When you think about it, the iPad 3 is possibly the best platform for simulated pinball, like, ever. Why? Because even though it’s very small, it has a high enough resolution for even the most complicated tables. And it has an accelerometer to activate the tilt warning. But more importantly, the iPad’s great accessibility options (like voiceover) mean that even a deaf, dumb or blind kid should be able to play a mean pinball.
All you need are some buttons to flip the flippers.
For just $60 you can have the iPad Pinball Game Console, an iCade-like controller for the iPad which connects via Bluetooth and adds flippers and a spring-loaded, ball-firing plunger to your setup.
You use it with a companion app which contains five free tables, and it’ll fit any iPad, right back to the lame, slow, ugly and fat first-gen model.
I’d recommend hunting down and playing the free game before dropping any money on this thing, just in case it plays terribly. On the other hand, writing this post has inspired me to play some simulated pinball, drink a few beers and put my cigarettes out on the iPad’s screen.
Available now, as a gift for yourself, or for anyone you really hate enough to waste $60 on.