Excerpt: I've always had a soft spot for pinball, and even though in recent years finding a machine has become an increasingly rarer event I still carry a torch for the silver ball. However, when it comes to videogame adaptations of pinball more often than not I've been, well, less than enamored. Thus it was with some trepidation that I sat down to give Zen Pinball a spin, but to my pleasant surprise I found myself enjoying the game.
Excerpt: There have been a lot of really good pinball video games over the years, which usually take one of two forms: either it's a complete departure from reality, or it's as close to an actual table as the developers can get it. Zen Pinball falls mostly into the latter camp. Download this, and you get four original pinball tables: V12, Tesla, Shaman, and El Dorado, each with a different theme.
Excerpt: Pinball machines have always been popular among the arcade- and video-game scene, and pinball software games have always been around. Now, the newest title has hit. Its name is Zen Pinball and its been released on the PlayStation Network (PSN). Zen Pinball is a nice reminder of the days of arcade hopping and pinball tournaments with friends. The title offers four pinball machines or “tables.
Summary: Pinball might not seem all that compatible with a zen state of mind. Even in its neutered video game form, any game loaded with flashing lights that you have to play with crazy flipper fingers is not going to encourage quiet meditation. But while the PSN game Zen Pinball does not have the most appropriate name, it does pack in a lot of silver-ball excitement because of four great tables, a lot of nifty gimmicks, first-rate physics, and some innovative multiplayer.
Pros: Colorful, detailed graphics, Superb physics, Great themes and varied action in the four pinball tables
Excerpt: Pinball FX on the Xbox 360 has been making headlines for quite some time, most recently when Capcom announced a Street Fighter II -themed table for it. PlayStation 3 owners were left in the cold, though, without a version of our own. We still don't have one, but now developer ZEN Studios has at least produced a new title to give us an idea of what we've been missing. Mostly, that amounts to four pinball tables and some online activity.
Summary: Although you're only looking at a pinball table, the visuals in this game will grab you and hold you to your seat. They make you feel like you're back in the 90's. The music is pretty suitable, if you can get past the fact that the soundtrack is sort of boring. Also, the sound effects can be downright cheesy at times. The game really plays like a pinball game should.