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Review: Pinball FX2 Ms. Splosion Man Table (XBLA)

Review: Pinball FX2 Ms. Splosion Man Table (XBLA)

Title: Pinball FX2 Ms. Splosion Man Table
Platform: XBLA
Developer: Zen Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Games Studio
Tagline: Take everything about Ms. Splosion Man and move her to a pinball table
Family Friendly: This game is for kids and adults of all ages, as the game of pinball is as pure and innocent as it gets.

Keeping up with its content additions, Zen Studios added their newest table to Pinball FX2 this week, and it is a really good addition. The Ms. Splosion Man table adds lots of confusion and mayhem, and to be honest that is what a Splosion Man game is all about – controlled mayhem.

Ms. Splosion Man Table Review 1

The new Ms. Splosion Man table presents itself in a shade of garish pink, and I do mean garish. It is almost off-putting at first when you load up the table, but slowly, it starts to grow on you, and the color does soften a bit after multiple plays on the table. There are five ramps for you to access, and of course, a ton of mini-games to play with Ms. Splosion Man.

The mini-games are at the crux of the table, as that is where the main spread of points can be had. There are all sorts of little missions, like having to hit all the marked ramps to send Ms. Splosion Man through a wall. Or another one had me having to hit the back side of robots to explode them. Each mission advances the Ms. Splosion Man character around the table.

One item of note that di annoy the hell out of me was the background music in the table. It seemed to be on a crazy hook, and it slowly started to drill away at my brain. It is the same six to ten bars of music looped over and over. I am sure it comes from the Ms. Splosion Man game, but please, just play it once and let me sit in some peace and quiet. Or at least only play it for specific events. The voice work and other table noises are very good, and make up for this one disturbance.

Ms. Splosion Man Table Review 2

For those that are looking to boost their Wizard and Super score, this is the table to have in your collection. I have lamented in the past that I would struggle on most tables trying to get a score over 30 million. I did that in my first play on this table, and over time, I have come close to cracking the 100 million barrier. Suffice to say that Zen Studios decided this would be the table to help score losers like me get over the hump. Not a bad thing, but just be warned that points seem to flow far more generously than on previous tables.

All said Ms. Splosion Man is a great table, which harkens back to the Mars table, with plenty of things to accomplish on the table. At 240 MS Points, it is a qualified yes for fans of the Pinball FX2 franchise to pick this up. Good table design, easy points, and a fun concept make this a must have table.

The Good:

  • Fun design
  • Points flow like a waterfall
  • Good voice work and table sounds

The Bad:

  • Annoying looped music
  • Neon Pink is a bit off-putting at first

Joseph Haygood

When not writing news and reviews for GGS Gamer, or hosting the truly terrible You Like the Worst Stuff podcast, I am actively seeking an on-call arch-nemesis.

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