Pinball FX3 brings back classic Universal Monsters games for Halloween

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Zen Studios’ Pinball FX3 is the latest video game to reveal some spooky content it has planned for the Halloween season. The upcoming DLC pack will bring two classic Williams’ pinball machines to the simulator, both based on Universal Studios’ classic monster movies.

Monster Bash, released in 1998, is a popular title which sees Universal’s Wolfman, Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Bride and The Creature From the Black Lagoon brought together to form a band. Players must use their skill and reflexes to gather each member of the hard-rockin’ outfit, before taking to the stage in the titular Monster Bash. In the pinball community, MB is known for its great callouts, fun music and detailed and colourful playfield. It remains one of the upper-tier titles in terms of price today.

Creature From the Black Lagoon, released in 1992, is less about the movie itself and focuses more on the Drive-In experience of the 1950s. Using rockabilly music and lingo, along with the kitschy marketing style of B-movies, CFTBL was a big hit on release, thanks also to its 3D hologram gimmick, which would sometimes see the titular mer-creature glowing out from the playfield.

As usual, both titles will be presented in classic and remastered form, the latter option will add new special effects and 3D character models to the old-school gameplay. The Williams Pinball: Universal Monster Pack will also feature Zen’s recently-tweaked physics engine.

Williams Pinball: Universal Monster Pack will launch October 29 on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices.

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