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  • New to Pinball or FX 2? Start Here! [FAQ]

    Q: Do Zen employees read this forum?

    Yes. If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, please post them. Zen employees have the company logo under their username:

    Solitude - Neil Sorens, Creative Director
    crackervizzo - Mel Kirk, VP Marketing & Public Relations
    BarbieBobomb - Bobby Loertscher, Community Manager


    Q: How do I get better at pinball?

    It's best to pick one table and practice. Study the layout, read the rule sheet, and learn the angles. Use the flippers to trap the ball, then aim and shoot. Avoid novice mistakes like using both flippers simultaneously and random flailing during multiball.

    The Internet Pinball Database offers a thorough series of tutorials.

    Several forum members have contributed strategy guides as well as general playing tips. If you have a specific question about a table, please ask!


    Q: I can only buy one table! Which one should I get?

    Play the free trials for each table, then buy the one you enjoy most. Captain America is the friendliest table to newcomers and is a good representation of Zen's design.

    Seven tables are available for individual purchase at 240 MSP:
    • Mars
    • Fantastic Four
    • Captain America
    • Ms. Splosion Man
    • Sorcerer's Lair
    • Paranormal
    • Epic Quest

    Sixteen of the tables are only available in packs priced at 800 MSP:
    • Marvel: Wolverine, Spider-Man, Ironman, Blade
    • Vengeance & Virtue: Moon Knight, Thor, Ghost Rider, X-Men
    • Core (launch tables): Secrets of the Deep, Biolab, Pasha, Rome
    • Classic (Pinball FX): Speed Machine, Xtreme, Agents, Buccaneer

    Five tables from Pinball FX may be purchased individually for 200 MSP:
    • Nightmare Mansion
    • Rocky & Bullwinkle
    • Street Fighter II Turbo
    • Earth Defense
    • Excalibur

    Of the five, Earth Defense and Excalibur have the highest production value (they were the last two tables released for Pinball FX). Earth Defense's design features multiple ramps, while Excalibur offers a variety of objectives like a mini-playfield. Excalibur has more missions and better sound quality, but Earth Defense is graphically superior and slightly easier for high scores.

    Be aware that the nine Pinball FX tables do not support the enhancements found in Pinball FX 2. While all of them have been graphically upgraded and use the new physics engine, they lack the following features:
    • Operator's menus
    • Arcade FX (floating scores and ball effects)
    • Local multiplayer (splitscreen and hotseat)
    • In-game friend challenges
    • Action camera
    • Table statistics
    • Local high scores
    • Save and resume
    • Multiple music tracks

    All of the tables contribute to your Superscore and support Xbox LIVE multiplayer (including Vision Cam with gesture control).


    Q: When will we see new tables?

    A new table is released every six to eight weeks. Announcements are made on the forum a few weeks prior to the DLC appearing on the Marketplace.

    The following tables are currently in development:
    • Avengers Chronicles: World War Hulk, Fear Itself, Infinity Gauntlet, The Avengers movie
    • Doctor Strange
    • Marvel Civil War
    • PopCap (Plants vs. Zombies?)
    • 2 unannounced franchise tables


    Q: Help, my score has reset on all the tables!! How do I fix it?

    Unfortunately, your scores have been wiped due to a bug when exiting the game. Your current Superscore will remain on the leaderboard, but you will need to rebuild you scores for all the tables. Since this issue affects the statistics file, progress on Spider-Man and Epic Quest will also be reset.

    Zen is aware of this issue and plan on correcting it with the first title update.


    Q: How do I report a bug?

    Send an email to the following address with "Pinball FX 2: [Table name] Bug" in the title:

    [email protected]


    Q: Where are the original tables for Pinball FX?

    Microsoft delisted Pinball FX and its DLC with the release of the sequel. Pinball FX can still be played online, but the original versions of the DLC tables can no longer be purchased. Only the upgraded versions of the Pinball FX tables are available on the Marketplace.


    Q: How do I import my original tables into Pinball FX 2?

    Upon launching Pinball FX 2 for the first time, your Marketplace licenses will be checked. A message will pop-up allowing you to download the new versions of any previously owned Pinball FX tables.


    Q: Can I import tables I've purchased for Pinball FX 2 into the original Pinball FX?

    No.

    Tables made for Pinball FX 2 are not compatible with Pinball FX. This includes the new versions of the nine Pinball FX tables (each table is about 5 mb larger).

    If you did not purchase the original tables before they were delisted, you will not be able to play them in Pinball FX.


    Q: Why does the free table I downloaded not import when I load Pinball FX 2?

    Buccaneer was a bonus table for owners of the original game. It is included in the Classic Pack, which is a free download when a license is detected for Pinball FX.


    Q: How do tournaments work?

    When a tournament is available, a blue & gold winged helmet will appear on the icon for the corresponding table. To participate in the tournament, complete a game on this table while connected to Xbox Live.

    The highest single score out of any tournaments you've participated in will be included as a bonus in your Superscore.

    Tournaments in 2010 and 2011 ran for fifteen days and were held every few months. Tournaments in 2012 run for eight days and appear to be held more often (once a month).

    Prizes are generally awarded to the top three players as well as random participants. Zen contacts winners via their gamertags.


    Q: How do I send friend challenges?

    Press X at the end of a game during the score tally screen.


    Q: Why isn't my favorite pinball table available for Pinball FX 2?

    FarSight [The Pinball Hall of Fame series] has acquired most of the licenses to classic and modern pinball tables. Many of them will be released under their new platform The Pinball Arcade.

    For the time being, you can play classic and homebrew tables with the following free emulators:

    Future Pinball
    Visual Pinball 9 + Visual PinMAME

    Both of these programs have front-ends available (HyperPin, Dreampin) for easy launching on custom built LCD/LED virtual pinball machines.


    Q: Why aren't all of the Zen Pinball tables available in Pinball FX 2?

    This is a licensing issue; Sony and Microsoft want exclusive content on their respective platforms.

    The only way to play all of Zen's tables is to buy both games. The following tables will remain exclusive to Zen Pinball:
    • El Dorado
    • Shaman
    • Tesla
    • V12
    • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Tribute


    n.b. An icon for Tesla appeared in the tech demo of Zen's Windows 8 pinball project. El Dorado and Shaman are available on Zen Pinball 3D [3DS].


    Q. Are the Pinball FX tables based on actual pinball machines?

    Yes.

    While there are no physical versions of Zen's tables, they're often based on designs from classic pinball machines:

    Speed Machine = White Water (mirrored)
    Xtreme = Black Knight 2000 (mirrored)
    Agents = Star Trek: TNG (mirrored)
    Buccaneer = The Addams Family
    Rocky & Bullwinkle = Sorcerer
    Nightmare Mansion ~ Genesis (lower playfield resembles Haunted House's cellar, inverted)
    Excalibur ~ Excalibur (central ramp with ball diverter)

    The newer tables for Pinball FX 2 are more original, though there are a few notable similarities:

    Pasha incorporates elements from Funhouse.
    Secrets of the Deep is similar to Grand Lizard.
    Rome is reminiscent of Medieval Madness (with Theatre of Magic's spinning trunk).
    Blade borrows heavily from South Park.


    Q: Will there be a PC version?

    Yes.

    Pinball FX 2 will debut on Windows 8, with support for other operating systems planned. Sorcerer’s Lair will be a free download as part of the Consumer Preview.


    Q: Will there be a vertical orientation/"tate" mode?

    Unknown.

    Based on forum feedback, one of the Zen reps will be pushing for this feature in a potential PC release.
    Last edited by blue; 03-20-2012, 07:43 PM.
    They took our pinball machines!
    Let's revolt, who's with me?
    Grab a pitchfork and come with Zen!

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    Q: How does hotseat mode work?

    Hotseat multiplayer is only available for local play on all of the tables created for Pinball FX 2.

    To begin a hotseat game, select the table, then choose Multiplayer > Hotseat > # of players. After Player 1 drains, pass the controller to Player 2.

    Unfortunately, the legacy tables from Pinball FX are not supported. The following nine tables only feature the multiplayer score race for one account while signed into Xbox LIVE (gold subscription required):
    • Speed Machine
    • Xtreme
    • Agents

    DLC:
    • Buccaneer
    • Nightmare Mansion
    • Rocky & Bullwinkle
    • Street Fighter II Turbo
    • Earth Defense
    • Excalibur

    The original Pinball FX is still available on the Marketplace and supports local hotseat for these tables. However, the six DLC tables were delisted when Pinball FX 2 was released. While owners of this content received a free import/upgrade into Pinball FX 2, the versions currently available for purchase are not backwards compatible with Pinball FX.

    Solitude mentioned some months ago that this issue is being addressed. Local hotseat support may be included in the Pinball FX 2.5 patch.


    Q: Why was my Rocky & Bullwinkle score reset?
    Q: Why was my Superscore reset?

    The first Pinball FX 2 title update included a patch fr Rocky & Bullwinkle. Its leaderboard was subsequently cleared. Due to a conflict with the local save data and the values on Zen's servers, the Superscore leaderboard was also reset. More information is available here.

    To regain your Superscore, simply complete a game on Rocky & Bullwinkle while connected to Xbox LIVE.


    Q: Is the soundtrack to Pinball FX 2 available?

    The soundtrack for the Marvel Pinball tables may be downloaded here.
    The soundtrack to Mars is available on the same website.


    Q: Can I play Zen's tables on the go?

    Yes.
    • Pinball FX 2 [WP7] (coming soon)
    • Zen Pinball [iOS, Vita]
    • Zen Pinball THD [Droid]
    • Zen Pinball 3D [3DS]
    • Zen Pinball: Inferno and Rollercoaster [iOS]


    Q: What are some other good video pinball titles?
    • Pro Pinball: The Web, Timeshock!, Big Race USA, Fantastic Journey [PC & various consoles]
    • Zen Pinball, Marvel Pinball [PSN]
    • The Pinball Arcade [iOS, Mac, Droid] [coming soon to PC, Vita, 3DS, XBLA, PSN, and Pii U]
    • Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection [360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii]
      • Published as Williams Pinball Classics in Europe and Australia
    • Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection [Xbox, PS2, PSP Wii]
      • Published as Gottlieb Pinball Classics in Europe and Australia
    • Pinball HD [iOS]
    • Wild West Pinball [iOS]
    • Pinball Dreams/Fantasies/Illusions, True Pinball, SlamTilt [Amiga, PC, and various consoles]
    • Dream Pinball 3D [PC, Wii, DS]
    • Microsoft Pinball Arcade [PC]
    • Akira Psycho Ball [PS2]
    • Odama [GC]
    • Metroid Prime Pinball [DS]
    • Sonic Pinball Party [GBA]
    • The Pinball of the Dead [GBA]
    • Alien Crush and Devil's Crush [TG16/PCE, PSN, NVC]
    • Crüe Ball [Gen]


    Q. Where can I play physical pinball machines?

    The easiest way to find a table near you is to search the Pinball Location Database.

    If you're in or around Las Vegas, don't forget to visit the Pinball Hall of Fame (>200 tables).

    Silver Ball Museum, a new arcade featuring 200 pinball machines has recently opened in Asbury Park, NJ.

    The National Pinball Museum features rotating exhibits, educational films, classroom instruction, and a pay-to-play arcade. It is located in Georgetown Park, Washington DC. They also have a permanent exhibit at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland featuring seven music themed tables.

    The Professional and Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA) has a facility near Pittsburgh, PA devoted to competitive pinball. Over 400 pinball machines are available, as well as an assortment of classic video games.
    Last edited by blue; 03-11-2012, 09:21 PM.
    They took our pinball machines!
    Let's revolt, who's with me?
    Grab a pitchfork and come with Zen!

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    • #3
      Q. Where can I play physical pinball machines?

      The easiest way to find a table near you is to search the Pinball Location Database.
      But unfortunately this only applies to the United States.

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      • #4
        I apologize for not adding sites outside of the States; the original post was right at the character limit. I will include more locations when I reorganize the FAQ.

        For the time being, Pinball News has a list of international sites along with pictures and reviews:

        http://pinballnews.com/sites/index.html
        Last edited by blue; 01-26-2011, 01:38 PM.
        They took our pinball machines!
        Let's revolt, who's with me?
        Grab a pitchfork and come with Zen!

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        • #5
          Great news about the 4 new tables. Bravo on the post well done!!!

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          • #6
            Would it be of benefit to add references to PAPA and IFPA, which are associations for people into pinball?

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            • #7
              Hrm, didn't know Merriweather had some pinball action going on there even though it's right down the road. Probably coz I'm more of an indoor club person for my live shows...might have to head there sometime to rock the GNR table.

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              • #8
                Oh snap, the National Pinball Museum is moving to Baltimore, now I have no excuse for not going!

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                • #9
                  Import problems?

                  Originally posted by blue View Post
                  Q: How do I import my original tables into Pinball FX 2?

                  Upon launching Pinball FX 2 for the first time, your Marketplace licenses will be checked. A message will pop-up allowing you to download the new versions of any previously owned Pinball FX tables.
                  I own Pinball FX (the original) and when I click on one of the tables in FX2 (Agents/Extreme/etc.) and go to "unlock table" it says something along the lines of:
                  "Pinball FX import failed, if you do not own Pinball FX you can download its tables from Xbox Live Marketplace."
                  I'm not quite understanding why its saying this, and I don't really want to pay another $10 for the tables. How can I fix this and get the original tables for free as stated?
                  Wizard Modes Completed: Buccaneer (1-6-11) SotD (1-20-11) Agents (1-24-11) Biolab (3-31-11) MSM (10-8-11) SL (10-12-11)
                  Paranormal (10-26-11) S-M (11-13-11) MK (12-15-11) X-Men (12-19-11) GR (1-15-12) CA (1-17-12) EQ (2-16-12) Rome (3-11-12)
                  Pasha (3-12-12) NM (3-28-12) Extreme (5-16-12) Thor (5-22-12) SM (5-26-12) WWH (6-21-12) FF (6-22-12) Blade (6-23-12)
                  IG (6-24-12) PvZ (1-7-13) ESB (2-27-13) CivilWar (6-22-13) BF (7-2-13)

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                  • #10
                    Video of Basic Techniques

                    A great short video on basic techniques (by OzV1):

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXad_yr5KUQ
                    Last edited by FIREBALL; 12-19-2011, 12:15 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by FIREBALL View Post
                      A short video on basic techniques:

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXad_yr5KUQ
                      Excellent video Fireball, really does show all the novice skills very well. How about a video with advance and expert skills e.g. slap save, using side nudge to bring the ball to the stop on a flipper, fast flipping to bring a ball to a stop on a flipper, death saves, late flipper shots to shoot up the opposite inlane, multiball controll. I can't remember all of them now but there are a whole bunch. In many of my videos and other videos in Nekro Neko's thread these skills are used so you are more than welcome to make use of it e.g. Rome slap save for shots not going all the way up the Right ramp.
                      Last edited by Cloda; 11-15-2011, 06:38 AM.
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                      • #12
                        Updated various parts of the FAQ with latest info. Please let me know if there's anything new you'd like included.
                        They took our pinball machines!
                        Let's revolt, who's with me?
                        Grab a pitchfork and come with Zen!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by blue View Post
                          • Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection [Xbox, PS2, PSP Wii, XBLA]
                          I don't seen it on XBLA, though I see old announcements for an XBLA release for this past January. Perhaps they're now planning on upgrading it for Pinball Arcade instead.

                          (Unless it was a US-only release, but I couldn't find any info on it).

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bclewis View Post
                            I don't seen it on XBLA, though I see old announcements for an XBLA release for this past January. Perhaps they're now planning on upgrading it for Pinball Arcade instead.

                            (Unless it was a US-only release, but I couldn't find any info on it).
                            I think that got scrapped m8, Farsight is just focusing on The Pinball Arcade which will be a Platform like PFX2 where you can download Tables to add to your collection ala PFX2.
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                            • #15
                              The Gottlieb rerelease had been included because it received a rating from the ESRB. FarSight evolved that project into The Pinball Arcade.

                              I've made a few changes to that section and added a new one on portable devices.
                              They took our pinball machines!
                              Let's revolt, who's with me?
                              Grab a pitchfork and come with Zen!

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