Marvel Pinball Mobile Game App Review for Android & iOS

Marvel Pinball

Zen Studios Brings Comics to Life

It's actually more of comics to movies to pinballs to life, but you get the idea. Zen Studious is undoubtedly one of our favorite pinball videogame developers -they have taken the idea of bringing the pinball cabinet experience into the digital format by exploring features that would otherwise be impossible with a physical cabinet (unless holograms become commonplace or something). And this is something even purists may appreciate since there really is no point simulating the feel of a physical cabinet in a virtual world since the actual game is better. Putting things in a digital format means that you should be able to have gameplay elements that are pretty much impractical (or downright impossible) with the real thing.

Avengers Got Balls

Marvel Pinball Mobile Game: Avengers Got Balls

If you already have the original Zen Pinball game client, there really is not much to look forward to with the Marvel Pinball set aside from the default Avengers table (that comes with the purchase) or the new Marvel client-exclusive Spiderman cabinet (which, in our honest opinion, should have been the default available table instead, since it is unique and all).

There are a total of 15 different tables each focusing on various characters, teams, movies, and even major comic book story events in the game -and each one will be available to players at a cost. So the obvious question is, is it worth it? The game admittedly plays to a very niche crowd: pinball enthusiasts who are also comic book fans (we would honestly like to see a semi-accurate venn diagram of that for a size comparison). Point being, we find it hard to imagine anyone shelling out for all the different tables unless you were a massive pinball freak. That said, purchasing just a couple of tables is not bad at all since the game offer plenty in terms of replay value.

Enough to Impress Mistress Death

Marvel Pinball Mobile Game: Enough to Impress Mistress Death

The outright favorite among hardcore Marvel fans is the Infinity Gauntlet table that focuses on the climactic battle against Thanos during the Infinity War. We will not go into story specific for those of you without much comic-book knowledge, but for the general crowd, here's this: this is the major event that the Avengers movies (and the first three phases of the MCU) is headed towards. If that is not your thing, there are several other tables such as Fear Itself (the events that lead up to the Siege and ultimately the Heroic Age), World War Hulk (our favorite version of Hulk taking revenge on the Illuminati), and Civil War (based on the climactic political drama that tore apart heroes and villains).

Marvel Pinball Mobile Game:

Those seeking out tables that are less about the story and more about the characters would enjoy the rest of the selections that focus on the characters and teams (there are even a few obscure ones like Moon Knight and Blade). The cool factor is that there is plenty of spoken dialogue (though some of the voicework -particularly for the Avengers and Iron Man, that need some improvement) and that the game actually tries to tell players that there is a narrative to be enjoyed (if you can manage to focus on the audio while keeping an eye on a rapidly moving steel ball). Continue Reading

Release Date: 06/06/2013

Available on: baseSystems

App Store Rating: 4.2/5

Game Trailer

Marvel Pinball Mobile Game: Zen Studios Brings Comics to Life

It's actually more of comics to movies to pinballs to life, but you get the idea. Zen Studious is undoubtedly one of our favorite pinball videogame developers -they have taken the idea of bringing the pinball cabinet experience into the digital format by exploring features that would otherwise be impossible with a physical cabinet (unless holograms become commonplace or something). And this is something even purists may appreciate since there really is no point simulating the feel of a physical cabinet in a virtual world since the actual game is better. Putting things in a digital format means that you should be able to have gameplay elements that are pretty much impractical (or downright impossible) with the real thing.

Avengers Got Balls

Marvel Pinball Mobile Game: Avengers Got Balls

If you already have the original Zen Pinball game client, there really is not much to look forward to with the Marvel Pinball set aside from the default Avengers table (that comes with the purchase) or the new Marvel client-exclusive Spiderman cabinet (which, in our honest opinion, should have been the default available table instead, since it is unique and all).

There are a total of 15 different tables each focusing on various characters, teams, movies, and even major comic book story events in the game -and each one will be available to players at a cost. So the obvious question is, is it worth it? The game admittedly plays to a very niche crowd: pinball enthusiasts who are also comic book fans (we would honestly like to see a semi-accurate venn diagram of that for a size comparison). Point being, we find it hard to imagine anyone shelling out for all the different tables unless you were a massive pinball freak. That said, purchasing just a couple of tables is not bad at all since the game offer plenty in terms of replay value.

Enough to Impress Mistress Death

Marvel Pinball Mobile Game: Enough to Impress Mistress Death

The outright favorite among hardcore Marvel fans is the Infinity Gauntlet table that focuses on the climactic battle against Thanos during the Infinity War. We will not go into story specific for those of you without much comic-book knowledge, but for the general crowd, here's this: this is the major event that the Avengers movies (and the first three phases of the MCU) is headed towards. If that is not your thing, there are several other tables such as Fear Itself (the events that lead up to the Siege and ultimately the Heroic Age), World War Hulk (our favorite version of Hulk taking revenge on the Illuminati), and Civil War (based on the climactic political drama that tore apart heroes and villains).

Marvel Pinball Mobile Game:

Those seeking out tables that are less about the story and more about the characters would enjoy the rest of the selections that focus on the characters and teams (there are even a few obscure ones like Moon Knight and Blade). The cool factor is that there is plenty of spoken dialogue (though some of the voicework -particularly for the Avengers and Iron Man, that need some improvement) and that the game actually tries to tell players that there is a narrative to be enjoyed (if you can manage to focus on the audio while keeping an eye on a rapidly moving steel ball).

The Best at What You Do

Marvel Pinball Mobile Game: The Best at What You Do

Contrary to what most people may believe, there is plenty of skill involved in playing pinball -and the same applies to the Zen game engine. The in-game physics and table configurations have been designed to maintain just the right balance of realistic (so that you could more or less predict the initial trajectory of the ball once you hit it with a flipper), and a good serving of the fanciful (in order to keep the video game experience alive). That said, do not expect that randomly hitting the flippers would keep the ball in play -you might accidentally shoot the ball off the lower center of the board instead.

Getting good runs is of course, more than just skill. There's a bit of luck involved as well -which is a good thing for new or casual pinball players since getting good runs makes the play experience more satisfying. The presence of an online leaderboard also makes things competitively fun for those who would want a good challenge to keep them busy.

The Verdict

Aside from the fact that Zen Studios has kept Marvel Pinball's installation small and neat (you only add a bit when purchasing new tables), the game also runs quite efficiently. Even with plenty of things going on (multiple balls, plenty of particle effects), the game manages to run smoothly without any noticeable slowdown at all (and at some instances, you may even find yourself hoping for a bit of lag in order to keep up with the action. This, combined with great graphics, excellent audio, and responsive controls makes Marvel Pinball a good game to have in your library.

We give Marvel Pinball a score of: 90/100

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Marvel Pinball is developed by Zen Studios.

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