Reviewed by Jennifer – GEV.com
Zen Pinball 3D marks the first ever pinball simulator on the 3DS. The game is the latest edition of Zen Pinball which was originally made available on the PlayStation Network and later on the Apple Appstore. This game offers very basic pinball gameplay that is presented to the user with full stereoscopic 3D. The studio behind the game has already brought us some amazing pinball games that include Marvel Pinball and Pinball FX. Unlike other pinball games that I have done a review for, the Zen Pinball 3D offers very simple, true to the traditional pinball experience.
Zen Pinball 3D has a range of four differently themed tables to keep things new, otherwise, the gameplay is pretty standard and classic. You use the R and L buttons to move the flippers and your circle pad tilts the table, while the X button adjusts the camera. One of the best things that I found while doing the review for this game is that Zen Pinball 3D gives you an excellent feeling of actually playing the real thing. The controls of the game are pretty responsive and easy to use too, however the only issue is the small screen size of 3DS, which makes it quite hard to keep track of things.
If you are planning to play Zen Pinball 3D, you should expect any twists or extras from the game. It is a complete replication of the classic pinball experience on your handheld console with 3D effects. For hardcore pinball fans, the table serves as a great platform to play the game. The table is quite complex and most pinball enthusiasts will be happy playing the game. You can also compare your score with other people on the online leader boards, or you can even beat your own scores.
Zen Pinball 3D does not have licensed tables yet, but the studio has expressed interest that it plans on capturing some interesting licenses to bring to the game in its future downloadable content. For now, anyone who loves the basic pinball experience will surely enjoy this game a lot.