It appears as if Skyworks has another great app out. World Cup Ping Pong is currently coming it at #8 in the iTunes App Store. So, I decided to take a look and see what all the fuss was about. I wasn’t disappointed. This app falls in line with many of their other sports apps. It is well-written and fun to play, especially if you happen to like ping pong.
The game is simple and easy to play. Simply place your finger on the screen and slide it around to move your paddle. The direction and speed that the paddle is moving when it hits the ball determines the speed and direction the ball takes. You can also put spin on the ball by moving the paddle quickly in the direction you wish it to spin as you hit the ball. Being that the name of the app is World Cup Ping Pong, in each game that you play, you get to choose which country you want to play for from the eight country flags displayed.
The variation in the game comes in the four different types of games that the app has to offer. There are options for one player, two player, and tournament games. In Tournament Mode you are entered in a tournament consisting of three rounds (quarter finals, semi finals, and finals). The winner in each round game goes on to play the winner of the other games in the round until there is a winner. Of course, you are the only real player and the other 8 in the tournament are played by the app. It is still fun to see if you can come out on top.
In Arcade mode you play without an opponent. The ping pong table is folded up so that the other half of the table forms a wall for you to hit the ball off of. As you play, colored circles appear on the wall. If you hit the circles, you get extra points. The goal is to keep the ball in play as long as you can and to get the highest score you can.
Practice mode allows you to practice your ping pong against a computer generated opponent. The first player to reach 11 points wins. This mode is a great place to get used to the controls and learn how to play the game.
The last mode is Head to Head. In this game mode, you can play against another person on the same device. The view of the game in this mode switches to an aerial view of the table and each person plays on one half of the screen. World Cup Ping Pong is a well-designed game that provides hours of fun for all ages.
World Cup Ping Pong $0.99 in the iTunes App Store.
Developer’s Website: http://www.skyworks.com/iphone/