Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes is one of the latest games to be released under the Apple Arcade service. It provides a light hearted/comedic experience as players fight off zombies in a hilarious way, pinball.
Nevertheless, this isn’t like any standard game of pinball, it’s a fight for the protagonist life.
The Easy To Understand Story
Although that this is a sequel/ new addition to the Zombie Rollerz series, it easy for someone who hadn’t touched the series before to pick up and play. Yes, I haven’t touched the series beforehand.
Minus a few backstories for the protagonist and their allies, the story is easy to follow. There is a zombie apocalypse occuring in the game world and its up to the protagonist & their friends to rise up and defeat the zombies.
Gameplay of Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes
Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes gameplay mechanics are simple and hilarious to use. Like standard pinball there are flippers that the gamers control, which is done through touch controls. There is the familiar ball that players bounces around the environment, to which there are a variety of environments to play within.
However, unlike the usual method of scoring points, players must use the ball to kill incoming zombie hordes. Zombies advance towards the player (who’s stationed by the pinball flippers) and will attack when they’re close. Enemies come in a variety of classes ranging from a standard mindless zombie to a warrior based who is guarded by armour.
Even though the ball doesn’t fall through the flippers like conventional pinball, there is a way to lose. The way to lose is to have your health bar be emptied. A nice touch is that if the ball does go through the flippers there is a 10% health penalty to pay, although balls are unlimited to use.
Luck or Skill?
Not only is there the luck of shooting the ball and hoping it’ll hit, there is a chance to hone the gamers skill. The ball can be aimed with the assistance of a guideline and players can use their ultimate skill.
There are also multiple resources that players can obtain to help them through a battle sequence or to explore through the map.
Each character, which is unlocked via progression have their own unique skills. For my own play through I’ve only got the one character, but the method of certain skill sets is paramount. If the player uses these skills it’ll make playing more fun, challenging and help to feel less of a chore.
Butt Kicking Visuals & Audio
The game is beautiful for the eyes to gaze upon. Colourful and engaging for all age ranges for sure, this is guaranteed to encourage someone to keep playing.
Animations are smooth, especially the balls rolling and bouncing around the place. It can become hectic to look at, but funny as well. Although the visuals are memorable for me, the audio is non existent. There’s no voice acting (even though this game doesn’t need it), and the music is just there and nothing that get the player hyped to kick some zombie butt.
In regards to sound effects there is the usual cries from the enemies once they’re thwarted and the noise of balls flying around the place, other than that, nothing special to mention.
The Final Verdict.
I really enjoyed my time with Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes and would recommend it for arcade lovers.
Unique ideas and fun mechanisms are a sure win for someone who wants to pick up and play. Although, this title isn’t going to win any major awards or even be in the running for game of the year, it’s something that I’d play on a train journey with much enjoyment.