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Following hot on the heels of Doctor Strange and Deadpool’s outings, Zen Pinball brings Telltale’s The Walking Dead to the table (pun intended). The Walking Dead? Good. Pinball? Good. Put them together?
For those unfamiliar with Telltale’s take on The Walking Dead, it was a highly emotive, character-driven, episodic adventure set in a brutal, zombie-filled world. Nothing to do with the TV show or comic book of the same name, really, but it was pretty freakin’ good. Arguably better, in fact.
While gamers patiently await the climax to Season Two, The Walking Dead Pinball concerns itself with 2012’s Season One, which starred – primarily – Lee Everett and little Clementine.
Needless to say, The Walking Dead Pinball isn’t quite the emotional rollercoaster that The Walking Dead: Season One proved to be (I’d rather not talk about it *sniff*), but there are tons of familiar elements.
Indeed, one of the boasts here is all-new voice work from the cast of The Walking Dead: Season One. Awe? Some, yes.
You can expect familiar Season One locations, too, like the farm and the train, and furthermore there’s a pinball-themed task pertaining to each of the five individual episodes (A New Day, Starved For Help, Long Road Ahead, Around Every Corner and No Time Left – for the record).
Admittedly you’re aiming for flashing ramps for the most part, but No Time Left in particular kills the lights to mix things up a little. Pretty cool.
There’s further icing on the cake in the form of additional table areas, and a sniper mini-game that works far better than it ought to.
On the whole, there’s plenty of stuff going on in The Walking Dead Pinball, and in typical Zen fashion, there’s an in-depth guide if you find yourself overwhelmed.
My only real gripe here is that The Walking Dead Pinball clearly assumes you’ve played The Walking Dead: Season One before. Choosing to save Ben or let him fall won’t mean much to Telltale virgins, but as a veteran, it’s nice to see those choices pop up again. Ahh, the memories.
If you’ve played The Walking Dead: Season One and find pinball even vaguely enjoyable, you should most definitely check this out. Perhaps not particularly jaw-dropping in its own right, the familiar elements and all-new voice work make The Walking Dead Pinball one to remember.
- Lee! Clem!
- All-new voice work from the original cast
- Familiar sounds and locations
- If you haven’t played The Walking Dead: Season One…
Summary: The Walking Dead: Season One is one of my favourite games of recent years, and The Walking Dead Pinball does a great job of pulling on ye olde nostalgia valves. Top stuff.
Developer: Zen Studios
Price: £1.49 @ App Store
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.