Best pinball games on Xbox 360
Everbody has played pinball in some form at least once in their lives. Whether on a real machine somewhere at an arcade or bar, or maybe just on your console or PC at home. I myself played my first pinball on the NES when I was little with a game called Pinbot. I can't say I was directly hooked on pinball and I don't think I am now, but I do like to play pinball from time to time. Owning your own pinball machine at home in your personal game room is not something everybody can afford. Luckily, nowadays a lot of pinball games exist on all the different consoles and finding a pinball game between all of them that is worth its money can be a bit of a hard task. Some like the more old school pinball experience with some more simple tables and yet others like more extravagant tables with lots of things happening and moving. I myself belong to the latter.
To help out I made this list of available pinball games on the Xbox 360 which should help find you the perfect game if you are in to pinball at all.
Pinball FX and Pinball FX2
Pinball FX and Pinball FX2 are arcade games which are downloadable from Xbox live. The game costs 800 Microsoft Points for which you get four tables. Many more tables can be added to that for the price of 240 or 200 Microsoft Points per table. The tables in Pinball FX (2) are divers with different appealing themes like: Buccaneer, Rome, Mars, the marvel comic superheroes (Spiderman, Wolverine, Iron Man etc.), The Deep and many others. There's a total of 20 tables that can be bought. The four tables which come with the original Pinball FX (Speed Machine, Agents, Extreme and Buccaneer) are more simplistic then any of the other tables. These can be fun though and are definitely worth playing but in my opinion the others tables (like Excalibur, The Marvel tables, Mars etc.) offer more. The other tables are just more interactive and have a lot more modes, missions and minigames which can be played on a table. What I found appealing about this game is that whether you are good at pinball games or not the tables are still a lot of fun. Experienced players who last long will get more new missions and harder challenges as they go along but players who suck have enough to do in the short time they spent on the board.
Multiplayer: Most tables have multiple multiplayer options. Hotseat is when you play taking turns at a table. In splitscreen you play simultanously on the same screen to a certain score, dropping the ball gives a score penalty. And there are the options to play against up to three opponents simultanously over Xbox Live Gold. Also the game features leaderboards for highscores, superscores (your total over all tables) and wizardscores (your superscore combined with that of all your friends times the number of tables you own). So everything you could wish for a multiplayer game is accounted for. Downside is that the four tables bought with Pinball FX original do not feature hot seat or split-screen. And some other tables do not either.
Overall this is a great Pinball game for the Xbox 360 and not that expensive unless you buy a lot of tables. All tables can be downloaded in a demo version of 2 minutes before you buy one to get a feel of it. Most tables can be bought as a single table so you can choose which ones you like and want to buy and which ones you rather not buy. So a great Pinball game for everyone with great depth!
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection
This is no arcade game and is a straight up regular Xbox 360 game which features 13 playable tables. This was originally a PSP game which has been brought to the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Some new tables are added and evrything is now visible in High definition which makes this more then a simple port. Because this game features the Williams tables, some are quite old and to my taste less fun unless you get that nostalgic feeling from it. To more modern the tables get the more they offer and the better they get.
These are the playable tables:
- Black Knight
- Space Shuttle
- Jive Time
- Tales of the Arabian Night
- Medievil Madness
- No Good Gofers
The feeling the game wants to deliver is you beeing in an arcade hall, the main menu is the arcade hall where you select your table. You can practice on these tables to earn tokens which you can spend to buy other tables. You can play tables against others in the multiplayer and there is the Williams challenge. In the Williams challenge you have to complete certain scores on all the twelve tables (three attempts per table) and if you fail you will have to start at the first table. The Williams challenge is the only way to unlock the 13th table for normal modes.
The best feature about Pinball Hall of Fame is the incredible physics. It all feels extremely real and believable. The three tables added for the Xbox 360 and PS3 were my personal favourites (last three on the list above).
Multiplayer: Four players are able to take turns in the so called hot seat multiplayer. There's no option to play simultanously or anything like that. High score leaderboards are available on Xbox Live making improving your own score more worthwhile.
Overall a very enjoyable pinball game, I personally think Pinball FX 2 is better though but with Pinball Hall of Fame you do not have to buy each separate table.
Preview of Wolverine Table in Pinball FX 2
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