Pinball FX – Godzilla vs. Kong Pinball Pack

Pinball FX – Godzilla vs. Kong Pinball Pack by developer and publisher Zen StudiosSony PlayStation 5 Review written by Nick with a copy provided by the publisher.

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Zen Studios has released some more new tables for their recently published Pinball FX, and this one featuring two of the greatest monsters in history is a doozy. This pack includes three tables, one featuring Godzilla, the second featuring King Kong and the third naturally shows these two squaring off with one another.

Pinball FX – Godzilla vs. Kong Pinball Pack is admittedly a bit of a mouthful (eyeful, given you’re reading this and not hearing it?), but with three really solid tables included, it’s a solid offering with a really fun theme. For me personally? This is just one of the cooler themes Zen Studios could have picked, as I was a kid who grew up on these rubber suited monsters in all of their clumsy glory, and have enjoyed the more recent CGI-filled offerings as well.

I’ll start with the Kong table, as it is probably my least favorite of the three, but still one I enjoyed quite a bit. As expected, the backdrop for this one takes place on an island where massive creatures are the norm. It’s a much more nature-themed area with a more open middle that entices you to try and hit longer shots into specific locations. Hitting the right combinations to cause a giant Kong in the upper-right corner of the table to punch a flying worm-like creature is entertaining.

Visually, it’s probably the tamest of the three tables, with a heavy emphasis on browns. It makes sense, given Kong’s darker coloring and the natural feel of the environment at play, but despite the mountain range across the top and the aforementioned Kong model, for me the table itself just wasn’t as visually engaging as the other two. Additionally, there is a chase or follow Kong objective that is just brutally hard given the short duration you are afforded. It was one of the few objectives I couldn’t seem to complete out of this pack.

Next up, we have the Godzilla table. Admittedly, I came in thinking that the Kong vs Godzilla would be my favorite, simply because of the theming, but the solo Godzilla table was the one I kept coming back to the most often. With its neon visuals soaked in different shakes of blue and some slick, eye-catching rails for the pinballs to move along after certain shots, there was just something about the combination of graphics and pacing on this table that complimented each other almost perfectly. Watching Godzilla go radioactive breath on other titans as opposed to Kong’s punching and clubbing was also a bit more exciting for me. Similar to the Kong table, the Godzilla one has some open space in the middle to operate, but with even more to do it felt like in the more intermediate areas.

And lastly, we have the titular Godzilla vs. Kong table. Visually this one was interesting, but lacked the cohesion of the others. Lots of blues along the right, some reddish-orange along the left, it almost reminded me of some of the older Star Wars tables where you have light and dark sides. It’s a flurry of oranges and yellows throughout, and similar to the other tables, most of the scenery is located at the top of the table. This one however, was the most congested of the tables, with more bumpers and obstacles in the lower to middle regions and less wide-open space to try and hit long shots on (except one right down the center that I had some frequent flyer miles on).

All three tables are well-designed, with fun visuals and sound that evoke the movies nicely. Zen Studios has been leveraging a wide range of properties for their pinball tables of late, but this is probably one of the most exciting themes for me personally, and I’m happy to say that the tables lived up to my high expectations.

Score: 8.5 / 10



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