Pinball is not as common these days as it was in the 90’s and the early part of the new millennium. If I wanted an authentic pinball experience, I’d travel to my nearest arcade with a bag full of coins and start flipping my flippers, but with the arrival of Zen Pinball 3D, I use a lot less coins, and in return get a lot more fun.
Zen Pinball 3D is a rather big deal in more ways than you think. Zen studios is looking to bring more tables for the title to the game in the form of DLC. We could potentially be looking at the first game on that takes advantage of the newly updated e-Shop feature, which allows developers to create DLC and put it on the shop. Here’s part of an interview from earlier in the year:
You will see some of the tables that are on both Zen Pinball and Pinball FX2 come to the 3DS as future DLC. Everyone knows that the e-Shop does not currently support DLC, but if we are going to do it, I guess that means things are changing? – Mel Kirk
So we could potentially be looking at a small box with a larger inside, but anyway, lets stop looking at what the game could have and concentrate on what the game does have. To me Zen Pinball 3D on the e-Shop is what Ocarina of Time 3D is to the 3DS. I personally think its the first must buy title on the shop (Pullblox coming a close second) and arrives in style. It comes along with four tables which are all unique and different; Excalibur, El Dorado, Shaman and Earth Defense. Earth Defense is featured around a 1950’s sci-fi theme, Excalibur is featured around a medieval theme focused around King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, El Dorado has a jungle feeling to it mixed with an archaeological feel and finally Shaman is based around the old Shaman tribes including magic and elements. As you go through each table, they get a little more complex and you’ll have to adjust to where you should be trying to get your ball to achieve maximum points. Each table is greatly detailed and the presentation of the ball moving around it looks great. But of course, you’re wondering, what is the 3D like? And to answer, perfect. The 3D certainly adds depth to the game, but it’s a shame that the 3DS screen is small; it feels like it could of been much, much better if the screen was larger, but that’s not the games fault. I’d go so far to say that turning the 3D off lowers the experience of the game.
The ball physics in this game are flawless, probably the most advance I’ve seen in any pinball game. There hasn’t been a moment were I have felt cheated or the ball goes the wrong way. Of course, just as real pinball, there will always be times when you see the ball roll straight down the middle and you are unable to to hit it, but that adds to the fun, making you want to get even more points on the next ball (you get three balls every game). The game comes with online leaderboards where you can compare your score with others around the world, in your country and other options.
There isn’t really much to say about this title, as it is pretty self explanatory, it’s pinball, and for £4.50 this is a great purchase, especially now you can just add a select amount to your funds in the e-Shop. I can’t recommend this enough, even if you’re not a pinball enthusiast you can pick up this game for five minutes while on the bus or in the car and have a great game! And with possibly more content coming, it shapes up to do what it wants to do brilliantly. Pinball at its finest.
Does what it’s supposed to do great. Tables are unique and attractive. Leaderboards add competiveness to the game. Sound effects are great too. 3D works good too.
Hard to see smaller details, lower screen offers information sometimes missed as you are too busy staring at the top screen.