The resurgence in popularity of pinball has created a new market for virtual machines. These machines allow gamers to play digital recreations and mastered versions of classic games, and they can even be connected to your PC and other devices. Where vintage pinball machines are great collector’s items, virtual machines are perhaps a more practical way to preserve the games in history. Don’t let that stop you from investing in a real pinball machine as these are inherently cool, but there are some advantages to virtual machines
Pinball FX3 – Williams™ Pinball: Volume 5 offers faithful digital recreations of Tales of the Arabian Nights, Cirqus Voltaire, as well as No Good Gofers. In addition to playing these tables just like the original hardware, you can also experience them in remastered form with updated visuals, no animated characters as well as other features that bring them to life. No pinball fan will want to miss out on these three tables and combined they offer many hours of fun.
Gameplay: Great recreations of awesome pinball tables.
Graphics: The tables look great, especially when playing the remastered versions.
Sound: Very faithful to the original tables
A real blast from the past that is every bit as playable today as it was all those years ago. Very addictive and perfectly suited this is a great flagship title for the PSP minis and at its low price point you can’t afford not to miss out.
Gameplay: Just as good today as it was all those years ago.
Graphics: Identical to the Amiga version bar some slight ghosting.
With tables based around Back to The Future, Jaws and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Universal Classics Pinball pack is a must have for fans of the genre. All three of the tables on offer look great and are a lot of fun to play. The table designers have done an admirable job with fusing these licenses with pinball instead of simply using images based on the films. Unfortunately, none of the tables feature licensed music, which is really a pity for films like these that has such iconic soundtracks. However, apart from the music there is very little to fault here and these tables offer a nice break from all the Marvel and Star Wars tables available for the platform.
Gameplay: Three tables with great designs that are a lot of fun to play.
Graphics: Each table features plenty of visual elements from the films as well as some great looking 3D models.
Sound: The sound effects and voice acting are decent enough, but the lack of licensed music is a bummer
Pinball FX 3 is not just a small update compared to Pinball FX 2, but feels like a brand new game. It comes with a range of new features that are aimed at drawing in newcomers as well as keeping veterans busy for longer. Not only does the older tables look better than ever before, but the brand new challenges and cross-platform features provide added incentives to return to them. It is a pity that not all the Pinball FX 2 tables could make the transition to the new game, it is a relief that the majority can be imported to the new game without having to pay for them again. Pinball FX 3 is without a doubt one of the best pinball games available on the market and definitely doesn’t disappoint if you are a fan of the genre.
Gameplay: Plenty of new features that make it worth moving over from Pinball FX 2.
Graphics: Thanks to real-time lighting and shadow projection the tables look better than ever.
Sound: The guide can become a little annoying, but fortunately the game features plenty of audio options to customize your experience
Ask anyone to name some of the best movies of all time and, if they have any kind of taste, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, and the Back to the Future trilogy will get a mention. These motion pictures are not just some of the best from Amblin Entertainment, but bona fide classics. Now, thanks to Zen Studios, fans will be able to do more than just watch these films, but also experience them in a whole new light as pinball tables. This announcement of the Universal Classics Pinball pack follows hot on the heels of news that Pinball FX3 will be hitting all the major gaming platforms soon
If you are a fan of the Alien license and enjoy pinball then this pack is a no-brainer. It features three tables that not only look great, but are a lot of fun to play as well. Zen Studios also made sure that the tables stay true to their source material in regards to audio and visuals. Even amongst all the other excellent titles already released for Pinball FX2, this pack stands out.
Gameplay: The Aliens vs. Pinball table is the most fun, but the other two are great as well.
Graphics: Great use of the source material.
Sound: Once again the source material is used to good effect
Zen Studios continues their domination of the virtual pinball genre with three more tables heading for Pinball FX2. This time it is H. R. Giger’s most famous creation, the Alien, which is getting a pinball interpretation. The aptly titled Aliens Vs Pinball pack will feature three distinct tables that are based around the xenomorphs as well as other characters from the same universe
Thanks to the ongoing partnership between Zen Studios and Lucasfilm we have been waiting with bated breath for news of a new Star Wars table for Pinball FX2. Thankfully we didn’t have to wait too long as Zen Studios today officially announced the Star Wars™ Pinball: The Force Awakens™ Pack. This pack combines two brand new tables based on the recent Star Warsᵀᴹ: The Force Awakensᵀᴹ film and will be available the week of January 12, 2016
The first table pack contains two tables from Midway, both of which were great for their time. Although the tables have aged a bit, especially The Machine: Bride of Pin Bot, they still hold up very well. Medieval Madness in particular is a very entertaining table that can keep you busy for hours, but Bride of Pin Bot is definitely a lot of fun as well despite some repetition. If you don’t have these two tables in your collection yet, you are missing out.
Gameplay: Two great new tables from the nineties.
Graphics: The tables appear to have been recreated as faithfully as possible.
Sound: Nice tunes and plenty of speech samples on both tables