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Duo Pinball brings traditional pinball controls to the iPad

Duo Pinball brings traditional...
Duo Pinball adds a physical controller to enhance the gaming experience on the iPad
Duo Pinball adds a physical controller to enhance the gaming experience on the iPad
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Duo Pinball adds a physical controller to enhance the gaming experience on the iPad
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Duo Pinball adds a physical controller to enhance the gaming experience on the iPad
The Duo Pinball peripheral adds a physical plunger and dual flippers to the game
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The Duo Pinball peripheral adds a physical plunger and dual flippers to the game
There are five tables available to play, each based on a different theme
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There are five tables available to play, each based on a different theme
Duo Pinball turns the iPad into a miniature pinball machine
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Duo Pinball turns the iPad into a miniature pinball machine
Although pinball is primarily a solitary affair, others may enjoy spectating
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Although pinball is primarily a solitary affair, others may enjoy spectating

While there are many games perfectly suited to the iPad's touchscreen interface, others suffer, often when making the move from consoles. Peripherals such as the iCADE, Fling, JOYSTICK-IT and iCADE 8-Bitty, bring more traditional joystick and gamepad controllers to the iPad, and now there's another to add to the list. Like the Pinball Magic, the Duo Pinball is an app-supported pinball controller designed to bring some more conventional flipper flapping goodness to Apple's tablet.

Duo Pinball is a physical controller made specifically for playing pinball. The iPad sits within the controller, tilting the screen at a pinball-friendly angle for the player. The controller features a spring-loaded plunger for launching the ball onto the table, and side buttons that control the on-screen flippers keeping the ball in play. It also adds bump and tilt mechanisms to the gameplay. Despite housing an iPad, the Duo Pinball controller is wireless and connects to the iPad via Bluetooth.

The Duo Pinball peripheral adds a physical plunger and dual flippers to the game
The Duo Pinball peripheral adds a physical plunger and dual flippers to the game

Duo Pinball is currently only compatible with the Pinball HD Collection from Gameprom, of which five tables are unlocked for free for those buying the controller. These tables are themed as titled: Wild West, The Deep, Snow, DaVinci, and Jungle Style.

There are five tables available to play, each based on a different theme
There are five tables available to play, each based on a different theme

The Duo Pinball controller is compatible with all three generations of iPad, the iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, and 5, and the iPod Touch fourth and fifth generations. It is available to buy from Apple, Amazon, Target, and Best Buy, and priced at US$59.99. An international launch is promised for the near-future.

Source: Duo Pinball via Uncrate

3 comments
Gadgeteer
On the one hand, it's a good thing they didn't use the dock connector and have to change it for the new Lightning connector. But on the other hand, it would have been nice to have the thing charge the iDevice while you're playing. Worse, not only does it not charge the device, having to use Bluetooth actually drains the battery faster.
Drifter
Being from the pinball generation, I was looking forward to using this, but a review pointed out some problems that disappointed me. The main one being the Bluetooth lag of the flipper buttons. :(
IIuulnw Addlevel
Drifter, I was thinking the same as you. From Gclub