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POSTED 29/11/14


ZEN PINBALL 2: SOUTH PARK

Zen Studios



Balls.

Be they the chocolate salty variety or the, erm, grotesquely overinflated kind, South Park is no stranger to them. There was a real pinball machine based on the most consistently magnificent TV show of the last almost 20 years, too. This isnít that.

Instead, the Zen wizards have gone their own way, with not one, not three, but two original tables in one cool package.

First upís Super Sweet Pinball. Itís aptly named. Centring on Stan, Kyle, Kenny and fat-ass shitball Cartman, you can name most anything ace from South Park ever (except Robert Smith and Mecha-Streisand) and itís here somewhere.
Well, probably. From Chef to plenty of Randy, seasonal visitor Mr Hankey to Timmy, Cheesy Poofs to Polly Prissypants, Terrance and Phillip (the monkey claw is smelly!) to ManBearPig, not only do they pop up, there are also lines aplenty. You will laugh. You will lose your balls.

The second table? Butters! Yes heís here in his Very Own Pinball Game (capitalised as, well gee fellas, thatís what itís called). Featuring a few more traditional pinball elements than Zen usually go for, thereíre also plenty of modes involving everything from the Goth kids to the Meheecans and Professor Chaos to Imaginationland, if itís floating about inside the mind of Butters somewhere, itíll now be floating about your screen.

While some recurring Zen faults remain such as the near useless table bump which, if it doesnít immediately tilt you usually just helps your ball down the drains that they gravitate to like McCormacks to scotch, these are the two best sim pinball tables that weíve ever played Ė and weíve played more than Cartmanís Mom has had, well, you know...

Sure, the licence helps, but many good licences have been attached to poxy games, and these arenít poxy. If you think otherwise then screw you guys, weíre going home.

take me back to the start...

 



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