Zen Studios sure have delivered a diverse array of beautiful pinball tables recently. From super heroes to soccer teams, from galaxies far, far away to The Walking Dead, the amount of themes to choose from is staggering. This time though, Zen is taking you down to South Park to hang out with everyone’s favourite foul mouthed children.
South Park: Super-Sweet Pinball and South Park: Butters Very Own Pinball Game come rolling off the conveyor belt with all the subtlety of Big Gay Al. Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s creation has been rocking our TV sets now for years with a mountain of jokes at everyone’s expense. Now, we can bash a ball around a table dedicated to such a much loved institution. Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny all lie in wait ready to be explored in South Park: Super-Sweet Pinball, and you’ll gobble this up quicker than Cartman with a bag of Cheesy Poofs. At first glance, this table definitely has a lot going on. I lost the ball a few times due to the abundance of mayhem and colours on show. When the ball turns brown it’s slightly harder to miss. Brown balls? This is South Park remember. This is a table depicting your paper cut out heroes and their crude language and surreal humour beautifully. Pretty sweet. The South Park narrative comes kicking in from the first ball release – Kenny’s ramblings about an alien (no probing, though) to hitting bumpers that release methane and other interesting noises, you’re not going to be disappointed…Mmmkay?
The developers have certainly toned down the dialog though as both tables cater for all ages. The playing field mini table is the first opportunity to start racking up those points as this is a big scoring table. Defeating Bat Dad, landing a hit on the toilet and bonuses involving the school bus all make this table the show stopper.
South Park: Butters Very Own Pinball Game is visually just as striking but with less lanes and ramps than Super-Sweet Pinball. It’s still the highly strung Butters we know and love though. The table has so many modes, missions, collectibles and an audio track to match that it really is a pretty cool addition to the South Park empire. As Cartman would say: “Screw you guys, I’m going home to play on Zen Pinball. Respect Zen’s Authoritah!”
South Park’s double dose of animated hand drawn madness brings brighter pinball to PlayStation. Only costing $4.99/€4,99/£3.99, not even Kenny could grumble at that.
Lizard rating 9/10