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Marvel Pinball 3D

by Patrick Barnett - June 11, 2012, 7:29 am PDT
Total comments: 7

More of the same, but there is nothing wrong with that.

For those who have not heard me discuss my love for Zen Pinball 3D, I should let you know how much I love it. I’m not a fan of many pinball games, but something about Zen Pinball certainly pushed me into a fanboy-type craze. Playing Marvel Pinball mixed my love for Marvel characters and addiction to Zen Pinball into something amazing. Both games feel the same, but I do not feel there is anything wrong with that.

There were four different stages to pick from, each featuring one character from the Marvel universe. I selected the Captain America stage, partially due to my love for the recent Avengers film. After selecting my favorite view, I dove right into the Pinball greatness.

 

Ultimately, the game felt the same as Zen Pinball 3D. Everything, down to the qualities of the physics, mimicked what had already been done. For me, this was not an issue, but for those looking for something different, it may well be. The Captain America table was not much different from my most played Zen table, Excalibur. There were plenty of ramps, extra flippers, bumpers, and everything else Pinball tables usually offer.

I did notice the achievement system was back in the game. I managed to snag a quick achievement before my game ended, which is always satisfying. I didn’t glance at how challenging some of these achievements were, but assuming they follow Zen Pinball, some are probably going to be quite difficult.

Now that you know how much I love this game, you may be asking yourself why you should get this game if you already own Zen Pinball 3D. The only real answer I can give you is the game's new tables. If you love Pinball, and love the Marvel universe, these tables will feel right at home for you. It may not be that different from what you have already experienced, but you are bound to get a ton of fun out of it.

Talkback

TurdFurgyJune 11, 2012

So this isn't DLC for Zen Pinball 3D?

Pixelated PixiesJune 11, 2012

I had hoped that they might include a more involved virtual guide for the tables. As much as I enjoyed the original Zen Pinball, I thought the static images and descriptions were not enough and I often found myself not understanding what I had to do in order to initiate certain phases or challenges.  I would have found it useful for an actual realtime guide to be included for each table to familiarise players with the various sections of the table and explain some of the best ways to build multiplyers etc.

NintendofanboiiJune 11, 2012

I wish they would make a dc pinball as well!

FreudianLemurJune 11, 2012

Quote from: Pixelated

I had hoped that they might include a more involved virtual guide for the tables. As much as I enjoyed the original Zen Pinball, I thought the static images and descriptions were not enough and I often found myself not understanding what I had to do in order to initiate certain phases or challenges.  I would have found it useful for an actual realtime guide to be included for each table to familiarise players with the various sections of the table and explain some of the best ways to build multiplyers etc.

I find that it's more fun to find out by yourself by just messing around. Then it's a nice surprise when something starts happening.

ejamerJune 11, 2012


Hmm... the only thing to give me pause is that Excalibur was my least favorite table from Zen Pinball. There were too many interruptions and odd modes in the game, making me feel like I could never get a real rhythm going.  Stuff like jousting or the mini table for robber knights/king's challenger is neat but took me right out of my game.


Marvel Pinball should still be a great set of new (to me) tables though!

Quote from: TurdFurgy

So this isn't DLC for Zen Pinball 3D?

No. They announced a little while back that Zen Pinball 3D is getting downloadable content, but that Marvel Pinball will be a completely separate downloadable title (presumably with its own downloadable content).


As a guess, this is probably because of the licensing. Separating the games makes it easier to maintain Zen Pinball if the license ever changes or expires, for example.

Quote from: Pixelated

I had hoped that they might include a more involved virtual guide for the tables. ...

This would've been a great idea. I have no qualms with the existing game "as is"... but that doesn't mean it couldn't be better with more detailed features like this.  On the other hand, sometimes it's nice to learn about a table as you play. Part of the old-school charm (for me) is trying to figure out how to make things happen and what skills/techniques will help you earn the best scores without being told.

Pixelated PixiesJune 11, 2012

@ejamer &  FreudianLemur

True, learning the tables by yourself can be fun. However, there are probably quite a few people like myself who never played pinball growing up and for whom much of the intricacy of these tables may be hidden a little too well. I'm not suggested that a guide be included which would simply tell the player how to achieve a high score, but rather that some of concepts and ideas be explained a little better just to give those with less pinball experience the tools they need to achieve a better understand of the tables.

FreudianLemurJune 11, 2012

Quote from: Pixelated

@ejamer &  FreudianLemur

True, learning the tables by yourself can be fun. However, there are probably quite a few people like myself who never played pinball growing up and for whom much of the intricacy of these tables may be hidden a little too well. I'm not suggested that a guide be included which would simply tell the player how to achieve a high score, but rather that some of concepts and ideas be explained a little better just to give those with less pinball experience the tools they need to achieve a better understand of the tables.

I agree, it can take a while to work out what's going on. But (I have never even been near a pinball table, let alone played one, and this is the first pinball game I've ever played) I think it'd still detract a little. I think if I knew what I had to do right from the moment of first playing a table, I'd get bored of it a lot faster.

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Developer Zen Studios

Worldwide Releases

na: Marvel Pinball 3D
Release Jun 28, 2012
PublisherZen Studios
eu: Marvel Pinball 3D
Release Jun 28, 2012
PublisherZen Studios
aus: Marvel Pinball 3D
Release TBA
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