Zen Studios’ Pinball titles are gaming mainstays for me. I have their various pinball applications downloaded on my iPad, PS4, PS3, Vita, Switch, you name it. Further, I never delete them, no matter how dire my data storage situation becomes. When I have a thirty-minute window before work, or I’m sitting on the sofa waiting for the wife to get ready to go somewhere, I can always dip into my reliable pinball collection for some quick thrills.
Zen’s licensing team must work overtime, because the only other game series that can even come close to landing so many giant franchises is the Lego series, and I feel like Zen has the upper hand at this point. Star Wars, Marvel Heroes, South Park, The Walking Dead, Back to the Future, Fallout, Aliens, the list just goes on and on.
Roaring into the fold this week (I’m sorry, but I had to use “roaring” somewhere) is the new Jurassic World Pinball pack. Consisting of three tables (Jurassic World, Jurassic Park, and Jurassic Park Mayhem), this new set of tables is playable through Zen’s freely downloadable Pinball FX3 platform on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Steam and Windows 10 (also available on iOS, Google Play and Mac through the Zen Pinball app, because Zen likes to cover all their bases).
With the steady stream of tables released by Zen, Pinball FX3 is one of the best platforms in gaming. I come back to it, over and over again. If you haven’t tried it, I would encourage you to give it a shot. The FX3 app is free to download, and comes with one table. Additional tables are usually around five bucks, and three-packs are in the ten-twelve dollar range (though you can sometimes catch older sets on sale). I haven’t tried Jurassic World Pinball yet, but you can bet I’m gonna. Setting aside the mediocre Jurassic World, the JP franchise is one of my all time favorites. Zen's tables all feel unique, with different look and feel for each, so there is a lot of play packed into each set they release. Ten bucks for hours and hours of fun is my kind of deal.