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Zen Pinball 3D (Nintendo 3DS eShop) discussion [game]
 
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This game has finally hit the North American eShop and it's pretty fantastic... four fun, quality tables in 3D for $6.99.

I've already put a couple hours into it and I'd have to say that Excalibur is my favorite of the tables so far. There's a lot of fun toys and modes that aren't too difficult to unlock. The physics are well done and the graphics are pretty nice, though perhaps not quite up to Farsight's efforts with The Williams Collection.

I was hoping to get my hands on Pinball Arcade soon, but it looks like that's going to be a little delayed on the platforms that I have access to, so it's nice to have a quality pinball game like this to tide me over. I guess it is also going to support DLC tables in the future. Good stuff.

If you like pinball, you should probably buy this.

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Hinph
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Posted: 01/13/12, 10:11:00  - Edited by 
 on: 02/21/12, 17:15:59
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Finally passed Gui in Pro score. Shaman was a bitch to me tonight but I finally rung up a high score.
Posted: 02/09/12, 06:12:32
Ooooohh competitive gaming. ;) I just might buy that one pretty soon. You'll see, I'll show you how much I suck.
Posted: 02/09/12, 06:31:42
I need to start playing this again, I have been addicted to kindle the past two weeks so the 3DS has been doing a Wii, collecting dust.......


ZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted: 02/09/12, 13:38:34
Not sure how much Zen I'll be playing now.

Farsight's Pinball Arcade is finally out, and it's fantastic... I'm going to be buying every table they release without a question.
Posted: 02/09/12, 14:35:20
@Hinph

Does it have online leaderboards?
Posted: 02/09/12, 14:39:18
Yeah, though I don't know the details too well firsthand. I only got to screw around with it for a few hours on my friend's iPhone. Here is a statement from the lead designer:

Bobby King said:
With the licenses we’re acquiring, we’ll be able to re-create nearly all of the highest-ranked tables in pinball history. Our goal is to make The Pinball Arcade the definitive pinball game franchise of all time! We are building an online community of virtual pinball players using shared leaderboards, friends leaderboards, and coming later this year, head-to-head online play modes and cross platform tournaments. All tables are recreated and played in stunning 3D, presented as photo-realistically as possible, and played on the most advanced pinball physics engine ever developed. The gameplay, visuals and sound effects are all authentic.

Hits Android tonight, with the Vita and 360/PS3 versions coming soon. Probably going to be awhile for the 3DS because they are having some issues with the emulation, and they hinted that they will be doing something special with the Wii U version.

The physics are greatly improved over the Williams Collection... hands down the best virtual pinball I've experienced. The tables seem to be as tough as they are in real life! I'm really excited because they have announced some really good ones... Monster Bash, Attack from Mars, Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Posted: 02/09/12, 14:53:55
Oh man, will have to get that just for Attack from Mars!

For now, ZEN 3D is a great pinball game.
Posted: 02/09/12, 17:20:05
Ohh yeah! I added everyone listed in the original post. If you want some competition from me, add me to your 3DS contact list. Otherwise, in a matter of a week, I'll delete you from my list. No big deal. See you on the leaderboards!
Posted: 02/14/12, 11:23:21
@Davoid

Will add you tonight.
Posted: 02/14/12, 16:14:04
It's probably console only for now but they're releasing Epic Quest today and I played it a bit last night which is really a fun table so far! It combines RPG elements to it so you have to fight monsters, gain loot, get experience and level up. All of your progress is carried over even after you die so there's actually quite a bit of content to get from what I've seen. While it doesn't quite remind me of Pinball Quest for the NES, I'd love to see a game designed by them in the same way with multiple tables and more interactive bosses as well.
Posted: 02/14/12, 17:45:17
Bumping this thread just so people will see it. Like I said, added everyone on the list. Will delete those who haven't added me back by this week-end. Cheers.
Posted: 02/16/12, 09:54:42
Davoid said:
Bumping this thread just so people will see it. Like I said, added everyone on the list. Will delete those who haven't added me back by this week-end. Cheers.
I intend to add you. Not sure if I will get to it by the end of the week though.
Posted: 02/16/12, 19:09:38
I don't even usually like Pinball games and that Pinball Arcade with the real tables is so much better than any other pinball game I've ever played its not even funny.
Posted: 02/16/12, 20:57:36
Ok, I bought this game a few hours ago. Now, I know I already have most of you guys added in my friends list, though there is a few more I need to add. My only complaint is, Man, its really hard to see the tables and all the things they offer. I always prefer being able to see the entire table, but maybe they should have blown it up just a tad, but I figure the table scrolling would screw up the 3D. I hope I can get used to the smallness of the tables

First question, how in the hell do I get to the online leaderboards?! Nowhere did I see an option for this. Even though I have most of the friendcodes added for you guys, is there anything else I need to do? If not, then how can I see the high scores for you guys?

And I know there was a thread a long time ago for adding friends and their codes were listed in that thread. Is new owners of the 3DS using that thread? Cause I have not seen it on the front page in a long time.

Edit: There was 5 people I needed to add and I did so. I sent you guys a pm with my code. Now, I just need to find out how to pull up the leaderboards.

I noticed while playing that names would pop up when I was close to beating that person in a challenge, but the action is fast and I don't get to read exactly what the challenge is.

Edit 2: Nevermind, I figured out how to get to the online leaderboards and I even found the friend's scores. Cool, now its time to start kicking some ass!
Posted: 02/17/12, 13:40:01  - Edited by 
 on: 02/17/12, 14:09:54
Cool I'll add you later.

There's a button that lets you zoom in and look around the table, and a couple of the view options are pretty close to the action.

By the way guys, I murdered Earth Defense yesterday.
Posted: 02/17/12, 17:13:02
@gamewizard65
Play around with the different views. I think I use view 5? Anyway, it is a nice mix of giving a wide enough view to see what lies ahead of the ball, but close enough to let me see what's happening. There is scrolling involved, but it's pulled out far enough that it's not bad.

Also, I have lost more balls from trying to read the messages that pop up than anything else, I swear. I get so excited by the news that I'm approaching someone's high score that I get distracted and blow it. Sucks.
Posted: 02/17/12, 20:44:35
The thing that helped me most was the menu option that explains the different objectives of the tables. It helps alot & as a result, I know my way around the tables much better.
Posted: 02/17/12, 23:03:58
Not specifically about this game but the following video was really interesting to watch. It explains how a studio creates a good pinball simulation.

Posted: 02/21/12, 04:44:38
Abdooooo said:
Not specifically about this game but the following video was really interesting to watch. It explains how a studio creates a good pinball simulation.


Pinball Arcade is absolutely fucking awesome. The Tales of the Arabian Nights table looks, plays, sounds, exactly like the real thing... which is awesome. I have been playing on my iPhone, my high score is 22 million. I played a bit on my wife's iPad and it's without a doubt the best iPad game I've ever played, makes going back to the phone version suck.

These guys did an immaculate job simulating these tables. I hope they make a console or PC port because I don't really want to play on my phone any more.

Seriously though as far as digital pinball goes I've never seen anything close to Pinball Arcade... assuming you want to play real tables. It's a perfect replica of the real thing
Posted: 02/21/12, 06:15:36
@Oldmanwinter

That's great to hear! After watching that video I have to hand it to them. Engineering something from scratch is one thing. Engineering something that already exists is another. Attention to detail and OCD testing is a must for these tables to really feel right. Sounds like all major consoles will get this game.
Posted: 02/21/12, 06:23:37
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