16 March, 2014

Plants vs. Zombies pinball

I have been patiently waiting for this pinball to come to iOS and/or OSX. It turned out that Zen Studios decided to implement the latter version first and, to my eyes, this is a good choice. Nothing can be compared to the comfort of playing on a large screen. 

The least I can say about this game is that I am not disappointed. Of course I am a Plants vs. Zombies fan and the pinball is based on the characters that had made the game so popular. For once, I do not complain about the Zen animations, which in this case are not excessive and do not spoil the game. In fact I find them most welcome, in particular when the zombies start creeping upon you. Despite the appearances, the table is uncluttered and one can play in a very comfortable way. The physics are the standard Zen pinball physics (something I have never complained about). The ball does not over-drain and once one gets accustomed to the game one can go for multiballs (perfectly fluid) and really high scores.

Did I tell you that the standard ball is perfectly visible? Zen manages this feat while using a green ball in a game where green is abundantly present. A flame and an ice ball do also appear at special moments of the game but the standard ball is the pea-looking one. The trick is that the ball is opaque and not the chameleon ball of Farsight. (But then having an unplayable ball allows Farsight to sell extra balls, so making the standard ball almost invisible is perhaps deliberate).

To put it in a nutshell, the Plants vs. Zombies pinball is real fun. Moreover the price is reasonable, so you should not hesitate to give it a try.

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