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4:00 PM on 02.02.2012

'Epic Quest' brings XP and loot to Pinball FX 2

"Epic Quest" is next for Zen Studios, and it sounds effing awesome. It's an add-on table coming to Pinball FX 2 (Xbox 360) and Zen Pinball (PlayStation 3, Android, and iOS) this February complete with persistent loot and exp...

Jordan Devore



The joy of pinball photo
The joy of pinball
by Chad Concelmo

You walk into an arcade. Whether you just finished playing miniature golf, swinging a bat in the batting cages, or just decided to make your way to one of the few remaining standalone arcades hidden in some random downtown nook, it doesn't matter. You are in an arcade and you are happy.

As you walk around on the gaudy, gloriously retro carpet, the smell of lukewarm pizza and burnt popcorn fills the air. The light of a claw machine reflects off the side of an unpolished token dispenser. Kids run past you, waving long trails of red tickets in their hands, as you make your way to the very back of the cabinet-filled room.

You have one destination in mind.

A pinball machine.

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1:00 PM on 01.04.2012

North Americans can download Zen Pinball 3D next week

For once, it's been those of us in North America who have been waiting impatiently for a game enjoyed by other regions. Zen Pinball 3D will appear on the 3DS eShop next Thursday, January 12 for $6.99. This game includes four ...

Jordan Devore



Preview: Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue photo
Preview: Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue
by Wesley Ruscher

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, videogames' grandfather hides behind its simplistic exterior an often more robust and deep gaming experience.

To their credit, few (if any) have captured the essence of this once popular pastime in the videogame landscape better than Zen Studios. They've made some truly amazing tables that go far beyond the world of pinball and seamlessly merge it with the digital age. Thankfully, they finally announced the last character for their upcoming Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue DLC pack, so I can finally share my thoughts on the four new tables that are coming very soon.

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5:30 PM on 12.02.2011

Zen Pinball comes to iOS and Android with a free table

Oh, right -- Nick Chester doesn't work here any longer. Since Dale's been pressured into taking on Rock Band DLC news, I suppose I can tackle the odd Zen Pinball story. Speaking of which, Zen Pinball is now up on the App Stor...

Jordan Devore



New 'Paranormal' Pinball FX2 table free for one week photo
New 'Paranormal' Pinball FX2 table free for one week
by Conrad Zimmerman

Zen Pinball is celebrating a year of success for Pinball FX2 with a little gift for everyone. The brand new "Paranormal" table will be made available for free for one week, October 26th until November 2nd. It looks to be a pretty good table too, judging by the video, with a cool upper play field. All you have to do to get the game is have the free Pinball FX2 client installed on your Xbox 360 and then download the table during the promotional period.

Over the last year, Pinball FX2 has pretty much become my go-to game for when I want a quick break to just vegetate on the couch for a bit. I'm glad to hear that the title is doing well for Zen, as the quality of the content produced for it is of a rather high level and I want them to keep making more. 

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2:00 AM on 10.17.2011

X-Men coming in Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue

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...

Conrad Zimmerman

10:00 PM on 10.14.2011

Marvel Pinball planned as a PlayStation Vita launch title

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...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 09.29.2011

'Sorcerer's Lair' table next for Pinball FX 2

An evil sorcerer, some children, and a slingshot -- what could possibly go wrong? That's the setup for the Zen Studios' next Pinball FX 2 table, "Sorcerer's Lair," due out on Wednesday, October 12 via download. I appreciate the mix of bright aesthetics and gloomy subject matter, and really like the look of the cellar mission. Give the first screenshots a look, if you would.

Jordan Devore

11:00 PM on 09.20.2011

Frogger Pinball hops to Facebook and iOS

Gaming's greats all wind up in a pinball table eventually; Samus, Kirby, Mario, Sonic, and all those Pokémon have all wound up in balls, ripe for the flipping. The amphibious adventurer is once again out to defeat Robo...

Liam Fisher



Ms. Splosion Man pinball out August 31, playable at PAX photo
Ms. Splosion Man pinball out August 31, playable at PAX
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Pinball FX2's next pinball table is based on Twisted Pixel's Ms. Splosion Man and it's set to come out on August 31 for the Xbox 360. The collaboration between Zen Studios and Twisted Pixel sees Splosin Man and Ms. Splosion Man 'sploding it up in pinball form. Best of all, the pinball table will only be 240 Microsoft Points.

The table also sees Mr. Destructoid staring right into your cursed soul. It's awesome. The eyes light up and Destructoid's mouth even opens up. You can catch a glimpse of all the action in the debut trailer.

BONUS! The new Ms. Splosion Man pinball table will be playable at PAX this weekend! Just head over to the Microsoft booth to get hands on with the game.

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2:15 PM on 08.12.2011

New images of Pinball FX2's Ms. Splosion Man table

Zen Studios has released a new set of screenshots featuring the new Ms. Splosion Man table for Pinball FX 2. Of course, you already know that Mr. Destructoid's helmet has a prominent position on the table, but there are other...

Conrad Zimmerman



Destructoid wants your balls in Ms. Splosion Man pinball photo
Destructoid wants your balls in Ms. Splosion Man pinball
by Niero Gonzalez

Do you know how long we've been wanting to talk about this?  I swear it's like a walking around with grenades in your shorts!  I'm so ridiculously excited to announce today that Mr. Destructoid is in Pinball FX2 on the Xbox 360!  

This creative collaboration with Zen Studios and Twisted Pixel on their upcoming Ms. Splosion Man pinball table, available later this summer as downloadable content on Xbox Live Arcade. If you read our original announcement you'll now understand what Nick was sheepishly hinting at.  Mr. Destructoid appears on the upper left corner of the pinball table, staring ominously back at the gutter. If you're brave enough to hit him ten times (his eyes light up!) his mouth opens and a sub-mission then commences. BANANAS!

 

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5:00 PM on 07.23.2011

Marvel Pinball gets Ghost Rider, coming to WiiU and Vita

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...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:00 AM on 07.07.2011

Zen teams with Twisted Pixel for Ms. Splosion Man pinball

Pinball masters ZEN Studios and weirdos Twisted Pixel have announced today that they've teamed up to release a Ms. Splosion Man-themed table this summer. Do want. The table will be available for Pinball FX2, which is already ...

Nick Chester







Contest: Win the new Marvel Pinball Captain America table photo
Contest: Win the new Marvel Pinball Captain America table
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

[Contest closed! PSN code winners are TJF588, Isay Isay, CBunn, Laharl Krichevskoy and devroid. XBLA winners are Roager, Occams electric toothbrush, Trevor McGee, KyleGamgee and Aleczandah! Check your emails!]

The brand new Captain America pinball table is coming out this week for Marvel Pinball (PSN) and Pinball FX (XBLA). The new table is easily one of best pinball tables yet from Zen Studios and we have five codes of each version to give out to you!

Simply reply in the comments below with the next superhero table Zen Studios should make a table of to enter. Make sure you state whether you want a PSN or XBLA code too! We'll be picking 10 comments at random (five for PSN and five for XBLA) after the contest closes at 11:59PM CDT tonight. Codes will be sent to the email address we have on file for you and these codes will only in work in North America. Good luck!

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