Magically Transform Your iPhone Into a Pinball Machine

Heading to the arcade for a bit of gaming used to be a pretty big deal, but now that every 9-year-old has the power of an arcade in his little cell phone the draw of the noisy, brightly flashing arcade has decreased somewhat. This truly awesome case bridges the gap between mobile games and arcade games for those who miss the flashing lights but still want to play pinball while lounging on the couch.

The Pinball Magic case holds an iPod touch or an iPhone and comes with a free pinball app that you play with actual physical controls on the case. An animated backbox, side flippers, a ball-release plunger and a credit/select button make you feel almost like you’re standing in a row of sweaty, acne-covered teenagers wasting quarter after quarter to become the next pinball wizard.

The case draws power from your iPod/iPhone, but according to the seller of this fine contraption, it doesn’t suck the life out of the battery too quickly. The bad news: this cool toy will run you about $65 plus shipping if you live in the US (£39.95), so you’d better really like pinball to make sure you get the most out of your investment.

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See more in Gaming & Geek or under Gadgets. March, 2011.
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