Zen studios have been creating incredible digital pinball tables for a number of years now, but recent tables have focused on licensed properties, bringing, for example, Marvel and Walking Dead tables to the ever-growing catalogue. The Iron and Steel packs sees the developer return to original tables, as with the Wild West scenario table, and their own property, CastleStorm. What’s more, they’re both terrific, delivering precisely the kind quality we’d expect from these pinball masters.
Both the Wild West and CastleStorm tables expertly walk the line of complexity and accessibility, providing busy and nuanced tables full of options to fling your ball into, without completely overwhelming you with visual flair. That’s not to say there isn’t a heavy sprinkling of visual activity, both tables are beautiful and engaging on an aesthetic level. CastleStorm sees a large dragon perched on the top, blowing fire, and flying around, meanwhile, spinning revolvers on the bumpers of the Wild West table along with a saloon that the ball smashes through the window of, shows both tables’ flair for the theatrical. It’s wonderful to see these digital tables pull of tricks their real-life counter parts could never do.
The Wild West table has a more symmetrical layout than that of Castlestorm, with tight middle lanes that take some skill to reach, but overall sits nicely in the middle when it comes to challenge compared to Pinball FX2’s collection of tables. CastleStorm’s challenge is similar, despite the asymmetry; it also features a mini-playfield that’s easy to reach but difficult to stay in.
The Iron and Steel pack features two stunning and compelling tables that are just as fun to play as any of the licensed tables Zen Studios have crafted. They don’t quite impress on the same level as some of their best Marvel tables, Guardians of the Galaxy in particular, but a return to original properties is refreshing.
Thanks to Zen Studios for supplying TiX with a download code
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