What is it that makes a great pinball table? All pinball tables have common features. Ramps, targets, spinners, bumpers and ball locks are standard. The layout of those features varies wildly from game to game, but as long as they’re placed in a somewhat intelligent matter, one pinball game will play pretty much the same as any other. It’s all a matter of hitting whatever targets you need to hit when you need to hit them in order to get a high score.
So what is it that makes a precious few tables go straight to the pleasure centers of a player’s brain, urging them to pump quarter after quarter into them, while others aren’t deemed worth the time? It’s because all modern pinball tables have a theme. It’s that little extra something that makes a table more than just a collection of obstacles arranged in a downward angle. Marvel Pinball provides four tables inspired by Marvel superheroes. I’ve fallen in love with these tables, not only as a dedicated acolyte of pinball, but as a fan of comic books.
Marvel Pinball has been released on Xbox Live Arcade as part of the free Pinball FX 2 game for 800 Microsoft points. It will soon be available as its own Zen Pinball game on the Playstation Network for $10. As I mentioned in my previous review, the four tables are based on Spider-Man, Wolverine, Blade and Iron Man. All are unique, and all are excellent; there’s not a stinker in the bunch.
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