Pinball

Pinball FX3 Review

Although traditional pinball machines were once a highlight of arcades and bowling alleys, they are rarities nowadays. It’s no surprise that video game iterations are just as hard to come across. Zen Studios continues to keep the pastime alive with the third installment of its digital pinball series, Pinball FX3.

Pinball FX3 Review

Zen Pinball 3 - Universal Classics Pack Review

When I first heard the name Universal Classics, I imagined tables themed on the Universal Classic Monsters. Instead, Universal has seen fit to offer up three other classics based on their movie properties, Robert Zemeckis's time-traveling Back to the Future, and two Steven Spielberg mega-hits, E.T.  and Jaws.

Zen Pinball 3 - Universal Classics Pack Review

Rogue One Pinball Review

In the pantheon of pinball tables bearing the Star Wars name, Rogue One runs close to the middle of the pack. Some exceptional visuals serve as standouts, but are not enough to carry the sadly banal play of the table itself. It never reaches the lows of the American Dad table, but unless you are looking to fill out your collection, Rogue One is nothing to go out of your way for.

Rogue One Pinball Review

Star Wars Pinball: The Force Awakens Pack

As for the tale of the tape, this set of pinball tables is a bit of a wash. The First Order would be worth the price of a table by its lonesome, though when paired with the underwhelming Episode 7 table, it makes it a little less of a bargain. There's fun to be had if you look for it, but if it's a matter of choosing one group of tables over another, its certainly something I would take into account.

Star Wars Pinball: The Force Awakens Pack

Balls of Glory Pinball Pack

Of course, your main source of enjoyment for any of these tables will really come from your love of the properties themselves, as I am sure that someone, somewhere, who is really into American Dad could and probably would come away with a different taste in their mouth than I was left with. As far as I am concerned, though, I came out on top with not only three of the four tables providing a fun reason to jump back into Zen Pinball, but finding what just may be my favorite table of all on offer in Bob's Burgers. That leaves the package, as a whole, as entirely worth it, and another set of great additions to Zen's ever growing library.

Balls of Glory Pinball Pack

Zen Pinball 2: Ant-Man

Obviously pinball is not this great fleshed out gaming adventure that many fans would like to see their favorite comic book characters go through. It does add another experience to be had; however short it may be.

Zen Pinball 2: Ant-Man

Pinball Arcade: Season One

Despite the flaws with Pinball Arcade and The Season One Table Pack, nostalgia-minded gamers should be very pleased with what they find in this package. Relative newcomers to pinball should also take a look. The hobby itself might be old, but video games didn't make it obsolete. The 21 tables that you get are a great value for the $30 price tag too. Nothing will ever replicate the actual experience, but this simulation comes about as close as anyone has.

Pinball Arcade: Season One

Star Wars Pinball

They're certainly not the worst tables Zen has ever put out, but they're also not the best, and $10 gets you a pretty varied collection of tables. At the same time, you can probably ignore this whole review if you're just a really big Star Wars fan, because this is the kind of fanservice you want, right? There are better tables to spend your money on, but the Empire and Clone Wars tables are fine enough to satisfy you if you do buy it.

Star Wars Pinball

Star Wars Pinball

I don't know what else they have up their sleeves, but these three tables were more then enough to get me absolutely salivating at the idea of more Star Wars content. Zen Studios has shown they know what to do with licensed content, and maybe next time, they'll let us blow up Alderaan, or even the Death Star... or just fire silver projectiles through a Jar-Jar Model. Hell, give me that, and I'd even allow a “Me-sah.” But just one....

Star Wars Pinball