FlapPing - Atari 2600
"The future of gaming can be summed up in two words -- Pong and Joust." ...with these prophetic words on rec.games.video.classic, "Otter" planted the seeds for the game you see before you now. FlapPing, at its core, is an oldschool Pong Deathmatch... but with a "Flap" button. Each player flaps furiously to prevent the opponent from getting a ball past and scoring a point--first to 10 points win (3 points in a "poorlords" game).
FlapPing features two primary game variations, a "classic pong" mode which resembles the classic Pong arcade game, and "poorlords", where each player must defend a wall in a manner similar to the arcade game Warlords. You can play another human, or take on all the AI might of your Atari 2600. The Pterodactyl of Joust also makes an appearance in FlapPing, adding an unpredictable element to the gameplay!
You can learn more about FlapPing's development over at Kirk Israel's FlapPing Development Page. In addition to detailed information about the game as Kirk was developing it, you can also download the various in-development binaries to try for yourself. FlapPing features a label and manual created by Dave Exton.
Includes cartridge and full-color manual. FlapPing was originally released in early 2004 as JoustPong and underwent a name change to avoid infringing on Atari Corporation's trademark on the "Pong" name.
|Number of Players||1 - 2|
|Label Design||Dave Exton|
|Manual Design||Dave Exton|
The pterodactyl from Joust also makes an appearance, although it would be nice to have the option of either shutting it off, or making its appearances only periodic, instead of continuous. FlapPing does have the option of adding Warlords-like walls behind each player, which makes the game a lot more forgiving, and a lot more fun to play. There is also an "easy" mode, but basically it just makes the computer so clueless, it never hits the ball back to you. FlapPing is a great concept, and there's some fun to be had here, but a larger ball and some horizontal movement would have helped make it more fun, and a lot less frustrating.
Kirk's game is quite fun, blending the 2-player cut-throat fun of pong with the flapping action of John Newcomer's Joust game. The flap action, along with the Pterry flying around messing up your shots, really breathes new life into a tried and true style of game from the classic era.
FlapPing ... it's a simple yet maddeningly fun game, fun for gamers of all skill levels.