ZEN Pinball: Earth Defense – The PS3 Attitude Review
We enjoyed ZEN Pinball when it was originally released a year ago but is the Earth Defense table worth buying?
One aspect of ZEN Pinball that truly stands out is the mission based gameplay. It’s not always clear what you have to do but there is more to this game than just flicking balls. The Earth Defense table is no exception and there are several missions to attempt. Some are simple but each mission is context sensitive. If you aren’t sure how to play this table, you can pause the game and learn about each rule.
The different objectives enhance the experience but you can get lost easily if you are just mindlessly trying to keep the ball alive. Generally, if you follow the blinking lights on the table, you should do fine. It does take some practice but once you get the hang of it you will find yourself playing Earth Defense over and over again. It’s quite addictive and fun.
The table itself looks great and it’s full of vibrant colors and cheesy art. There is rarely a dull moment and this becomes clear after a few playthroughs. For instance, there is a giant robot that is attached to the table. If you activate the right event, the robot will start blasting lasers at the table. This adds an interesting dynamic to the gameplay and it forces you to stay attentive at all times. You can even launch the ball into a cannon, although the effects will vary. There’s always something new to explore and this will keep you playing Earth Defense for a long time.
The techno music for this particular table is pretty catchy. ZEN Pinball does support custom soundtracks though. If you’re not a fan of the alien beats then you can just play any song that’s on your hard drive. This has always been a nice option but it’s worth listening to the original music at least once.
Earth Defense adds four new trophies to your collection, three bronze and one silver. You can also play the multiplayer mode for even more replayability. There is also a very competitive online scoreboard for Earth Defense. If you’re trying to reach a high rank you will definitely spend a lot of time with this table. Good luck.
So what’s the verdict?
Earth Defense is a great addition to ZEN Pinball but it’s more of the same. It’s not like that a bad thing though. If you are a fan of pinball games then you need this table. If you’re not, this add-on won’t change your mind. Earth Defense is available on the PlayStation Network for only $2.49/£1.59. For that price you really can’t go wrong. If you haven’t picked up ZEN Pinball yet, be sure to read our full review of the original game.