Zen Studios

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 2: Bethesda Pack Review

Individually, the three tables on offer in the Bethesda Pinball Pack are all entertaining, with DOOM easily topping the pack with sheer attitude and atmosphere. Together as a pack, these tables represent the strongest outing of pinball that Zen has had since the Ball of Glory pack earlier this year, with this one coming in higher overall because there’s no American Dad table holding it back.

Zen Pinball 2: Bethesda Pack Review

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 FX-2: Guardians of the Galaxy

I can’t explain enough how much I would recommend this game to anyone. It is as close to perfect as a pinball game can be. The mechanics are excellent. The sounds and effects are spot on to a real pinball machine. It gives you everything that a pinball game should, minus the noisy arcade atmosphere. Even if you haven't seen the movie or read the comics, this table should still be enough to entertain you.

Pinball FX-2: Guardians of the Galaxy

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

Castlestorm

For a company so well known for it's console stretching pinball franchise, Castlestorm is as beautiful and precise as any one of their fantastic tables. It's easy to use mechanics serve to make every skirmish a mix of fun and stress, but it's the personality of the individual units, and the multitude of options for both offense and defense that really make this diamond shine. If all their games turn out like this, I give them my full permission to experiment with any genre they feel like. After they finish my requested Steampunk table, of course.

Castlestorm

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