Origins of this racket sport
Although table tennis is often associated with Asian countries, it is widely accepted that this sport was born in the last quarter of the 19th century in England as a derivation of tennis: This variety was developed in the face of adverse weather conditions, leading to the invention of a kind of miniature tennis using a pool table or dining room table, in a tennis club, and dividing it into two fields with books or simultaneously with a rope.
Some of the many existing models for children’s games would serve as balls, or even suitably adapted corks. The rackets would be cigar box lids or children’s bats. This sport developed until the British James Devonshire patented his “Table Tennis” on October 9, 1885. It was the first time known to use the term ‘table tennis’.
Video game history (SpinDrive, VR Ping Pong …)
Few are the examples that we find in the world of video games of this discipline. Especially if we compare him with his older brother, like tennis. There has not been much proliferation of ping pong in the virtual world, although there are some experiences throughout history.
It is true that in 1985 the world had a game called Konami’s Ping Pong, although it was developed for recreational purposes. For consoles, in the first place we have the one that opened the ban on the genre, although it did not escape criticism for that. Its name was SpinDrive Ping Pong, a title released in 2005 for PlayStation 2 and that had all the mechanics to succeed. Peripheral view of the game, avatars executing our movements and stands with the public. However, it was technically horrible and even worse in gameplay.
Finally, we have more updated versions that have been adapted to the world of virtual reality. There are two standouts: Racket Fury Table Tennis and VR Ping Pong. The mechanics are the same, with the appearance on the screen of a racket and a hand (simulating ours), with a first-person view and with an opponent whom we must win. The difference is in the futuristic aspect of Racket Fury, with robots and androids.
Titles to play table tennis on Android
Fortunately, on Android, the same is not the case, since there is much more variety about this sport. We go there with the ping pong games that we can find for mobile phones in the entire internet ecosystem, either on Google Play or outside the official store.
I’m ping pong king
It is a fun Ping Pong game for mobile phones that stands out for having minimalist graphics. The objective of this title is beat 16 rivals from around the world to get hold of the crown, and its mechanics are really simple, since it is only necessary to press on the right or left of the screen to control the character.
Ping Pong Masters
It is another free Ping Pong game that you must try. A title in which players must challenge the best table tennis rivals to become the world champion. For this it offers more than 90 levels, tournaments, more than 40 unique rackets, realistic environments, achievements and different game modes, as well as intuitive controls, among others.
Table Tennis World Tour
It is another game that you must try if you like this sport. The user must choose the country they want to represent to start a trip to become the best table tennis player in the world. A title that maintains the same Ping Pong rules as in real life and offers tactile control, realistic physics and a world championship to become the dominator of this sport.
Table tennis champion
This game stands out for offering easy and precise controls, realistic physics, good 3D graphics and challenging opponents. It is one of the best ping pong games for Android, thanks in part to its variety of minigames, its career mode, its more than 50 different scenarios and its fast-paced gameplay.
3D table tennis
It is another popular title of this genre that also stands out for offering good 3D graphics, realistic physics and tough rivals. In addition, it offers an international league with which to compete against other players, high-level tournaments and a complete career mode.
Ping pong fury
It is a title that will be officially launched for Android devices soon, and currently is in pre-registration. An online multiplayer Ping Pong game in which users face real rivals from all over the world to become a legend of this sport and that stands out for having simple and intuitive controls, as well as fast and fun matches.
Table tennis Master 3D
Tennis Master 3D is not very complicated when it comes to maneuvering the racket. Its game system is easy and fun at the same time. There are no confusing options here, just three game modes: beginner, intermediate and difficult. In this title you will not have any distraction because you will only be with your racket on the table that is not surrounded by any object.
Table Tennis Touch
Take out your entire report of strokes and effects in Table Tennis Touch, one of the best table tennis games available on Android. It has a career mode where we have to become the best in the world, although it also has a quick game mode with more than 12 individual minigames.
Let the Wiff Waff robot get you in shape and teach you new tricks and then face the best players on the planet on your journey to the top of world table tennis, defeating them with your master strokes.
Virtual Table Tennis 3D
It is a game that does not beat around the bush with great intros, since as soon as we start it asks us what difficulty level we prefer between novice, intermediate and advanced, for later choose a country of a list to represent (is not Spain) and put shovels to work.
You can try your luck trying to emulate Zhuang Zedong or our native Juanito. Choose one of the three levels of difficulty, choose which country you want to represent and select your rival. From there you only have become the official parade of this Android game.
Pongfinity – Infinite Ping Pong
A more arcade title both visually and playable. We have a more cartoon appearance of the players and the game, including an overhead view of the game to make the game mechanics easier. It really becomes very comfortable to play, making it a more than remarkable pastime so as not to spend many hours on it.
However, it has very interesting customization aspects. We can equip the player with better sports equipment, be it racket or clothing; as well as an improvement of its characteristics. We can even play games with different balls other than ping pong, such as beach balls.