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  • #31
    Star trek table would be great!
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    • #32
      What about an "allomancy" table (Mistborn-ish) that has balls made of different metals with different physical properties.
      An rpg-themed game that takes itself more seriously than epic quest.
      I second the motion on the Dark Crystal suggestion.
      Legend would be good.
      The kids would probably go for a minecraft themed table.
      I probably have a hundred more, but...

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      • #33
        From pinball games of the past I enjoyed:
        - Duke Nukem (balls of steel anyone?)
        - Star Trek Pinball

        I really like the Marvell & Star Wars tables.
        In general I think the comic based tables are really cool with high production value.
        What about:
        - The Dark Tower (massive universe with the books and the Marvell comic series)
        - Sin City
        - 300! (THIS IS MULTIBALL!!!)
        - Iron Maiden (with the music, Eddy, you could do The Trooper and Aces High as great themes)

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        • #34
          There really are so many possibilities it makes your mouthwater thinking about it ... having seen how incredibly amazing the Star Wars tables are (I'm new to this and haven't even played the Marvel ones yet, which I'm convinced will be fantastic)

          I've no idea how Zen pursue lienses but there seem to me to be some franchises thata re crying out for their multi-table treatment and would make someone like me very happy (and willing to throw money at them)

          Doctor Who - It's such a strong franchise with such a rich history, and with 11 Doctors and a wealth of amazing, colourful sci-fi villains there's an obvious structure there and so much potential to exploit. I'm not sure if it has the following in the US, but here in the UK everybody knows, loves and is obsessed with the show. Doctor Who pinball really has to happen. It must.

          Lord of the Rings - Not a lot of fantasy themes on FX pinball, really and again it seems so obvious that it must be due to licensing that they haven't already. It's so popular and the potential for throwing cool stuff onto the tables based on the brilliant concepts from the movies is huge. Another 10 tables, easily..

          James Bond - Not sure it needs more than one table, but I would die for a James Bond table. I guess it would have a similar cool but sleazy vibe to the Han Solo table and again there's a great history of gadgets and villains that would be a lovely fit for pinball. Actually, yeah, multiple tables would work.

          Star Trek Obviously, who wouldn't want this? But not the new movies. RESPECT.

          80s cartoons Possibly not as current and marketable but may be cheaper to produce. Was playing a cool Masters of the Universe table on Future Pinball and it was amazing how well he theme worked and how much fun it was. Total nostalgia/comedy value of course, but Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Cities of Gold ... whatever you name it, it would be such fun.

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          • #35
            There was a thread back in 2010 about this. Had some great ideas. Read it here:
            https://forum.zenstudios.com/showthr...-in-the-future

            Here are some of the ideas I had from that thread:

            Heavy Metal
            Think 80's metal like Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Metallica, Judas Priest etc. Lots of potential here for some awesome imagery/props and sound effects, such as electric guitars and drums, modes like battle of the bands, world tours etc. You could have a tour bus, a jet too. Have a career mode where you have to work your way up from small venues to huge stadiums, each time completing songs and thrilling fans, fill a "fan meter" etc, complete the gig, and progress through the stages of your career to reach the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame! You could even have a little "mosh-pit" subtable like the one in Pasha! The possibilities are endless!

            Circus/Fun Fair
            I'm thinking along the lines of the real-life tables "Funhouse" and the gorgeous "Cirqus Voltaire". Extremely colourful and busy, evocative of the fair. Maybe a bit creepy and grimy too, but with flashing lightbulbs and neon signs of every colour. Dark, weather-beaten wood and brass would be cool. An assault on the senses. Game modes could be sideshow attractions like you get at the fun fair, such as the shooting range, coconut shy, dunk tank, hook-a-duck and the test your strength machine (hit the target with the ball as hard as you can - try to ring the bell). A lot of potential there.

            Baseball
            I am no expert on baseball, but I had a pinball game on my Atari ST back in the mid 90s called "Obsession Pinball". It had a baseball themed table, and I loved it so much. You would hit drop targets to "load the bases" and then shoot the right orbit for a homerun. I remember it had some of those organ sounds you get at some baseball parks.

            Casino
            This has so much potential. Lots of colourful, Vegas-like glitz, glamour and swank, like a Sonic the Hedgehog casino zone. That bombastic music that evokes thoughts of riches and decadence. Spinners like casino chips. You could have a sub table which is a roulette wheel, under the main playfield for example, or up in the corner - you could hit targets first which light Black or Red, Odd or Even etc, then shoot the ramp into the roulette wheel and win points based on the result. Other potential modes which would work great are Blackjack and Fruit Machines. You could spin a fruit machine every time to launch a new ball, perhaps even with the ability to bet your current points on it! Use the flippers to decide how much to bet.

            Games Tie-ins
            Something else I've always thought would be great is games tie-ins. I think it would be great if the big publishers would commission or license tables based on their big new games. Halo, Gears of War, Call of Duty, Assassin's Creed, hell, just about any big game would make a great pinball table I think.

            Movie Tie-ins
            I would love to see some movie tie-ins, but, not being much of a movie fan any more, my vote would be for my favourite childhood movies: Back to the Future, The Goonies, Ghostbusters, Willy Wonka especially would all be awesome. I don't know if it would be possible, or financially viable to license old movies like this, but I can dream.

            Heaven & Hell
            I thought of these as two different tables at first, but as it's virtual, this table could transform. Just like some of the tables darken for certain modes, this would transform from Heaven to Hell and vice versa when certain conditions were met. Imagine a light, angelic, celestial, ethereal, divine Heaven table, bathed in white light, with music to match, Angels, harp sounds etc... transforming into something dark, sinful and diabolical. White light and waterfalls turning into fire and brimstone, Angels into demons. Each mode could have it's own goals and objectives.

            Atlantis
            This could benefit from this virtual nature too. All of we know of Atlantis is legend of course, but that watery ruins thing is something that has always caught my imagination, ever since playing the Labyrinth zone in Sonic back in the day. It could make great use of water of course, hell, maybe the whole playfield could be underwater, maybe the goal being to raise it from the deep! If not, maybe have a sunken "Atlantis" visible under a transparent playfield. You could have ramps and targets of stone, ruined statues, a lush and verdant array of plants decorating it... it could be beautiful.

            Tiki
            I can't pretend to know much about it, but the whole Polynesian culture, the Tiki carvings, statues, imagery has always appealed to me. It's the exotic and tribal nature of the whole thing I like. I can't imagine what sort of game modes you could have, but I think it'd look great.

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            • #36
              Great ideas, Ozzpot! I especially like the "Tiki table" idea. I'm half Samoan and love that part of my culture. I think there could be some good ideas that can stem from that.
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              • #37
                I had a dream last night about a new table - Texas Hold 'em!

                I can remember quite a lot of detail of it:

                In the middle of the field there were two rows of blank, card-shaped graphics. Two on the bottom row, five on the top row. Each time you launched a new ball, two cards would appear on the bottom row. Obviously that was your hand. Then there was a spinner at the entrance to the right orbit which would increase you bet amount. Then you'd shoot a mission hole to bet, and three cards would appear in the top row (i.e the flop). If you shot the mission hole straight away, that was a "check", or of course, you could shoot the spinner to bet more. And so on.

                There were also three targets on the left that once hit would light "card up the sleeve" in a hole on the left. Shoot that and you could replace one of your cards with another (by using the scoreboard and flippers to select).

                Like I say, it was a dream, and it wasn't clear who you were playing against. I guess on the river the table would reveal it's own random hand or something. It would be interesting though because your score could go down as well as up!

                It seemed pretty cool in my dream. Thoughts?

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by gundamme1ster View Post
                  Doctor Who - It's such a strong franchise with such a rich history, and with 11 Doctors and a wealth of amazing, colourful sci-fi villains there's an obvious structure there and so much potential to exploit. I'm not sure if it has the following in the US, but here in the UK everybody knows, loves and is obsessed with the show. Doctor Who pinball really has to happen. It must.
                  Yes indeed. Dr Who tables are what I desire.

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                  • #39
                    I'm really loving the Marvel stuff and wouldn't mind seeing any number of new Marvel tables. Punisher seems like an obvious choice being that Zen already did a punisher game. Daredevil is a personal favorite of mine, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, and Bullseye all seem tailor made for pinball.

                    I'd also love to see Zen hook up with Image comics (Walking Dead is a great foot in the door) Saga is the best comic out now and would make a beautiful pin.

                    As a side note, Zen's relation with Disney makes a Toy Story table seem possible, and there is no way that could be bad

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                    • #40
                      My dream tables for the future..

                      I own every pinball table ZEN studios has thrown our way.
                      As soon as one is released i don't even bother playing a trial. I just buy at immediately.

                      For some of the tables i would like to see ZEN studios work on is:

                      1.Pirates of the Caribbean. (with 4 movies and a fifth coming there is loads of material. Also the soundtrack/theme is just amazing.very good.

                      2.Back to the Future. (my childhood in a pinball table..are you kidding me..go go go.)

                      3.Alien (Also again 4 movies so easy pickings what to put in..or not?)

                      4.Lord of the Rings (well, there is a real table, so why not create a fresh new digital one)

                      5.The NASA missions (OK, we have the MARS table, but i would like to play the history of space flight in a table with the Mercury,Gemini,Apollo and Space Shuttle missions)

                      6. Game of thrones (no explaination needed..;-) )

                      7. Pirates of Silicon Valley.( Play the history of computing..Xerox,Apple,IBM,Microsoft,HP...etc etc)

                      8. And last: a table that is again thought up from the ground up by ZEN. no movies, no series, no franchises(Star Wars,Marvel,etc..)...just an original "one of a kind idea" again.

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by mombazza View Post

                        8. And last: a table that is again thought up from the ground up by ZEN. no movies, no series, no franchises(Star Wars,Marvel,etc..)...just an original "one of a kind idea" again.
                        You'll get your wish on this one! We're working on more original stuff

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                        • #42
                          Pacman Pinball, Zen Please!

                          Personally I would like to see some Namco themed tables, a Pacman Table with a mini Pacman Video Mode etc. think that would be off the chain awesome!
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                          • #43
                            a sir mix alot table

                            a tribute to i like big butts could be alot of silly fun

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                            • #44
                              A Soul Train table!!!!!! And a Las Vegas themed table.
                              http://www.pinballmuseum.org/ The City Is My Church

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by lasvegaspinballhalloffame View Post
                                A Soul Train table!!!!!! And a Las Vegas themed table.
                                How many years have you been asking for this table now? Hehehehe Keep that hope alive!!
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