Hungarian developer Zen Studios has launched its first iOS app, a conversion of its popular PlayStation 3 pinball simulation Zen Pinball. Launched on November 30, the game is free-to-play and includes one table, with the option to download more in-app.
Zen Pinball utilizes fully polygonal 3D graphics in creating its tables, allowing players to choose from eight different camera angles depending on their preference. It can be played in portrait or landscape mode, as well, switching on the fly depending on the device’s orientation. Its tables feature many interactive elements, animations, lights, and sounds and each includes its own Game Center achievements to unlock.
Game Center integration also makes it possible for players to compare their high scores to their friends’, along with other players on a global scale. It also features specific friend challenges that encourage players to beat the high scores of their Game Center friends. In terms of local multiplayer, the game lets players pass a single device around in an attempt to best each others high scores in the Hot Seat mode.
Like the console release, Zen Pinball is built to support DLC table add-ons. It comes bundled with the Sorcerer’s Lair table, which is available in the PlayStation 3 and Android versions of the game. Available for download now are two Marvel Comics tables: Wolverine and Captain America. These tables cost $1.99 a piece. Zen Studios plans to release new tables as paid DLC on a regular basis, as it has frequently done with the console release.
Zen Studios, founded in 2000, is based in Budapest, Hungary, and was previously known as RUBIK Interactive. It has developed games for multiple console and handheld platforms, with notable releases including Zen Pinball for PlayStation 3, Pinball FX and FX2 for Xbox Live Arcade, The Punisher: No Mercy for PS3, and Mushroom Men: The Rise of the Fungi for Nintendo DS. It has also just released a Nintendo 3DS version of Zen Pinball, called Zen Pinball 3D, on Nintendo’s 3DS eShop service for $7.99.
Zen Pinball, a universal release for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, is currently ranked No. 129 on the App Store’s list of most downloaded free gaming apps.
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