Excerpt: By now, great downloadable tables are almost the norm for Zen Studios, but we’re not taking Star Wars Pinball for granted. This initial three-pack (seven more tables are coming) delivers some of the game’s best production values in a sizzling mix of franchise-inspired action. Original Trilogy fans will swoon over the Empire Strikes Back table, whose wealth of unlockable missions and rewards lets you launch pinballs at a towering Darth Vader, topple an AT-AT, and even...
Pros: + Three lovingly presented tables that scream, + Nice variety among the tables; all three have enticing missions and rewards.
Cons: ? How sweet is the ball-swallowing Sarlacc on Boba’s table? Love it!
Summary: Epic Quest may not be as ambitious as I would have liked, but it shows the developers aren't afraid to try something new. The end result is an enjoyable diversion from the usual pinball madness. If this is the future for Pinball FX 2, then Zen Studios officially has my attention! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games.
Conclusion: Much in the same way that Puzzle Quest enabled you to play an RPG by playing Bejeweled, Epic Quest allows you to play an RPG by playing pinball. It is a well executed concept that only further reinforces my wish that I was any good at pinball so that I could level-grind Sir Max the way I would in the RPGs of old.
Excerpt: Epic Quest is great if you’re looking for an accessible table that isn’t overly cluttered ( Paranormal is fun but terribly claustrophobic), and the persistence is novel. I wish Zen had done more with the concept, but I trust that they’ll be releasing more tables; Pinball FX 2 works great as a hub game being supported by regular DLC.
Pros: Great ball physics, interesting persistence of items gathered, open design is friendly to new players
Cons: Gear doesn’t really seem to do much, operator’s manual is ineffective at relaying information to the player
Excerpt: Two questions capture the differing perspectives I hold on the Epic Quest board for Pinball FX 2: WouldnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t it be great if every game of pinball game you played contributed to higher scores and more interesting experiences...
Pros: + Attractive goofy aesthetics, + Continuity means no minute is wasted, + Leverages the departure from physical tables
Cons: Dexterity gets in the way of the RPG experience
Summary: Though it may seem overly simplistic at first, there’s no denying that Epic Quest holds up exceptionally well over repeated play; and that’s a good thing, given that this innovative but straightforward take on creating an RPG pinball game is designed with precisely that in mind. There are a number of working gimmicks at play in Epic Quest —all of which work fantastically well—though the “carrying stats over from game to game” element is both its most prominent and its...
“Asgard is really nice this time of year,” says Thor
15 December 2011
Excerpt: Thor is what a pinball table would look like if the designer was getting paid by the color. It’s got ice, and mountains, and lava, and a green ramp, and a dragon, and a golden city. It’s like a D&D campaign colored by some kid who insists on using every crayon in the box. Unlike the real Thor from the movie, this Thor is very florid, enthusiastic, and encouraging. He refuses to sit still. He jumps around a lot. He frequently makes observations like “mighty!
Excerpt: Right now it’s the absolute king of console pinball games, so we expect a lot from Pinball FX 2 ’s frequent add-ons. Thankfully, the four tables in this latest team-up with Marvel Comics display welcome variety in their pace and style. The new Moon Knight table is probably the most familiar: it plays much like this summer’s great Captain America table, with similar flow, character animations, and table dynamics.
Excerpt: Attention, possible splosion alert! That’s right, Zen Studios has done it again, and this time they’ve teamed up with Twisted Pixel to deliver one of the most explosive tables seen on Pinball FX2. Made exclusively for Xbox LIVE® Arcade, the Ms. Splosion Man table brings the elements that we know and love from other tables in the Pinball FX2 collection but with the unique twist and electric injection of Ms. Splosion Man’s personality.