Meatball Joe review (iPad)

March 16, 2011

“Ain’t got no distractions, can’t hear no buzzers and bells
Don’t see no lights a flashin’, plays by sense of smell”

10 word description: Pinball game; 8 food-themed tables; Jazz soundtrack; HD graphics

Come along Joe, it's time for your medication...

10 word review: Completely bonkers yet immensely playable pinball romp. Dali meets Bally.

The tutorial table hardly hints at the insanity that awaits

You will like this if you enjoy: Pinball, Sushi, Surreal game themes.

It doesn't matter what drugs you've done - you won't have seen a pinball table like this before.

The good news: Fast, colourful, highly replayable pinball game with many tables and secret bonus games.

This is what NASA should be working on instead of deep space missions

The bad news: It’s crazier than a sack of cats. The icon may scare small children.

Chuzzle meets Freddy Krueger

Arcadelife verdict: Obviously the result of a bizarre round of “match the game genre with a random theme”, Meatball Joe does something that is even more baffling than the unfeasible combination of Pinball and anchovies – it succeeds wonderfully. For a start it is very fast; smooth and frantic with a sulky looking meatball hurtling around tables that are covered with fish, crabs, tubes of sauce, cake, fruit … well, you get the idea. Or do you? I seriously doubt it. It looks very odd and it plays at a furious pace. My static screenshots don’t do it any justice at all.

It also sounds fairly wacky. Despite the food theme, the sounds are mostly what you would expect from a pinball game, which is constantly amusing as crabs and bits of fish PING and BOING like bells and bumper pads. The music is pretty good too.

I'm a pinball wizard, me.

Overall – This is another surprisingly playable game with a fair amount of polish and depth. It might look very silly but it’s also a lot of fun.

The version of Meatball Joe that Arcadelife reviewed is 1.0

Meatball Joe website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (OS 4.3)

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