Star Wars The Last Jedi is the latest film to be given the Zen Studios Pinball FX3 makeover. The pack features Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Ahch-To Island and will release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on April 17.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Survive a First Order onslaught as the Resistance, train Rey in the ways of the Force on Ahch-To, and defend Finn from Captain Phasma, blasting away at stormtroopers as BB-8. Jump a ramp to shoot down TIE fighters, fight off Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer, and teach Rey that the Force isn’t just moving rocks!
Star Wars: Ahch-To Island – Luke Skywalker (reluctantly) welcomes you to his secluded hideaway. Train Rey in the ways of the Force, convince Luke to join the Resistance and help Chewbacca deal with some Porg problems. You’ll even get a taste of everyday life on the island as Luke, including reminiscing about his Rebellion days through R2-D2’s hologram projections. And when the lights go off during a multiball mode? Let’s just hope the Force is with you…
Zen Studios are not only bringing Out of Ammo to PSVR but are sweetening the deal by giving away free copies of Castlestorm VR to those that pre-order.
Out of Ammo features eight different locations, where tactical tower defence mixes things up by allowing you to jump directly into the action in first-person and directly control your troops – similar to how Toy Soldiers played.
Beyond the main game, there are additional modes that see you behind enemy lines scavenging for ammo while trying to evac, extracting intel while battling waves of enemies or aiming down the sights of a sniper rifle to protect the crew of a downed chopper – sounds pretty awesome – and with a free copy of Castlestorm VR, which is worth £11.99/$14.99, this is one tempting offer!
You can check out the announcement trailer below. Out of Ammo is penned for a January 30 release and will be priced at £11.99/$14.99
Zen Studios have lifted the lid on the roster of tables included in Pinball FX3. What’s more exciting is that they have also announced cross-platform play, albeit with some caveats. PSN players will be able play cross-platform with Steam and Xbox players can play cross-platform against Windows 10 and Steam players.
To date, the pinball roster for Pinball FX2 and Zen Pinball 2 stands at over 65 tables, many of which feature famous brands and much loved films, so there are a lot of licenses and red tape to cut through when considering which tables transition over to Pinball FX3.
Those that have made the cut, will receive visual upgrades, new lighting and a variety of gameplay tweaks to make Pinball FX3 the ultimate pinball gaming experience. So without further ado, I give you the list of tables, which can be imported from any previous purchases:
Core Collection Pack
• Secrets of the Deep
Iron & Steel Pack
• Wild West Rampage
• Epic Quest
• Earth Defense
Zen Classics Pack
• El Dorado
Aliens vs. Pinball
• Aliens Pinball
• Alien vs. Predator Pinball
• Alien: Isolation Pinball
Balls of Glory Pinball
• Family Guy Pinball
• Bob’s Burgers Pinball
• Archer Pinball
• American Dad! Pinball
Zen Studios are taking a break from small metallic balls to focus on plastic ones with their release of Infinite Minigolf, due out this spring. The game comes with the tools to create and share your own courses, which the developer is hoping will give the title ‘never ending’ playability.
Expect Infinite Minigolf to feature in one of our streams when it releases, the game supports up to 8 players so will make for some hilarity as the TiX team attempt to out stroke one another…
Hold onto your pinballs, Pinball FX 2 is on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star with Pinball: Rogue One.
By the looks of the below screenshots, holographic scenes from the film are projected onto the top of the table as the action frantically plays out below as you attempt to beat each of the challenges that make up 10 story-related sequences.
Rogue One will join the other Star Wars Pinball tables on January 31.
There’s been a lot of these novelty pinball tables for Zen Pinball 2. Game, TV and film franchises have seen their unique traits pinball-ised and gathered together on tables that faithfully represent the source material yet still function relatively realistically as far as pinball goes. However, it’s still a delightful treat to see some of these creations come to digital life, and the Bethesda set are some of the very best.
All three tables look, sound, and play splendidly. They are gorgeously rendered with aesthetic trimmings from their source games, realised in the semi-realistic style of Zen Pinball. Animated figures adorn the sides, top and bottom of the tables, interacting with other animated figures or the table directly. Meanwhile, the traditional pinball hazards are replaced with theme appropriate ones from the games they represent. In the Doom table a Cyberdemon fills the top right corner, the Lone Wanderer ducks and dodges at the bottom of the Fallout table whilst a super mutant wreaks havoc at the top, and the Skyrim table is teaming with dragons whilst a lone Dragon Born means to fight them from the left side. They all look terrific, sporting smooth animations and detailed textures, and some excellent sound effects. In some cases these details outshine their source, thanks to the wonderful Zen Pinball engine.
Every inch of each table has a little surprise for you, whether it’s the dragon that launches the ball on the Skyrim table, the bumpers on the Doom table unleashing the shotgun sound effect when hit, or the mini games played on a Pip Boy on the Fallout table. It’s all so charming, authentic, and in utter service of the games they’re based on.
It goes even further with their dedication to the games that inspired them with the tropes they invoke that have no right to be in a pinball table but gives these particular tables all the more depth. Both the Fallout and Skyrim tables have you generate a character, picking SPECIAL stats and your combat class respectively. In the Fallout table, trapping the ball in certain pits is analogous to entering stores allowing you to purchase Rad-X, Stimpacks, and gear with earned caps. Meanwhile, the Skyrim table allows you to equip your character with new armour and weapons, which are shown on your character’s figure. Losing all your balls isn’t the end either, as you can choose to continue as the same character in further play-throughs, amassing more gear and weapons. Additionally, both RPG tables lets you choose different companions and factions; it’s very much the core o the original experiences recreated in pinball form.
However, the RPG features do break up the otherwise fast pace of pinball, with frequent stops and starts. Fans of the source material may still find these trappings amusing and interesting, but the pinball enthusiasts that simply want the table setting may find it frustrating.
The Doom table is more pinball friendly. There’s weapon swapping on the character figure but it keeps to the fast paced action of pinball, which incidentally fits the FPS. Copious multi-balls, the super-heating of the ball to cause more destruction, and a heavy metal sound track represent the game wonderfully and add some extra aggression to the pinball.
The tradition of missions on Zen Pinball tables continues here, with things like shutting down the reactor on the Mars research station for the Doom table, completing jobs for the Railroad in the Fallout one, and even sleeping at the inn during the Skyrim table, which in turn advances the clock to give you a night-time version of the table. The mini-games are here too, tasking you with navigating a tiny dungeon with a ball by tipping the table, or bursting demonic sacks by bouncing the ball around a small arena with floating stones, or playing little games on your Pip Boy.
Indeed, the Doom table feels the most cohesive, melding the Doom FPS with the pinball mechanics harmoniously and creating a fast table that’s visually interesting but mechanically familiar. The Fallout table skews more towards the Fallout RPG experience than pinball but is tight enough to allow the pinball shenanigans to work in-between the stops and starts. The Skyrim table suffers from a harsh design that can easily cause the ball to tumble straight down the middle and in-between your flippers, making it more frustrating than fun.
These tables based on Bethesda games are remarkably clever. They take the two experiences – the source game and pinball – and attempt to meld them, and they are mostly successful. However, some annoyances, especially to the Skyrim and Fallout tables, do hurt the pinball action a bit. But, my word, are they visually spectacular.
Oh we do like a good tease and when Bethesda is at the centre of the tease then there’s plenty to get excited about.
Posted on the Zen Studios website, your favourite nuclear mascot is giving a thumbs up to a mushroom cloud themed pinball table – but notice the name – Bethesda Pinball. If this was based purely on Fallout then surely it would have been named differently. With this in mind, which other Bethesda games do think will get the Zen Pinball treatment? My money is on Dishonored and Elder Scrolls!
Zen Studios have released a new Marvel themed set of pinball tables, Marvel’s Women of Power, featuring some of the mightiest Super Heroes and Super Villains in the Marvel Universe.
The first of the two has thrusts you into an alternate Soviet-dominated reality in the A-Force table, featuring an original storyline where the destruction of a Cosmic Cube has formed a Soviet-controlled alternate reality. It’s up to you to keep the Cosmic Cube balls alive in the table’s Wizard Mode by directly controlling Black Widow and Madame Masque.
The second table is the Champions table. Here you must defeat Bombshell with Ms. Marvel in an original storyline where players must help Kamala and her friends as they take on Bombshell following a daring bank robbery. Utilize Squirrel Girl’s ‘squirrel army”’ to search for the criminal’s tracks and Spider-Gwen’s webbing to incapacitate your enemies.
May the 4th be with you! To celebrate Star Wars day Zen Studios have discounted their entire Star Wars Pinball collection with discounts from 77-33% off the asking price. You can of course just pick up the whole Season 1 bundle for $20.99 – buy this you will!
Here’s the full discounted list, which will be available to purchase from May 3-9:
Star Wars Pinball: 77% off
Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force pack 50% off
Zen Studios have been bringing some great tables to Pinball FX 2. In celebration of Aliens day – April 26 – Zen Studios have unleashed three tables set in the Aliens universe. Two of the tables are based on the films. One from arguably the best film in the quadrilogy, ALIENS, and the other from arguably the worst film, Alien vs. Predator – I guess they really wanted to include Predator somehow. The final table is based on the most recent Alien game, Alien Isolation.
Each table looks stunning, Aliens Pinball in particular looks like it could very well exist in some shady arcade by the seaside. It also sounds superb with sound clips taken from the film – although some of the one-liners do get awfully repetitive. The Aliens Pinball is also the least cluttered looking table. Lanes are well-marked and the table graphics don’t interfere with the layout making it enjoyable to look at and to play.
You can opt to go through the game modes of the Aliens Pinball table in either film order or by that of your own choosing. Once activated, the game modes range from putting up barricades and repelling Alien attacks to setting up the UA 571-C Sentry guns and navigating the M577 APC through the rubble of LV-426.
I found the modes to be really challenging, getting the ball up each ramp is a task that pinball wizards will easily accomplish, and while I struggled, I thoroughly enjoyed playing a table version of one of my favourite films – it’s just a shame that the queen only ever menacingly hisses as she looks on from her nest at the top of the table rather than stepping down to engage Ripley in combat.
Next in the lineup is Alien vs. Predator Pinball. This was the easiest table to get to grips with but the table graphics made it look rather cluttered and confusing to navigate. The table features a large open area at the bottom, with a few side ramps and an Alien lying in wait to grab your ball as it flies past. Once grabbed, one of the table’s game modes will start – and here lies the biggest problem – the Alien usually misses, which is rather frustrating. Hitting the few table elements and getting ramp shots doesn’t score too highly so game mode activation is the only way to shoot big – they also happen to be a lot of fun too.
One mode flips the table upside down as Aliens attack from the roof and another sees the table plunge into the thermal vision of the Predator. This table may not have the initial wow factor of the Aliens Pinball table, but there’s a hidden charm to it – minus the awkward symbol matching pyramid mini game!
Alien Isolation Pinball makes up the Aliens vs. pack. This table looks fantastic and as ambitious as the ideas are, it was my least favourite. The table is the smallest of the three making the action feel quite claustrophobic – perfect for mimicking the action of Creative Assembly’s title.
You must keep Amanda safe from the Alien, which stalks about the table, but getting her to safety seemed to be my biggest challenge. Thankfully she can’t die but her health will affect the final score.
Other enemies from Creative assembly’s game attack the table too, hitting them with the ball uses ammo which needs to be topped up if you hope to break out the flamethrower against the Alien – this of course is only awarded by completing mini games which were the most awkward of the three tables to activate. A small console must be hit and I really struggled to get a clean shot on it. There’s also a hacking game where you must match symbols by using the pinball to hit them, bouncing it off a paddle at the bottom – it’s easier said than done – and felt really clunky to play.
The Alien Isolation Pinball table looks fantastic – modeled on the corridors of Sevastopol Station station, it’s like the table has been dropped right into the middle of the station’s corridors forcing Amanda and the Alien to work around and over it.
The Aliens vs. Pinball pack is one addictive set of tables. Not only was I intent on beating my friends on the leaderboard, I was hooked to having “just one more go” in the hope of cracking the table’s many game modes, and while some mini games played rather oddly and the queen seemed to just hang out at the top of Aliens Pinball, Zen Studios have created an awesome set of tables that will make Aliens fans very happy.