Zen Studios is relentless in its effort to produce the world’s best stylized virtual pinball tables. Take Monty Python and the Holy Grail, turn it into a cartoon and throw it into a pinball machine; from this, Epic Quest Pinball is born.
Those looking for a challenge won’t find it here, but there is still fun to be had. Anyone seeking mindless flipper-flipping has stumbled upon the right game. Because, let’s be honest, most of us aren’t very good at pinball to begin with. Everyone acts like they know what they’re doing, but in reality, we’ve all just got our flipper fingers set to rapid fire mode. Usually, that’s not as rewarding as it would seem. Many pinball tables require more strategy than that, but not Epic Quest. And therein lies the beauty.
There is a “game-within-the-game” feature, though, where health bars come into play. Using this, monsters can be slayed based on which tunnel they’re flicked through. But I actually paid little attention, as I hardly even noticed this piece of the game.
There’s nothing serious about this pinball table, in art style nor in difficulty. The lighthearted visuals set the table for a quick and fun experience that requires little in the way of forethought. I’d liken it to a medieval puppet theater, stylistically.
In terms of difficulty, this table is easy enough for the most inexperienced of pinballers (I would know). Once the launcher has been pulled, feel free to have at it. The tempo of this table is easy enough to keep up with, but involved enough to keep your attention for a few rounds. Of course, that’s my issue with pinball games. Once I’ve entered my initials two or three times, I’m probably not going to be coming back to it for a while. That said, anyone looking to whet their appetite for a simple pinball experience should give Epic Quest a go for Pinball FX 2.
Review based on Xbox 360 release.