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Inks (2016) is a messy pinball game that combines puzzle with platforming. It's like a traditional game of pinball, however you are aiming to splash the ball through each coloured area rather than rack up high scores.

Play involves using the flippers to direct the ball to each of the coloured areas. You can use a number of flippers and choose whether the ball is returned from the left or right when you lose it.

Along with the action puzzle fun, the novelty here is the Jackson Pollock style art work you create by playing. Not only the splashes of paint, but the trail the ball leaves after rolling through it. Vivid layers of ink build up, recording a visual history of your progress as you perfect your score.

You can't lose but the challenge is to complete a level in the fewest number of hits possible to obtain the ultimate goal, the star ball.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Inks 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 years ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Traversal game with Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game. You can play through a handful of tables in a few minutes and stop and start whenever you like.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Really young children will enjoy the simple controls and bright messy visuals. Older players will focus on timing and reflexes to complete levels in fewer hits.



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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 04/05/2016, updated in 2021

Out Now: Mac, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Traversal (Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 21 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: State Of Play (@State_Of_Play)

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