It never ceases to amaze me how Zen Studios keeps cranking out hit table after table in their Zen Pinball 2 franchise. Hot on the heels of their Venom table comes another Marvel themed one that’s based on one of this year’s soon to come blockbusters, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Anyone who has played this game series already knows that their take on the film, Zen Pinball 2: Avengers: Age of Ultron, is one of the best ways to kill some time until the movie launches.
Some may feel that this table is a little lacking when compared to some of Zen’s other creations, and they’re probably right thanks to the creators being careful not to spoil anything from the film. So that sadly keeps a lot of cool things from being added to the action and layout, but it still doesn’t make this table any less fun. There’s a three-flipper setup with your main ones at the bottom and one up top to the right, along with some cool ramps, bumpers and secret areas to give those who play a nice challenge practicing their trick shots. To kick things off when you start playing, you’re immediately thrown into a multiball scenario to shake things up a bit. There’s also a few mini-games such as helping the Avengers fight off Ultron’s forces that appear on the playing area with your pinball or pinballs that can be quite the challenge more times than not.
As with all of Zen’s tables, there are plenty of cool graphic and dot matrix display animations as well as fun parts where Black Widow and Iron Man fight off Ultron and some of his robot minions from time to time while you play. I also enjoyed the attention to details such as Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor glove being the pinball launcher. The sounds are equally awesome, as the music, sound effects and voice clips from Ultron and the heroes are spot on (except for Thor, he sounds a bit off here for some strange reason).
While it may not be as detailed or complicated as some of Zen’s other tables, Zen Pinball 2: Avengers: Age of Ultron is still a lot of fun to play. The awesome graphics, animations and sounds are more than enough to draw fans and newcomers into the game, and will likely keep them there until the hit movie is released and afterwards.