Today the world around is pretty complex. A pair of shoes that was simply meant to keep us protected from on-road particles that might injure our feet, is now engineered by scientists to provide us with the highest level of comfort. Even the most casual of things have features so sophisticated that we can’t deny looking for another “better” option before finalising our buy. Simulation has left behind reality in terms of “authenticity” and this new technology reflects in the games of the new generation. But there’s still scope for something simple that’s easy to pick up and hard to master. It’s easy to get addicted to a tune that you can hum, right?


I’m talking about the new iOS app called Pins and Needles that has been developed by Harold Hemmings. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and requires iOS 6.0 or any later version of the OS. This app has also been optimized for iPhone 5.


Pins and Needles, the game is actually not one but a combination of two: Pins “and” Needles. Both the games are somewhat similar in the concept and design but there’s a big difference in the gameplay. It’s like the same arena but two different athletic competitions. In the first game called Pins, you have to tap and drop pins on a rotating wheel. No two pins can touch each other and this is not the only crux. The wheel keeps on rotating but not in a uniform manner. The speed keeps on changing. So it might be rotating quickly but suddenly shifts down gears and slows down. Even worse, it might even put on the reverse gear and start rotating backwards. So you have to keep a constant look on the rotating wheel. The more pins you can drop, the higher is your score.


Then comes the second part, Needles! In Needles, you have to drop balls on already fixed pins in the same rotating wheel. This was more difficult for me because the target has been localized to the size of a point of a pin and therefore you have to be even more careful while dropping the ball.

Both the games are pretty addictive. Once you start playing, it’s very difficult to put it down. It’s quick, easy to play and complete fun as long as you can play. The interface is neat and elegantly designed. The black & white artwork is very beautiful and perfect for such a game.

So overall, I would say that “Pins and Needles” is one such game that you can enjoy any hour of the day. If you have a short break, just open the cover, dig in a scoop and close it again; this ice-cream is always fresh and never gets dried out.

The app is available for free in the App Store. So what are you waiting for?

Pros: neat and clean interface; quick and easy to play; beautiful black & white artwork; two different games; free.

Cons: none.

I will give this app 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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