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Alien vs. Pinball review
Today is Alien Day, the latest in a series of dubious holidays pushed by marketing departments. Unlike Back to the Future Day which has a very obvious temporal tie-in, the date for Alien Day come...   read

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Aliens vs. Pinball

Zen Studios' latest is Aliens vs. Pinball

It has been some time since I've checked out any of Zen Studios' pinball games, but the Aliens franchise is enough of a draw to grab my attention. Aliens vs. Pinball, a three-table compilation, is coming to consoles, mobile, PC, and Mac th...

 
Bob's Burgers pinball photo
Bob's Burgers pinball

Bob's Burgers coming to Zen Studios pinball games

Joining Family Guy in Zen's "Balls of Glory" Pinball Pack is the vastly superior Bob's Burgers. The table is set up on the street outside the titular restaurant, with It's Your Funeral Home & Crematorium next door and Jimmy Pesto's acro...

 
Pinball FX2 Portal photo
Pinball FX2 Portal

Zen Studios' Portal pinball table is pretty faithful, and fun

I'm not as crazy about pinball as say, Chad Concelmo, but with the right theme, I'm on board. The South Park Pinball pack hit the spot with numerous references to the show, and more recently, the Portal board has its hooks in...

 
Portal Pinball photo
Portal Pinball

That Valve/Zen Studios collaboration is Portal Pinball

The teaser is less than a week old, and now we have some more details on the collaboration between Zen Studios (best known for its pinball games) and Valve (best known for not developing Half-Life 3). It's not the excellent play on words Xe...

 
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Valve/Zen

Zen Studios is teasing some sort of Valve crossover

You might know Zen Studios as "The Pinball Guys." The Hungary-based developer has more games under its belt, but in recent years, it's most well-known ventures have included flippers, steel balls, and franchises from elsewhere in pop cultur...

 
South Park Pinball photo
South Park Pinball

South Park Pinball is the crossover you never knew you wanted

With Marvel, Star Wars, and The Walking Dead under their belts, there's no license too big for Zen Studios to take on at this point. This time around, Zen has teamed up with Comedy Central and put together two new tables themed af...

 
The Walking Dead Pinball photo
The Walking Dead Pinball

The Walking Dead Pinball is just as good as I had hoped

Zen Studios has been quite busy the past few years expanding its line of pinball tables; most of which have been in the form of licensed Marvel and Star Wars tables. There have been videogame-themed tables in the past -- such as Ms. Sp...

 
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Zen Pinball 2

Zen Pinball 2 is getting some new Wii U tables soon

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, Deadpool, Doctor S...

 
Pinball FX2 photo
Pinball FX2

Pinball FX2 is available on Xbox One

Pinball FX2 is finally available for Xbox One, so go out there and grab it. The game's been lovingly ported and runs in 1080p at 60 frames per second. The front-end is available to download for free as it is on the Xbox 360 and includes the...

 
The Walking Dead photo
The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead Pinball has a release date and choice-driven gameplay

The Walking Dead pinball table for Zen Pinball was announced back in June, but now we've got a concrete release date: August 26. Zen Studios and Telltale Games have collaborated closely to incorporate the choice-driven style of The Walking ...

 
GotG Pinball Impressions photo
GotG Pinball Impressions

Guardians of the Galaxy Pinball may be the best table yet

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 treatment. The mo...

 
Pinball photo
Pinball

Scratch that: Pinball FX2 for Xbox One will support Xbox 360 table imports

Zen Studios announced that its pinball platform Pinball FX2 would come to Xbox One on July 31 but in doing so broke the unfortunate news that tables purchased on Xbox 360 couldn't be transferred to the new version. Yeah, that didn't go over...

 
Pinball photo
Pinball

Nolan North returns as the Merc with a Mouth in Deadpool Pinball

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 -- it's coming ne...

 
The Walking Dead Pinball photo
The Walking Dead Pinball

Telltale's The Walking Dead being reborn as a pinball machine in Zen Pinball 2

Not only is Telltale's Walking Dead series coming to Zen Pinball 2, it's shambling. Or staggering. Or one of the hundreds of zombie-related puns I thought about using for the headline before deciding to play it straight. But regardless of ...

 
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CastleStorm - Free to Siege now out: iOS, Google Play, Amazon

Tower defense with a side of physics-based destruction is the order of the day with the launch of Zen Studios' CastleStorm -- Free to Siege, now out on mobile platforms. The game play -- Vikings vs Knights in medieval warfare, blowing up c...

 
Pinball photo
Pinball

Star Wars Pinball's final Masters of the Force table looks nuts

It feels like Zen Studios has been working on Star Wars Pinball for years now, and that's because it has. This trailer for one of the four featured tables of Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within, appropriately titled "Masters of the Force," is...

 
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CastleStorm heading to mobile devices

CastleStorm came out for Xbox Live Arcade, PC, and PlayStation Network last year and we overall liked the game. Well now it's coming out for iOS and Google Play devices as CastleStorm - Free to Siege. The mobile version, as you may have gue...

 
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CastleStorm

CastleStorm on the Wii U is a solid port

CastleStorm has hit the Wii U, and if you haven't picked it up yet, this is a great chance to do so. Some people have described it as "Angry Birds with Vikings," but that's doing it a bit of a disservice. Yes it has a mechanic similar ...

 
Kickbeat PC photo
Kickbeat PC

PC Port Report: KickBeat

Last year, KickBeat released on PS3 and PS Vita, and we quite liked the "music dressed up as a fighting game." The final word on it was that it featured solid rhythm gameplay, but was held back by a few questionable song choices and tedious...

 
Zen Pinball 2 PS4 review
You've no doubt run into at least one of Zen Studios' pinball platforms by now, appearing on virtually every current device out there that can play games (the only exception being Xbox One as of right now). They hit it big ov...   read

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Zen Pinball now out on PlayStation 4

Zen Pinball is now available on the PlayStation 4. The platform itself is free, and will include the Sorcerer's Lair table for free. Other tables will cost you, but if you already purchased them on the PlayStation 3 then those purchases wi...

 
Pinball photo
Pinball

Zen Pinball 2 comes to PS4 this month with a free table

Zen Studios is bringing Zen Pinball 2 to PlayStation 4 on December 17 in North America and Dec. 18 in Europe. If you've already bought into the platform on PS3, you'll be able to import a number of tables for this new version. Otherwise, t...

 
Pinball photo
Pinball

Humble Weekly has 20+ Pinball FX2 tables for six bucks

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 Core Pack (Pasha...

 
CastleStorm photo
CastleStorm

CastleStorm launches on to PlayStation 3 and PS Vita

CastleStorm, a fun blend of tower defense mechanics and projectile flinging from Zen Studios, arrives today on the PlayStation Network. Previously released on Xbox 360 and PC, the game is now available on PS3 or PS Vita for $9.99. Not ...

 
Star Wars Pinball
Back in February, Zen Studios released three tables based on the Star Wars series, adding to the already vast library of tables for Pinball FX2. They were fantastic, diverse, and just as feature-rich as the other tables for the game. Many believed it would be hard for the studio to match that collection. These newest tables not only match the previous set but manage to surpass it.   read

CastleStorm PS3/Vita photo
CastleStorm PS3/Vita

Angry beards: CastleStorm coming to PS3, Vita

Vikings versus knights. That's the conceit of Zen Studios' CastleStorm, which our own Ian Bonds enjoyed well enough when it original launched on XBLA. It's a much more in-depth Angry Birds of sorts, with real-time strategy and tower defens...

 
KickBeat reviewed!

Review: KickBeat

KickBeat is an interesting prospect. Developed by a studio mostly known for pinball games, it seeks to combine the fighting and rhythm genres, offering up an experience for new and hardened gamers alike. It's a tall order, but once you really get going and it takes off its training wheels, KickBeat starts to shine -- you just might have to charge through some repetitive content to get there.   read

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KickBeat drops on September 3 for the PS3, PS Vita

Zen Studios is finally ready to unleash KickBeat! It'll be out on September 3 for the PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 3. Oh, yeah, it's also coming to the PlayStation 3! The game will be a cross-buy title, so you just need to buy it once...

 
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Dazzled by virtual pinball: VP Cabs' brilliant table

Imagine a pinball machine with no moving parts other than buttons for flippers. Imagine being able to load up any of your favorite tables from memory to play instantly. VP Cabs custom pinball machine lets you do exactly that. We had a chan...

 

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JcDent

My swag is NOT augmented #swagdivided #humanitasfuckyeah

 
LinkSlayer64

This Undertale fanart frighteningly reminds me of Junji Ito Source:

 
Dwavenhobble

Maker of mediocre Walking simulators says multi award winning studios next game looks Seems a green eyed monster has shown up a bit lol

 
Chris Bradshaw

Unrealistic interpretations of female characters in gaming generally insult women and unrealistic interpretations of male characters in gaming generally impress Think about

 
al56

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JcDent

Lionhead closes down: death of another fabled studio!

 
OverlordZetta

And out of nowhere, Final Fantasy and Yokai Watch are having a crossover in their games (FFXIV and Hopefully we get these here too!

 
Torchman

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TheLimoMaker

I like to think The Chinese Room just freaked out because they saw a character model for an Whats this? A character thats solid and interacts with the player directly? Disgusting this is not art!

 
Shinta

That makes two walking simulator devs that are unhinged Not content with just selling products devoid of gameplay for a premium, now they want to take aim at the few games you have left and start shaming No one could have seen this /s

 
Inquisitive Ravenclaw

While my Mom was typing up some work on her laptop, Windows 10 force-installed I reverted it, but when it came back on she had lost all the stuff she typed up this If thats how itll be, then I dont WANT Windows

 
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Luca Blight

Yesterday I could only give 2 points of love to each post and Im really not sure how but now I can 3 points of love but I want to give

 
RenaudB90

Its nice too see The Chinese Room working so hard to reinforce the stereotype of the foot in mouth, head up their own ass, stuck up, faux-deep indie an image the indie community loves being stuck with, Im

 
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How do I manage my Dtoid Huge membership? I wanna make sure its not set to

 
drmcscott

Has anyone found any reviews of that Uncharted 4 computer game? Ya know, considering a load of copies fell off the back of a

 
whatsacow

Am I the only one who feels overall disappointed with Ratchet and Clank? Gameplays fine, but it feels like Insomniac took all the charm, heart, and humour out of the game so they could shove it in the

 
JcDent

I like the silly DBZ-style power escalation in the new Deus Ex trailer, but Im also shocked by the possibility that Streum On will deliver a fun game with Deathwing, what with Divine Cybermancy being a Babys First Mod mod-level anime fanfic of

 
Fenriff

Someone invaded me in Dark Souls I ended

 
ZombZ

As someone who works in IT and can solve 99% of the issues with a reboot I have to praise the sun for this Windows+R command: iexplore -k

 
Deadgar64

So, I ordered a new graphics comes the new have no interest in the heard people talk about trading on Steam but everything Ive read seems know if thats a thing that can be done safely?

 
TheLimoMaker

On the final boss of Dark Souls Wish it was better The lore implications are superb, but the awful tracking attacks and cheap magic shots are things I will never let slide I was expecting an awesome one-on-one duel, I got a pansy magic

 
Nekrosys

Ratchet and Clank is now my Even though Dark Souls also came out this Because you can turn bosses into This is And yes, I know the PS4 capture footage shows how utterly shit I am at

 
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Id love to see the

 
whatsacow

I feel like an old man, but fuck Ive noticed that they all seem to be over priveleged white people who want to feel like their ordeals are as important as real minorities - or they need serious mental help and not fucking

 
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TotalBiscuit? No Red lobster cheddar biscuit? Ill fuck that shit up in a heartbeat, sign me up

 
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Man FFXIV seems like THE MMO right So much stuff is New dungeons, new raids, new trials, new features like Palace of the Dead, a new collab with level 5 and yokai watch, and much Thats just a patch

 

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