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Zen Pinball 2 is getting some new Wii U tables soon


Including Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 22
// Chris Carter
The Wii U version of Zen Pinball is going to catch up to its predecessors soon, as Zen Studios has just confirmed an update scheduled for August 28th. On that date Zen Pinball 2 will get Guardians of the Galaxy, Dea...
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GotG Pinball Impressions

Guardians of the Galaxy Pinball may be the best table yet


Guardians of the table
Aug 02
// Brett Zeidler
Hot off the heels of the stellar Deadpool table back in June, Zen Studios is going strong with its line of Marvel pinball tables. Guardians of the Galaxy finally got the film treatment, and now it has the pinball tr...
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Nolan North returns as the Merc with a Mouth in Deadpool Pinball


Marvel and pinball, together again
Jun 17
// Jordan Devore
Heh. There's a mini Deadpool pinball table in this Deadpool pinball table. That's fun. Quick-time events, even if they're supposed to be a joke? Less fun. But I like that Zen Studios is giving Deadpool a table all his own --...
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Humble Weekly has 20+ Pinball FX2 tables for six bucks


There's no such thing as too much pinball, but...
Nov 21
// Jordan Devore
This Humble Weekly Sale is all about Zen Studios. If you're like me and don't own any Pinball FX2 content on PC yet, it is a terrific way to get into the game for cheap. At $1 or more for Steam keys, the bundle includes the C...

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Star Wars

Pinball FX 2 comes to Steam on May 10


No balls of steel required
May 03
// Allistair Pinsof
Outside the dedicated and nebulously legal emulation scene, PC hasn't received much virtual pinball love lately despite being its birthplace. Zen Studios is changing this by bringing Pinball FX 2 to Steam on May 10. The titl...
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Zen Pinball HD now on Google Play, Marvel tables on sale


Hey Zen Studios, take all my money... again
Dec 18
// Brett Zeidler
Zen Studios has announced today that Zen Pinball HD would make its way to the Google Play store today. Yes, I'm sure some of you have had it for awhile (myself included), but that's because we're running one of those sexy Teg...
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The DTOID Show: NYCC, Sleeping Dogs DLC, & CoD Elite


Plus: They are making video games about DANCING now
Oct 15
// Max Scoville
Today on The Destructoid Show, we do what we always do on The Destructoid Show: talk about video game news,  For starters, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be making CoD: Elite a free service, but will be offering a seaso...
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Civil War arrives in Marvel Pinall


Oct 14
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The infamous six-part comic event from the Marvel universe is now in playable pinball form thanks to Zen Studios. The new table will let you side with either Iron Man and his Superhuman Registration Act, or with Captain Amer...
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Marvel Pinball 3D to hit 3DS eShop this week


Jun 25
// Conrad Zimmerman
If you have been anticipating the release of more pinball goodness for your Nintendo 3DS, you won't have to wait long at all. Announced less than a month ago in the run up to this year's E3, Zen Studios' Marvel Pinball 3D is...

Avengers Chronicles features the best pinball tables yet

Jun 13 // Brett Zeidler
First up, we launched the "Infinity Gauntlet" table. I let Conrad take up the game first (I really just wanted to see the master at work). I was always really looking forward to the this table because Thanos is one of the pivotal Avengers villains, and Marvel's upcoming plans with his character make this table even more exciting. This is the most story-driven table Zen has ever put together. There are 139 lines of dialogue, and quite a few moving parts around the table. In the top-left, the Infinity Gauntlet itself has the capability of picking up your ball and moving it onto the nearby blue ramps. Silver Surfer hangs out on the left side, and after initiated he and Thanos will fight it out. After Conrad finally gave up the controls, I played a round myself before moving onto the next table. This one seemed to move a lot quicker than other tables; almost as if it was at a higher angle. This could just be because of the fact that there are so many big ramps along the back wall. [embed]229343:44041[/embed] The guys from Zen Studios recommended I check out the "Fear Itself" table next to "see some really crazy stuff." Yeah, I was all over that. Upon starting the table, I instantly saw what they were talking about. There is a ton of things going on in there. "Infinity Gauntlet" may be the most story-driven, but "Fear Itself" probably has the most stuff. That's not a bad thing either, as it doesn't feel crowded at all. I'm not at all familiar with the Fear Itself story arc from last year, so forgive me that I don't know the characters' names. At any moment, there are three characters standing around the table. I should also let it be known that this table has the coolest launcher in the history of pinball: a guy crouches over the launching area and slams his hammer down. Captain America's shield is broken in half and acts as the two bumpers right above the flippers. There are numerous metal ramps to take your ball around the table, and a lot of interesting nooks and crannies to initiate different parts of the table. Other characters from The Avengers make appearances on the art throughout the table. There's even a giant serpent that can pop out of the back and mix things up. As I was playing, I managed to start one of the main missions that opened up a portal. It was relatively easy to get to (being on the middle ramp in the back), but I became nervous and accidentally let the ball go. Not only that, but that was my third lost ball. I suppose I'll just have to wait until next week to see what that does. I'm a little sad that I didn't have time to go hands-on with "World War Hulk" or "The Avengers", as those seem equally awesome in their own right. As I've already stated, the two tables I did get to play were enough to sell me on the entire pack that's arriving next week. Not only are they fun to play, but they are masterfully crafted and should hold their own among the best tables Zen Studios has made to date. I don't know how they could do any better than Avengers Chronicles, but I have a feeling the best is yet to come.
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There are two things in this world that consistently remain on my top-ten of all-time favorite things ever: Pinball and The Avengers. The fact that those two things are coming together in not only one, but four tables as part...

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Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles has a release date


Jun 11
// Brett Zeidler
After being pushed back a tiny bit, the Avengers Chronicles expansion is finally headed to Marvel Pinball and Pinball FX2 on June 19th and 20th, respectively. As always, it'll be 800 Microsoft points ($9.99). In it, you'll f...
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E3: Zen Studios announces Marvel Pinball 3D for 3DS


Jun 05
// Conrad Zimmerman
Zen Studios is keeping the pinball coming and will release Marvel Pinball 3D for the 3DS later this summer. Containing four of the tables previously released for the PS3 version of Marvel Pinball (Blade, Iron Man, Captain Ame...
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The first look at Zen Studios Avengers pinball table


May 04
// Conrad Zimmerman
The Avengers are storming the box office this weekend but they'll soon be bringing the fight to the pinball arena in the new "Avengers Chronicles" pack of tables for Pinball FX2 and Zen Pinball 2. In the above video, we...
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All Marvel Pinball tables on sale for mobile devices


May 01
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The Avengers is hitting theaters this week and to celebrate, Zen Studios has dropped the price of all their Marvel-themed pinball tables for mobile devices! On iOS, that means the Captain America, Wolverine and Thor tables ar...
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More Marvel Pinball coming in Avengers Chronicles


Mar 16
// Conrad Zimmerman
Zen Studios has been rocking out some fantastic pinball tables lately, particularly in their line based on Marvel Comics. And the train keeps a'rolling with the announcement of Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles, a batch of...

Preview: Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue

Dec 09 // Wesley Ruscher
Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)Developer: Zen StudiosPublisher: Zen StudiosRelease: December 13, 2011The Vengeance and Virtue bundle is by far Zen Studios' biggest undertaking when it comes to designing new and fresh pinball tables. Beyond the exquisite style that each of the four new tables showcase, they have also upped the ante in regards to overall presentation. All the artwork -- done in-house by Zen Studios -- goes through the rigorous Marvel approval process for quality assurance. The new tables also, for this first time, actually use Marvel voice talent to help create a more viable Marvel universe. It's weird to say, but the Vengeance and Virtue pack may just be the first true cinematic pinball experience.The new tables: Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, X-men, and Thor offer a wide range of table styles. Each table packs is unique and is a lot more than hitting a ball around some flash tables. In fact, the Vengeance and Virtue pack blends the lines between pinball and videogame more so then any of their previous tables. Allow me to break down the new line-up. Ghost Rider This table really captures the spirit of being trapped in hell. Lucifer appears in all his demonic splendor serving as the table's main villain and focal point. In one of the table's mini-games, Lucifer will create a fire-pinball, dropping it straight down the chute. In this game, the option to wager your soul (points) to earn a huge payoff is the challenge. Players can opt out with a smaller wager, but the fun and sport of this table lies in the risk versus reward of many of its mini-game challenges. A special mention should also go out to the Marilyn Manson-inspired music track which completes the experience perfectly.Moon Knight This Marvel hero wasn't an obvious choice for the new pack, considering there are more established characters like the Hulk still on the table (sorry for the bad pun), but his mystery to the general public allows Zen Studios to be even more creative with the table. For starters, the table is introduced with a cutscene that helps set the stage and shed a little back story. There is an epic soundtrack and the table has some of the most dynamic lighting effects, especially when the moon comes into play. This table also deals heavily with the vengeance and virtue theme of the pack, with players collecting orbs to build a vengeance meter. Filling this meter is a spectacular sight to see.X-Men This table has the least amount of 3D models on the table, but the beautiful artwork and frantic missions (based off New X-Men 147 and Uncanny 135 and 136) more than make up for it. Just look at that amazing optic-blast up the center of the table. What makes this table unique is it's centered around super-villain extraordinaire Magneto. Since you are filling the role of several X-Men, the missions for this table are directed through the master of magnetism. In Jean Grey's timed mission, Magneto has her under his love spell and Cyclops is tasked with saving her. To do so, players must win a crazy multi-ball challenge, complete with a red optic-blast colored pinball. Thor The god of thunder may just have the most impressive table in the Vengeance and Virtue pack. All of his missions are boss fights. The mischievous Loki and world obliterator, Destroyer, are just a few of Thor's epic enemies to encounter and their challenges are just as formidable as one would think. Thor's table by far gave me the hardest challenge, as I found myself quickly losing pinballs due to the amount of chaos that ensues. It's a really colorful table highlighting a variety of the nine worlds that Asgard protects, all sliced into neat little sections of the table with impeccable details from the lighting to the subtle spillage from the volcano in the background. The previous tables are actually the highest-rated Marvel game in existence, something Zen Studios is proud of, but I have a feeling that they may soon be passed up. Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue will be available as DLC for Marvel Pinball on PlayStation Network and Pinball FX2 on Xbox Live Arcade on December 13 and 14, respectively.
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Pinball has to be one of the hardest hobbies to talk about. On the surface, it's about hitting a metal ball around a slanted table, with some flippers, in the hopes of keeping it from failing down a hole. In reality though...

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Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue pack gets Thor


Dec 05
// Harry Monogenis
The final character for the upcoming Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue DLC pack (which will contain 4 new tables) has now been confirmed by Marvel Entertainment and Zen Studios to be none other than the mighty Thor. A...
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X-Men coming in Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue


Oct 17
// Conrad Zimmerman
Zen Studios has revealed that the uncanny X-Men will be the focus for the second table in their upcoming four-pack for Zen Pinball and Pinball FX 2, Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue. Based around the long-standing feud b...
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Marvel Pinball planned as a PlayStation Vita launch title


Oct 14
// Jordan Devore
Zen Studios has taken Comic-Con as an opportunity to talk a little more about Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue. As far as the PlayStation Vita version is concerned, it's going to be a launch title. Nice! There's a traile...
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Marvel Pinball gets Ghost Rider, coming to WiiU and Vita


Jul 23
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Zen Studios had so much good news to share during Comic-Con this week. For one thing, the Marvel Pinball series will be coming to iOS, Android, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, PC and WiiU all by the end of 2012. We'll be gett...

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