01 February, 2015

Customer reviews of Timeshock

I was reading the customer reviews on Timeshock and I felt that I should share some of them together with my own opinion with you. I hope that the people who wrote the reviews do not mind myself reproducing them verbatim here. So, here we go (from the US store)

Pro-Pinball the best since early 90’s  by Larryyy

I have every Pro-Pinball game and play them on old computers and emulate them on the new computers. I played BRUSA about an hour last night on a 2003 Mac. I am maybe more excited than anyone that this series is out for the iPhone and iPad. My iPhone is a 4s and I just downloaded it and it works great. I can’t wait till I can afford to upgrade to the 6plus as I use my bifocals for my 4s. My favorite in the series is Big Race USA (BRUSA) but I love all of them. Not sure when this came out but I saw it on FaceBook today since I liked the Pro_Pinball site. I had to buy it today and I am so glad their project is going forward. I hope iTunes ranks it better on their site. It may be that they rank based on sales, I don’t know but though there are many good pinball games on iTunes and I own all of the best ones, this one deserves to be at the top of the list. (I own at least 30 iPhone pinball games).

The king of pinball sims is BACK, baybee!  by WaitWHATwho

Timeshock set the standard for how a computer-based pinball sim should look and feel nearly 2 decades ago. To date, no one, and I mean NO ONE, has met the challenge to meet, much less beat this game for how incredibly accurate the physics are and just how much it feels and plays like a real machine. No one, that is, until now. These guys have topped themselves with this updated version of Timeshock that sets a whole new benchmark and makes every other pinball sim for iOS (or any other platform, really) look like amateur work. It looks and plays just like the old Timeshock, but with higher-res graphics and a couple other enhancements that just knock this out of the park.

Best pinball game for iOS hands down  by rattlhed 

I've been a fan of the pro pinball series for years. I have timeshock, Big Race USA and my favorite Fantastic Journey. All 3 are easily the best pinball simulations ever brought to video games. No other pinball game can touch their physics engine. So realistic it really feels like real pinball. This iOS version continues that trend. After just a few minutes playing Timeshock I could tell they hit this one out of the park. I have several other iOS pinball games but I've never found one that truly feels like Pro Pinball. So glad they ported this game over. My only wishes would be to put more table controls such as table tilt to slow down or speed up the ball speed. The PC version had that and it was a great tweak. Also I wish you could change the table angles like the PC version but that might be too much to ask for a mobile version. All in all I couldn't be happier. Now just do the same for Big Race and Fantastic Journey!

Not every review is 100 % positive. There are reviews quite constructive like the next one (from the french store, unedited except for the translation of the title and a minimal formatting)

De├žu(=disappointed)  by pixluser

I'm a very big fan of this game, but I lost the main heart of it : 
-The angle view, why only one? I miss a lot the horizontal mode. It was fantastic. 
-The retina, it's not retina on the retina iPad, it's very smooth! Please add some pixels or precision.... It's a lot too soft..., even for the retro effect. The lines inside the cristal arent clear, and some other spots are very visible... A bit shocked by this one, at the first sight. 
-The game is unplayable, because of sensitive tilt touch, it'll be good to have a dead zone at the bottom without any possible tilt... 
-The graphics over the lights, are too burnt by the light, please add some more shadows inside. 

Thanks, anyway the feeling is very nice, butmaybe a little bit too 'vintage' feeling, too old, too much yellow lights also. But's just a little bit too much, I think. It’s a very nice work, but please correct at least the too sensitive-touch-tilt problem !

However there exist reviews by … 

Stop right there! I was on the verge of using the term Comcast uses for customers who wish to cancel their subscription but I thought better about this. I do not wish to appear in front of a french court of justice for slander. The Bodganoff affair has taught me one should be particularly prudent and avoid terms that may hurt other people’s susceptibility. 

So back to the reviews. I was really, deeply shocked when I saw on the french iTunes store one or two star reviews based exclusively on the game’s price. One guy qualifies even the game as “arnaque” (=scam). Others are qualifying the game as “trop cher’ (=too expensive).

I wonder what these people are thinking. Do they expect a top-notch simulation to be 100 % free? Are the measly 2.99 € for the standard version, or even the 6.99 € for the deluxe one, really something one cannot afford? Anyhow, these unwarranted criticisms got me all worked up and I intend, in a future post, present my ideas on freemium.

1 comment:

  1. I am really happy with the game on my iPad. It doesn't matter how good of a product anyone makes. There is allways someone thinking differently. It just happens. But to me this proves what Farsight lacks. Pro-Pinball is king.