Zen Studios and Valve Announce New Portal…..Pinball

That’s almost mean to write. Valve an Zen Studios have announced that they’re working together to create a new Portal game. No, as much as anyone would like it’s not Portal 3. It’s Portal Pinball and it’s coming to Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX on May 25th. You’ll have to guide Chell and Wheatley through test chamers. There will be familiar Portal elements like … Continue reading Zen Studios and Valve Announce New Portal…..Pinball

KickBeat: Special Edition Review (Wii U)

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I like rhythm games y’all. Games like Rhythm Heaven and Elite Beat Agents are regular entries into my systems. There’s just something about getting into a rhythm (no pun intended) and sort of zoning out on the music. I remember when Kickbeat was first announced and how interested in playing a rhythm game from Zen Studios I was and then disappointed when I found out it was going to be a Playstation exclusive (due to not having a Playstation system at the time). I’ve been a big fan of all the stuff I’ve played from Zen Studios whether it was their numerous pinball tables or their sidescrolling RTS Castlestorm. Now Kickbeat is out on Wii U so I finally get to play the game I was so excited about to begin with. Was it worth the wait?

What You Need to Know

Kickbeat is a rhythm based fighting game. Well, actually it’s mostly rhythm game disguised as a fighting game. Actually, it’s pretty much just a rhythm game that happens to have some fighting in it. Your character stands in the middle of a circle and is surrounded on all sides by enemies. They attack you and you have to fend off their attacks in time to the music by hitting the corresponding face button. The four buttons match up with the position of the face buttons on the controller so it’s easy to keep track of where you’re supposed to be hitting at all times. You play along with the game’s 18 song soundtrack as you try to restore music to its rightful place in the world. There are other modes outside of the main story mode like an endless survival mode where you are not given any of the normal visual cues and you have to survive as long as you can or an equalizer mode that basically plays the game for you so that you can listen to the music and watch the events of the song unfold on screen. (Something more rhythm games should do.

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Zen Studios Announces New Pinball Tables Coming To Wii U

With the recent rash of publishers announcing their intentions (or lack thereof) for Wii U it’s refreshing to see one bringing more content to the system. Zen Studios, famous for their Zen Pinball / Pinball FX series, and Castlestorm, has announced a new update coming for the Wii U version of Zen Pinball 2. A new update is set for the title on August 28th … Continue reading Zen Studios Announces New Pinball Tables Coming To Wii U

Super League Football Review (PS4)

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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. 

What You Need To Know

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. 

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The Warrior Queen Coming to Wii U

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 … Continue reading The Warrior Queen Coming to Wii U

Castlestorm Expanding on Wii U

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 … Continue reading Castlestorm Expanding on Wii U

Zen Studios Selling Pinball For Cheap

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 … Continue reading Zen Studios Selling Pinball For Cheap

Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force Delayed on Wii U

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, … Continue reading Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force Delayed on Wii U