PSN Review: Marvel Pinball: Captain America



Continuing their superheroic assault on the PlayStation Network, Zen Studios prove yet again that great things do indeed come in small packages with the latest solo add-on table for Marvel Pinball.

Coming just in time for the Chris Evans-starring big screen adaptation, Marvel Pinball: Captain America is – surprise, surprise – a new table centred around everyone’s favourite flag-wearing, shield-flinging supersoldier as he fends off The Red Skull and Baron Zemo with the aid of your fast hands and a set of brass balls.
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As with the tables so far, Captain America comes with no shortage of missions, hidden tricks and combo-spots to keep you entertained for hours, with tonnes of potential to rack up huge high scores.

Some missions toy with ball physics a little, like when Zemo unleashes tubs of Adhesive X on the table to slow you down as you try to nail the barrels. Others follow that Zen trademark awesome blend of traditional pinball physics and layouts and the CG character trickery that real-world tables can’t acheive, like hitting ramps and rails to help 3D animated Cap slug Red Skull in an on-the-table fist fight. Then there’s more arcade-style mini-missions as you’re called on to block incoming attacks on a shooting range by tilting Cap’s shield.
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While the mission structure is just as fun, varied and challenging as the past tables, a few things have surprisingly been improved on even further. While some tables (like Iron Man) have suffered slightly from limited and repetitive music and voice snippets, the sound design for Captain America goes above and beyond what’s been delivered so far.

Visually, Captain America isn’t far off being the best of the bunch (though the eye candy ingenuity of the Blade table still leaves it the one to beat). Rather than go the obvious route and have the table design just be draped in red, white and blue, Zen have gone for a more creative and fitting WWII theme. With a sandbags and camo motif, the detailed war-era theme is used to great effect, with parachute bumpers and trenches for rails.
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It’s a theme that carries over perfectly into the sound design, too; gunshots ring out as you hit bumpers, planes soar overhead, an excellent piece of epic, bombastic score plays in the background and there’s a more diverse selection of voice acting to boot.

Rather than rest on their laurels, Zen have delivered one of their best tables yet, with just as much addictive, high-scoring replay value as their other offerings and for an unbeatable price. If you’ve enjoyed any of the other Marvel Pinball content, then Captain America is a must-buy no-brainer.

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Marvel Pinball: Captain America is available to buy on PSN and XBLA now priced £1.99/240 Microsoft Points.