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Our overall verdict "gold"

Come on, hands up, who’s never played a Zen Pinball table? If not then now’s the time to get the bug as Spider-Man coupled with huge combos, utter carnage and spitting venom set the scene for Zen Studios latest Marvel pinball, Venom. The Symbiote’s first host was Spider-Man and with Venom being the web-slinger’s greatest nightmare there’s definitely trouble ahead. One of S.H.I.E.L.D’s greatest threats to humanity, Venom provides the perfect setting for another PlayStation pinball.

This is definitely one of Zen’s trickier tables to master. The bottom half of the table is a confined shooting area requiring precision for ramp shoots and smacking SUIT targets, while the top playing field requires lightning spidey reflexes. Here the ball runs super quick; there’s no time for butterfingers here.

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Caged and in a rage, Carnage lies below the table in full view belting out his angst onto the reinforced glass. Along with web-swinging Spider-Man swooping across the screen, the constant animation breathes even more life into this Marvel action packed pinball.

There’s a lot to discover, trigger and master in Venom. This table demands a good few more replays than previous tables to get the juices following and get those senses alert. As always Zen provide an informative table guide explaining what, where, how and when. Hitting the ‘GOO’ stand-up targets turns the silver ball into a dark blob and once you’re a pinball wizard and have completed the table’s main modes it’s time for Maximum Carnage.

Venom kicks out a pumping, vibrant and exciting pinball experience and features some excellent voice acting. As with all of Zen’s previous tables, one purchase covers PS4, PS3 and PS Vita.

Conclusion

With countless nods to Marvel giving you a stiff neck, Zen spew out another must-own table.

Lizard rating 9/10

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