The PlayStation Vita is blessed with a wide range of pinball games. Whether you’re a retro gaming fan hankering for something from the 16-bit era, a fan of the classic pinball tables found in the arcades or want something with a more contemporary feel, you can be guaranteed that there is something out there for you with fast approaching 200 tables to choose from. The two mainstays for the PS Vita right now are Farsight Studios’ The Pinball Arcade offering near perfect recreations of arcade favourite machines and my game of choice, Zen Pinball 2 from Zen Studios – a collection of brand new original tables features on table animated characters, stunning graphics and sound and games that bring pinball into the 21st century.
With almost 80 tables released already at the time of writing (more if you count the variants for Super League Football) and more released on a regular basis, unless you’re a completist it’s hard to know just which ones you should buy first. Being something of a pinball addict, I’ve taken a close look at every table released so far to bring you a look at what I think are the ten must-have tables for Zen Pinball 2 on the PlayStation Vita…
Updated: 14th June 2019
Playing this table for the first time, I had no real exposure to Deadpool as a character although I had heard of Marvel’s anti-hero. It’s to the credit of Zen Studios that they managed to craft a table packed with action, plenty of diverse and fun game modes, some of the best humour of any of their tables to date, superb visuals and addictive gameplay all topped off with a perfect voiceover by Nolan North. Probably one of their best tables to date.
One of the best films ever made by the Monty Python teams was Monty Python And The Holy Grail and the best way to describe Epic Quest is that it manages to embody everything that the Python movie represents in pinball form. The off-beat humour is absolutely spot-on and while this table doesn’t bear any official ties to messrs Cleese, Chapman, Idle et al, you couldn’t ask for a more fitting tribute. It’s a damn good table in its own right with plenty of variety in all of its game modes but with bright, bold visuals, great tongue-in-cheek voice acting, and a real challenge this is one of the best of Zen’s original tables.
This may be a brand new table, but it’s set to be an instant classic. Fantastic graphics and sound supported by a great story-driven gameplay mechanic make for superb gameplay, topped off with what can only be described as probably the most atmospheric game released so far by the developers. Packed with original sound taken directly from the 1986 movie, it really looks and sounds the part and should be an essential table for sci-fi lovers everywhere. Released as part of the Aliens Vs Pinball set.
While there were two South Park Pinball tables released simultaneously as part of a twin pack, I felt that one of them lacked the strength of humour and character of the first table that was based on the earlier episodes of the series that I – and I am sure many more viewers would be familiar with. In all honesty, this really is a table for South Park fans as the humour is very much an acquired taste, but if you love South Park this is an essential table to own.
Originally released as part of Marvel Pinball, this captured the spirit of everyone’s favourite web-slinger superbly. Featuring three of Spidey’s toughest adversaries and characters instantly recognisable to fans across the globe it became an instant hit. Plenty of wisecracks, it blended the feel of the earlier movies with a thumping soundtrack reminscent of the 90s animated series theme tune by Aerosmith’s Joe Perry… and you can’t go wrong with that!