What timing could be better to create and release a Captain America pinball table other than when a Captain America movie is on the verge of release? It’s a trick question, so don’t answer it. Behold unto PSN and XBL, the wonders of ZEN Studios on their Marvel Pinball platform, the Captain America Pinball table. Complete with everything a young Nazi hunter would need to get their jollies. I say “young” Nazi hunter because as a child I grew up with movies based on the era of World War II. Ok so mainly just Indiana Jones. However, the theme is not lost on me. My recollection of Captain America, though, is not quite as old. Mainly I remember him as a walking cameo, appearing in cartoons across the 90′s. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised when this new table reminded me of Cap’s true origins.
This newest addition to the Marvel Pinball series was released at the beginning of the month and with the PlayStation Store finally back up I was finally able to review it. I’m always excited to see the newest Marvel tables as it always seems to relive a certain part of my childhood. Those wondrous moments spent on Saturday morning watching cartoons were a highlight of the week. Even though Spiderman is spectacular, a certain group of heroes has always held a special place in my heart. That group, of course, is the Fantastic 4. Now when you see this name put out for this table, it seems to be written Fantastic Four, but for me that word must always, ALWAYS, be written as an actual number 4.
ZEN Studios amazingly gained access to the intellectual property of Marvel Studios. They’ve drawn a few super heroes out and have transformed them into some high speed pinball tables. Available both as DLC for Pinball FX 2 on Xbox 360 and as a standalone game for the PS3 (They didn’t want you to have to buy Pinball FX 2 to play these on the PS3), this title features four prominent comic book creations in a wonderful metal and electronic game. You’ll have to use your mastery of pinball in order to help these heroes save the world for the evil villains. Whether playing as Spiderman, Iron Man, Wolverine or even Blade, it’ll take every ounce of skill, focus and determination to rise above and succeed.
Of course, the stakes aren’t as high for you as simply restarting the game takes care of any mistakes. However, the thrill is still through the roof when you finally set ball on this playable artwork. Why if I didn’t know better, I’d say that ZEN managed to sneak some artists out with them.