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'Pinball Arcade: The Addams Family' Review - And Now, This Mamushka Is For You

The developers behind The Pinball Arcade [Free / $0.99], FarSight Studios, are nothing if not extremely passionate about pinball. They've been in the games industry a pretty long time, over 20 years now, but they didn't truly find their niche until the 2004 release of Pinball Hall Of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection on the PlayStation 2. Its initial release was perhaps a little too early to catch the renaissance of video pinball, but it at least did well enough that they followed that up a few years later with The Williams Collection. With Williams tables being a lot more well-known among Americans, that release ended up doing pretty well, earning high praise for its faithfulness to the real machines. While this was all happening, digital storefronts started to become more popular. Soon, retail retro collections were becoming retro themselves, with a la carte offerings proving more popular with fans. It was a natural fit for the type of work FarSight was doing, and so The Pinball Arcade was born...

Pinball Arcade [$0.99] is like a digital museum of real-life pinball machines that's been kicking around on various platforms, including iOS, for a few years now. It's had a staggering number of pinball machines added to it over the years, some that are high-profile, big-name IPs and some more obscure stuff. The holy grail of these real-life pinball machines is The Addams Family Pinball which was created and release in the early '90s to coincide with the Addams Family movie. ..

Much as I love it, I have to admit that video pinball is a very, very strange thing. They're sort of like those homemade recipes for Ecto Cooler that you can find around the internet: a shadow of the real thing, an attempt to replicate an incredibly tactile but now nearly-extinct experience. For most people, there haven't been any pinball tables around their locale since Clinton was in office. I wouldn't be shocked if many of our readers have never laid eyes on one in their lifetime. But for those of us who love them, if we can't wrap our fingers around a real machine and build the callouses on the palms of our hands by slamming them into the side of a wooden box to nudge a steel ball a half-centimeter off its course, we'll take what we can get. We'll take the video pinball. Because even though there's an unquestionable component of the game intrinsically tied to physical sensations, the games themselves have strong merit on their gameplay. The lights and sounds pulled us in, but the gameplay is what kept us coming back...

Atomic Pinball Collection [Free] was announced last month, and it quickly became a game to keep an eye on. Developer Color Monkey created the beloved Revenge of the Rob-O-Bot [$2.99], an original pinball table for iOS that proved to be quite popular. Now, that table has returned in a new version along with a new table, called Masks of Glory in the new Atomic Pinball Collection. The main app is free to download, and lets you play each table up to a certain score for free before having to pay. ..

Developer LuGus Studios has launched Planet Pinball Pro [$1.99] on the App Store today. This looks like a pretty neat take on pinball, where players take on challenges on a three small tables. Scoring big numbers of points will be required to unlock later levels. There's a mission system that players have to take on to help provide some goals to aim for, along with a leveling system. It'll be possible to get powerups to help get some advantages and score more points...

Late last month Zen Studios announced their latest project involving their work with the Marvel license, a new pinball table featuring Venom, the deadly combination of a Symbiote alien who has bonded with the body of Eddie Brock. As usual, Spider-Man and Venom will battle it out against each other, but they will also have to team up to help combat the threat of another Symbiote host, Carnage. Check out the Venom table in action in the trailer below...

Zen Studios is adding another Marvel-themed table to their lineup of digital pinball games across all platforms, including of course iOS. Spider-Man's arch-nemesis Venom will be getting his very own table, and it'll be coming to both Zen Pinball [Free] and Marvel Pinball [$0.99] the week of December 8th. Specifically, iOS gamers can look forward to the table becoming available on December 11th, and it'll be in line with other Marvel tables from Zen and will cost $1.99. Here's a screen of the new Venom table...

I don't get that many chances to express my affection for pinball around here, mostly because the two main pinball developers tend to publish their new work as IAPs rather than stand-alone apps, and we don't typically review that kind of thing around here. Let it be known, however, that I love pinball to its core. I love it like Joanie loves Chachi. I used to have an off-brand pinball machine in my basement back home in Canada, and whenever I went to arcades as a kid, I was instantly drawn to the noisy clicks, bells, and synthesized music emitting from whichever licensed machine they had that month. Although it took me a while, I've also developed a taste for video pinball, though like most fans, that's out of compromise more than anything else, since finding an actual pinball machine in this day and age is hard enough in the USA, let alone Japan. It goes without saying that I am both a big fan of Pinball Arcade [$0.99] developer Farsight Studios, and a harsh critic. I regret that today, I am going to be more the latter...

Having just finished my review of the final episode of The Walking Dead Season Two [Free], I thought it might be nice to decompress with a little pinball, as I often do after finishing a story-heavy game. Luckily for me, the developers behind Zen Pinball [Free] just released a thematically-appropriate new table as both a standalone app and an in-app purchase within the regular app. The Walking Dead Pinball [$1.99] follows most of the well-established trappings of Zen Studios's take on silverball, so it's hard to say if people burnt out on their offerings will be all that excited with it. For fans of The Walking Dead game, however, it brings just enough of the character of Season One [Free] to make it worth checking out...

Back in early June we learned that Zen Studios had teamed up with Telltale Games to bring a new pinball table based on The Walking Dead adventure game series to their popular iOS pinball app Zen Pinball [Free]. Well Zen has been plenty busy in the two months since that announcement with Comic-Con and tons of Marvel announcements, but we had yet to hear anything on when the Walking Dead table would hit. Until today, as Zen has revealed that starting August 26th the Walking Dead pinball table will be available across digital storefronts...

During Comic-Con this past weekend, Marvel announced that both Marvel Pinball [$0.99] and Zen Pinball [Free] would be getting a new Guardians of the Galaxy table to coincide with the movie releasing tomorrow. Earlier today, an update went live which added that new Guardians of the Galaxy table to both games, and to celebrate the Marvel Pinball app is now free for the first time ever. Here's a video of the new Guardians of the Galaxy table in action...

Last week Zen Studios announced that a new pinball table starring Marvel's "Merc with a Mouth" Deadpool would be heading to the Zen Pinball [Free] and Marvel Pinball [$0.99] apps, and the update with that table is now officially live in the App Store. The Deadpool table clocks in at $1.99 and is a sufficiently fun pinball table in its own right, but the presence of Deadpool pushes it over the top. A tiny Deadpool runs amok around the table getting into all sorts of mischief, even playing on a tiny pinball table of his own at times (insert Inception joke here). Best of all are the constant quips by Deadpool that are fully voiced by Nolan North...

Zen Studios is on fire lately, as a couple of weeks ago they announced a Walking Dead pinball table was in the works (which was playable at E3 and totally awesome) and today they've announced yet another Marvel character is getting their very own pinball table. That character is none other than Deadpool, and as you can see from the teaser below video game voice acting icon Nolan North has reprised his role as Deadpool for the new table. Check out the trailer, the self-referential humor is totally on point...

Zen Studios are up to their old tricks again, after showing their prowess with converting big name IPs like Marvel and Star Wars into awesome pinball experiences, and have announced a collaboration with Telltale Games to bring their Walking Dead adventure game series to Zen Pinball [Free] in the form of a new table. More specifically, The Walking Dead pinball table will focus on events and locations from the first season of the game. Here's a quick teaser...

As we learned just over a month ago, Zen Studios has been hard at work on four new Star Wars themed tables for Star Wars Pinball [$1.99] and Zen Pinball [Free] iOS games. Today, those new tables have gone live in both versions of the game. The four new tables include: a Han Solo table, an Episode IV: A New Hope table, a Droids table featuring C-3PO and R2-D2, and a Masters of the Force table featuring both good and evil characters form the Star Wars universe. Here's a brand new launch trailer showing off a bit of each new table...

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