A decent sequel to the original Pong Toss.
The original Pong Toss! Frat Party Games was panned by critics across the board, with many claiming that a video game about beer pong just isn't that exciting. JV Games, on the other hand, has a different opinion, and is back with the sequel to prove that they can make a great beer pong game.
For those who don’t know much about beer pong, the game is played with cups on opposite ends of a table in a bowling pin-like fashion. The game can be played with as people as you want, though Pong Toss Pro limits that number to four. Players then take turns throwing a ball to the other end of the table, trying to get it to land in one of the cups. After the ball lands in one of the cups, the cup is removed and the game keeps going until all the cups are eliminated.
It is a simple concept at heart meaning that it can get repetitive quite quickly. Thankfully, JV Games have included two different modes, both of which involve the same basic concept of trying to get rid of all the cups on the other side of the table. The first mode is a basic game of beer pong, in which up to four players take turns throwing balls. While it's fun to play with a few other people, it can be quite sluggish and dull when played with a large group in the normal tournament mode as there really is not all that much to do in between turns.
The other mode Pong Toss Pro features is Speed Pong, which is a much more lively experience. In this mode, players each throw their balls at their own pace, racing to see who can win first. This mode is very upbeat and never gives you an opportunity to breathe, which is quite the opposite of the ordinary mode. Besides racing to see who can win first in Speed Pong, a tournament mode is also available allowing a large group of people to compete against each other. Playing with other people is much more enjoyable than competing against the AI as it creates a very frantic and lively atmosphere.
While the core concept is still the same, JV Games has done quite a few things to improve on the Pong Toss formula. For starters, the throwing system has undergone a complete overhaul and is now much more accurate and precise. The controls still take a little getting used to, but after a few attempts you will likely get the hang of things.
The improved graphics are another noticeable upgrade. While a bit darker in comparison to the original, there is a little more detail in environments. The soundtrack is dominated with rock music and it can be changed at any point in a match by bringing up the menu screen and clicking on the next song.
Pong Toss was not well received when it was released back in 2008, and even though Pong Toss Pro improves on some of the major faults of the original, those who couldn’t get into it then will likely not enjoy Pong Toss Pro. The gameplay remains much the same this time around, but the controls and visuals have been upgraded. The gameplay can be repetitive at times, but when you have a few friends around, that is when the game really starts to shine. Though it is unlikely it will replace an actual game of beer pong, Pong Toss Pro is a great little game to play without the hassle of having to set the cups and table up.