Play air hockey with a friend on your tablet.
Players: 1-2 players
Age: Any Age
Game Time: 1-2 minutes
Developer or Designer: mobistar
Difficulty settings don't have much differentiation
Described as 'easy to play, but hard to master,' I think that about sums up this free Air Hockey App
, which is available for android. I love playing air hockey, but rarely get the chance. On the odd occasion I see a air hockey table when I'm out, I usually find it is either being used or I have no one to play with. The game also lasts a ridiculously short time for the pound you put.
I therefore jumped at the chance to be able to play continuously for free. I like that you can choose between different table styles, as it keeps things fresh.
You can also customise the colour of your puck and paddle. Once you've finished accessorising, then there comes the game itself. There are three levels - easy, medium, and hard, but to be honest, I could not tell the difference between the three. At least not at first.
I began with the classic board and tried out both the easy and hard level, but each was as difficult as the other. The puck is extremely fast moving, and bounces off the corners like lightning. This is great for the hard level, but I think for the easy level, the speed needs to be slower.
I then changed boards, and I found that the easy level was easier than it had been before. The speed was still the same, but my computer opponent let in more goals. There is of course the element of randomness thrown into the equation, but overall I think there needs to be more distinction between levels.
In a standard game, the first to score six goals is the winner, while in a timed match you have ninety seconds to get the highest score.
You have the option to play either a one player or two player game. Playing against the super fast computer gets boring pretty quickly, but two player offers more fun.
At first I thought a two player game would require an internet connection to compete against someone else who was online, but it is in fact meant to be played by two people on the same tablet. This requires that you lie the tablet down flat on a table or the floor.
Having to players is more enjoyable because it is more interactive and competitive, but two users on one tablet isn't the easiest thing to do.
I doubt Air Hockey will remain on your tablet for long, but it is worth playing if only for a short time.