It’s a double whammy from Zen as they release two tables in the form of the Iron and Steel Pack onto PS4, Vita and PS3. Being a huge fan of Zen’s blockbuster action-strategy-RPG hybrid CastleStorm, this could be interesting.
If you’re not familiar with CastleStorm, the game first arrived on PS Vita in November 2013. Zen then gave PlayStation 4 gamers the experience as CastleStorm: Definitive Edition in September 2014, this time arming players with more hilarious 2D physics-based destruction and medieval warfare. Now those Neanderthal grunting thugs are back, charging headlong into battle – this time attacking a pinball table.
An eye dropping assault of all things CastleStorm certainly make this a standout table. Zen have perfected the art of capturing a theme and running with it. A lush triumphant orchestral soundtrack brings an appropriately royal and regal feel to the proceedings, fitting snug as a sheep’s skin jacket onto the table. Top right, the mini playfield temps you into breaking down the castle walls, but as the ball runs insanely fast it’s more like a few chips than explosive blows. Lucky for you, you’ll find the ball here quite a few times for re tries. Exploring is always the fun part about a new table, so the different camera angles to switch between help the task in hand. There’s a lot on offer to goggle at. Even top marksmanship is required as the trusty Ballista makes a return appearance. Controlling and taking aim using the left and right flippers steers the Ballista towards your enemy. Remember this is CastleStorm, so woolly sheep are your ammunition. What better way to stop those advancing swarming Berserkers.
This is definitely a less forgiving table and a super fast one at that. All in all Zen have produced a crazy and super fun pinball table …with donkeys. HAIL! CastleStorm is here so bow to its greatness or get an arrow through the head.
Zen’s stagecoach rolls into town and brings Wild West Rampage as part of the Iron and Steel Pack. Lead by gun touting blonde bomb shell Cindy (who’s hoping to be the new Sherriff in town), this cartoony adventure fires off some big rounds. Take a journey over six missions, some of which may make you saddle sore as patience and time is required to get the most out of this table.
There’s a variety of typical western ‘Blazing Saddles’ style scenery. A spinning Sheriffs badge, a turned over stagecoach and swinging saloon doors make this a wild ball belter. There’s no tumble weed here. The audio is impressive, gun fire and the sound effects of the silver ball smashing through a first floor window are remarkable. Losing the ball and meeting with a ‘leaving so soon’ rant, Zen certainly knows how to shame you. With all the Wild West umpf some of the targets need a closer inspection as it is visually a busy table.
Where would a western be without a robbery or two? Wild West Rampage has the lot. Spell TRAIN and you’ll open up Train Robbery mode, a set of mini tables .Your task is to stop the fast moving train and grab the gold. In Jailbreak mode you’re on a short fuse as you’re required to stop a rail coach from certain destruction. Imagine Lee Van Cleef meets Jason Stratham. Here we have drama and action Zen Pinball style and both missions are just as hard as actually performing a real train robbery.
Wild West Rampage is a must own addition to your mountain of pinball tables . Two completely different tables but both main eventers. ‘ Leaving so soon?’, hell no. All Hail the Castle of Zen.
Lizard rating 9/10