Two ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Tables Are Heading to ‘Zen Pinball’, ‘Star Wars Pinball’, and ‘Pinball FX 3’ Next Month

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Zen Studios just does not let up when it comes to releasing cool new licensed pinball games for their suite of digital pinball games. Last month saw the release of three new tables based around the Jurassic Park franchise in anticipation of the new Jurassic World movie releasing this June, and now Zen is ready to go back to one of their most rock-solid licenses with two brand new Star Wars tables arriving next month. These two tables are based on the most recent Star Wars film The Last Jedi, and as with all of Zen’s stuff feature some incredulous action and top-notch visuals. Here’s a trailer showing off both new The Last Jedi tables, followed by the official descriptions for both which, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, might be considered light spoilers.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Survive a First Order onslaught as the Resistance, train Rey in the ways of the Force on Ahch-To, and defend Finn from Captain Phasma, blasting away at stormtroopers as BB-8. Jump a ramp to shoot down TIE fighters, fight off Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer, and teach Rey that the Force isn’t just moving rocks!”

Star Wars: Ahch-To Island – Luke Skywalker (reluctantly) welcomes you to his secluded hideaway. Train Rey in the ways of the Force, convince Luke to join the Resistance and help Chewbacca deal with some Porg problems. You’ll even get a taste of everyday life on the island as Luke, including reminiscing about his Rebellion days through R2-D2’s hologram projections. And when the lights go off during a multiball mode? Let’s just hope the Force is with you…”

This new Star Wars Pinball: The Last Jedi pack is set to arrive across all platforms on April 17th, which means it’ll be part of both Zen Pinball [Free] and the Star Wars Pinball [$ 1.99] apps on iOS and Android and part of Pinball FX 3 on every other platform.

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Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It’s time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. These matters are always subjective, but you know what? I think we’ve got a really great list of updates this time around. Paid, free, popular, niche, whatever your fancy, there’s a little something here for you. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let’s dig in!

Horizon Chase – World Tour, Free This is one of my favorite racers on iOS. I love Outrun to pieces and this is a pretty excellent homage that manages to do a fair bit to distinguish itself. And hey, a content update! This new version adds a new Hawaii Cup to the game, with nine new tracks to race on. There are also two new cars to get, and a new Bodykit upgrade for all of the existing cars. This update also includes ReplayKit support, iPhone X compatibility, cross-save support with Apple TV, and a nice performance boost on Metal-capable devices. Yes, I’m handing out the coveted UMMSotW award to the first entry this week. You just never know what can happen around here!

Fire Emblem Heroes, Free When I first wrote about this update, I didn’t quite realize what a game-changer the new Rival Domains maps would be. These stages feature bigger maps, allow more units on the field, and also include bases to add strategic value to certain points. We’re not quite at the level of the mainline games yet in terms of tactical options, but I’ll be darned if this doesn’t bridge the gap a little. Plus, it’s great to finally have a use for friends beyond getting five feathers a day or whatever the ridiculous reward is.

Pinball Arcade Plus, $ 0.99 Pinball Arcade is honestly such a frustrating product. On the one hand, it’s a priceless treasure trove of classic pinball tables that would be virtually lost to most players were it not for the game’s existence. On the other hand, it’s been evident for a while that the developer bit off way more than they could chew with the many versions they’re trying to support. Mobile users get the tables pretty quickly, at least. This time we get Banzai Run, an extremely unique table designed by Pat Lawlor and Larry DeMar. This one is famous for its second playfield on the backboard, a feature that sets it apart from many other tables of its era. But although we’re up to date on tables, the bugs just seem to keep piling up. Take a couple months off from new tables and fix things up, devs. Please.

Tiny Rails, Free Tiny Rails got a pretty big update this week. Collect and upgrade cars to earn experience points to unlock rewards like new regions and new cars. The new Bonus Boxes offer gems, gold, speed boosts, and gumballs, and the daily rewards have been upgraded with better freebies. There’s a new area on offer, too. Explore Alaska and imagine what it would be like to annoyingly ask your neighbor if it’s cold enough for them every single morning. This update also includes a number of UI fixes, performance improvements, and some bug squashy-squashy.

FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS, Free I was going to write a thing about how silly it is that Lara Croft is appearing in a Final Fantasy game, but then I remembered both the existence of Final Fantasy 15 and also the fact that Ariana Grande has already been in this game in particular. So, you know. Carry on. Enjoy that Square Enix is making use of their acquired IP to create synergy with their upcoming Hollywood projects. All that. At least her sprite looks great, right? It’s as good a reason as any.

Shadowverse CCG, Free The Cygames answer to Hearthstone seems to be trucking along quite well. Good art goes a long way, I suppose. This update adds a bunch of stuff to the game, including some new main story chapters to play through, a new grand prix feature that presumably does… something, a new shard item, some adjustments to card text, and a few other little adjustments. The developers have also restored the ability to reconnect during private Take Two matches, so people with spotty internet can rejoice. Shadowverse is surprisingly hot in Japan, but I think it’s going to have to settle for simply being well-liked in the West.

CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars, Free You know, all I can think is that ALF really did the Tanners a solid by curbing his appetite for cats. It would have been so much harder to hide him if cats were disappearing in the neighborhood. Not that it canonically did him much good anyway. Poor ALF. Um, right, this game has nothing to do with ALF. This update has a new co-op game mode for you to play around with, along with some new ultimate toolboxes, boosters, parts, and so on. Also some UI improvements and bug fixes,yay! It kind of bothers me that they always called him ‘ALF’ instead of Gordon. It’s not like it was a tough name to pronounce. Focus, Shaun. Focus.

Cookie Jam – Match 3 Games, Free See, you were probably expecting a King puzzle game to appear in this list somewhere. But I’ve gone and thrown you a curve ball, haven’t I? No King game this time around! Instead, we’ve got something totally different. Yes, that’s right, it’s Cookie Jam. Mind blown, right? Feeling pretty proud of myself right now, I tell you what. Oh, so this update? It has, if you can believe this, 20 new levels to play. You know, if you’ve already finished all the other levels. You probably haven’t, but just think of the future where you’re playing these. Aw yeah.

Clash of Clans, Free I’m not even going to pretend that I know enough about Clash of Clans to say what any given point of its updates means. So I’m just going to paraphrase the update notes and let you all handle the rest. The spring update has arrived, bringing with it Builder Hall 8 and some new weapons in the form of the Mega Tesla and the Super P.E.K.K.A., which I presume stands for ‘Pretty Extreme Koolaid Killing Aroma’. Because what else could it stand for? This update also adds a mystical trader with a rotating daily selection of magic goods, and some new magic items, challenges, and so on. And with that, I move on.

The Sandbox Evolution, Free Here’s a nice way to finish things off this week. The newest version of The Sandbox Evolution adds some giant monsters to the game, along with new building segments, a base, and five new military troops. You can create your own giant monster movie, as long as you don’t mind those monsters being a cyclops and a giant enemy crab. Wait, they’re not enemies? You control them and try to smash cities? Oh. Ohhhhh. I see what you did here, Pixowl. Very sly, I love it. Anyway, if you’ve ever dreamed of rampaging through cities without leaving the comfort of your sandbox, here you go.

That about wraps it up for last week’s significant updates. I’m sure I’ve missed some, though, so please feel free to comment below and let everyone know if you think something should be mentioned. As usual, major updates will likely get their own news stories throughout this week, and I’ll be back next Monday to summarize and fill in the blanks. Have a great week!

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Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It’s time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. It’s a bit of a short list this week as far as interesting updates go, which might be fortunate since I’m sick as a dog at the moment. While I’m a little loopy from my cold medicine, I think I found some interesting game updates to look at. Either that or I found a bunch of pictures of alpacas. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let’s dig in!

Sky Gamblers – Infinite Jets, $ 4.99 Alas, poor Sky Gamblers! I knew it, friends; a game of Infinite Jets, of graphics quite fancy. References to ill-fated Danish princes having been done and excised from my system, I can now move on to this rather nice update. It includes 12 new airplanes, 8 new weapons, a new San Francisco mission for the campaign, and some improvements to the multiplayer system based on feedback from players. Oh, and bug fixes. The rest is silence.

FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper, Free Record Keeper has done quite a few cross-overs in its time. One might argue that the game’s very premise is built on game cross-overs. At first, it largely kept within the main Final Fantasy series, which then bled out to side games before giving away to games that barely had any connection at all. Thus, it was really just a matter of time before the game dove right into a cross-over with Square’s other huge worldwide franchise, Kingdom Hearts. Recruit Sora and Riku, battle Ansem and company, get Kingdom Hearts costumes for characters like Cloud and Tyro, and scope out the brand new backgrounds inspired by the Kingdom Hearts games. Everything is Sora, and now so is this game.

Candy Crush Soda Saga, Free Yes, this game is still plugging away with new levels. The update notes rarely say anything specific, and that’s again the case here. So basically, you can look forward to 15 more levels of matching candies and filling the play field with soda. Are there any new gimmicks? Maybe! But maybe not. The only way to find out would be to play through hundreds of levels, and while I would do anything for these articles, I won’t do that. No I won’t… do… that.

Gangstar Vegas, Free Gangstar Vegas sure is a Gangstar game set in Vegas, alright. That means sometimes you win big, and sometimes you lose bigger. That’s Vegas, baby. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. In update terms, that means new cars, new costumes and character customization options, new weapons, and some refinements to the UI. This new version also improves compatibility with newer devices and features. Does anyone have any more Vegas cliches I can trot out? I’m having trouble stretching this paragraph out.

Faily Brakes, Free Apparently, Faily Brakes is two years old now. Was the Flappy Bird craze really that long ago? Probably longer, I guess. I’m not going to look. Anyway, to celebrate this momentous occasion, the game has gotten a pretty nifty update. The hero, whose name is Phil, heads back to the 1980s because we’re not done with that decade yet. What you get is a new level with some secret cars hidden in it, an improved store, and a new Retro Future theme. Don’t worry, though, you can still play on the Classic themes if you want. The brakes may have failed, but the game has done anything but.

Zen Pinball, Free The dinosaurs have arrived in Zen Pinball with its latest update. Three new tables based on the Jurassic Park franchise have been added to the game via IAPs. The first table is based on Jurassic Park and tries to incorporate famous scenes from the film. Next, a table based on Jurassic World, the hit movie that revived the franchise. Finally, an original table called Jurassic Park Pinball Mayhem that is free to just go wild with whatever dinosaur-related shenanigans the good folks at Zen could come up with. I love dinosaurs and I love pinball, so this is an easy choice for this week’s coveted UMMSotW award.

PAC-MAN, Free Pac-Man and Sonic. At one point this might have seemed a monumental meeting, but both of these guys have seen better days. I even saw them slugging it out with each other a few years ago while Mega Man and Diddy Kong just stood there shaking their heads. The hatchet seems buried, however, as SEGA’s speedy mascot is now guest-starring in Pac-Man. Sonic-themed tournaments, a limited time Sonic maze, and more fun stuff await. If you like Sonic, I’d recommend checking it out just for the novelty factor.

Sonic Dash, Free That cross-over isn’t just in one direction, however. Gaming’s original icon has seen fit to visit Sonic’s world, and he has chosen the bafflingly successful original Sonic Dash as his host. Anyway, the usual rules apply here for guest characters. There’s a special reskinned boss, a playable character that is available for a short time, and gobs of stuff to collect if you want to keep that guest character around. It’s interesting that in spite of this game having two newer sequels, it’s this one that keeps getting the interesting new content added to it.

That about wraps it up for last week’s significant updates. I’m sure I’ve missed some, though, so please feel free to comment below and let everyone know if you think something should be mentioned. As usual, major updates will likely get their own news stories throughout this week, and I’ll be back next Monday to summarize and fill in the blanks. Have a great week!

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Opens this Week and ‘Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic’ is Half Price and ‘Star Wars Pinball’ is Free to Celebrate

There’s nothing better than getting into the spirit of the season, and by season of course I’m talking about new Star Wars movie season. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is hitting theaters this Friday (or rather Thursday night at midnight, if you’re doing it right) and based on what I’m hearing from those who were fortunate enough to see it ahead of release it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. I’m incredibly excited to see it, and both Zen Studios and Aspyr Media are also excited it seems as they’re getting in on the fun by offering some deep discounts on their Star Wars mobile games. First up is BioWare’s absolute stone-cold classic RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [$ 9.99].

Originally released in 2003, Knights of the Old Republic (or KOTOR) holds up incredibly well even today. The iOS version has been around for several years, and due to the semi-turn-based combat in the game the experience translates really well to the touchscreen. It’s been on sale a ton in the past, but it hasn’t been this low since the May the 4th Be With You celebration earlier this year. There are hours upon hours of content in KOTOR so if you’ve yet to pick this one up on mobile the $ 5 sale price beckons you. If you need a gentle push, please refer to our original 2013 review or Shaun’s very in-depth RPGReload feature from early 2015.

Over on the Zen Studios side of things, they’ve dropped the price of their Star Wars Pinball [Free] app to celebrate the release of The Last Jedi. How far did they drop it? All the way down to free! The Star Wars Pinball app is sold piecemeal so the initial download will net you the Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back table for free with many, MANY additional tables available as in-app purchases. Still, you can’t sneeze at a free Star Wars pinball table that usually costs $ 1.99. Just try to sneeze at it, you can’t!

Like KOTOR, Star Wars Pinball has been around for a number of years but also hasn’t seen a sale since last May 4th. If you’re a Star Wars fan and especially if you’re gearing up to see The Last Jedi this week, either game is worthy of your time to get into the Star Wars spirit. Oh, and while I imagine just about everybody is doing their darndest to avoid spoilers for the new movie, let me just throw this out there: Chewbacca has been Darth Vader this whole time!

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, and Back to the Future Arrive in ‘Zen Pinball’ in New Universal Classics Pack

Zen Studios has been slowly teasing their latest Zen Pinball [Free] DLC pack, which is based on three classic Universal film franchises, since early last month. First was a trailer for a table based on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, then they released the trailer for a table based on Jaws at the end of the month. Then last week they released a trailer for a table based on the Back to the Future trilogy, along with the news that this Universal Classics pack would be released on Tuesday, September 26th. Hey, that’s today! And indeed all three tables are now live in the Zen Pinball app. Here’s all three trailers again.

Each of these new tables is available as in-app purchases for $ 1.99 apiece. I’m a huge fan of all three film franchises and also a big fan of Zen’s brand of over-the-top digital pinball, so I snatched up all three tables the moment they arrived and have spent a few minutes with each. My initial impressions are that these are three more high-quality tables from Zen that utilize the licenses really well and feature lots of cool “couldn’t be possible in real life” elements. At least, from a visual and gameplay standpoint that’s true. The big drawback here is that the game doesn’t use any of the actual voice clips from the movies, which is understandable, but it also doesn’t utilize any of the actual music from these movies either, which is more baffling. These are three movie franchises with absolutely iconic scores, so losing that diminishes their impact a bunch. That said, they’re still super fun and if you typically enjoy Zen’s licensed tables (and especially if you normally play without sound anyway) you should definitely consider checking out these three new tables in the Universal Classics pack.

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INKS guide – how to create works of pinball art

INKS puts a clever new spin on everyone’s favorite classic arcade game, pinball. The core mechanics are the same — keep a little ball pinging around the board for as long as possible without letting it fall into the precarious holes in the board.

In INKS, however, your pinball leaves delightful trails of watercolor ink wherever it travels, creating beautiful displays of color. Rather than racking up the points, you’ll be more interested in seeing the colorful designs you can create. We have a few tips to help you get the most out of INKS.

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