ZEN Pinball 2: The Walking Dead
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The Walking Dead table does its job at including the survival and morale-driven themes of the console game and delivers yet another expertly produced addition to the addictive virtual pinball simulator.
Easily one of the best tables that Zen has produced to date. Every aspect of this table captures the essence and spirit of Tell Tale's adventures. This is a must buy for fans of Zen's pinball platforms.
The Walking Dead meets pinball. I'm still not completely sure how this seems to work, but I can't stop playing it over and over.
Whilst not reaching the heights of the excellent Star Wars tables, The Walking Dead Pinball is a respectful amalgamation of Telltale's atmosphere and Zen Studios' intricate knowledge of the silver ball.
Depending on your personal preferences, there may be a hiccup or two on a rare occasion that doesn't sit well, but these shouldn't be sizeable enough to take away from what is easily one of Pinball FX2's best tables. Now let's hope Season Two gets the FX2 treatment sooner rather than later.
It's actually refreshing to see Zen release a table that isn't affiliated to Marvel or Star Wars for once, and as per usual the team has pulled out all the stops to deliver a product that does Telltale Games' franchise justice. The Walking Dead is an easy recommendation to anybody with more than a passing interest in pinball, and it's certainly one of the nicest tables Zen has released in some time. Picking this up should be a no brainer.
Nonetheless, this is a good way for fans of The Walking Dead to get past the fact that the second season is ending and to pass the time until 2015, when a new episodic game series will be launched.
Not really a downside, but the overall familiarity of this table requires a stronger appreciation for the tribute aesthetics for prolonged enjoyment, especially for those who own the 'Plants vs. Zombies' table. Myself a fan of the goofy 'PvZ' turn, 'The Walking Dead' is darker, somber, atmospherically unique, nostalgic enough to put the sort of smile on my face only a recollection for horrified enjoyment of 'The Walking Dead: Season One' can bring. Lee and Clementine forever.
The audio and visual presentation are awesome and The Walking Dead seasons 1 and 2 are favourite narratives of mine, so immediately this table appealed to me. Smart table design makes this table a good deal of fun, if perhaps just a shade more cramped than I would have liked.