Zen Pinball 2: Plants vs. Zombies Review

Plants vs. Zombies Pinball Table Screenshots from Official Trailer (1)

*Sources of screenshots are listed in their respective file-names.

Plants vs. Zombies* is available as a $2.99 USD add-on for the excellent arcade pinball simulators from Zen Studios–Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX 2. Please note that tables purchased for the PS3 can also transfer to every other PlayStation device (including PS4).

Each table is enhanced with robust social features encouraging leaderboard competition and personal improvement. This–along with a highly detailed “Operator’s Menu” that allows you to do everything from change the slope of a table to its overall difficulty–make Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX 2 some of the best digital pinball experiences to date.

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Zen Studios’ Plants vs. Zombies pinball table manages to successfully transfer the family-friendly tower defense insanity of Plants vs. Zombies into a pinball format.

Plants vs. Zombies Pinball Table Screenshots from Official Trailer (2)

Through expert use of official artwork, designs and music, this table feels just like the original game.

Plants vs. Zombies and pinball share the same basic objective –survival. Let the zombies reach your Welcome Mat or too many balls “drain” and it’s game over.

Use Sun to buy a variety of helpful plants like the “Squash” and “Torchwood” to keep those zombies off your lawn!

Plants vs. Zombies Pinball Table Screenshots from Official Trailer (8)

The oddly-lovable Squash protects vulnerable areas of your defense.

A ball infused with the power of "Torchwood."

A flaming “Torchwood” ball can destroy helmeted zombies with a single hit.

Among the official elements included in this table is Crazy Dave’s Twiddydinkies. Players use his shop to buy items like Bacon or the Gatling Pea with coins earned from defeated zombies.

Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies (his trunk).

The original Crazy Dave’s Twiddydinkies (his car trunk).

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The pinball Crazy Dave’s Twiddydinkies.

Take on a number of missions based on the game, such as the fog-covered challenge “Going Nuts” and the high-scoring “Zombies Love Football.”

Plants vs. Zombies Pinball Table Screenshots from Official Trailer (3)

Despite being based on a child-friendly property, Plants vs. Zombies features a balanced difficulty that makes challenging Dr. Zomboss (ruler of the zombies) quite an achievement.

Plants vs. Zombies 'Dr.ZombossSnowballIndication' from Plants vs Zombies wiki

Dr. Zomboss in the original.

Zen Pinball 2 Zomboss from Official PlayStation Trailer

Dr. Zomboss in the pinball table.

Conclusion:

With its use of official assets and the signature charm of the original title, Plants vs. Zombies makes a fantastic pinball table.

Potential Concerns:

The inclusion of cartoon zombies.

The player can use the elemental effects of fire and ice by planting Torchwood and the Snow Pea, respectively. The main antagonist (Dr. Zomboss) can use these abilities as well.

This title is available for a wide variety of platforms–from the PlayStation Store to the PC–so remember to check the digital store of your choice.

*This table was received for review. See our statement of ethics here and game review criteria here.
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About Nelson

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