It’s that special time of year when video game releases, especially in the mobile space, are rare.
This is why, for this edition of Game of the Week, I have selected a game that I would call a âdeep cutâ. I stumbled upon Table Tennis – yes, the game developers somehow got this coveted title – while roaming the depths of the chambers of the iOS App Store.
Table tennis, as you may have guessed, plays exactly as you probably think it is. Players engage in a traditional ping-pong match, passing the ball back and forth across the table, with official rules (at least for the most part). From a control standpoint, there is a surprising amount of subtlety in table tennis gameplay, allowing the player to fine tune exactly where they want the ball to land. This is done by changing the direction and speed of your shot and can dramatically change the direction of the ball.
Additional spin can be added to a shot by quickly swiping the screen after hitting the ball, a move that I struggled to understand at first, but quickly understood.
In terms of game modes, table tennis is surprisingly feature rich, especially for relatively cheap gaming in the mobile space. The title features a fast-paced play mode, a full career mode, an arcade mode filled with mini-games, and a multiplayer mode, although I couldn’t get the multiplayer to work for the few hours I spent playing it. at table tennis (chances are the game servers are right downstairs right now).
Visually, Table Tennis’s graphics are a bit off-putting at first. In an interesting move, the game’s creators opted to do some of its background photographs rather than in-game graphics, leading to a weird valley effect that appears to have been removed from mid-90s FMV games. .
Overall, I had a great time with table tennis, especially its inventive mini-game arcade mode. If you played ping pong growing up, but don’t live in an apartment or house big enough to have a ping pong table like me, this is the closest thing you can get when it comes to a portable video game.