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15/08/2009 Artistic Mousey Gamer Review
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Zen Pinball PSP

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Here's what I drew with my mouse after playing Zen Piball. I hope you like my video game reviews that are not hand drawn - but written one mouse stroke at a time.

Playing a virtual pinball game is always disappointing because, while the developers sometimes come up with creative new heights for a silver ball to scale, someone always forgets to evolve the game into something that isn't bound by the physical limitations of real pinball.

For instance, the huge gigantic gap between the bumpers. What purpose is this serving? I put in so much work to drive up a score, unlocking particular areas or ramps, only to have them locked down again because my ball floats through the impossible gap in between bumpers purely by chance. The only purpose for this gap is to force an end-game to get more quarters, so what do you say we leave that out-moted game mechanic out of the virtual experience? Aesthetically, Zen Pinball is great. It's pretty much exactly what you would think a Playstation 3 pinball game would be, shiny and flashy. There are six themed levels (my favorite being the steampunk, Nikoli Tesla level), and the gameplay bonuses are exciting to unlock. However, Zen Pinball plays just like any other pinball game, and the overall experience just winds up feeling pedestrian.

Written by Noah Rodenbeek

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