Parents' Guide to

Zen Pinball 2

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fun, wildly inventive take on arcade machines.

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If you like pinball, you will love Zen Pinball 2. The trick is that it mixes realistic physics and authentic sound effects with elaborate mechanics that make these tables physically impossible or financially irresponsible. Whether it's TIE fighters flying over the Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back table, a zombie shambling around The Walking Dead table, or Thor getting into fights with Loki and The Hulk on two Marvel Comics machines, these are clearly not your father's pinball tables. Even cooler, the game is free and comes with a free (and fun) table; you simply have to buy any other tables you might want.

That said, some tables are far from perfect. The sound effects on the Boba Fett table would work better on the Rocky & Bullwinkle one, while the voice of Han Solo on the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi tables as well as his eponymous table sound nothing like Harrison Ford. More problematic, though, is that if you play this on a console and sit at a reasonable distance from your TV, you might have trouble reading some of the tiny text. Still, though some of the tables are better than others (The Walking Dead and Return of the Jedi are especially addictive), all the tables available in Zen Pinball 2 -- and there are a lot, with more being added all the time -- are effortlessly fun, even if you don't like the movie, TV show, comic, or game that inspired them.

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