Duo Pinball brings traditional pinball controls to the iPad
By Dave Parrack
October 7, 2012
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.
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.
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.