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  • ALH2012
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    Originally posted by OriginalEther View Post
    Again, if it's difficult because it's challenging, that's one thing. If it's annoying, that's another, and from what I'm reading this table falls more under the annoying side.
    Well if you are reading this very thread then you'll see that the opinions on the difficulty/annoyance level of The Walking Dead are about even split.And that is fine.It is not a table that takes your hand and walks you completely through the park.If one wants that then there are other Zen tables that are more accessible for players looking for an easy game.Not everything needs to be streamlined towards the lowest common denominator.Zen does provide somewhat variety when it comes to the difficulty level of their tables.And that is a good thing.

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  • OriginalEther
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    Maybe. But with so many other good games out there (in contrast to the Atari era, where there were so many bad ones it crashed the industry), there's not much room for patience. If the game's not fun, people aren't going to stick around.

    Again, if it's difficult because it's challenging, that's one thing. If it's annoying, that's another, and from what I'm reading this table falls more under the annoying side.

    Difficulty modes are a good thing, because it is tough for designers to find the right balance, especially in an era of hardcore games, young kids, casual gamers, and beginners. Having multiple difficulty levels, or doing the easy main quest with a bunch of more difficult side quests/conditions method, allows the game to appeal to all sorts of players.

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  • ALH2012
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    Originally posted by Cloda View Post
    I agree with you in principle, also being an old school gamer, but in the context of Zen wanting to draw a new group of players to pinball the difficulty of this table might not be so conducive.
    That is true but that is also part of my previous point.If the players in question genuinely like pinball and in this case genuinely like The Walking Dead table well then they should not only learn to accept the challenge but even embrace it.That can be part of the fun.

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  • Skode
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    I think beginner players want to be mesmerized and feel empowered for all their rookie skill level. Ms Sploshion Man, Fantastic Four, Sorcerers Lair and Plants Vs Zombies are all straight forward tables with a bit of visual flair and no table thump worthy awkward shots (which is why i never listed Epic Quest - that cave sink hole aint something new players will be able to hit regular). Sorcerers Lair is the ideal free table as its easy to distinguish what does what, the shots and modes are all straight forward, any player should access a free ball/multiball mode with ease, the missions can all be accessed even if you fail some meaning people dont get frustrating if one particular mode is causing them problems and the lights on the table clearly indicate what people should be aiming for... which isnt always the case for all the tables where some views = harder to discern what your going for next.

    More of that is what i would say is ideal for newer players to get hooked on... big packs with three to four tables are ideal for flexing difficulty muscles as well as throw the dog a bone in giving rookies a table or two to have fun on instead of be flustered with. I think big score tables are also ideal for new players... it can be brutal for new players trying to get some sort of score they will be proud of with some tables like say Rome but Darth Vader on the other hand could be their first ten million score and thats just for assembling Vader himself prior to starting the table proper. Back in my days of starting i had to perceive as in game table helps were rubbish compared to now and trying to be anything but a novice when you've the likes of tiny score spe******t table Extreme or equally too small for noobs to be comfortable with Speed Machine. It was only with Buccaneer i truly started to get a feel for the game and i started to get the hang on what i was meant to be doing with it - not just the tables specific modes but the universal skills needed such as trapping the ball > flailing at the ball like a lunatic.

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  • Cloda
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    Originally posted by ALH2012 View Post
    Difficulty level is a fundamental question in games.I'm an oldschool gamer.Starting out on the Atari 2600 over C64 then Amiga then Consoles and PC.Games back then could be bloody difficult, sometimes downright unfair and an incredible challenge.Over time most games have become childs play and are aimed at beginners.Sure some games you can increase the difficulty level but i'm not a believer in difficulty level.There should only be one.I like a challenge and if the game is too tough then i am too weak.I need to improve my skills, my knowledge of the game or go home.Besting a game is a great part of the experience.Nowadays games are gift wrapped for rookies to give them a feeling of accomplishment that really is of limited value because it is all too easy.
    And concerning pinball specifically.Real pinball tables can be very tricky, they can be unfair.Total control is not absolutely given, there is an element of chance that is at the very nature and heart of pinball.I personally don't want the Zen tables that have no element of uncertainty and guarantee hours of secure gameplay.To me that is not what pinball gameplay is all about.And that is why i definitely welcome a little more dangerous slingshots and anything really to make the gameplay more tricky and challenging.
    I agree with you in principle, also being an old school gamer, but in the context of Zen wanting to draw a new group of players to pinball the difficulty of this table might not be so conducive.

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  • ALH2012
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    Originally posted by Cloda View Post
    where they can then make it a more accessible table for beginner players.
    Difficulty level is a fundamental question in games.I'm an oldschool gamer.Starting out on the Atari 2600 over C64 then Amiga then Consoles and PC.Games back then could be bloody difficult, sometimes downright unfair and an incredible challenge.Over time most games have become childs play and are aimed at beginners.Sure some games you can increase the difficulty level but i'm not a believer in difficulty level.There should only be one.I like a challenge and if the game is too tough then i am too weak.I need to improve my skills, my knowledge of the game or go home.Besting a game is a great part of the experience.Nowadays games are gift wrapped for rookies to give them a feeling of accomplishment that really is of limited value because it is all too easy.
    And concerning pinball specifically.Real pinball tables can be very tricky, they can be unfair.Total control is not absolutely given, there is an element of chance that is at the very nature and heart of pinball.I personally don't want the Zen tables that have no element of uncertainty and guarantee hours of secure gameplay.To me that is not what pinball gameplay is all about.And that is why i definitely welcome a little more dangerous slingshots and anything really to make the gameplay more tricky and challenging.

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  • Cloda
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    Originally posted by wims View Post
    To conclude, it takes a special learning and you had to strive above that WD table to begin to enjoy (that learning isn't really funy, and not accessible for beginners). So already be a fan of the gameroom for much enjoy, and hope for success.
    Originally posted by OriginalEther View Post
    I don't think this were Zen should be aiming for a difficult table. I know some here find the tables too easy. But these posters are better than 95-99% of the players out there. They would also buy a generic themed table. When Zen pays money to get the Walking Dead (or any other trademark) license, I think they are aiming to also attract Walking Dead fans who otherwise wouldn't consider video pinball. How many of these fans are going to buy another table when they can't get anywhere on this table for the above mentioned reasons?
    The more I play this table, as a long time follower of Zen, the more I see its pro's and con's and the evolution of their table designs. This table is lovely to look at but actually don't have that much going on, on it but you have to play through wizard mode (as far as I can tell?) to get a big score and because of the slingshots it has some real inherent difficulty. Now that I have learned to go back to a very careful and calculated style of game-play for this table (e.g. catch the ball before shooting, always have the kickbacks activated before doing anything else, only do risky shots when have ball-save or in a multi-ball) I have managed to play through wizard mode a couple of times and I can see a Billion score being on the cards for me without spamming anything. The table thus fits in nicely for me with Zen's broad selection of tables. The point I agree with though, that has been made by both Wims and OriginalEther, is that you would have expected a table aimed at a specific crowd of non-pinball followers to be one where you can keep the ball alive on for long without too much effort. Without that, they will just have a bit of fun, but probably accept that pinball is just too tough and confusing for them. Ms. Splosion man did that really well for me. Anyway, the deed has been done, so lets hope they get a chance to do a table for the second season of the Walking Dead game where they can then make it a more accessible table for beginner players.

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  • Arie01
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    The walking dead table, hmmm what to think about it...

    Theme, artwork, style i like it very much, Zen really nailed this one to represent every part of the game in this table including atmosphere and sounds.

    But there is something that i really don't like about it and that is game play.

    1.st there are so much of ramps in it , like in Guardians of the Galaxy, Hulk, Droids,Dr. Strange. Why are you spamming so much with ramps on every table? The complexity of the tables aren't achieved by the number of ramps but with the diversity of game modes.
    Look some original tables like Bride of Pinbot, Star trek, Circus Voltaire.

    2.nd Please stop adding hard to hit buttons(holes) on the side of every table, every time it is the same layout. You must wait for ball at the tip of the flipper to hit that one, or get lucky bounce from bumpers and that is really annoying and killing the flow of every game. Every table should be accessible for hitting point not to get lucky shoots.
    Every button to hit it is almost and 90 degree angle to hit + impossible ball speed it is really impossible to hit i am not spider-man to have my seances tingling.

    3. Mechanics of the ball is to light and fast that you cant even react when you hit side of the ramp and then it drains. Either change the physics of the ball a little or give us bigger play field for future tables.

    4. This is the question. Why players choose their modes with flippers which they wanna play, why aren't they changing randomly when ball hit bumpers? ---> In this way i can rig the game, choose 1 mode to play and fail it on purpose just to get some points, and play it again and again.

    5. Why aren't in any pinball table random reward system implemented? When you hit hole 3 times you get chance to get some random reward 2x,4x , bigger score on ramps, extra ball lit, side pits lit, instant mission to play etc...

    6. I have noticed that you have added almost the same mission from PVZ to TWD, in PVZ there was the challange and in TWD that is the mission of shooting zombies as they are coming to the ball drain.


    Overall i like the table (in theme kinda way), it is refreshing addition to walk away from Marvel & Star Wars spam --- it almost feel like ZEN had finally released original table, like Pasha, Rome, Tesla, Bio lab, Mars, Excalibur

    For example of very good table design which offers luck,modes (2:54), challenge,clear visible skill shoots,big clear play-field, not ridiculous ramp spam is

    Circus Voltaire
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    or
    High Roller Casino Pinball -which implemented whole casino themes like poker, black jack, slot machines roulette table
    My Stern High Roller Casino Pinball with LEDs under playfield.

    or
    Who Dunnit? - they have implemented gambling with your points to get some reward--- that is really ingenuous.
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    There is so much great ideas for having in the gameplay of every table just please look at features on other pinball machines and what made them unforgettable original.
    My advice to you developers, before trying to build another table go out and play some old pinball machines, watch their mechanics , software, modes, features and then design a table.
    Last edited by Arie01; 08-31-2014, 09:20 PM.

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  • FourWinds
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    After playing more I have to agree that the slingshot power is a pain. Yeah sure a few spins give you kickbacks, but not 'all the protection you need'... No they don't, as a few times I've had a kickback bounce between slingshots and go back down the same outlane! I've had to move the nudge to the d-pad too, so I can be fast enough if some shot I make wants to go STDM on me.

    I still like it, but I'm going along with those who say that this randomness will mean it's not going to be at the top of my favourite list.

    P.S. Why can't nudge be set to both the left stick and d-pad at the same time; why is it an OR instead of an AND?

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  • OriginalEther
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    As a disclaimer, I haven't bought this table yet.

    I think wims has summed it up well. There is a difference in something being difficult because it's challenging, and something being difficult because it's annoying.

    As a reference, Masters of the Force does both. The missions themselves are challenging. That's cool. But it's annoying as hell to get those missions started. That's not so cool.

    I get the vibe that Walking Dead, with it's slingshots and this orbit, falls more into the annoying category.

    I don't think this were Zen should be aiming for a difficult table. I know some here find the tables too easy. But these posters are better than 95-99% of the players out there. They would also buy a generic themed table. When Zen pays money to get the Walking Dead (or any other trademark) license, I think they are aiming to also attract Walking Dead fans who otherwise wouldn't consider video pinball. How many of these fans are going to buy another table when they can't get anywhere on this table for the above mentioned reasons?

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  • Metalzoic
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    My first impressions were really good. I'm really happy to finally see a table with energetic slings and mean outlanes that are more like a real pinball table. It also has a lot of different, cool ideas and rules that I like. Love that it doesn't have a physical cabinet to contain it, but that it sits embedded in the world.

    However now that I have played many, many games of it on both Vita and PS4 my initial impression has changed. For fun-factor, satisfying/interesting shots and overall design I'd place this one towards the bottom of the list of all the Zen/PFx tables as far as being "good" goes.

    It feels like it needed more time to cook before release. Anyone know who designed this one?

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  • wims
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    After a few games, I go back a little on my first impressions. Physic is not so difficult as I said (less than Deadpool), but still pretty complex for casual or beginners gamers, who couldn't hope to play more than 10 minutes per game.

    In terms of architecture, some lanes must be avoid for a best game (not fun cause you have to play with 75% of the table).

    The atmosphere is really terrible (yeah well the first table that is not PEGI 7 !) and I really like.

    To conclude, it takes a special learning and you had to strive above that WD table to begin to enjoy (that learning isn't really funy, and not accessible for beginners). So already be a fan of the gameroom for much enjoy, and hope for success.

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  • ALH2012
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    Originally posted by ctx View Post
    I can understand why people don't like the right orbit shot, but I think the table is better for it being there. It is first of all not nearly as dangerous as is claimed, it is never unsaveable and you often don't even need to nudge. You do have to make a quick judgement about what to do, though. Second, it is very rarely necessary to make that shot, unless you are playing for the Fortress multiball, which you shouldn't if you feel the shot is a big risk. Even in modes where that shot is lit, you usually (always??) have another shot lit that you can choose instead. It is refreshing and enjoyable to me to have some Zen tables where you have to put some thought into whether a shot is worthwhile.
    Couldn't agree more.

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  • skyway73
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    Originally posted by ctx View Post
    I think in real pinball most dangerous successful shots are bash toys, like grave/sparky/coffin in Metallica, recognizer/disc in Tron, most everything you want to shoot in Iron Man, etc. But, there are not many bash toys in Zen games and a lot of the fun and danger of bash toys really comes from airballs and ball spin, neither of which physics in Zen games really allows for.

    Most dangerous returns from good shots ramps/slings/orbits on real tables are dangerous because they put you in the slings, not because they can drain you directly (of course there are MANY examples where a shot that only makes it halfway up a ramp is in severe danger).

    I can understand why people don't like the right orbit shot, but I think the table is better for it being there. It is first of all not nearly as dangerous as is claimed, it is never unsaveable and you often don't even need to nudge. You do have to make a quick judgement about what to do, though. Second, it is very rarely necessary to make that shot, unless you are playing for the Fortress multiball, which you shouldn't if you feel the shot is a big risk. Even in modes where that shot is lit, you usually (always??) have another shot lit that you can choose instead. It is refreshing and enjoyable to me to have some Zen tables where you have to put some thought into whether a shot is worthwhile.

    Anyway, don't shoot that orbit and don't use the upper flipper to bash the zombie, and you immediately reduce your chances of a rough drain by a lot. You can still light the kickbacks by shooting the orbit through the left side, or through the smile loop which you will be hitting a lot anyway to bash the zombie, or by shooting the right orbit in modes where you will be saved from a drain (Scout Ahead, when you have extra time during the single ball part of mode 5, I think one or two others).
    A whole lot of sense spoken there CTX, couldn't agree more.

    Again, I would like to know if players finding a lot of drains from the right loop are playing on PS3 as it has happened to me only once or twice and I've played quite a bit. Or maybe I'm just avoiding it, not sure.

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  • ctx
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    I think in real pinball most dangerous successful shots are bash toys, like grave/sparky/coffin in Metallica, recognizer/disc in Tron, most everything you want to shoot in Iron Man, etc. But, there are not many bash toys in Zen games and a lot of the fun and danger of bash toys really comes from airballs and ball spin, neither of which physics in Zen games really allows for.

    Most dangerous returns from good shots ramps/slings/orbits on real tables are dangerous because they put you in the slings, not because they can drain you directly (of course there are MANY examples where a shot that only makes it halfway up a ramp is in severe danger).

    I can understand why people don't like the right orbit shot, but I think the table is better for it being there. It is first of all not nearly as dangerous as is claimed, it is never unsaveable and you often don't even need to nudge. You do have to make a quick judgement about what to do, though. Second, it is very rarely necessary to make that shot, unless you are playing for the Fortress multiball, which you shouldn't if you feel the shot is a big risk. Even in modes where that shot is lit, you usually (always??) have another shot lit that you can choose instead. It is refreshing and enjoyable to me to have some Zen tables where you have to put some thought into whether a shot is worthwhile.

    Anyway, don't shoot that orbit and don't use the upper flipper to bash the zombie, and you immediately reduce your chances of a rough drain by a lot. You can still light the kickbacks by shooting the orbit through the left side, or through the smile loop which you will be hitting a lot anyway to bash the zombie, or by shooting the right orbit in modes where you will be saved from a drain (Scout Ahead, when you have extra time during the single ball part of mode 5, I think one or two others).

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