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Zen Pinball
Developer(s) Zen Studios
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Release date(s) 14 May 2009[1]
Genre(s) Pinball
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Media Download
Input methods Gamepad

Zen Pinball is a 3D pinball game which was released on the PlayStation Network on 14 May 2009.[1] The game is the first pinball game to be released for the PlayStation 3.[2]



Zen Studios claims that "in addition to the traditional task of getting the top score, specific missions will also be delegated to the player."[3] Moreover, the game “will have local and online multiplayer, a crazy amount of leaderboard data and ‘worldwide tournament competitions.’”[4] Also, "Zen Studios is adding some fun extras like slow motion and the ability to save your progress during a game. If you choose to indulge yourself in these options, though, you won't be able to earn trophies during that round."[5]



The game included four different tables at launch (V12, Tesla, Shaman, and El Dorado),[6] with more tables available as downloadable content.[3] The first new downloadable table, a Street Fighter II Tribute, was released August 20th, 2009.[7] The second table will be a Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 table "with five multiball game modes, tons of missions, weapon combos, electrical ramps, and something called "ball slicing effects" which actually doesn't sound all that appealing....The table is tentatively scheduled for an October release, so stay tuned to PSN and the ZEN Pinball website to know when you'll be able to get your ball slicing on."[8]


In February 2009, a press release noted Zen Pinball as being available on the PlayStation Network sometime in the future.[9] In April 2009, Zsolt Kigyossy, managing director for Zen Studios, announced the game officially saying that "The PlayStation Network has a wide variety of great game offerings but it’s lacking a classic arcade pinball game like Zen Pinball. This is a title for everyone’s game library, as Zen Pinball combines fast paced action and realistic graphics with the thrills of traditional pinball.”[3] Zsolt Kigyossy, managing director for ZEN Studios, said "Our team has put a lot of hours and hard work into developing this title and the results look amazing!"[1]


The game releases on the PlayStation Network on 14 May 2009 in a full version costing $9.99 and a free demo version featuring 'El Dorado', one of the four pinball tables included with the full version of the game. "The board is heavy on early South American imagery, evoking the legend of the lost city of gold."[10]


The game has thus far been positively received. Michael McWhertor of Kotaku writes, "thanks to Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection, Zen Pinball looks very purchasable....We already know the game has a built-in virtual level, so things seem to be going in the right direction."[11] Brad Nicholson of Destructoid calls Zen Pinball "a cute little game, with lifelike pinball physics and some decent multiplayer options."[12]

  • It's impossible for video pinball to truly replicate the experience of a real table, but Zen Pinball makes up for that with new features that you don't get with the real thing. This is one of the best video pinball games around.- 8.1 (IGN)[13]
  • Despite some flaws, great visual style and innovation make ZEN Pinball a game that a lot of people will enjoy. If you're still not sold, download the demo and try it yourself.- 7.4 (PS3Center)[14]

iPhone version

ZEN Studios earlier released a version of the game for the iPhone, but with two different tables: Inferno and Rollercoaster.[15]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Mike Fahey, "Zen Pinball Launches Next Week On PSN," Kotaku (May 7 2009).
  2. ^ Daemon Hatfield, "PSN Getting Pinball this Spring: Insert pun about Tommy here," IGN (April 14, 2009).
  3. ^ a b c John Draisey, Pinball Game Bounces onto PSN This Spring, PlayStation Lifestyle (04/15/2009).
  4. ^ Brad Nicholson, "Smack some balls on PSN this spring, ZEN Pinball announced," Destructoid (04.15.2009).
  5. ^ Daemon Hatfield "Zen Pinball Hands-on: Flip your way to enlightenment.," IGN (April 23, 2009).
  6. ^ Mike Fahey, "Zen Plays Pinball On The PlayStation Network," Kotaku (Apr 15 2009).
  7. ^ Mike Fahey, "[Street Fighter II Coming To Zen Pinball]," Kotaku (Aug 6 2009).
  8. ^ Mike Fahey, "Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Gets Its Own Pinball Table," Kotaku (Oct 6 2009).
  9. ^ Ryan Clements, "New PSN Titles On the Way: Confirmation of several mysterious downloadables," IGN (February 11, 2009).
  10. ^ Mike Fahey, "Zen Pinball Launching With Free PSN Demo," Kotaku (May 12 2009).
  11. ^ Michael McWhertor, "Zen Pinball Trailer Plays A Mean Pinball," Kotaku (Apr 15 2009).
  12. ^ Brad Nicholson, "Smack some balls on PSN this spring, ZEN Pinball announced," Destructoid (04.15.2009).
  13. ^ IGN Zen Pinball Review
  14. ^ PS3Center Zen Pinball Review
  15. ^ Christophor SuperGuido Rick, "Zen Pinball iPhone iNferno," Gamers Daily News.

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