3DS

North America

Marvel Pinball 3D

by Patrick Barnett - June 28, 2012, 6:07 am PDT
Total comments: 11

9.5

Zen Pinball with a fresh coat of paint.

Last January, 3DS owners were pleasantly surprised by the high quality pinball game Zen Pinball 3D. Six months later, Zen Studios is following up their eShop debut with Marvel Pinball 3D, which features four new tables based off the Marvel universe. The game manages to mimic everything I loved about Zen Pinball, just with different visual flair. While it appears like it could have just been DLC for Zen Pinball, the game still manages to be a ton of fun.

Marvel Pinball 3D has four distinct tables featuring the likenesses of Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, Blade, and Captain America. Unlike Zen Pinball 3D, each table feels just as diverse as the next. They all feature plenty of different missions and various quirks you can learn to help your game. I’m sure I will eventually have a preferred table, but because of their great and equal quality, I can’t pin down a favorite just yet.

As for the gameplay, it feels as solid as ever. The ball physics work wonderfully and it feels like you are actually playing a game of pinball. Some aspects of the tables are a little unrealistic, but there is nothing too over the top that distracts from a traditional pinball experience. The 3D effect in the game is gorgeous. There are few 3DS games I play with the 3D effect consistently on, and this is one of them. With the effect turned off, I find it harder to judge when to hit the ball. I highly recommend using the 3D effect.

The achievement system is back and provides that extra needed challenge when you are tiring of just going for a high score. In the menu, you can check out what criteria needs to be met in order to earn all 16 medals in the game. I snagged some of the easier medals without knowing what I did, but some of the more difficult challenge medals still elude me. The table guide is also a welcome feature in the game. When I didn’t know what a particular ramp did or how a mission had begun, I could reference this guide at any time while playing. The guide a very easy and quick way to learn the tables without painstakingly playing them over and over again, not knowing what you are doing.

The last real feature of the game is online leaderboards. In Zen Pinball 3D I strove to claim the number one score and this game will be no different. Not only are your scores for the individual tables compared against others, but your cumulative score is as well. Your scores can also be compared against your friends who also own Marvel Pinball 3D, creating a sense of healthy competition. There is also a local leaderboard, but if no one else plays on your system, this leaderboard is just you competing against yourself.

Marvel Pinball 3D is a wonderful addition to anyone’s 3DS collection. The game’s pick-up–and-play nature lends itself well to the downloadable platform. Despite just being more of the same, the game’s visuals and ingenious table design make it a must-have. With four fully featured tables, you will definitely be getting your money’s worth out of Marvel Pinball 3D.

Summary

Pros
  • 3D effect is beautiful
  • Four fully featured tables
  • Gameplay physics work perfectly
  • Online leaderboards
Cons
  • Ultimately DLC for Zen Pinball 3D

Talkback

Pixelated PixiesJune 28, 2012

I'm going to be getting this game later. Really looking forward to it. I'd like to get some FC from others who are getting the game though so I can compare scores. If anyone wants to add me, my FC is 2320 6142 0678.

LittleIrvesJune 28, 2012

Looking forward to this....  will be my 1st plunge into 3D pinball. Be gentle.
(Pixie, I added you. I know there's a thread for this, but here's my FC too: 4682-8453-5026)

Gilki82June 28, 2012

Just downloaded this too. Was tempted by Zen Pinball when it came out, but never got round it it. Add in some superheroes and it became a must buy. If you guys want to add me, my code is 0259-0277-7644 name G.

TurdFurgyJune 28, 2012

I really wish this was available as DLC.

tn5685July 01, 2012

dudes.... i'm so loving this game. so much that i think i'm gonna download it for the PS3 as well.
i'm gonna add everybodys FC here so heres mine..
0989-2578-8924

Pixelated PixiesJuly 02, 2012

Is it just me or is the Ironman table kind of badly designed? It's not just that it's the most difficult of the four tables (although it most certainly is), It's more that the table doesn't flow. It just feels a bit awkward and bumpy to me. I also find the missions on the other tables to be more fun and interesting. Has anyone else found this?

broodwarsJuly 02, 2012

Quote from: Pixelated

Is it just me or is the Ironman table kind of badly designed? It's not just that it's the most difficult of the four tables (although it most certainly is), It's more that the table doesn't flow. It just feels a bit awkward and bumpy to me. I also find the missions on the other tables to be more fun and interesting. Has anyone else found this?

Yeah, the Iron Man table's not one of my favorites from the PS3 version, either. You basically spend the entire table hitting 3 ramps, and there's a high probability of the ball flying right down the middle between the bumpers.

I find their choice of tables for this 3DS release really odd.  They removed one of the most entertaining tables from the original release in Spider-Man, but they kept the Blade one in.  I guess they just assumed (and they're probably right) that if they released the Blade table as DLC no one would buy it (and no, it's not a bad table. It's just that relatively no one cares about Blade).

neptunepirateJuly 03, 2012

Sounds good, I have been thinking about getting the game. After reading this, I will probably download it when I get to work today. It will help keep me busy during the downtime. :p

PutzioJuly 04, 2012

I will probably buy a 3DS XL this fall and my first purchase will be Marvel Pinball. The only question I have is this. Is it likely that the rest of the tables will be made available as DLC sometime down the road?

Lucariofan99July 26, 2013

I played the demo and was pretty disapointed as you see i am a massive Marvel fan and was expecting more, someone tell me is the full version good? :confused;

azekeJuly 26, 2013

I had this game on my now lost 3DS. It was meh compared to regular Zen Pinball. Not only because there were no Excalibur table, but also all the tables were kinda weird, iron man table was decent enough i guess.

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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
RatingParental Guidance

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