Every couple of months, Zen Studios comes along with a spanking new pinball table, most recently The Walking Dead, which was based on the Telltale videogame of the same name – as opposed to the comic (yes) or the TV show (YES).
South Park Pinball is split into two tables, namely South Park Super Sweet Pinball, and Butters’ Very Own Pinball Game.
As the name suggests, South Park Super Sweet Pinball is the more general table, encompassing material ranging from the earliest episodes – Cartman Gets an Anal Probe, ManBearPig – through to more recent stuff like Sarcastaball and The Losing Edge's Bat Dad.
It’s definitely the more lively of the two tables, with countless South Park quotes and sound effects reeled out as you whack your balls around. You’re also more likely to score higher, as evidenced by the global leaderboards.
Butters’ Very Own Pinball Game is comparatively sedate, and concerns itself with the various guises of Butters, including the ungroundable Vampire Butters, gal pal Marjorine, and of course Professor Chaos, the latter having his own bonus section thingy wherein he battles The Coon & Friends.
And that’s South Park Pinball in a 200-word nutshell. As we’ve come to expect from Zen Studios, it’s a high-quality pinball experience with a generous slathering of sound bites from - and references to - the source material.
On balance, I probably prefer South Park Super Sweet Pinball on account of being more generous with the scoring and the multiballs and whatnot.
Don’t get me wrong; Butters’ Very Own Pinball Game is fun, too. It just demands a little more patience, but there are cool touches here and there such as the lights going down as Butters vies to become a vampire.
On the poop side, the constant quotes and sound effects might grate on some, particularly the likes of fart noises from Terrence and Phillip. If you don’t like South Park, you won’t like South Park Pinball.
Oh, almost forgot; South Park Pinball marks the first Zen Pinball outing – that I’m aware of – that offers the option to continue. Continue tokens are sold at three for 69p, though only one can be used per game. Arguably a bit rubbish since they skew the high scores, but… not the end of the world, I guess.
- South Park is good
- Pinball is good
- South Park Pinball is good
- Those fart noises might irk some
- If you don’t like South Park, you won’t like South Park Pinball
- Not sure how I feel about those continue tokens
Summary: South Park Pinball marks yet another successful outing for Zen Studios, and while perhaps not quite the best tables we’ve seen to date, this is a no-brainer for South Park fans.
Developer: Zen Studios
Price: £2.49 @ App Store
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimised for iPhone 5.