I’ve been fortunate enough to experience Zen Studios’ Zen Pinball 2 DLC for the past year and have enjoyed all of them so far. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better or crazier, they release not one, not two, but four new pinball tables based off some of Fox’s funniest animated shows in the Zen Pinball 2: Balls of Glory pack. Anyone who enjoys this game series along with American Dad, Archer, Bob’s Burgers, and Family Guy already know they’re in for a great time, if they’re not cracking up laughing too much to play that is.
As with all of their previous DLC, Zen Studios has gone all out to bring players some of the most fun and zany pinball tables out there. No matter which one you pick, all of them feature plenty of ramps, bumpers, multiball challenges, and hidden surprises you can unlock with enough skill (and luck) that will keep your flippers going for quite awhile. Of course it wouldn’t be Zen Pinball if the tables didn’t have awesome graphics, dot matrix animations, and layouts based on each one’s theme (I’m a sucker for seeing some of my favorite characters come to life on the tables, especially Peter and his antics on the Family Guy one). And let’s not forget the hilarious sounds and audio clips from each of them as well, which is where the laughs ultimately come from and will have players cracking up as they play.
There are a few gripes I’ll point out, mainly with flaws on some of the tables. The Archer table tries to do a little too much by cramming a lot of stuff onto the playing field, which makes doing some of the bonus objectives more difficult than they need to be (good luck trying to get your pinball up the ramps to access some of the bonus missions). Also, the Bob’s Burgers one and it’s upper play area tends to get in the way of keeping up with the ball and may frustrate some that play. But these are just nitpicks to an otherwise great collection that most will just overlook.
All in all though, Zen Pinball 2: Balls of Glory is still one of the best DLC packs in this series, despite some small setbacks with some of the table designs. Getting four, fun-filled tables for $10 is also a pretty good value for those trying to stretch their gaming funds. I’m sure franchise fans have already snatched this pack up, but if you’re new and want to see what makes Zen Studios great, you’ll want to pull back the plunger and shoot for a copy of this one.