Pinball FX3 last edited by Nes on 11/01/20 11:49AM View full history

Overview

Pinball FX3 is a free-to-play virtual pinball collection developed and digitally published by Zen Studios for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC (via Steam and Windows Store) on September 26, 2017. It was later released for the Nintendo Switch on December 12, 2017.

The sequel to Pinball FX2, Pinball FX3 is the first to use its "Pinball FX" branding on all platforms. Along with new licensed tables, Pinball FX3 is the first in the series to feature recreations of real-world pinball tables (from Williams and Bally). The game also features new competitive asynchronous multiplayer options (including league and tournament play).

Most of the tables that were purchased for either Pinball FX2 or Zen Pinball 2 can be acquired for free on Pinball FX3. Due to licensing issues, some tables can not be transferred.

Gameplay

Like the previous entry in the series, Pinball FX3 is a free to play shell with the table Sorcerer's Lair being free with others available for purchase. The game features a persistent player level that is increased by playing the tables and earning points. As players level up they earn different borders and backgrounds for their player card.

Single Player

Starting the Epic Quest Table
Starting the Epic Quest Table

Selecting the single player option gives players the chance to play any of their purchased tables alone, or with a friend via the hotseat mode which has players taking turns on a single screen.

When selecting a table players are given multiple options:

  • Single Player & Hotseat - This is the main mode of the game. Players play a full game of pinball, trying to complete table goals or getting high scores. This mode has a few sub options such as single player, classic single player, hotseat, and practice. Single player allows the use of scoring upgrades while classic does not.
  • Table Mastery - Players can look at how much mastery they have unlocked for each of the tables.
  • Upgrades - Players can turn on or off any of the upgrades earned on an individual table. These upgrades are gained by playing the tables and achieving certain goals such as amount of bumpers hit or skill shots. These upgrades will affect the scoring of the game.
  • Table Guide - The table guide walks players through the mechanics of each table and how they work.
  • Challenges - The challenges section has players playing a table with altered rules in order to unlock more table upgrades. Each challenge has up to five stars that can be earned. The different challenges are 1 ball, 5 minute, and survival.

Matchup

Selecting a Match
Selecting a Match

Matchup mode is an online multiplayer mode which gives players an option to choose from three different opponents. They are ranked from easiest challenge to hardest challenge, with the harder challenges netting better rewards. Players are given a rank depending on how many games are won/lost.

Players also earn a diversity bonus for playing on multiple different tables.

Tournaments

Entering the Tournament Section
Entering the Tournament Section

In tournaments mode players can participate in both official and player created tournaments. Tournaments are set for a certain number of days and players can play that table using the settings the creator has set up to try and set the highest score possible. After the set amount of days are up players are then ranked based on their score.

When creating tournaments players have the option to choose the amount of days, whether it is regular style or one of the challenge mode styles, and whether or not players can use upgrades.

Leaderboards

The Xbox One Leaderboard for Moon Knight
The Xbox One Leaderboard for Moon Knight

The leaderboards section allows players to look at their scores on any table and compare them to people around the world or their friends.

Several options are available for each table:

  • Single Play All-Time
  • Single Play Weekly
  • Classic Play All-Time
  • Classic Play Weekly
  • Survival Challenge All-Time
  • Survival Challenge Weekly
  • 1-Ball Challenge All-Time
  • 1-Ball Challenge Weekly
  • 5 Minute Challenge All-Time
  • 5 Minute Challenge Weekly

There are also 2 global leaderboards that span across all tables, Wizard Score and Superscore.

Tables (New)

Original

Carnival Legends

Released on December 19, 2017 for $6.99. Also included in the Zen Originals Season 2 bundle.

  • Son of Zeus
  • Adventure Land

Licensed

Universal Classics Pinball

Released with the base game for $9.99. Contains three tables based on three classic film franchises from Universal Pictures.

Jurassic World Pinball

Released on February 20, 2018 for $9.99. Contains three tables based on the Jurassic Park film franchise.

Star Wars Pinball: The Last Jedi

Released on April 17, 2018 for $6.99. Contains two tables based on the 2017 film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Also included in the Star Wars Pinball Season 2 bundle.

  • Star Wars Pinball: The Last Jedi
  • Star Wars Pinball: Ahch-To Island

Star Wars Pinball: Solo

Released on September 12, 2018 for $9.99. Contains three tables based on the 2018 film Solo: A Star Wars Story. Also included in the Star Wars Pinball Season 2 bundle.

Recreated

Williams Pinball (Free)

Released on October 9, 2018 for free.

Williams Pinball: Volume 1

Released on October 9, 2018 for $9.99.

Williams Pinball: Volume 2

Released on December 4, 2018 for $9.99.

Williams Pinball: Volume 3

Released on March 19, 2019 for $9.99.

Williams Pinball: Volume 4

Released on May 28, 2019 for $9.99.

Williams Pinball: Universal Monsters Pack

Released on October 29, 2019 for $9.99.

Williams Pinball: Volume 5

Released on December 10, 2019 for $9.99.

Williams Pinball: Volume 6

Released on October 20, 2020 for $9.99.

Tables (Returning)

64 of the 78 tables from Pinball FX2 return in Pinball FX3. Unless otherwise specified, all tables were released at the same time as the base game.

Owners of these tables in Pinball FX2 can download the tables for free, as long as they were owned with the same account on the same system. The Sorcerer's Lair table is now free for all users, no matter whether they purchased it in Pinball FX2 or not.

Original

Original tables not brought over from Pinball FX2 include Speed Machine, Extreme, Agents, Buccaneer, and Nightmare Mansion.

Free Table

  • Sorcerer's Lair

Zen Classics

Released for $9.99. Also included in the Zen Originals Season 1 bundle.

  • El Dorado
  • Shaman
  • Tesla
  • V12

Medieval Pack

Released for $4.99. Also included in the Zen Originals Season 1 bundle.

  • Epic Quest
  • Excalibur

Sci-Fi Pack

Released for $9.99. Also included in the Zen Originals Season 1 bundle.

  • Earth Defense
  • Mars
  • Paranormal

Iron & Steel Pack

Released for $4.99. Also included in the Zen Originals Season 2 bundle.

Core Collection

Released for $9.99. Also included in the Zen Originals Season 2 bundle.

  • Pasha
  • Rome
  • Biolab
  • Secrets of the Deep

Star Wars

Star Wars Pinball

Released for $9.99. Also included in the Star Wars Pinball Season 1 bundle.

Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force

Released for $9.99. Also included in the Star Wars Pinball Season 1 bundle.

Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within

Released for $9.99. Also included in the Star Wars Pinball Season 1 bundle.

Star Wars Pinball: The Force Awakens

Released for $4.99. Also included in the Star Wars Pinball Season 2 bundle.

Star Wars Pinball: Unsung Heroes

Released for $6.99. Also included in the Star Wars Pinball Season 2 bundle.

Marvel

Marvel Pinball Original Pack

Released for $9.99. Also included in the Marvel Pinball Season 1 bundle.

Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue

Released for $9.99. Also included in the Marvel Pinball Season 1 bundle.

Marvel Pinball: Marvel Legends Pack

Released for $9.99. Also included in the Marvel Pinball Season 1 bundle.

Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles

Released for $9.99. Also included in the Marvel Pinball Season 2 bundle.

Marvel's Women of Power

Released for $6.99. Also included in the Marvel Pinball Season 2 bundle.

Marvel Pinball: Heavy Hitters

Released for $9.99. Also included in the Marvel Pinball Season 2 bundle.

Marvel Pinball: Cinematic Pack

Released for $9.99. Also included in the Marvel Pinball Season 2 bundle.

Other Licenses

Licensed tables not brought over from Pinball FX2 include both South Park Pinball tables, Rocky and Bulwinkle, Street Fighter II Tribute, Ms. Splosion Man, Plants vs. Zombies, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, and Super League Football.

Balls of Glory Pinball

Released for $9.99. Contains four tables based on four animated sitcoms broadcasted by Fox.

Aliens vs. Pinball

Released for $9.99. Contains three tables based on the Alien franchise (including one based on the Alien vs. Predator spin-off series).

Bethesda Pinball

Released for $10.99. Contains three tables based on video game series published by Bethesda.

Individual

System Requirements

PC Minimum

  • Operating System: Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10
  • Processor: Dual Core CPU @ 1.6GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvida GTS 450 or AMD equivalent
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 6 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card / integrated

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