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Riff the Robot Review

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By Jennifer Allen on June 24th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GOT SKILLS?
Riff the Robot is kind of like Peggle, but more skill based. Hurrah.
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Portal Pinball Review

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By Jennifer Allen on June 2nd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SATISFYING PINBALL
Combining a much-loved puzzle series with pinball is a great move.
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Pro Pinball Review

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By Nadia Oxford on February 17th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NEVER TILTS AT ALL
Pro Pinball only offers one table, but it's a good one - and more are coming.
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BlitzKeep Review

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By Jennifer Allen on January 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: OVERLY SIMPLE
Combining pinball with RPG mechanics is a cool idea, but BlitzKeep doesn't execute it particularly well.
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Upcoming Game Pro Pinball: Timeshock! Releases New Trailer Exclusively on 148 Apps

Posted by Tre Lawrence on January 28th, 2015

Great news!

After a successful Kickstarter Pro Pinball: Timeshock!, an upcoming title from Barnstorm Games, will be arriving on the App Store later this week. That in itself is awesome.

Ahead of that, we are proud to announce that we have a new trailer for the game -- exclusively on 148apps.com!

The game is based on the popular 90s game series Pro Pinball.

Barnstorm Development Chief Adrian Barritt mentions the nostalgia that made the redevelopment possible. “It’ll be great to have Timeshock! back in the hands of players again; the Kickstarter campaign has demonstrated that there is so much nostalgia for this title both from us and fans of the original Pro Pinball series of games," he says. "We are bringing the definitive pinball simulation to a new generation of platforms and players, starting today with iOS. The Retina screens and tactile nature of the iPhone and iPad are such a perfect fit, the game has never been realized in such stunning clarity before.”

As noted, the game is due out this week. It will be available in two tiers, Standard ($2.99) and Deluxe ($6.99) on the App Store.

The trailer is below:

Monster Strike Review

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By Campbell Bird on November 28th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BILLIARD STRATEGY
Collect monsters and battle by flinging them across the battlefield in this strangely compelling strategy game.
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The Walking Dead Pinball Review

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By Blake Grundman on August 29th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DECISIONS
Zen Studios is at it again, taking a property that would never seem to work as a pinball table and turning it into an "must play."
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Skee Ball Arcade Review

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By Jennifer Allen on November 25th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TRADITIONAL YET MESSY
Offering a fairly entertaining adaptation of the popular game of Skee Ball, it's a shame this game's quite cluttered with money making opportunities.
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Pure Pinball Review

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By Blake Grundman on November 18th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: ALMOST TOO REALISTIC
Sometimes realism isn't all it is cracked up to be, especially when it results in game-breaking bugs.
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Boyz: Big Bang Review

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By Jennifer Allen on November 15th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FLAWED BUT DIFFERENT
A unique theme doesn't necessarily make a great game, in this physics based pinball style game of procreation.
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Halloween Pinball Review

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By Blake Grundman on October 31st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HAUNTINGLY DERIVATIVE
OOO Gameprom is at it again with this trick-or-treat of a table. But which is it, really? Come inside to find out more... MWAHHAHAHAH!
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Zaccaria Pinball Master Edition Review

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By Blake Grundman on October 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FUN
A great core simulation is held back by a less than stellar micro-transaction model.
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I Am Level Review

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By Carter Dotson on September 16th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: AND SO CAN YOU
Pinball and Metroidvania: two tastes that go better together?
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Pinball Rocks HD Review

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By Blake Grundman on June 18th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: QUARTER MUNCHER
When players have the chance to buy free balls at the end of a game, that speaks volumes about the motivations of pinball game's publisher.
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The Force Is Strong with Star Wars Pinball

Posted by Blake Grundman on February 21st, 2013

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away,” a young child was enchanted by the Star Wars Universe. In more recent history, that same boy came down with a chronic case of pinball addiction. So you can only imagine how the child rejoiced when learning of Zen Studios’ intentions to meld their passion for pinball with Lucas’ brainchild. If you haven’t read between the lines yet, allow me to clarify that the aforementioned child was me, cleverly shrouded as an adolescent, in hopes of hiding the fact that I am a grown man rendered shamelessly giddy by the proposition of my beloved Star Wars bleeding into my favorite past time. Oh well, so much for that.

Much to my glee, the good folks over at Zen Studios invited me to get some early hands on time with their newest masterpiece: Star Wars Pinball. The base install will be its own stand-alone pinball hub, consisting of a healthy collection of three tables at launch, set to the themes of The Empire Strikes Back, everyone’s favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett, and the animated Clone Wars franchise. Before moving on to the meat of the preview, it is worth mentioning that each of the tables will also be available for individual purchase in the Zen Pinball 2 hub as well, but there are special features associated with the specific Star Wars Pinball app that you wouldn’t want to miss out on.

Trying to please Star Wars fans has become an increasingly difficult task over the decades. With that in mind, the creative team at Zen has taken every necessary precaution to make sure their tables are the definitive embodiment of the franchise, only featuring a steel ball. Lightsabers, sound effects, and even reasonably similar sound-alikes have been brought in to re-create seminal moments of the series. There is no greater example of this than the Empire Strikes Back table. Players have the opportunity to relive the most important scenes of the film, all while still playing an authentic pinball game. Everything from downing Tie Fighters to dueling Darth Vader are on the list of highlights, so it is certainly not to be missed.

Boba Fett is a character from the Star Wars mythos that has taken on a life of his own. A relative bit character in the original trilogy, fans have clamored to know more about the mysterious masked man. Drawing heavily upon his actions freezing Han Solo in carbonite and the resulting events on Tatooine, the Boba Fett themed table follows the notorious bounty hunter in his manhunts across the galaxy. Featuring a set of bounty missions that can scale in difficulty depending upon the user’s confidence, this is sure to once again be a fan favorite.

The last, but certainly not least of the trio of tables takes place in the fairly recent Clone Wars animated franchise. Tom Kane, the narrator from the television program and film reprises his role, informing the player of their immediate activities throughout the action. Of the three tables in the set, this is by far the biggest opportunity to run up the scoreboards. A big key to success is managing to chain together long combos, thanks to the fluid layout heavily favoring ramp play.

No matter what your level of appreciation is for the Star Wars brand, you will find something to appreciate in these tables. Even those that don’t like the franchise will still find plenty of fantastic pinball shenanigans to enjoy, because they are simply awesome tables to sit down and pick away at. We look forward to seeing what other tables are waiting in the wings for the coming months. Stay tuned for our full review of Star Wars Pinball, coming soon.


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