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[PS Vita Review] Zen Pinball 2 - Marvel’s Ant-Man

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Ant-Man , the new hit Marvel film, is about one Marvel’s smallest heroes. It stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Evangeline Lilly. What has Zen Pinball brought to the “table” with this movie to pinball adaption?

‘Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Table features:
– There’s a giant Particle Ball in the middle of the table. Shrink it to free it from its cage!
– An underground mini-playfield with rotatable slingshots. Get the pinball down there to shrink Ant-Man and keep him tiny for as long as possible!
– Lock balls in Ant-Man’s helmet to speak to his ant associates and ride the winged carpenter ant, Ant-Thony, during Ants Multiball!
– Lock balls in Yellowjacket’s containment pod to start a multiball fight with him!
– Duke it out with the shrunken Ant-Man and help Hope Van Dyne train him with paintballs!

Marvel’s Ant-Man – Launch Trailer | PS4, PS3, PS Vita

So at this point I haven’t actually watched the source material for this table. Ant-man is high on my list to see, and I do love the more obscure comic characters, so I will hopefully be able to go soon. I have been very curious about how Hank Pym was going to fit into the Marvel cinematic universe, and now we can see what they’ve decided to do with the release of Ant-Man.

Like other Zen Pinball adaptions I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing in the past, this table has taken the property and created an awesome representation of the source material. There are very few studios maybe besides Rocksteady who take this much care with their licensed properties.

This table is awesome, and it really give us the feel of the new live action movie right, at least from the multiple trailers I have seen. As Ant-Man is a very much a science fiction film, the table follows and gives off that vibe as well. The graphics are very clinical and clean with the look of a laboratory. I loved the touches on the outside of the table that you may not originally notice. It quickly becomes apparent that the table is set on an actual table and that it has been shrunk down, sitting next to a pair of reading glasses and under a microscope. Once again Zen Pinball being the best at what they do.


Since you’ve probably played a Zen Pinball table before, I will not go into too much detail on how a pinball works. The gameplay is very smooth as usual and with the ball physics acting very much like an actual pinball table. There are a few different challenges within the table including a fight with Yellow Jacket, training with Hope Van Dyne, and even an awesome mini-table under the center of the table itself. I liked the mini table as well because, as usual, Zen Pinball did something different from the rest of their pinball games. I really appreciate that while tables can have similar goals, they always get creative on the mini-table and make something unique.

The sound is good with great voice acting. I couldn’t tell if they pulled the sounds directly from the movie or if they were recreated, but if they were recreated they did a great job.

Final Thoughts

Ant-Man is another strong entry in the Zen Pinball 2 table lineup. As usual, recommendations for these is that if you are a fan of the movie or enjoy Ant-Man, you definitely need to get it. I really liked the theme, look and feel of the table, so even if you are not huge on the movie, this is worth a few dollars to add to your collection.

pros=”Fits in great with the film
Awesome table design
Outside Ascetics” cons=”Not really treading new ground” score=85]

Cost: $2.99

PSN Game size: 745 MB

You can purchase Zen Pinball 2 – Marvel’s Ant-Man from the PSN store


This review is based on a PS Vita copy of Zen Pinball 2 – Marvel’s Ant-Man provided by Zen Studios.

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