Quite the collection
One thing that’s become common on the PlayStation Store over the past few years are custom bundles, and Zen Studios is readying one of its own, stuffed with four of its PlayStation VR games. Fronting the bundle is Out of Ammo, the suspect first-person shooter which we didn’t think too highly of in our review. Fortunately,...
Three years after creator Erik Asmussen told us he was considering a PlayStation 4 port of Disco Dodgeball, the unusual first-person shooter has been confirmed for Sony’s system, with Zen Studios helping to make this remixed release a reality. Due out on 22nd May, the game “offers up a crazily intense mix of arena-based...
On paper, Out of Ammo sounds like a good idea – but any positive notions are squashed almost as quickly as the game can boot up. Out of Ammo is a blend of real-time strategy and first-person shooter. You take control of a squad from above and build your base, with the ability to switch and control any individual on the ground at...
Flip the light fantastic
So, has Zen Studios finally settled on a name, then? Pinball FX3 is the successor to Zen Pinball 2, a game which itself was named Pinball FX2 on other platforms. The good news is that despite the adjusted moniker, you can import practically all of your tables from the previous version into this all-new release – although...
Zen Studios must be contractually obliged to port CastleStorm to every viable platform, because it seems to get around like a king on a crusade. It’s a weird one because the game has never, in this author’s opinion, been all that exciting – but people must enjoy it otherwise it wouldn’t keep popping up like a bad smell...
Infinite Minigolf may be a bad name, but it’s a potentially accurate one. Zen Studios’ follow-up to forgotten PlayStation 3 putt-‘em-up Planet Minigolf is packing some nifty cross-console features, meaning that its pool of user generated courses can be accessed regardless of your system of choice. This means that you could,...
Join the club
If the excruciating wait for Everybody’s Golf is killing you, then Zen Studios is hoping to pad the wait with Infinite Minigolf, the long over-due successor to Planet Minigolf which launched on the PlayStation 3 almost a decade ago. The title – which includes full PlayStation VR support – allows you to create your own courses,...
And you'll be able to import most legacy tables for free
Pinball FX3 will fire to the PlayStation 4 this summer, replacing Zen Pinball 2 as the home of Zen Studios’ fan-flippin’-tastic fantasy tabletop series. The game’s promising a wealth of new features and functions, though before we get into those it’s worth pointing out that the...
Zen Studios' latest has full PlayStation VR support
You wait eons for a good arcade golf game on the PlayStation 4, and then two tee off at once. Zen Studios has announced Infinite Minigolf for Sony's new-gen system, a PlayStation VR compatible crazy golf title set to hit the links this Spring. The game's being billed as a successor to PlayStation...
At this point, there are a fair few tables available for Zen Pinball 2, most of which are based on licensed properties such as Star Wars, Spider-Man, or even Bob's Burgers. While we're a very long way from Zen Studios releasing the Antiques Roadshow table this reviewer has been holding out for, the firm continues to seek out the sorts...
Flipping out for real
You could never accuse developer Zen Studios of being particularly selective about which platforms its pinball titles appear on. Thus, the number of people who'll be surprised to hear Pinball FX2 has arrived on PlayStation VR will probably be close to zero, especially since it provides a rare opportunity to do something a bit...
How could they cut the power, man? They’re animals
Zen Pinball 2 has received special tables linked with pre-existing properties before now, but the three-pack dedicated to the Alien license – and recently released in celebration of Alien Day – is, in theory, one of the more interesting ones. In execution, however, it's more of a mixed bag...
Portal – and its imaginatively titled sequel Portal 2 – remain two of the most critically acclaimed games from last generation. With the recent rumour regarding a LEGO Dimensions pack themed around the popular franchise, you'd be forgiven for wanting to revisit Aperture Laboratories. But if you can't be bothered fishing out the...
Building up its repertoire of table tie-ins, Zen Studios has bizarrely added comedy hit South Park to its post-release Zen Pinball 2 purchasing roster. With two tables on offer in this double pack, does the satirical NSFW show make a successful transition to the more traditional silver ball structure? The staple Super-Sweet Pinball table is...
It's reigning Zen
Blurring the line between tower defense and real-time strategy, CastleStorm proved a surprise hit when we reviewed it last year. This time, Zen Studios’ clever mash-up is back on the PlayStation 4, with all of its previous DLC and a few new surprises up its sleeve. But how does this version stack up against the game that we...
Kick it into touch
KickBeat: Special Edition is the re-release of Zen Studios’ rhythm fighting game for the PlayStation 4. Now, you may be asking yourself what a rhythm fighting game actually is – or you may not be. Either way, picture a fusion of Mortal Kombat and DJ Hero, and you’ll more or less have the right idea. Sadly, this game sounds...
Realistic moshpit action
When KickBeat launched on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, it proved that it had all of the right moves – as it received a groovy 8/10 in our review. If, however, you're one of those desperate for next-gen graphics to go along with your rhythmic butt kicking, your wait has finally come to an end. KickBeat: Special...
Ramping up the emotion
Keeping curly haired baseball cap fan Clementine safe can be draining during Telltale Games’ take on the classic comic book series The Walking Dead, but proceedings look a little more laidback in Zen Pinball 2’s table based upon the award winning episodic game. Set during the series’ first season, this ambitious arena...
When Zen Studios started churning out Star Wars pinball tables a couple of years ago, it promised a total of ten would be available by the time that it had finished. So, with the release of its latest quartet of machines – titled Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within – it’s added the remaining four needed to complete the full set, and...
Zen out of ten?
One of two pinball titles flipping onto the PlayStation 4 prior to Christmas is Zen Pinball 2, a game that previously graced both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. This next-gen version provides gamers with a chance to battle friends and strangers for the highest score on a range of tailor made tables, a number of which bear...
Steel your flipper fingers for the ultimate tabletop experience, as Zen Studios has announced that Zen Pinball 2 is set to ping onto the PlayStation 4 on 17th December in North America and 18th December in Europe. Even better, the re-release's tables will be available for free if you’ve already spent money on the score-chasing...
Shocking, in a manner of speaking
Building castles, slaying enemy troops, and launching farting sheep. CastleStorm is built around the idea of both building and destroying castles using a variety of customisable methods. You'll control a massive ballista, which you'll employ to send out a variety of troops, some awesome special attacks, and a...
Kick! Punch! Dance! It’s all in the mind! Zen Studios may be best known for its exhaustive roster of pinball tables, but the studio has been quietly perfecting its mastery of dance over the past few years. KickBeat, which was originally announced as a PlayStation Vita exclusive over a year ago, has been in production for some time...
Fists of melody
The concept of fusing fighting and rhythm games seems so obvious, as the act of combat already has a rhythmic feel to it. Timing is, of course, crucial to both pastimes, with complex moves requiring metronome-like precision, just like the beat of a song. KickBeat, then, is pretty much the perfect marriage of genres, and the Zen...
Shake, rattle, and roll
It’s been a while since we heard, well, anything about Zen Studios’ music-meets-martial-arts PlayStation Vita rhythm action game, KickBeat – and that’s because the company’s been busy beavering away on a PlayStation 3 port. The title will now deploy on both of Sony’s flagship systems on 3rd September in North...
Into the garbage chute
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, developer Zen Studios revealed that it was working on a new batch of Star Wars themed tables for its free PlayStation 3 and Vita application Zen Pinball 2 – but the announcement was yanked faster than the Millennium Falcon in hyperspace. Still, there’s nothing stopping us from...
Try to resist
Zen Studios’ mysterious PopCap-themed pinball table is based on Plants vs. Zombies, the developer has finally announced. The evergreen arena – playable at PAX Prime 2012 this weekend – will focus on the same botanical battle you’ve come to love, with the added impact of giant silver balls. The table will launch alongside Zen...
About flippin' time
Zen Pinball 2 is set to launch onto the PlayStation 3 and Vita this September, developer Zen Studios has announced. The cross-compatible pinball platform will be free to download, with trials for all 26 of the title’s tables available from the offset. Those of you that already own the original Zen Pinball or
Four to the floor
If you’ve been desperately awaiting gameplay footage of Zen Studio’s upcoming fist-heavy rhythm action title KickBeat, then you’re bang in luck, because the developer has released a five minute video of pure in-game action. The footage – set to Celldweller’s “I Can’t Wait” – reveals exactly how KickBeat’s blend...
Saving the world one ball at a time
The Avengers will once again assemble in digital pinball format on the PlayStation Network next week. Steel ball wizards Zen Studios has announced that the eagerly awaited Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles expansion will launch on Sony’s digital storefront on 19th June in North America. We’re guessing...
Plants vs. Pinball
Hungarian developer Zen Studios may be working on a cavalcade of other properties – including the exciting looking KickBeat for Vita – but it has not forgotten about its most important title: Zen Pinball. With the sequel to the well-supported simulation on the horizon, the developer has announced that its first collaboration...
While martial arts and music don’t appear to have much in common, Zen Studios has found a way to connect the two disparate activities. Inspired by the heavily rhythmic choreography of old-school kung-fu movies, the developer has concocted KickBeat, a brand new music title developed exclusively for Vita. The game introduces familiar...
As far as timing goes, it’s hard to imagine this Avengers themed Marvel Pinball announcement coming at a better moment. Zen Studios has hopped onto the PlayStation Blog to announce the impending release of the just launched film's digital pinball adaptation. It's set to ship as part of the upcoming Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicle
If the recently announced Pinball Arcade wasn’t enough to wet your flip-happy whistle, then you might be excited (and somewhat surprised) to learn that Zen Pinball 2 is on the way too. Developer Zen Studios announced the PS3 and PS Vita follow-up overnight, meaning, like the Pinball Arcade, you’ll now be able to challenge your...
"You wouldn't like me when I'm angry"
While a spot of casual nudging is accepted when you’re playing pinball, we're not sure the table's owners would be too impressed if you opted for a full-on Hulk smash. The green giant is renowned for his destructive temper, as evidenced by this trailer for the World War Hulk table heading to Marvel Pinball...
About flipping time
Four new tables are headed to Marvel Pinball this spring, developer Zen Studios has announced. The tables – based on Marvel Comics’ World War Hulk, Fear Itself and The Infinity Guantlet storylines – will include more character interaction, dialogue and action than any of the developer's previous tables according to the...
You have to admire developer Zen Studios for its commitment to expansion. Zen Pinball has been available on the PlayStation Store for almost three years now, and it’s still playing host to some great DLC. What’s even more incredible is that with each new download, the developer’s ambitions get that little bit greater. Take the latest...
We'd assumed that the recently released "Vengeance and Virtue" pack would mark the end of Marvel Pinball's DLC
But it seems that developer Zen Studios has much more content up its sleeve. Eagle-eyed forum posters took note of a comment in which Mel Kirk, Zen Studios' vice president of marketing and PR, announced the appearance of The Incredible Hulk in a future update. "Everything that comes..
Zen Studios' excellent licensed PlayStation Network pinball title, Marvel Pinball, is coming to the PlayStation Vita the developer has confirmed
No firm dates were given for the portable version of the title, but a rough "end of 2012" date was referenced. In other Marvel Pinball news, a new expansion called Vengeance And Virtue will launch...
Marvel Pinball's Captain America table is a more refined, elegant release than previous entries, boasting a more traditional design than Zen's more contemporary releases
As Zen Studios extends its table roster for Marvel Pinball and Zen Pinball, we're finding these reviews increasingly more difficult to write. The latest addition to Marvel Pinball...
Zen Studios -- the fine makers of Zen Pinball on the PSN -- have announced their intent to release a series of Marvel themed pinball tables on the PlayStation Network
Marvel Pinball, which will be released as a standalone download on the PSN, is set to feature tables based on Spider-Man, Blade, Iron Man and Blade. As you'd expect from Zen, they look...
And it's free as well
Planet Minigolf is a blessing to gamers and journalists alike: a game that does exactly what it says on the tin. You play minigolf around the world, customising characters and even designing your own holes to share with the rest of the planet. Soon you'll be able to get to grips with its charms using Move, as a free patch is...
Zen Studios has confirmed via the PlayStation Blog that their downloadable petit putter, Planet Minigolf, will be patched up with PlayStation Move support just after the peripheral's launch on September 19th
There's a trailer after the jump. Our biggest problem with Planet Minigolf was the controls, so we'd love for PlayStation Move to fix all that...
There's a better case for arguing what isn't in Planet Minigolf
With Zen Studios having already announced Playstation Move support and an extensive "Play Create Share" sub-mode - what could possibly be left? Well, YouTube upload support for one. Which is something the developers of Planet Minigolf have now committed too - stating the game will allow you to directly upload some of your..
Zen Studios has locked down an April 15th launch date for their latest Zen Pinball table
The Knights Of The Round Table themed pinball setting will cost just $2.49 when it hits the American Playstation Store this week, and will naturally include new trophies aswell as tons of interesting things to see and unlock. Did we mention that Zen Pinball...
One of the coolest things Sony are doing with the Playstation Move, is providing a back catalogue line-up for the controller
You may only be able to afford one launch title with your Playstation Move peripheral, but it looks like Sony are providing enough retro-active support to ensure you'll have something else to use with your Move controller. Be...
Readers of this site will know just how enamored we are with Zen Studios' Playstation Network title Zen Pinball
We loved it. So it's exciting to hear about the company's next PSN game, Planet MiniGolf. Not only will the game take Zen Studios' trademark ball physics onto the green — but it'll allow players to challenge over 140 holes alone or in...
Zen Studios, the team behind one of our favourite PSN games of the year Zen Pinball, have announced they are to bring minigolf to the Playstation Network with the "does-what-it-says-on-the-tin" title, Planet Minigolf
The game will feature a whopping 144 holes spread around the globe complete with customisable characters and plenty of obstacles...
Everytime we see the words "Zen Pinball" written, we go all of a flutter
The game's fantastic. After playing the excellent Street Fighter table to death, we're ready for a new challenge. And that's coming in the form of a Ninja Gaiden themed table. We can't bloody wait. Details are totally restricted to that at the moment, but we'll definitely have more soon.
As hinted at yesterday, Zen Studios are to bring a Street Fighter II themed table to their acclaimed pinball game Zen Pinball
"Here at ZEN Studios, we are long time Street Fighter fans and have a great relationship with Capcom, so the idea came naturally," ZEN Studios' managing director Zsolt Kigyossy told Joystiq.</blockquote> We're...
We really enjoyed Zen Pinball when it launched earlier in the year
It's currently one of our favourite PSN releases this year. So we're really happy to hear that the team behind the game, Zen Studios, are working on some DLC for the game. We don't really have much to go on yet (hint: it might not be much but it's a big bloody clue) except this...
Zen Pinball is bloody awesome
That game deserves every slice of success it earns. So it's with some happiness we see the game sitting aloft the May sales charts. In addition to the excellent flipping of Zen, the following games made up the top 5 PSN games for the month of May: ZEN Pinball Worms Mortal Kombat II Wheel of Fortune flower It's great to see the excellent flower still lingering.
The Punisher: No Mercy certainly sounds like an ambitious release on paper
The game aims to provide a complete first-person single-player and multi-player experience based on the Marvel comics. Being developed by Zen Studios, the team behind the excellent Zen Pinball, we're certainly anticipating the game's release which has been announced as July...
We're not sure we can think of a trailer in which a pinball game genuinely looked fun
This however is an exception. Zen Studios have announced that their PSN-exclusive pinball-em-up will launch this Spring on the Playstation Network. Zen Pinball will have four tables, mission objectives, online play, worldwide tournaments and probably much more...
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