I’ve played a lot of pinball in my time, both virtually and in arcades. My electronic experiences range from Pinball on the Atari 2600 to the Space Cadet table included in Windows operating systems to the now ever growing library of tables from Zen Studios. Their most recent tables are probably the most unique experiences they’ve ever created. Super League Football combines the seemingly un-combinable worlds of pinball and soccer and it’s a great experience all around.
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Super League Football features eight different teams, seven popular European teams such as Real Madrid, A.C. Milan and Juventus. For those who might not like any of those teams there is a Zen Studios themed Football Club you can “support”. Each of these teams features a table that while laid out identically to the others is decked out in the colors of the corresponding team’s colors. You choose one team that you will support and play in “soccer matches” on a pinball table where the results go up on a global leaderboard. You have the traditional three chances of a pinball game while at the same time playing a sped up version of a full length soccer match. Goals can be scored and you must defend against opposing teams scoring as well.
A couple of weeks ago Zen Studios released the first batch of DLC for Castlestorm, called From Outcast to Savior, that added 20 new missions, new troops and a new Hero for the Royal Guard. They promised that the second batch of DLC would make its way to the console in the future and that time has arrived. Thursday, March 13th Castlestorms get a little bigger with the addition of The Warrior Queen. This additional content adds a further 20 missions and takes a look at the fate of Viking warrior Freia. New weapons like Meteor Showers, Exploding Barrels, Stormbringers, Golem Hostages, and the Frozen Swordfish add to the Vikings arsenal of weaponry as they take the fight to the armored Royals.
The Warrior Queen will be available for download from the Wii U eShop for $3.99.
Castlestorm is the sidescrolling RTS from Zen Studios that sees you attempting to defend your castle while attacking and destroying an opposing army’s fortress. The game currently features two factions and a number of missions to complete. Zen Studios announced today that the game is getting a little bit bigger on Wednesday February 26th.
The game’s first expansion, From Outcast to Savior, will be available for $2.99. It includes one new faction, the Royal Guard who appear to be based on medieval Europe and Knights. It will also include a new, unlikely hero, new weapons, and trophies as well as Skirmish and Survival levels. Some of the new environments include Stonecrest, The Royal Airport, The Skyship Harbor and the Bladgard Icefields in your quest to capture the mighty Viking warrior, Chief Ramhorn.
All of this content will be available for the Wii U in North America and Europe. Zen Studios also announced the second planned DLC pack called The Warrior Queen, but did not set a release date for that content as of yet.
Zen Studios, the developers behind the digital pinball platform Zen Pinball/Pinball FX, are getting in the holiday spirit by putting their pinball tables on sale for a number of different platforms. In fact, they want you to play their pinball offerings so much they’re offering numerous tables for at least 50% off and as low as .99c on a number of mobile platforms. Here’s the full list of their deals.
• Wii U Sale: All DLC for Star Wars Pinball and Zen Pinball 2 will be 50% off from Dec 19 – Jan 2
• Mobile Sale: Dec 19 – Jan 3, all tables are $0.99 on iOS / Google Play
• Mac Sale: Dec 19 – Jan 3, all tables are $0.99
• Steam Winter sale: Dec 19 – Jan 3, CastleStorm and Pinball FX2 are included!
All of the sales run through December 2nd or 3rd. There are a number of their tables I don’t have on Wii U at the moment so I will probably be taking advantage of some of these sales. I highly recommend the Plants vs. Zombies table and The Clone Wars table in Star Wars Pinball is easily my favorite of them all.
What do you get when you cross Angry Birds with Minecraft and throw in a little bit of real-time strategy for flavor? You get Zen Studios’ newest game, which is heading to Wii U. Zen Studios is most famous for their pinball series Pinball FX/Zen Pinball, but that’s not all they do. Announced today is their Wii U release of Castlestorm, a 2D physics-based war game between Vikings and Knights.
Use the Wii U Game Pad in a solo campaign, multi-player versus or co-op modes to rain destruction on your enemy from the massive artillery pieces at your command. Playing by yourself you can see the action on either your TV or the Game Pad. The touch screen controls all the action, but if you prefer the whole game can be played using traditional button and stick controls. Multi-player utilizes the best feature of the Wii U, the ability for each player to have their own screen; one player using the TV and a Pro Controller, the other using the Game Pad.
Castle customization is available for those generals who want full control over their defenses. Just be careful. The choices you make here determine the troops that will be available to you during battle.
The game will be available to download through the Wii U eShop on December 26th for $9.99 so if you need something to spend that Christmas gift money on now you have an option.
It shouldn’t really come as a surprise to Nintendo owners and the Zen Pinball series at this point, but when Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force releases in two weeks it won’t be coming to Nintendo platforms. The game, which adds three more tables to the Star Wars Pinball series, will be heading to Playstation Network on October 15th and Xbox Live Arcade, Steam, Windows 8, iOS, Google Play, Kindle on October 16th. It will be coming to Wii U as the press release confirms, but that platform, along with the Mac App Store have been delayed. No release date was given. The company promises information on those releases at a later time.
I wouldn’t get too worried about the game not coming as the press release does confirm the release and every recent entry into the digital pinball series has come to Nintendo’s platforms. Star Wars Pinball just released on 3DS and has been available for a long time now on Wii U. I’ll keep watching the news for release on 3DS and Wii U and will pass along that information as soon as I hear it.
I’ve played Star Wars Pinball now on three different platforms; the Xbox 360, Wii U and 3DS. Each of those versions brings something different to the table. (No pun intended) The 360 had the game before the other two platforms I mentioned. The Wii U gives you the ability to pull everything off the TV into your hands and a controller that I think feels more like a real pinball table. The 3DS gives you 3D visuals and the ability to take the game with you wherever you go. Each of them has their strengths and weaknesses, but the tables themselves have been the same across all platforms. Today I’m looking at the 3DS version of the game. There are three different tables currently available, with more coming in the future.
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back takes you through the events of the movie featuring the same name. In game missions have you landing on Cloud City, visiting Yoda, navigating through an asteroid field and more. The center portion of the table is dominated by the face of Darth Vader and portraits of the heroes. Near the top of the table is a rounded area where at times Storm Troopers will take up defensive positions and you have to use the ball to damage them and get them to retreat. Other times Darth Vader will loom over the table using the force to manipulate, and even destroy your ball. Two ramps lead to Cloud City, which will spin and give you bonus points depending on how many times the ball goes around the ring of the building. The most interesting feature of the table is ramps that are made out of lightsabers. They remain hidden until the ball activates them at which time they ignite sending the ball down from the top portions of the screen towards the flippers.
I’m currently working on the 3DS version of Star Wars Pinball for review, which will be up later today or tomorrow. I noticed during my time with the game that loading up the leaderboards would cause the game to crash and force a restart of the 3DS. It would also occasionally lock up the game any time I tried to load up a table. A little frustrating for people that want to push their scores out and compare with other players. I reached out to Zen Studios over Twitter and asked about the issue.
when asked if they knew there were issues with the leaderboards causing people’s games to lock up they had the following to say:
For now the best work around that I’ve found for the issue is to turn off your Wi-Fi connection while playing. It won’t allow you to upload your scores to the leaderboards, but it will keep the game from freezing.
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.
Zen Studios has announced that their newest digital pinball release will be coming to various platforms next week. These three new tables are Star Wars themed and will see you playing on areas themed with the likes of Boba Fett, Han Solo, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker.
The three tables are Star Wars: Episode V, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Boba Fett. The schedule for release and pricing is as follows:
Pinball FX2™ on Xbox LIVE® Arcade – February 27th for 800 MSP
Zen Pinball 2™ on PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 3 & PlayStation Vita with Cross Buy entitlement! Purchase once and play on both systems – February 26th in North America for $9.99, February 27th in Europe for €9.99
Zen Pinball 2 on the Mac®App Store – February 27th for $2.99/table
Zen Pinball on the Apple®App Store – February 27th for $1.99/table
Zen Pinball HD Google Play™ – February 27th for $1.99/table
They also said that the new Star Wars tables would be coming to “other platforms” at a later date.