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You Should Play: Zen Pinball

Andrew Hayward | Sept. 15, 2014
These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

A few other original tables are available with fantasy or supernatural settings, but the bulk of them are licensed tables based on big properties. Nearly half are based on Marvel Comics properties, plus there are several Star Wars ones, a Walking Dead table, and even one inspired by popular European soccer clubs.

Each table is a new experience: Even with so many tables, each really feels like a freshly designed game, with totally distinct layouts and even graphic styles. Zen Pinball also uses the digital setting to its advantage with visual enhancements you wouldn't get under the real glass — like large animated characters and flying ships. The Guardians of the Galaxy table even has a bit of a narrative within, as your actions push forward the tied-in movie storyline. Luckily, such extras don't make the tables feel unrealistic or over-the-top; it's just a welcome bonus atop the refined pinball core.

While the app has been available for a couple of years now, new tables still launch regularly, with the Guardians of the Galaxy and Walking Dead content just out within the last few weeks. Real-life arcades may be scaling back and shuttering, but this virtual arcade only seems to get bigger and more appealing over time.

Developer:Zen Studios
Platform: iOS (Universal)
Price: Free


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