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Aug 31, 2011

Sploding is now possible in Pinball FX2!

The Ms. Splosion Man table is out now! Download the table today for 240 Microsoft Points!

We want to thank Twisted Pixel for a great collaboration; it has been great to work with this extremely talented studio. As always, Zen Studios thanks you for your support. Be sure to join us on Twitter, Facebook or the official Pinball FX2 forum.

 

Aug 24, 2011

Big Pinball FX2 Ms. Splosion Man Table Update!

Pinball FX2 Ms. Splosion Man table will be available August 31, 2011 for 240 Microsoft Points!

Going to PAX? Play the table a week early! Twisted Pixel and Microsoft will both have the table playable inside their booths.

Not going to PAX? We have also released a table trailer, check it out now!

 

Aug 22, 2011


Aug 11, 2011

Pinball FX2 Ms. Splosion Man Table Splodeshots!

The moment you have all been waiting for…Ms. Splosion Man table screenshots! “What about a trailer???” That’s coming soon, and so is the table. Stay tuned for news on the release date!


Alright, looks like there’s serious pinball experiments going on in the Big Science Labs, BOOM!

It’s time to watch Ms. Splosion Man perform her greatest talent, she's so hot

Ms. Splosion Man brings a whole new meaning to the word facial.

Ooooo, what a shiny, pretty little switch. Let’s see what happens.

"In this relationship, it’s important to splode with one another. Happiness in sploding together"
–Ms. Splosion Man

This family reunion will definitely end with a bang.

 

July 27, 2011

Mr. Destructoid is in the Ms. Splosion Man Pinball Table!

The ZEN Studios, Twisted Pixel and Destructoid mega fusion of indie power plot thickens! During an entertaining evening at GDC 2011, ZEN Studios, Twisted Pixel and were all hanging out (OK, you can imagine what that looks like at GDC) when we all decided that working together was a must. ZEN and Twisted Pixel already had the pinball table project underway and Destructoid wanted to be part of the collaboration.

Mr. Destructoid has had a few prior appearances in various games, and we are happy to welcome them to Pinball FX2. Mr. Destructoid is present in the left center corner of the playfield and triggers a sub-mission. Ms. Splosion Man pinball will be available this summer!

 

July 7, 2011

When the Balls Touch They Splode!

ZEN Studios and Twisted Pixel have teamed up for one heck of a Big Science Project. Set in the crazy labs of Big Science, the latest tests in experimental science have gone all wrong, and Ms. Splosion Man must splode her way through obstacles utilizing the latest in tech gadget innovation in her quest to free Splosion Man from the grips of evil scientists. Featuring plenty of interactive 3D characters and objects pulled directly from the Ms. Splosion Man game, players will complete sets of sploding missions and combos, culminating in a final battle with Mighty Eternal.

The ZEN Studios – Twisted Pixel science project has plenty of surprises in store, so stay tuned for more sploding info, including trailers and screenshots. If you want the latest info on Pinball FX2, make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or join the conversations in the ZEN Studios forums

 

May 5, 2011

Pinball FX2 Mars Tips & Tricks

Thanks to ShoryukenToTheChin for sending us another excellent table guide. If you are looking to improve your performance on the Mars table, we highly recommend taking a few queues from one of our most knowledgeable community members. The guide explains the table mission by mission, and provides a bunch of useful tips that will aid in all aspects of the game.

PFX2 Mars Table Guide.pdf [ - 115kb]


Pinball FX2 Mars Tournament April 29 – May 13

SuperScoreRocketBoost

 

 

Finding life a little lonely on Mars?
The Red Planet is about to get invaded by pinball wizards seeking a SuperScoreRocketBoost and Martian themed prizes.

Download the Mars table now on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for your chance to compete over the next two weeks to determine the Mars pinball champion. There will be official prize packs for the top three scores, and prizes for random entrees such as MARS candy bars, DVD’s, and game codes.

1st Place –

  • 4,000 MS Points

  • Choice of Mars Attacks!, Martian Chronicles, or Total Recall Special Edition

  • Codes to future games from ZEN Studios

2nd & 3rd Place –

  • 1600 MS Points

  • Choice of Mars Attacks!, Martian Chronicles, or Total Recall Special Edition

  • Codes to future games from ZEN Studios

The tournament will run April 29 – May 13, 2011. Winners will be notified via private message following the conclusion of the tournament.

To participate in the tournament, select the tournament icons in the Pinball FX2 menu bars. Choose Mars, and your score will automatically register upon game completion.

Stay in touch! Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.


April 21, 2011

SuperScoreRocketBoost

Mars is now available for Pinball FX2! We know you have been waiting patiently for another chance to boost your SuperScore and Wizard Score – so here you go!

We will be posting a table guide written by one of our community members in the next week or so in case some of you need tips to a bigger score. This is something we will continue for all future table releases.

Look for a Mars tournament in the coming weeks. We are gathering some Mars themed prizes and will also have MSP’s for the top players.

Happy Launch Day!


April 11, 2011

Pinball FX2™ MARS table coming April 20th!

The wait is finally over! We are happy to announce that MARS will be joining the Pinball FX2 lineup on April 20th. We apologize for the long wait between table releases, but rest assured, there are a bunch of tables lined up for the rest of 2011. Now for some MARS details:

Set in the year 2100, the human race has finally managed to set foot on the Red Planet. Players will uncover hidden secrets which have long eluded life on planet Earth, and open eyes to a world never before discovered. Featuring a beautifully crafted landscape, interactive 3D objects and multiple missions and side quests, MARS continues the rich pinball tradition established by ZEN Studios, the definitive leader in pinball videogames.

MARS will seamlessly integrate into the Pinball FX2 platform on Xbox LIVE® Arcade, with full social feature support including SuperScore and Wizard Score. MARS will also feature new Achievements, operators menu and rule sheet.

We will be available on our Facebook and Pinball FX2 forum pages to discuss the new table and answer your questions.


March 30, 2011

Pinball FX2 Superscore Update

Dear Pinball FX2 Players,

You may have noticed some discrepancy in your local Superscore and the leader board Superscore since the Rocky and Bullwinkle table update. This was due to an error in communication between locally stored data, and data on external servers. In order to rectify this situation, we have performed a complete Superscore reset – but DON’T WORRY – your scores ARE NOT GONE. Simply complete one full game of ANY table in Pinball FX2 and your Superscore will appear correctly.

If you have not yet completed a game of Rocky and Bullwinkle since the previous wipe, you will need to complete a game in order for that table to register to your Superscore.

We understand that this may be an inconvenience to you; however, please note that Superscore is a true measure of skill, and it is critical that we correct this situation.

If you have any questions, we will be available on our Facebook and forum pages providing more explanation if needed.

Sincerely,

ZEN Studios


March 16, 2011

Dear Pinball FX2 owners, we’ve discovered an error in how the Rocky & Bullwinkle table awards points, a problem that has resulted in some astronomically inflated scores and had a disproportionate effect on Superscores. As part of the update to fix the problem, we must reset the Rocky & Bullwinkle leaderboards. We apologize to all the players who have put time and effort into improving their score. All other leaderboards will be unaffected; this should be the last time we have to do a reset.


November 23, 2010

The first Pinball FX2 tournament is underway! Players have until December 7, 2010 to log the highest score possible in Secrets of the Deep.

  • How do I enter? Select the tournament icon in the Pinball FX2 menu and off you go.
  • How do I win? Get the highest score on Secrets of the Deep in tournament mode.
  • What do I win? The winner of the tournament gets Marvel Pinball!


November 16, 2010

Greetings Pinball FX2 Wizards! We’ve been extremely busy here at ZEN Studios, but you hardly notice when you are having this much fun! It is so rewarding when you release a game that is embraced by you the fans, journalists and industry leaders alike. Thank you!

If you did not hear, we just announced Marvel Pinball! This four table bundle features Iron Man, Spider-Man, Blade and Wolverine along with their fiercest Super Villains. This epic pinball adventure will be the first DLC available for
Pinball FX2, and will update into the shiny dashboard this December.

We’re going to keep on posting review scores for Pinball FX2 as they roll in (just in case you are not convinced yet):

 

November 9, 2010

“The review scores keep rolling in for Pinball FX2, and we could not be happier with the reception we have been receiving. We would like to thank all of our fans for your support and kind words regarding the game ~ we will try and get back to you all as often as possible.”

Game Informer: 9/10
“Pinball FX 2 brings the excitement and authenticity of modern pinball to Xbox Live Arcade. Banging around the silver ball is a blast in and of itself, but the social options turn this experience into an addiction. Not since Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 have I had this much fun competing with friends on Xbox Live.”

The Daily GamePad
: 10/10

Aeropause
: 5/5

Destructoid
: 8/10

Game Interface
: 9/10

GamerGeddon
: 9/10

Tech-Gaming
: A-


November 2, 2010

OXM8.5
Quote: “…Pinball FX2 is a must-have for any pinball fan.”

Games Radar – 9
Quote: “We’re pinball fanatics here at GR, and it’s not easy to please our discerning tastes, so we’re happy to say that FX 2 finally overcomes the main hurdle for virtual pinball.”
“ We’re going to keep playing probably long after this review, and we’ll have no qualms ponying up for extra tables. Pinball heads unite – this is as good as it gets without having an actual table in your house.”

Team Xbox9.3Editor’s Choice Award
Quote: "I'm going to give away my position early on in this review because it would be too hard to hide the fact that I think Pinball FX 2 is the best Pinball I've ever played on a video system of any kind.”

Eurogamer9
Quote: “All hail Zen Studios for ensuring that we can all officially shut the hell up about DICE's fantastic early '90s pinball games on the Amiga.”

XXL Gaming92
Quote: “Pinball is an extremely social and competitive game and Zen Studios did a fantastic job integrating competition as well as teamwork into the game. Go get Pinball FX 2 today!”

Console Link5/5
Quote: “They have brought together a lot of really nice features into a visually stunning package. Since the game itself is free, of course download and enjoy. I would also suggest picking up at least one if not both of the table packages, you will be glad you did.”

VG Blogger“Buy It”

 
 
October 12, 2010

PINBALL FX 2™ TO RELEASE OCTOBER 27 ON XBOX LIVE® ARCADE

Slight delay of Pinball FX2™ results in extension of Game Feast

Los Angeles, CA – October 12, 2010 – ZEN Studios, the definitive leader in arcade-style pinball videogames, announced today that “Pinball FX 2” will now release on October 27, 2010 on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, as part of Game Feast presented by Microsoft Game Studios.

“Pinball FX2 is really making the most of what the Xbox LIVE marketplace offers in terms of trying and buying game content.” said Mark Coates, Lead Producer at Microsoft Games Studios. “With so many new and innovative features like full backwards compatibility with Pinball FX, free trials of every table and exciting in-game community notifications, we decided to take a little extra time to ensure the launch of “Pinball FX 2” is absolutely perfect.  We are incredibly excited to release on October 27 with an amazing pinball platform.”

“Pinball FX 2” is a free download for any Xbox LIVE Arcade user, and features a robust trial system allowing the player to sample each table in the game. Featuring the most advanced ball physics and social features to date, full backwards compatibility for original “Pinball FX” owners, along with a new collection of beautifully designed tables and more DLC releases to follow, the “Pinball FX 2” platform is the best videogame pinball experience available.


 

 

 

Sept 29, 2010

Taking Care of Business: Pinball FX 2 Pricing Explained
&
Secrets of the Deep Revealed


Now, for the information you have all been waiting for…how much is Pinball FX 2 going to cost? It’s actually a bit of a complicated question, so we’re breaking it down piece by piece. The first thing to understand is that Pinball FX 2 is a FREE platform download for any Xbox LIVE® Arcade user, providing access to the entire library of Pinball FX 2 content. Within the platform, you can demo every DLC table individually, and each collection as a whole before making a purchase.

The second thing to understand is that current Pinball FX owners are being well taken care of. When you download the Pinball FX 2 platform, you will simply import your existing content, this is FREE. That’s no strings attached backwards compatibility! The original tables will not only receive graphics and physics updates, they will also receive NEW Achievements!

If you have never purchased Pinball FX content, you will be able to buy the Classic Collection (Speed Machine, Extreme Agents, and Buccaneer) within Pinball FX 2 for 800 MS points. The original DLC tables (Nightmare Mansion, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Street Fighter II Tribute Table, and Earth Defense) will each be available for 240 MS points.

Pasha, Rome, BioLab & Secrets of the Deep represent the Pinball FX 2 Core Collection. This four table collection will be available on October 13th, 2010 for 800 MS points.

The Pinball FX 2 platform provides unparallel flexibility when deciding what you want to buy. Try each table, make sure it’s what you want, and then make the purchase. We are happy to provide backward compatibility to all our Pinball FX fans, and we know they will really enjoy the new content.

Secrets of the Deep Revealed!


Explore the depths of the sea and uncover a mysterious and beautiful world filled with strange creatures and priceless ancient artifacts! Secrets of the Deep joins Pasha, Rome and BioLab as the Pinball FX 2 Core Collection.


Pinball FX 2 will be available on Xbox LIVE Arcade, October 13th as part of Game Feast presented by Microsoft.


 
 
Sept 22, 2010

Pinball FX 2 Achievements – Your Questions Answered!
&
BioLab Revealed

We’ve been receiving many questions regarding Achievements in Pinball FX 2, and how we were able to get 39 of them in an Xbox LIVE Arcade game alongside a GamerScore of 650. The key thing to understand is that Pinball FX 2 is a platform which will be updated for a long time to come with new content. Being a platform provides access to more Achievements and a higher GamerScore.

A few more notes about Achievements in Pinball FX 2:

  • Pinball FX tables will get a new set of Achievements, which gives you another reason to play them!

  • There are sets of achievements requiring you to beat the high scores of your friends. Now take into consideration how the Wizard Score works (the combination of your friends Superscores) and you realize that you will have to beat those friends you have joined up with for a high Wizard Score!

  • As new tables are added, more Achievements and GamerScore will be available.

Today we are also announcing Biolab, another original table that will be included in the Pinball FX 2 Core Collection.

BioLab

Something has gone horribly wrong in the Mad Scientists lab. Rescue genetically mutated creatures and solve mysterious puzzles as you play your way through BioLab on Pinball FX 2. BioLab joins Rome & Pasha as part of the Pinball FX 2 Core Collection. Look for more table reveals in the coming weeks!

Pinball FX 2 will be available on Xbox LIVE Arcade, October 13th as part of Game Feast presented by Microsoft.


Sept 15, 2010

How to Rule the Pinball FX 2 Community
&
Rome Revealed as Part of the Pinball FX 2 Core Collection

Pinball is a game about high score – that’s why Zen Studios developed some really cool scoring systems in Pinball FX 2. The new Superscore and Wizard Score systems allow you to measure your pinball wizardry in really competitive ways, offering you new ways to rule the Xbox LIVE Arcade pinball community.

Superscore and Wizard Score explained:

  • Superscore = User’s performance across all tables. Superscore allows you to track your all time play records and have a comparable score against the rest of the Pinball FX 2 community.

  • Wizard Score = This is your Superscore plus all of your friends Superscores. To achieve a truly epic Wizard Score, you are going to need to unite with your friends in an effort to rule the Pinball FX 2 community.

With that we leave you with this tantalizing pinball question: How will you rule the Pinball FX 2 community – trying to beat your friends or getting them to join you? Sounds like a no-brainer right? The obvious choice is to do both, however, in our next blog we will uncover some Pinball FX 2 Achievements, which will make this choice harder to make.

Rome table for Pinball FX 2

All hail the emperor! It’s time to lead the Roman legions into battle against archaic enemies and resisting futile pestilences. Armed with the most advanced weaponry and trained in the most powerful war tactics known to ancient world, who can stand the brute force of the Roman Empire? Rome joins Pasha as part of the Pinball FX 2 Core Collection. Look for more table reveals in the coming weeks!

Pinball FX 2 will be available on Xbox LIVE Arcade, October 13th as part of Game Feast presented by Microsoft.


 
Aug 31, 2010

Check out the latest preview of Pinball FX 2 on kotaku.com!
Pinball FX 2 Is Xbox Live's Pinball Platform

Check out the latest preview of Pinball FX 2 on joystiq.com!
Pinball FX 2 Preview: The pinball you've known all your life

Check out the latest preview of Pinball FX 2 on gamespot.com!
Pinball FX 2 Hands-On

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