Zen Studios has been doing a bang up job with Pinball FX 2. What started out as a pretty good pinball simulator is now one of the most active Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network games, thanks to a continuous stream of excellent DLC. Marvel Pinball continues on, this time through the trenches of WW2 with good ol’ Cappy America.
Marvel Pinball Captain America (Xbox 360 [reviewed], PlayStation 3)
Developer: Zen Studios
Publisher: Zen Studios
Released: June 28 / 29, 2011
MSRP: $2.99 (PlayStation Network), 240 MSP (Xbox Live Arcade)
There’s no need to be a comic nerd to get into this table, although it might help you to be good at pinball. Like past Marvel Pinball tables, this is a complex series of missions and quests to complete disguised as a pinball table. You get to tackle two of Captain America’s worst enemies, Baron Zemo and Red Skull, as well as hook up with his buddies, the Howling Commandos and of course, Bucky, his trusty kid companion.
Missions are accessed in a variety of ways. The main entrance to Baron Zemo’s castle is one of them. It opens up after you score a few skill shots and gaining entry into his dinky pad lets you do one of three quests that vary from trading punches with that Skull freak or even face the DEATH RAY, courtesy of the Baron himself. Tackling these missions is a lot of fun, even though you don’t really have direct control over Captain America as he dukes it out with a villain or try to close off a leak. This is pinball, after all, so everything is based on making good shots at just the right time. Pinball FX2 is a difficult and extremely rewarding game, Captain America being no exception.
This is a beautifully crafted table. If you’re into Marvel, you’ll go nuts with all the detail thrown in by Zen Studios at just about every corner. Baron Zemo is always walking around the bottom of the table taunting Cappy and when the gloves are dropped and he gets to fisticuffs with the Red Skull, you get to see the fight going on. Granted, these can get extremely distracting, considering this is a pinball game and it’s hard enough to pay attention to the little ball bouncing all over. The presentation sometimes can get too busy, especially at later stages of missions when all the lights on the table go on at once.
This is the perfect time to get into Captain America. With the movie coming out soon and the revival of the character in Marvel’s comic book, you’re bound to run into the guy even on the subway, on your way home from work. You won’t find this piece of content floating around in a hunk of ice. Marvel Pinball Captain America is a blast and easily worth the price of admission. Avengers, assemble!