• Zen Studios has WMS license, Demo on Steam available NOW!


    Zen Studios has announced today they entered a global agreement, which enables them to digital recreate and publish the full Williams and Bally pinball library. In addition to Steam, these tables will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10 and MAC OSX. Check out the announcement video here:





    The first table pack is available now as a public beta on Steam. To access it, please install Pinball FX3 first. Then go to your library, right-click on the game, go to "properties" and go to the "Beta" Tab. Select the Pinball Demo - no password required.

    This will give you access to the following tables:






    Fish Tales
    Williams (1992) - Design by Mark Ritchie
    Production: 13,640 units





    In this public beta you will be able to play Fish Tales without any limits.
    The following three tables will have a time/score limit:




    Junk Yard
    Williams (1996) - Design by Barry Oursler and Dwight Sullivan
    Production: 3,013 units







    The Getaway: High Speed II
    Williams (1992) - Design by Steve Ritchie
    Production: 13,259 units







    Medieval Madness
    Williams (1997) - Design by Brian Eddy
    Production: 4,016 units








    What can you expect from Zen Williams Pinball?






    Simple answer: A new take on the Bally/Williams collection of pinball tables. The first thing you will notice when launching the tables are the crisp graphics, the phenomenal looking plastic ramps and the immersive lighting.


    When you start your first ball, be prepared for a surprise: The ball is faster than you experienced in other Zen tables. Zen has completely redesigned the physics for these tables. This advances digital pinball simulation to the next level.


    If you are familiar with the muliplayer features in Pinball FX3, you will be glad to hear those features will be available for the WMS-Tables as well.


    The game will come with a second mode, the tournament mode, where the playfield pitch is higher, the tables' ROM are set to tournament with no extra balls, 2 tilt warnings and outline posts set to "hard".


    Want to hear more? Why don't you go over to the Blahcade Podcast and listen to the latest episode, in which we (Chris, Jared and myself) share our impressions?



    But wait, there's more!

    Have you ever wanted to visit the team behind all this? Zen welcomes players to visit its studio headquarters in Budapest, Hungary, where players can take a studio tour and check out the rotating selection of pinball games in the office, as well as meet the team behind the games. At the conclusion of the tour, players will be presented with a ticket to the Budapest Pinball Museum, home to Europeís largest collection of pinball machines.

    (guess, who is already making plans for a trip to Budapest)



    Now, if you are playing on PC, why are you still reading this? Fire up Steam now, install Pinball FX3, get to the beta (instructions above) and start playing. And don't forget to share your thoughts in the forums!
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. Xanija's Avatar
      Xanija -
      Video link fixed
    1. vfpcoder's Avatar
      vfpcoder -
      I have Steam, of course, and will be checking these new tables out tonight.

      But what about iOS? Will there not be an iOS version of these new recreations??
    1. Xanija's Avatar
      Xanija -
      Not at this point, but it doesn't mean it's not coming at all.
    1. persichini's Avatar
      persichini -
      Is there cabinet mode for the demo tables?
    1. Locksley's Avatar
      Locksley -
      Interesting. Will be a comparison between physics vs Farsight and Real tables by some of our experts soon I hope.

      Yes indeed I can see myself playing both; since many here has double-dipped in different formats I don't feel too bad about doing the same for PC.

      Now off to listen to the PodCast!
    1. GAH1068's Avatar
      GAH1068 -
      Yes, cabinet mode was working for me for the demo tables. My backglass went black looking for the Fish Tales backglass image.
    1. xAzatothx's Avatar
      xAzatothx -
      Gutted for Farsight and my wallet, but chuffed Zen are updating their awful physics and giving us the opportunity of next gen pinball. Will the tables be scripted or rom emulated?
    1. Xanija's Avatar
      Xanija -
      They will be ROM emulated.
    1. Dan's Avatar
      Dan -
      First thing I did on MM was turn up the mechanical sounds so I could hear those bumpers in all their glory. Gonna buy some tables, that's for sure. Let's have a look...Wizz Air, destination Budapest...
    1. Tann's Avatar
      Tann -
      Tough for Farsight. I can't prevent myself to be a little sad for the FS team.

      Sure, the game support depending the platform was so-so, quality was sometimes inconsistent, but overall, FS did a good job. And they were the first to revive the pinball spirit by digitally recreating legendary tables since the early 2000's, when nobody cared anymore about pinball.

      Now that (digital) pinball is very popular, it's a bit harsh to throw Farsight out and excessively criticized them, like they deserved what happens now.

      For my part, they lost my support when they fully charged the upgrade from PS3 to PS4. Still today, I ask myself if they were aware that rebuying all the tables cost as much as the console itself. Very bad commercial decision.

      Whatever, I sincerely wish them good luck for the future.
    1. vfpcoder's Avatar
      vfpcoder -
      I think one of the biggest mistakes that FarSight made was not continually enhancing their product.

      For example, there is no question but that the ball physics in the Zen “Fish Tales” is far superior to FarSight’s equivalent table. However, FarSight’s later tables — like “Eight Ball Deluxe” — had much improved ball physics; but they never went back to their Season 1 tables to “retune” them for the new physics. Constantly improving the tables, and/or periodically updating the engine like Zen does, would have kept their product fresh and would have led to greater satisfaction from both their current and future customers. (Oh, and they should have incorporated cabinet support within the first year of their Steam release.).
    1. Blkthorne's Avatar
      Blkthorne -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tann View Post
      Tough for Farsight. I can't prevent myself to be a little sad for the FS team.

      Sure, the game support depending the platform was so-so, quality was sometimes inconsistent, but overall, FS did a good job. And they were the first to revive the pinball spirit by digitally recreating legendary tables since the early 2000's, when nobody cared anymore about pinball.

      Now that (digital) pinball is very popular, it's a bit harsh to throw Farsight out and excessively criticized them, like they deserved what happens now.

      For my part, they lost my support when they fully charged the upgrade from PS3 to PS4. Still today, I ask myself if they were aware that rebuying all the tables cost as much as the console itself. Very bad commercial decision.

      Whatever, I sincerely wish them good luck for the future.

      Somewhat how I feel, it is both sad and amusing seeing all the old trolls come out from their rocks to do their drive by shots at Farsight. Farsight made the mistake with their business model when they thought TPA would last 1-2 seasons and then they would move onto some other project, little did they know how popular their game would become and it really brought a lot of interest into the pinball world IMO, Zen just planned things out way better for their product. I am hoping Zen doesn't start coming out on tons of platforms, already seeing people asking for ps3/vita/wii u/360 etc versions, and I'm like WTF!!!