info screens - these have all been updated to make it much clearer what all the different options do.
This version has a lot of behind-the-scenes game engine changes, fixes and improvements. That means that multiplayer is not backwards compatible so you definitely want to grab this update to continue playing your friends.
Go hit some balls!