Zen Studios has released a number of tables over the last couple of years for their pinball platform Pinball FX (on the 360), Zen Pinball in other places. The tables have been a mix of original creations and also licensed themes such as Plants vs. Zombies, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Street Fighter as well as different super heroes. Regardless of the theme of the table they’ve always been of very high quality with tons of fun little secrets to find. Would Star Wars be filled with the same sense of wonder?
Pinball tables themed around the Star Wars franchise, by the same company that did the stellar Marvel themed tables a year ago? That sounds good to me. Let’s see what this is all about.
This is our first prize show of the season, folks. Listen to this week’s show for a chance to win the Resident Evil: Revelations soundtrack. You can also expect to learn about the Konami code, pinpall games published by Nintendo and spies. Turns out Tony is a spy. Who knew?
The Question Block – 51
Round 1 – Konami Code Music
Round 2 – Nintendo Pinball
Round 3 – I Spy
Round 4 – Resident Evil (Prize)
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If there is one thing pinball has been missing, it’s a big, green guy who likes to smash things. Zen Studios has heard our cries for help and they have just released a video to ease our pain. Check out this trailer for the upcoming World War Hulk table. In it you’ll hear Hulk, speaking proper English I might add, saying that he is going to smash everything. You know, that’s what Hulk does only now his is angry. Well, specifically at a group of people this time, not just in general. Once you’re done with the trailer you can look over a few screen caps after the jump. You can expect this table to hit digital shelves this spring; XBLX, PS3 and Vita.
Zen Studios continues to provide their user base with more great tables with the release of Epic Quest. This time the theme is a medieval story right out of a child’s, fairy-tale book. Your character, the Dudley Do-Right-esq knight known as Max, stands on the left side of the table with his sword in one hand and his stick horse in the other. Behind him is a scrolling, scenery screen out of some old-time, stage play. As you shoot the array of target and ramps on the table, you will activate quests which pit you against various monsters; evil trees, skeletons, rats, vampires, etc. All through the battle, your knight will deliver his “heroic” lines as if he were King Arthur’s right hand man while in reality he is a bumbling hero more like Inspector Gadget. The table is bright and colorful as if someone turned Mother Goose into a Transformer while the background is reminiscent of a little kid’s room. On the table you will find a dynamic landscape of a forest, a water wheel and an evil-looking, plant thingy. It all looks really cool. Read more…
Tony and I got a chance to talk with Mel Kirk and Neal Sorens from Zen Studios. This is a quick 30 minute interview where we talk about Pinball FX2 as well as the upcoming Zen Pinball 3D. Both Mel and Neal give us some behind the scenes info on what goes into making tables and working with Marvel. They also announce the North America release date for Zen Pinball 3D. As an added bonus, we somehow get to talking about Mario Kart in the end.
Zen Studios Interview
Run time – 36:37
Thanks again to Mel and Neal as well as everybody at Zen Studios. If you want to keep tabs on them, they have a Twitter account, a Facebook page and their forum. As always, you can listen to the normal Okie Cast on Mondays… except we probably won’t do one this week because of Christmas… so almost as always. And you can still get in on your chance to win a free game on our trivia podcast. If you liked those Zen Studio links then you might like our Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and forum links as well.