Pinball FX2 is an ever-growing collection of original pinball table simulations built by Zen Studios, the world's premier virtual pinball developer. Pinball FX2 pairs classic pinball gameplay with themes from Star Wars, Marvel and more. Pick and choose the tables you like from a selection of dozens - there's something for everyone!
User reviews: Very Positive (1,898 reviews)
Release Date: May 10, 2013

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"Very nice Free-to-Play game but with a lot of advertising. All table/DLCs without ads cost money. Sorcerer's Lair table w/o ads is free in ingame-shop!"
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December 10, 2014

Venom Pinball is now available!

Venom Pinball is now available for download for Pinball FX2!

The Venom pinball table features Eddie Brock as the Symbiote-empowered villain as he faces not just his mortal enemy, Spider-Man, but also the threat of his twisted offspring, Carnage. Can Venom and Spider-Man team up to defeat a greater threat?

http://store.steampowered.com/app/335060/

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November 24, 2014

Venom Pinball Coming Soon to Pinball FX2!

Spider-Man’s symbiotic nemesis gets his own pinball table! Get ready for Marvel's Venom pinball, coming December 10th!

http://blog.zenstudios.com/?p=5006

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Reviews

"If you enjoy pinball, downloading Pinball FX 2 is a no-brainer."
GameSpot 8.5/10

"You'll forget you're not playing an actual table"
GamesRadar Excellent

"It's a blast when you have people over, because everybody knows how to play Pinball, and Pinball FX 2 is bar none, the best I've played without a coin-slot."
TeamXbox 9.3/10

Just Updated with Free Table!



We invite all players to free pinball! Starting this Friday, the Sorcerer’s Lair pinball table from Zen Studios will be will be free forever – no timed free play session, no ads, no gimmicks. Simply download the free Pinball FX2 platform, and then download Sorcerer’s Lair from the in-game menu. Enjoy!

About This Game

Pinball FX2 is an ever-growing collection of original pinball table simulations built by Zen Studios, the world's premier virtual pinball developer.

Pinball FX2 pairs classic pinball gameplay with themes from Star Wars, Marvel and more. Pick and choose the tables you like from a selection of dozens - there's something for everyone!

Meticulously constructed in painstaking detail, each table is instantly approachable yet offers dozens of hours of replay value.

You'll need all the practice you can get to defeat your friends' high scores and earn the title of Pinball King.

Key Features

  • 23 tables to choose from at launch, including table themes based on Star Wars, Marvel and more!
  • New tables released regularly
  • Keyboard, mouse, and controller support
  • Achievements for every table
  • The competition gets intense with in-game friend score challenges
  • Local and online leaderboards
  • Multiple scoring systems including Superscore and Wizard Score
  • Trial versions for all tables
  • 16:9 and 16:10 aspect ratio support
  • Local hotseat mutiplayer

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor:Single Core CPU @ 1.6GHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 6600 / Radeon 9800
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:2500 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible sound card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor:Dual Core CPU @ 2.00GHz
    • Memory:1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 8800 / Radeon HD 3850
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:3500 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible sound card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
48 of 50 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Ever since I was a young boy, I played the silver ball. No, wait, I'm thinking of Tommy. Either way, pinball has been an important part of my life whenever it has been. Time marches on though, and you can't just go play pinball like you used to. Down at the local hangout, by the soda fountain, with flippers flipping, balls always bouncing, to the left and to the right, lights flashing, eplileptic kids flailing about on the floor, those days, back then, they're gone.

All is not lost though. Pinball FX2 is here to fill that void left by the demise of the pinball machine with software pinball that surpasses the original in every way except for those it does not. When it comes down to it, what you really lose is having an actual pinball table in front of you. You can never recreate that exact feel, the solid wood gripped firmly in your hands as you aim for ever higher scores while deftly avoiding the flailing epileptic kids.

That's just the way it has to be though, and there are plenty of good things about virtual pinball that makes it well worth a play. The tables can be more elaborate than a real pinball table ever could, and they certainly are lovely to look at. Any pinball table you want is right there on your television, no need for a huge arcade to house all of your games. Heck, with a wireless xbox controller, you even get some vibration when you shake the table.

If you loved pinball when you were a kid, or know someone who did, give Pinball FX2 a try. It's the next best thing to being there again, reliving those memories, and best of all, you won't have to step over any epileptics to do it.
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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
109.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
The best, most beautiful, creative, fun and addictive digital pinball game ever created! I bought a whole bunch of tables less than 2 weeks ago and I've got almost 50 hrs of game play racked up already! I can't stop playing it dammit! It's that good! Now go get it!
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
I just recently started playing this game thanks to my boyfriend, and while I can't exactly say that I'm a fan of pinball, this game is actually a lot of fun. I've never played on a real pinball machine, so I can't compare this to the real thing. The game itself is free and comes with one table, but there are a lot of other ones available for purchase, and they seem to be making new ones every now and then.

Most of the tables look very nice and are very well-made. I was lucky enough to get ahold of quite a few tables through Humble Bundle at a great price, as well as one or two on sale on Steam, and at those prices it's worth it even if you might not be a hardcore pinball fan.

Some tables are more difficult to get high scores on than others, and every table has two achievements, so there's always a challenge waiting. My personal favourite is the Darth Vader table (both because I'm a fan of him, and because it's one of the few tables I'm decent at), but all the Star Wars tables are great in my opinion.

So, in short: Fun game. :)
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
I've always been a fan of pinball games and after humble bundle offered a bunch of tables for a good price I couldn't turn it down and I wasn't disappointed. This game has tons of tables to choose from and it's great fun trying to beat your friends' high scores.

+Game looks really nice and the table designs are awesome
+Good sound effects
+Lots of things to do on each table including missions unique to that table
+Tons of different tables to choose from
+It tells you when you get close to someone's high score, pushing you to go further
+The tables have good replayability, the more you play it the better you get and the higher your score
+Great if you can pick up a bunch of tables in a bundle for a cheap price
+Good control scheme

-Tables are expensive and you only get (I believe) two tables for free
-There are two different scores for the leaderboard, one of which doesn't make sense to me
-Some tables look like they've had more work put into them than others

Verdict:
7

A solid pinball game which is held back by its pricing

El K.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
39.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
This game is so awesome. There are many different views with sharp graphics, good physics, and excellent sound. All of the tables are well thought out. This really is a must have but you purchase the tables individually or in packs. They go on sale like everything else on Steam, and have short trials to try them out. If you are a fan of Star Wars, Marvels, or South Park those tables are what make Pinball FX2 the undisputed champ of PC pinball. I recommend a 360 type of controller with some vibration to get the full effect. Anyone that likes pinball and doesn't play this is missing out.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
89.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Amazing fun for hours. Great time killer. The tables are interesting and engaging with lots of tricks to learn. I don't always like the DLC philosophy of game design but if there was ever a perfect fit for it, it is with Pinball FX2. The core graphix and physics really dont need an update, so with DLC it allows the developers to focus their energy on continuing to produce top notch tables. That is exactly what they do. Buy the tables that you want, skip the ones you dont, and you even get to try before you buy. How great is that. Also the price of the tables is crazy reasonable, especially if you catch it on sale. This purchase is a no brainer!
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
70.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
Did you love old school pinball games like Psycho Pinball, Slam Tilt, Epic Pinball and Pinball Fantasies? Well, Pinball FX 2 is for you. Brilliant graphics, good gameplay, many tables (occasionally available in cheap game bundles) and fun way to compare scores to your Steam friends.

It is the first pinball game in years that keeps me playing!
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
154.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
I have played on hundreds of real tables and i cant remember one that was as much fun as this, sometimes you come across a game thats more than the sum of its parts. Add to this a competitive friendly player base and its all good.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
115.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
If you are a cynical old ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ that believes everything was better before 1990 then you might want to play Pinball Arcade...it authentically reproduces all the old pinaball cvlassics you will have seen in the pool halls of your mis-spent youth.

If you can appreciate that modern computing power brings with it a vast array of new possibilities to the world of pinball then you will love Pinball FX2. The most recent tables are really starting to push the boundaries of pinball and yet it's done with obvious respect for the core mechanics of pinball.

I love both. Many of you will too. I just have to convince my girlfriend not to freak out everytime I turn our TV 90 degrees to play in portrait mode.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
you play with balls 10/10



No but seriously, its a great game for pinball, the ball physics arent all weird with some other ones i have played, the visuals on the tables are amazing, my favourite tables being, the South Park and Butters Tables with the plants vs zombies one being a close 3rd.

Id recommend getting a humble bundle of this, its a great time passer!
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
67.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
It's a pretty good game of pinball. Specifically, video game pinball. The physics work pretty well, and the graphics are solid. Very rarely have I encountered a problem while playing. I can only remember one instance of a ball getting stuck because of a bug.

Edit: Something I wanted to point about my video game pinball comment. What I mean is that these tables are designed to be played longer than the real life counterpart(because they want your money of course). Therefore they have more extra balls you can earn, kickbacks and so on. You can even nudge the table in ways you couldn't do in real life, either because of personal injury or damaging the table itself. Be warned though, most tables will only give you two chances in a period of time before tilting out on you, but it sure can be fun to save a ball that otherwise would have been lost.

One last thing that relates to the fact this is video game pinball, when you exit out a game in progress, the game will be saved, so don't worry if something comes up, or if you're just having a really good game but you can't play in one sitting.

The one thing that appeals to me about pinball is that you're always trying to get better, so that you can continue to improve and of course get a better score. One thing that also helps is comparing how well you do with your friends. I have a number of Steam friends just so I can have scores to compare with and try to beat.

I would say overall, the quality of the tables are fantastic. If I have any complaints, it's mostly about the selection-it's that Star Wars and Marvel theme tables dominate the catalog. Now don't get me wrong, I like Star Wars, and I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it would be cool to see different properties more often. (BTW, get Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Star Wars Balance of the Force pack-Starfighter Assault is my favorite table)

I play with my X-Box 360 controller, it works really well with the game.
I also have my second monitor on portrait mode, which makes a huge difference in seeing the table. If you can have that setup I totally recommend it.

I never got to play real pinball that much, there's no arcades where I live, and of course getting a real machine is very expensive, so I think this is a good alternative. And the price for tables is decent.
Also, there is a free table, and you can try all the tables to see what they're like.

I recommend this game. Have fun, and may the bumpers be with you.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
103.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
10/10
"Definately the best digital Pinball/Flipper you can get!"

Pinball FX2 can easily keep up with the analog pinball machines, why?! It's much cheaper in the asset costs, the required space is "1/30" if U own 30 tables & the specials of each table are just not possible on the old beloved pinball machines. If you like Pinball in general you will love Pinball FX2. Pinball fan since EPIC Pinball (1993). BUILD your own digital "physical" 32" pinball table ;)

Pros:
+ THE best pinball out there
+ great gameplay
+ great tables (themes)
+ great graphics
+ great ost&sounds
+ atmosphere
+ challenging
+ replayability
+ world- &friend leaderboards
+ trying before buying (test every table)
+ full X360 controller support (highly recom.)

Cons:
- You don't own the tables of the mobile version

Must Buy for every Pinball/Flipper Fan
(Really great cost-benefit-ratio on sale!!!)
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
311.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2014
The perfect blend of art, science, sport & entertainment. Unlike physical pinball, Zen's only interest is in creating a table that is as much FUN as possible, while being as challenging as each individual player might wish. No huge gaps between flippers, no downward pointing flippers, and (best of all) no penalty for losing a ball soon after play starts.
If all you want is the fun & release of clobbering a ball, it doesn't get better than this. Some tables are geared more toward this, but every table does this well, with every feature you could both expect and imagine in pinball. Some tables are downright hilarious, most are amusing, and all of them will hold a conversation as you play.
If you want CHALLENGING pinball, look no further. The statistics page retains information for games in excess of 100 BILLION points, and 16 HOURS of play! While that might be extreme, games exceeding a billion points are not rare for those with skill and practice. Some games are so involved that they store successes from game to game, including 100 levels of a dungeons & dragons type epic, or essentially the entire story of a Star Wars movie. Fight battles as any one of 6 Avengers heroes, with gameplay a bit different for each!
Though I started playing pinball nearly 50 years ago, I can honestly say that I have NEVER enjoyed pinball so much, or imagined the vast scope of what pinball could be. These tables are the work of geniuses, artistically as well as programming. And the ball acts more like the traditional silver pinball than I ever imagined possible. Within 3 days of playing the first table I had purchased all 46 tables available. No two tables have anything more than the vaguest similarities. It's as if 46 completely different teams created these tables. They are each THAT unique.

Zen, thank you for adding so much fun to my life and my world.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Love this game. Tables are awesome, new ones added frequently. Right now humble bundle has several in one bundle for $6.00. Includes core game.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Charge me $2 per play, and it would be just like wasting my university days all over again.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
58.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
This is the best pinball game around!Lots of table to choose from, perfect feeling of the ball, cool music and about everything you want from a pinball game! Try waiting for a sales to pick up lots of tables ;)
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2014
Just bought this game this week and already having a blast with it, I have bought over half a dozen tables so far and plan too get more in the future.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2014
Positives:
• You get one table for free (which is actually a pretty good one) with unlimited play. You then also have the ability to try out all other tables before deciding if you want to buy them or not.
• The menus are really easy to navigate
• Big variety of tables, both in terms of theme and difficulty
• Licensed Star Wars and Marvel tables!
• Multiple camera views
• Not very demanding in terms of hardware
• Lots of content on the tables
• Does things that are not doable on real-life pinball tables without overdoing them

Neutrals:
• Would be nice to see some real-life tables implemented into the game.
• Would be nice to be able to type in high-score initials with keyboard letters.

Negatives:
• Some tables feels less polished than others

In the end:
This is a really fun pinball game with lots of good, original pinball tables.

Edit1: Spellings
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
128.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
This review is going to be the same for Pinball FX2 and Pinball Arcade. Why? Because they are the only folks doing decent work in the digital pinball industry right now (Pro-Pinball doesn't count, yet... but even on release it's not a suite, it's just a couple tables). They both have a similar demo system, give one free table, have around 40-50 tables for purchase at the timing of this review, and are complimentary rather than competitive. BOTH are amazing, but have some differences.



Differences in Pinball FX2 vs Pinball Arcade

Pinball FX2
- "impossible" mechanics since it embraces modern technology and video game-ness. Definitely "pinball 2.0" in that regards, without betraying the core of what pinball is about.
- Fantastic performance and graphics.
- Table selection is pretty great, though I'm personally getting sick of all the Star Wars and Marvel stuff. My favorite tables are the non-themed ones, and I really wish they'd come out with more that aren't references to pop culture. Granted, the themed tables are great, but sometimes I want ones that aren't.
- The leaderboard system is good, but a tad flawed in that a fair amount of it requires friends that play... buuuut this has become a beneficial "feature" for me. Lots of people I've friended to enhance my FX2 experience have become actual friends and are great to chat with. The hardcore pinball community is made up of some really amazing people!

Pinball Aracade
- The snippet of history relating to every table is awesome. Learning the historical significance, designer history, units sold, etc. is one of my favorite features. It can make "bad" tables amazing when you understand their place in history. Also, playing tables you played in real-life in the past is an incredible blast from the past!
- Performance/lighting is lacking a bit, but there are plans for a DirectX 11 version (which is already on other platforms apparently) that will likely solve both. Performance is my only concern for the future, since right now I far exceed the required specs yet have game-breaking FPS issues in certain circumstances (even though I use no ball reflection or AA).
- The table selection is phenomenal! Some really, really amazingly popular tables are available, as well as some ultra-rare ones that aren't exactly the most complex but are a blast to play when taking into account their historical and idea-based significance. You play time-travel to core parts of gaming history when you play every table.
- The leaderboard system is, unfortunately, awful. It requires a 3rd party account, is only shown when you manually dig through various menus, and just isn't satisfying. The only fixes necessary are UI-related, so I have hopes they'll revisit it at some point.



Regarding those that complain about the price of tables:

1) A single pinball table will easily give you hundreds if not thousands (and potentially infinite) hours of play. Every single table out there, even the more simplistic ones, are deceptively complex. Pinball is the ultimate in skill/reflex-based, learn-as-you-go gameplay and even the most skilled players in the world have to learn a table's unique nuances before they can master it.

2) Consider the 90s and the average cost of pinball per play. My memory has most at $0.50, but even at half the cost you're looking at only a few plays per table before the cost of the real-life versions are way more expensive than digital versions... and with pinball, it's pretty much a guarantee you're going to play it dozens (if not hundreds/thousands) of times per session.

3) Because of the mechanical nature of pinball, real-life tables require a *lot* of maintenance. Parts are finite (and rare these days), technicians are human and can thus screw something up (not to mention potential defects in parts), repairs require work orders and time to get a tech out to the site and more time to complete repairs, etc. Digital tables, while not perfect renditions of real world physics/visuals (yet), don't ever require new parts. You pay *once* for infinite plays... no per-play or no per-hour/day cost... just a one time fee that is less than a Starbucks drink.

4) Designing a table that is complex, deep, satisfying, addicting, rewarding, and skill-based takes a lot of time and effort on behalf of the designer. While digital table design has a lot of benefits in that regard (since it is much simpler to experiment and track data), it's still not even remotely as cut-and-paste as the average (and ignorant) gamer thinks. Don't believe me? Design one yourself with the plethora of tools out there that is even remotely as good as existing tables. Is your table complex enough to satisfy skilled players? Does a long run end up flatlining at some point? Is it easily exploitable/breakable? Is it addicting and satisfying the further a player progresses and when they combo properly? Is the art appealing and distracting-yet-somehow-complimentary? Do you have a huge variety of missions and unique 'toys' on the table/dotmatrix? That's to say nothing about sound effects, animation, art quality, etc. My point: it's no easy task to make a good pinball table... to assume that because it's pinball it's just a reskinned version of something else is showing your ignorance of the genre. You may as well say that Tetris is the same as Mario.


My point with this? $3 per table is an insane bargain. You can easily drop $100 on a single table in a single day with real-life tables. Quit being so greedy and cheap (and ignorant to the fact that EVERY table is its own game). Support the devs, learn what pinball is about, and quit being entitled jackasses that are ruining every industry out there with your cheapness *cough*. Don't like the price? Don't buy it... but don't complain. Live within your means and don't demand others sacrifice just so you can magpie games/etc. There's a life lesson there... figure it out yourself.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
148.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2014
Their`s only one pinball game worth your time & this is it..10/10

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