Pinball FX2 – Marvel’s Ant-Man

Pinball FX2 – Marvel’s Ant-Man

Zen Studios know a thing or two when it comes to designing original and enjoyable pinball tables and Ant-Man is no exception. It features an open playing field, plenty of challenges and some very nice visual elements. Once again this is a table that will appeal to pinball lovers even if they are not necessarily fans of the Ant-Man license.

Gameplay: The table is a lot of fun and features plenty of challenges to master.

Graphics: Makes very good use of the Ant-Man license.

Sound: Good music and very decent voice acting

Pinball Arcade – Core Pack

Pinball Arcade – Core Pack

Although one of the tables in the core pack is already available for free, it is more than worth it for the other three. Theatre of Magic is perfect for introducing newcomers to the addictive nature of pinball while Ripley’s Believe It or Not has something for everyone. Even Black Hole which looks pretty basic by today’s standards has some very unique gameplay elements to keep you hooked. Overall a very solid selection of tables that looks and plays great.

Gameplay: Four great tables, packed with hours of addictive gameplay.

Graphics: Faithful reproductions of classic tables.

Sound: Distinctive audio with some great speech samples and effects

Pinball Arcade – Tales of the Arabian Nights™

Pinball Arcade – Tales of the Arabian Nights™

Tales of the Arabian Nights might look like a complex table, but it actually has some very easy to grasp rules. Even inexperienced players should have no trouble reaching the wizard mode after putting in some practice, but there is enough variety to keep you coming back for more. This is a very sought after table in real life which makes it even more incredible that this faithful digital version is absolutely free.

Gameplay: The table features a great design with easy objectives for beginners.

Graphics: A faithful reproduction of a great looking table.

Sound: Distinctive audio with some great speech samples and effects

Pinball FX2 – Super League

Pinball FX2 – Super League

Zen Studios have been on a roll with great pinball table and Super League is no exception. Even if you are not a fan of football you’ll appreciate the flow of the table and the multitude of scoring opportunities. The football theme has been expertly interwoven with the gameplay in a way that not only makes sense but is very addictive as well.

Gameplay: A great table with nice ramps and an abundance of multi-ball opportunities.

Graphics: The different designs for each football club looks excellent.

Sound: Catchy music and nice sound effects recreate the atmosphere of a real football match

Pinball FX2 – Star Wars™ Pinball: Heroes Within Pack

Pinball FX2 – Star Wars™ Pinball: Heroes Within Pack

These are not the first Star Wars themed tables by Zen Studios, but they are certainly some of the best. This time you get four tables instead of the usual three and each one of these offers hours of gameplay. With so much variety and great table themes in the set, it is hard to pick a favorite and I found myself bouncing back and forth between tables all the time. If you are a fan of pinball and love Star Wars then this is an essential purchase.

Gameplay: Four Star Wars themed tables with great layouts.

Graphics: Another excellent use of the license.

Sound: Some of the speech snippets sound a bit “off,” but overall it is a great effort

Pinball FX2 – Plants vs. Zombies™ Table

Pinball FX2 – Plants vs. Zombies™ Table

It might have taken a while to reach PC, but this table is still every bit as good as it was upon first release. Zen Studios did a great job with the license and created a table that fans of the Plans vs Zombies franchise will love to play. It is simple to understand the goals, but feels a bit more challenging than the original console release.

Gameplay: A nice table that cleverly incorporates elements of the original license into the gameplay.

Graphics: Excellent use of the Plants vs Zombies license.

Sound: Familiar tunes and effects will make Plants vs Zombies players feel right at home

Turmoil (Gamious)

Turmoil (Gamious)

I never thought that I would be up until the early hours of the morning playing a simulation about the 19th century North American oil rush, but thanks to Gamious that is exactly what happened. Their title, Turmoil, is a tongue-in-cheek take on the genre, but it is still a rather unusual (and very cleverly titled) game

Rebel Galaxy (Double Damage Games)

Rebel Galaxy (Double Damage Games)

After being given the opportunity to check out a preview build of the upcoming Rebel Galaxy by Double Damage Games I jumped at the chance as I loved the premise of the game. However, even I was surprised by how well the developers pulled off their take on the whole swashbuckling space adventure genre. My love for the genre stretches back to Star Control II, Frontier and Privateer, but after a couple of hours with Rebel Galaxy I have no doubt that it will be joining the ranks of those titles

Crest (Eat Create Sleep)

Crest (Eat Create Sleep)

Mention the words “god game” and chances are players will immediately think about either Populous or Black & White. There have been others of course, but these two titles exemplify what people typically expect of the genre. It is also a very niche genre, but now developers, Eat Create Sleep, have stepped up with their take on things. Their credentials include the free ecosystem simulator, Among Ripples, which is also a very unique title, but Crest raises the stakes by putting you in charge of guiding humanity

Pixel Puzzles 2: Anime

Pixel Puzzles 2: Anime

Pixel Puzzles 2: Anime packs the same innovations introduced by the previous entry in the series, such as rotating puzzle pieces and a sorting tray, but with a brand new theme. The anime illustrations are not only beautiful and colorful, but also a lot of fun to assemble which makes for an addictive experience. The annoying little crabs are also gone, but have been replaced by an equally annoying Pixel Fairy.

Gameplay: Challenging and very addictive.

Graphics: The new anime themed illustrations are beautiful.

Sounds: The music is nice and mellow, but the fairy can become very annoying.