There’s Air Hockey, and then there’s Air Table Tennis. The latter game is pretty hard to imagine, due to the very nature of the sport itself. But really, all you need is the cool Air Table Tennis paddle and you’re good to go. You won’t need any physical balls (no alternate meaning intended) to play ping pong because the whole game’s virtual.
So how does Air Table Tennis work? Just serve the virtual ball, hit it, and listen to the sounds from your virtual opponent to judge just how fast the virtual ball’s coming right back towards you. Whew, who knew virtual gaming could be so complicated?
Air Table Tennis
Well, the Air Table Tennis paddle makes all the sound effects of a real game; starting with a satisfying ‘tock’ as you serve the ball. You’ll then hear it bounce over the table to your virtual opponent and their return shot. Judge the speed of their shot from the time it takes to bounce on your side of the table. Match the timing with your swing and you’ll hear that satisfying ‘tock!’ as you bat it back again. Then simply repeat! With your virtual opponent varying the speed of their returns, it’s like playing table tennis with a figment of your imagination, or an invisible Forrest Gump. It might sound crazy, but it’s actually really intuitive and ludicrously addictive.
Air Table Tennis is available from Firebox for £24.99 ($39.)