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Pong Toss Pro - Frat Party Games Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Corbie Dillard

The drunker you are, the better.

Nothing compliments a good buzz like tossing tiny ping pong balls into a group of plastic cups. In fact, Beer Pong has become quite the popular party game over the years, so much so that JV Games released their own version of the game for the WiiWare service back in 2008. Despite receiving extremely low review scores from most media outlets (Nintendo Life awarded it 2/10 in our review), the game must have enjoyed a decent level of sales as JV Games is once again bringing back the popular party game, this time with a host of improvements.

As far as the actual core game goes, not much has changed since the first go around. There are still basically two game modes to be played in the game: regular Pong Toss and Speed Pong. Regular Pong Toss has you and an opponent taking turns trying to get your ping pong balls into your own group of plastic cups. You'll even be able to earn points depending on which cup you're able to toss your ball into, not to mention your points being tallied against your current multiplier. You can set up the difficulty of your CPU-controlled opponent, as well as customize other aspects of the game like what music is played or the presence of the announcer.

Speed Pong is more of a head-to-head competition and is easily the best mode in the game. It's a race to see who can get their ping pong balls in all of their cups first. There will even be times when you can sink a ball in a cup that features an annoyance that can be used to hinder your opponent's progress. These range from putting up a set of barn doors over your opponents line of sight to flipping their cups over in order to keep them from getting their balls into them. You'll soon find that getting these power-ups can be quite beneficial in slowing down your opponent, especially if they're quite a bit ahead of you in the game.

A new addition to Pong Toss Pro is the tournament modes. Both Pong Toss and Speed Pong have their own tournament modes that will allows, 4, 8, and even 16 players or teams of players to take part. These tournaments play out in a bracket system with the winner moving on to the next round and the loser being eliminated. These modes might seem like a rather trivial addition, but they're a great way to get a lot of people involved in the game.

While the controls have remained fairly similar to the original release, there is a new gauge that will give you a readout of your current trajectory and the amount of power you're tossing the ball with. It helps with accuracy a little bit, but tends to be something you'll pay little attention to when the action is heating up in Speed Pong mode. It's also nice to be able to set up special rules such as forcing players to bounce their shots in rather than toss them directly into the cups, something that does add in a little variety to the mix. The main problem is that given the streaky accuracy of the motion controls, sinking your balls into the cups generally feels more like luck than any type of skill, the same basic problem that plagued the first Pong Toss.

Much like the controls, the game's presentation received a bit of a facelift as well. The visuals, while still rather jagged and bland, do show a bit more detail and the rock & roll soundtrack is a bit catchier this time around. You can even switch to the specific tracks you like before heading into a match. The voice announcer features quite a few more lines of dialogue, but it still won't take you long until it starts repeating on you, another thing that can be alleviated in the options menu if you so choose.

Conclusion

Let's face it, there's not a raging amount of excitement in the Beer Pong experience as it is, and when you further dilute by turning it into a video game, there's honestly not much left to enjoy. While JV Games has added some very nice improvements to their original Pong Toss concept, unfortunately it's still very much the same game and one that still doesn't translate well into a video gaming experience.

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User Comments (19)

LordJumpMad

#1

LordJumpMad said:

What?!...4.......?

Did't you see that Ad with the Hot Girl on it, I'll give it a 10, for just that :)

RaylaxStaff

#4

Raylax said:

@3: I think they meant bored game, harr harr harr.

Stop staring at me

ZarroTsu

#6

ZarroTsu said:

Welp, good to know my whining (on an IRC) about their stupid advert was rightfully placed.

Knux

#9

Knux said:

Sweet, the ad is gone! :D I am surprised this piece of shovelware got a 4. :P

CorbsAdmin

#10

Corbs said:

I certainly applaud JV Games making a go at improving this game, but I think it's more the idea that's the problem, not the execution. Perhaps I just don't "get" the game. I've been fairly good at Beer Pong the few times I've played, but I never felt like I was getting any better at this game, no matter how long I stuck with it - just never got a rhythm going like I'd done in real life.

trackrunr800m

#12

trackrunr800m said:

I'm not going to speak on the game since i haven't played it but to me it seems like if the reviewer doesn't like beer pong in real life of course you wouldn't like a video game version of it. Every time we play it at college it gets intense (really playing,not the game).

Ravage

#14

Ravage said:

I think the reviewer has played the game, and it is hard not to enjoy when you're drunk, of course, that is the idea of the game, to get drunker (if you play it the way we do :D).

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#15

Philip_J_Reed said:

I've played Beer Pong countless times in real life (an alternate way of phrasing that would be "I went to college"), and it's very frequently resulted in a great time. But never once did I think to myself, "Man, this would be great to play on my TV. Without the beer. Or the fun..."

4/10 is probably about the maximum I'd imagine an electronic beer pong game will ever get. Now where's my Virtual Patty Cake?

Bigby

#16

Bigby said:

I've played both real & Pong Toss and enjoy both. All of my friends really enjoy playing Pong Toss every time I throw a party. I'm having a big 4th of July bash, I'll let you know how they like the new version.
I never understood everyone's hatred of this game, I think it's great but then again I don't understand the whole retro fascination either... hummm

BBxPRESS

#19

BBxPRESS said:

While playing this game I quickly learned the creators really don't understand the rules of Pong. At all. Wheres the"swatting" on bounces? Bring backs? Everything that is beer pong? Why does it rerack constantly thoughout the game?. Just trying to make a quick buck I guess.
Besides that, I agree with those who said you can't really get good at this game the controls are 1/10 - Not bad if you hate cleaning up after a party. Ultimately, sober this is easy 2/10. Drunk, I see it getting that 4.

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