The future of Pong is finally here!
Free From Pallavi Kalyanam, pallavi.vijayanathan.com Made for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV Needs iOS 10.1 or later As the name implies, Color Pong is a clone of sorts of the Atari arcade classic that you can purchase once and play on all of your non-Mac Apple devices — including Apple TV and Apple Watch. That sounds like a pretty great deal considering the app is free, but the experience isn’t quite ideal when playing from your wrist.
Although Watch owners play against the app — there’s no two-player mode — turning the Digital Crown moves both paddles at the same time. This isn’t a problem in and of itself, but sometimes the ball accidentally bounces off the net instead, not to mention it moves a tad too slow.
Sadly, the gameplay is also hindered by choppy frame rates, but at least there are some basic sound effects to spice things up a bit. There’s nothing new here, and we’ve certainly seen better Pong imitators for Apple Watch, but it’s hard to argue with free.
The bottom line. Choppy, buggy gameplay mars an otherwise decent take on an arcade classic, now in color.