Guardians of the Galaxy Pinball DLC
You’d think after releasing the recent Deadpool pinball table that the staff at Zen Studios would take a break from creating more pinball tables. The reality however is that here we are again with another new pinny, this time to celebrate the release of the new Guardians of the Galaxy film from Marvel Studios. I’m going to sound like a broken record, but yes, Zen has delivered yet another quality pinball table to their ever growing collection.
I am completely unfamiliar with Guardians of the Galaxy. In fact, I had never heard of it until the film was announced in 2012. While I didn’t feel like I would understand anything that would be happening in the pinball table, such is the talent of Zen Studios that I’m now up to my eyeballs in comics of the 2008 team of Guardians (the guys featured in the movie).
There is a lot going on with this pinball table. It might seem like an assault on the senses, as there are many characters, sounds, lights, effects and events all happening at once. Each game begins with a multiball, where Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon are blasting enemies as you frantically try to score as many ramps and shots as you can with a four ball multiball. Losing the balls doesn’t matter as they constantly refill and there’s no game over or penalty for losing them – the sequence serves as an introduction to the table (and the table’s story).
Visually, the table looks great. There’s a massive splash of artwork in the centre of the table, and the remainder of the table is suitably space-themed. There’s Star-Lord’s ship, and some pretty slick purple ramps that resemble outer space. The table itself is made to look like steel and steel grating, the kind you would find on a space ship or space station.
In terms of missions and challenges, there’s quite a few to be discovered and completed. Each Guardian gets their own time in the spotlight, though the easiest to trigger are Star-Lord’s, Rocket Raccoon’s and Gamora’s. There’s also extra side missions such as practice sparring and a fight between Gamora and her evil sister, Nebula. Much like the film, the Guardians of the Galaxy table is centered on Star-Lord (Peter Quill), so while it’s mildly disappointing that Drax and Groot don’t get a lot of the spotlight it’s also understandable. It’s early days for the Guardians films yet (yes, Guardians 2 has been confirmed), so it’s highly probable there will be more tables in the future.
Similarly to Zen’s Deadpool table, Guardians of the Galaxy proves to be more than ample challenge for even the most seasoned of pinball veterans. I’m still yet to gain a single achievement or complete a single mission on it, despite spending quite a few hours playing it. Not to matter, the table itself is still quite fun, so it will still find its way into my regular Pinball FX 2 sessions.
- Unique compared to other Zen tables
- Sometimes feels too difficult
- Repetitive music
Much like the film, the Guardians of the Galaxy table is a must-play for fans of Zen’s pinball games, Marvel comics and Marvel films. While I’m not knowledgeable on Guardians of the Galaxy myself, I still thoroughly enjoy the table.