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Best Zen Pinball Tables

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James Smith
• Tuesday, 12 January, 2021
• 25 min read

Pinball is a great way to get your pinball fix on the go, whether that’s a mobile phone, a PS Vita, or a Nintendo Switch. It is true that the tables are fairly simple (and can’t hold a candle to the frantic interactivity of Demon’s Tilt), but the base gameplay is rock-solid.

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In addition, Pinball has a lot of licensed tables, which can be more engaging for non- pinball fans than original properties. It looks (and sounds) like the cartoon itself, making it a real treat for any animation fans looking for a pinball fix.

If you want to feel like a space pirate/superhero, the Guardians of the Galaxy table is a great choice. Finally, the Wild West Rampage table feels like old-school pinball at its best.

If you want a thrilling adventure with something of a steampunk edge, the Wild West Rampage table is the one for you. Pinball has a lot of great tables, and it’s a shame that they don’t seem to be doing any new ones anymore.

Junior Member I have the Nintendo Switch version and only have 8 tables ATM. I will rank them from most liked to worst as i don't have enough tables to make a top 5 for both.

Member Top 5 Favorite Tables : Moon Knight Doom Fear Itself Aliens Excalibur Top 5 Least Favorite: V12 El Dorado American Dad Walking Dead Civil War Senior Member It's hard to pick a good top (depends on my mood) But I always love these tables : Sorcerer's Lair An easy-to-understand table.

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The Biggest plus is the challenge how many times you can reach Wizard mode. Also, the funky and silly atmosphere contributes a lot to the fun.

Rome, Caste Storm, Wild West Rampage, El Dorado, Star Fighter Assault, Plants vs Zombies (r.i.p.) All the FOX net tables Cell shading and themes are not my cup of tea Jaws Can't say why but i dislike it very much.

I find it really hard to precisely pinpoint 'bad' tables as I love them all. Some seem inferior but have unique features or themes that make them shine.

Computer tables can afford to be fundamentally different from their real counterparts in that regard as they don't need to be stingy and greedy to net money. So maybe the best criteria to rate tables is to first ask which ones *annoy* me most, for whichever reasons, keeping me from playing them.

An honest answer to this will come naturally and reveal that the ones annoying least must therefore call the best ', so here come my 26 tables, sorted best to worst: Rebels, Han Solo, Mars, Wild West Rampage, Darth Vader, Sorcerer's Lair, Return of the Jedi, Droids, Castle Storm, Rogue One, Adventure Land, Star fighter Assault, The Force Awakens, Son of Zeus, A New Hope, The Walking Dead, Epic Quest, Paranormal, Excalibur, Earth Defense, Masters of the Force, Might of the First Order, El Dorado, V12, Tesla, Shaman. Some tables need better mission balance (time, score).

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Others are let down by frustrating shots (narrow ramps, indirect targets). A couple is ruined by unnecessary vision impairment (camera and obstacles).

The challenge factor is not as great as some, but I love the mood and subdued effects. I wish there were more tables like this (maybe in a space, ocean or arctic theme).

This one wins for me because it combines fast action, potential high scores and overall challenge. The Stormtrooper walking in front of your ball/flipper is a cool animation, and a challenge as well.

Part of it is the repetitive nature of hitting the targets at the top of the table. Senior Member I hate seeing v12 in the least favorite tables of so many when in reality if any of you had played it when it was first released in the original zen table releases you would have loved it, but then they changed the physics, and you can't trap the ball and the ball doesn't go up the ramps smoothly anymore.

I used to be able to play that table for hours saving in between and without exception amass billions of points and now barely a 100 million if even that on my best day. Zen made this table, and it was brilliant then they mucked it up and now it no longer flows.

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Rolled Nintendo punch out, several times, same quarter. Played an entire game of dragons lair and completed it and won while blindfolded.

Junior Member TOP 5 -DOOM -Ms. Explosion Man (the reason I still boot up FX2) -Ghost Rider -Women of Power: Champions -World War Hulk BOTTOM 5 -Back to the Future because it lacks the soundtrack and the voices are AWFUL. Member Fans: -Fear Itself (my favorite table in the whole game) -Doom -Deadpool -Three of the four-Star Wars main episode tables : Empire for its atmosphere complex rule sheet and stacking modes.

A New Hope for its speed, missions and difficulty level (just brutal). The Force Awakens for its flow, the cinematic feel of the missions and the great FX.

I like Return of the Jedi too but not as much as I love the other main episode tables. Also, Son of Zeus or Adventure Land might push Deadpool off of the list in the future but not just yet.

Junior Member I can't believe no one has the Portal table in his top five! I am biased, as I liked the game a lot and find the way the table is created very good in deed.

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I am biased, as I liked the game a lot and find the way the table is created very good in deed. You have to beat it three times to complete mission 2 and if you want to make the wizard mode a little easier on yourself, you have to remove the turrets by first hitting the bumpers a certain amount of times and then by playing that mini play field again.

I love the normal table layout and I like the other missions and multi balls, so I don’t want to spend that much time on a frustrating mini-game that takes me away from all the good stuff. Junior Member As a newcomer to pinball fx3 I do not have that many yet, except the free sorcerer, Portal, and the three Alien.

Crap... straight away top 5... three left only.... note to self, stop buying them tables. You have to beat it three times to complete mission 2 and if you want to make the wizard mode a little easier on yourself, you have to remove the turrets by first hitting the bumpers a certain amount of times and then by playing that mini play field again.

I love the normal table layout and I like the other missions and multi balls, so I don’t want to spend that much time on a frustrating mini-game that takes me away from all the good stuff. I don't like the muted blue and gray color scheme.

Yes, I know that's how the main game is, but I prefer my Pinball to be colorful. Also, every mission feels the same, and the mini play field is terrible and annoying.

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Senior Member One thing this thread shows is that people definitely have different tastes as to what makes a good table. It’s funny that there are a number of tables that are in both the top 5 and bottom 5 lists of different people.

It shows that Zen does a good job of offering up tables with diverse play styles. Come on Boss time, that table is pure pinball magic.

One thing this thread shows is that people definitely have different tastes as to what makes a good table. It’s funny that there are a number of tables that are in both the top 5 and bottom 5 lists of different people.

It shows that Zen does a good job of offering up tables with diverse play styles. The changes made to the physics make it no longer flow and the ramps are almost impossible to hit.

Rolled Nintendo punch out, several times, same quarter. Played an entire game of dragons lair and completed it and won while blindfolded.

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I will continue to be vocal and hope they return it to the original physics or retool it so that it works well, like it used to. Rolled Nintendo punch out, several times, same quarter.

Played an entire game of dragons lair and completed it and won while blindfolded. I will continue to be vocal and hope they return it to the original physics or retool it so that it works well, like it used to.

I've never liked V12 in any iteration- the feel, music and vibe is just generic and boring. I've never liked V12 in any iteration- the feel, music and vibe is just generic and boring.

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Zen, I am pleading for you to go back and see how this table used to flow when it was released and now after several updates and physics changes no longer functions as it was intended. I stand devout in my loyalty to this table knowing full well how it used to be.

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Haven't even tried to overtake the high score because it just doesn't flow now and the speed of the ramps just suck. Rolled Nintendo punch out, several times, same quarter.

Real stinkers: Civil War; Ghost Rider; E.T. Side note: my feelings for almost all tables here are based on my playtime in PBFX2.

Wild West Rampage and Sorcerer's Lair are both great easy playing tables for players of all skill ranges. I have a cabinet at home, and when I have parties or family over there are a lot of people who have never touched pinball before.

Love the cartoon robotic vibe, the colors are dreamy, and everything seems to really flow smoothly. 2) El Dorado (PFX3) The theme of exploring old temples is a winner to me.

3) Walking Dead (PFX3) Love the dreary atmosphere, completely unique for a pinball table. The different track loops and gimmicks dotted around are an absolute blast.

Member First cantankerous, I wish I played V12 when it came out cause you make it sound wonderful. I've played through almost all the tables and there are some I just keep coming back to, Han Solo, I love this table, and now it's broken because you can't lock the ball into the death star so no wizard mode.

Archer, I'm glad Zen made the achievement so hard on this game because I played it so much to get it and found out what a great table it is in the process. Excalibur, I just keep coming back, I love this table, the theme, just everything.

Castle storm, when this came out it just hit me at the right time, it's a lot of fun. There are several other tables I come back to time and again in no particular order, Pasha----Thor----Rome----Fear itself----Deadpool----civil war.

All I remembered was the ball constantly drained down the left side. So thanks to a few videos I skimmed through and the great guides that are posted here I have been playing both.

It's a hard table, but I've found that if I follow these rules when playing, I do pretty well. Light kickbacks Always keep left flipper up, except when suspension is ready to upgrade.

Most times I forget this because I'm so worried about losing ball on right side. Keep trying to hit tire upgrade lane if not in combo mode.

Top score was 198 million with multi ball and ball save and rewind upgrades. Secrets I have played more, that table is mostly just getting good at it's multi ball modes.

All I remembered was the ball constantly drained down the left side. So thanks to a few videos I skimmed through and the great guides that are posted here I have been playing both.

It's a hard table, but I've found that if I follow these rules when playing, I do pretty well. Light kickbacks Always keep left flipper up, except when suspension is ready to upgrade.

Most times I forget this because I'm so worried about losing ball on right side. Keep trying to hit tire upgrade lane if not in combo mode.

Top score was 198 million with multi ball and ball save and rewind upgrades. Secrets I have played more, that table is mostly just getting good at it's multi ball modes.

As the person with 2 wr's on that table let me shed a little more light regarding my own specific tips. First I prefer the faster game types like survival, but have a game over a billion on single player, so I'm ranked in top 10 or better and have the single ball record.

In game modes like 5 minute and survival stack your upgrades. As you said, always keep the left flipper depressed as anything approaches that lane.

Extra balls are only achieved by maxing out your speed then awarded at upgrade hole. To hit the button on either the left or right you want to catch the ball on the respective flipper and just do a quick flip where you don't fully hit the flipper, and it will, if done correctly hit the button and pass to the other flipper where you can repeat................ It's takes practice and I rarely can achieve the upgrade without several tries.

You'll likely never fully upgrade the tires as it continues to go up with the final one taking over 100 as I recall.....................it's a horrible table to try and wizard with likely less than 5 people excluding me who have ever achieved it. Rolled Nintendo punch out, several times, same quarter.

Played an entire game of dragons lair and completed it and won while blindfolded. Now I've also gotten to all other upgrades complete except for manifold level 4 still, but that's easily doable.

I'm on PS4, so you can't see my scores, but I have higher than Xbox as confirmed by peeps who posted pics of the leaderboards. Rolled Nintendo punch out, several times, same quarter.

Shaman I hate everything about this table, from the shots you have to make to the audiovisuals Just boring, and the speeder Mini game is plain stupid.

Not sure if you can see this if you can't log in to Xbox Live, this is just a 5-minute clip of the farthest I've gotten so far. Rolled Nintendo punch out, several times, same quarter.

Played an entire game of dragons lair and completed it and won while blindfolded. I've gotten back into PBX recently (I went a bit down the real pinball route).

And have over the years re-purchased them on Steam, I can't say I have played that many for any considerable time. So here's my top 5 ranked by the fun I had playing them either at point of release or through revisits.

Quick note, I am 100% not a star wars guy, it was around that time that I stopped playing pbfx2, I also began to suffer the Marvel fatigue like most people did when Marvel felt like the only tables we were getting. I remember the thrill of finally completing a table and being just singularly focused.

As table selection was a lot lower at this point (maybe 10-15 total? With the first Marvel pack) it was far easier to just focus on one table and not get distracted.

I loved that you can trigger multiple modes at once, and all the shots felt fun and flowed well. Even if it's been outdone design wise (and I think game's go too long on Spider-man now) it's still an iconically addictive newbie friendly table with really fun boss battles.

I've been very close several times, but I always just end up draining balls down the side or center after hitting the main mission targets, even with ball save active I feel this table is a drainer. Once you start being able to consistently hit the annoying shots and start the modes, there's so much to do on this oddly short but wide table that it just ends up having a really nice flow.

Mechanically it's probably severely out-of-date but to new fans, don't skip this one, it's great if you are looking for a table with fun stuff hidden away. I came very close but never quite able to conquer the wizard mode, but I really just like the ramp shots on this.

Unlike Iron Man which has some harsh drain bounces, Thor feels very fair. It's a very high skill table with missions that require oddly specific shots i.e. set ball on fire to then melt ice etc.

It has loads of hittable targets and variety, and most ramps all lead to different weird areas, all with their own mini 'toys'. The voice clips can get a bit tedious but the table itself is a true delight to play and whilst I don't have much desire to replay the whole adventure after my several hours with it and beating it, I do very fondly remember falling in love with this table akin to when I first played Spider-man.

Most missions took a while to complete, but the game wasn't hard, just a bit tedious. As for FF, I think it's a table I would have really loved if I gave it the time but despite buying the pack, I was still invested in some of my other favorites and thus never got round to playing it in any depth.

I'll post the video when Xbox Live decides to upload it. According to the guide, Peak performance was supposed to automatically be available at the upgrade hole.

Played an entire game of dragons lair and completed it and won while blindfolded. Also, many times it didn't even give me the 5, 10 or 20 million after getting new upgrades, it just gave more opportunities for multi ball.

Some of the Williams go on my least favorites as they aren’t as enticing in that I have already played them enough on The Pinball Arcade. Here’s to hoping Zen adds some new concept tables like a Star Wars one to go with the Rise of Skywalker movie.

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