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Table Tennis Touch Review

By , on May 16, 2014
Last modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago


Table Tennis Touch
  • Publisher: Yakuto
  • Genre: Sports
  • Released: 15 May, 2014
  • Size: 234.6 MB
  • Price: $3.99
Download on the AppStore
5 out of 5

PROS

  • Tight controls simulate the sport brilliantly
  • Incredibly satisfying to master
  • Fantastic visual presentation
  • Arcade challenges offer a fun way to train

CONS

  • Early in the game challenge is very steep
  • Difficulty occasionally feels designed to drive IAPs
  • Small screens cause fingers to obscure play

VERDICT

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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Comments

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dancapitan 4 months, 1 week ago

too big app....it eats 250 mb !!!

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TheAspieFox 4 months, 1 week ago

That's not too bad.

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DarkScience 4 months, 1 week ago

I have games that are almost 2gb!! Bigger the better I say because the games are always more in depth / better graphics etc. Guess it depends on the size of your device. I have a 64gb iPhone, but have only 1.5 left!!

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TheAspieFox 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Nice review. :3

I've yet to really see a rendition of the classic game go wrong, and this one looks pretty fun.