Super Badminton 2010 by Rolocule is the one and only 3D badminton game available in the App Store for iPhone & iPod Touch. Despite no current competition, this game still boasts “hyper-realistic physics,” HD quality graphics, a slick UI and realistic sound effects, all of which go towards keeping Super Badminton at the top of its game.
What It Is:
Super Badminton 2010 is the first to provide fans of the sport with a badminton game for the iPhone & iPod Touch. It features 8 badminton players, each with unique strengths, 3 tournaments and 4 3D stadium courts. There are 3 game modes including Quick Play, Exhibition and Tournaments, and 5 difficulty levels to cater for beginners and professionals alike.
With a variety of players to choose from, different game modes, and a choice of difficulty levels, Super Badminton certainly doesn’t offer the bare minimum and it’s not a game you’ll quickly get bored of. The menus are clear and easy to navigate and you can get in to a game quickly if you just want to pick-up-and-play. The visuals are good and offer nice, bright 3D gameplay.
At the time of writing this review, version 1.0 is rather buggy and is pretty much unplayable unless you choose to play the hard or super-hard difficulties. I have been assured by developers, Rolocule, that an update is currently on its way, however.
The control system is pretty tricky to get used to – as well as a d-pad to control your player, tilt controls are used to direct each shot. Although this is a popular control system on the iPhone & iPod Touch, it would be nice to have the option to turn tilt controls off and just use the d-pad if you’re no good at multitasking like myself.
There is currently a lack of multiplayer mode which is always disappointing with sporting games. I think a multiplayer option, whether local or online, offers so much more gameplay. And who doesn’t have fun beating their friends? It’s worth noting, however, that multiplayer could be introduced in a future update.
From what I could play of Super Badminton 2010, I really liked. Unfortunately, though, the initial bugs make it really hard for this game to be enjoyable at the moment. I don’t want to dwell too much on those, however, because I think once an update has been released, this game will be well worth its $4.99 price tag, especially as it’s the only offering for all the badminton fans out there.