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State of Play set to release latest, INKS, on May 5th

Wed Apr 20, 2016 3:33 pm

I'm not sure I've ever mentioned it before, but one of my loves is pinball. You know, the gigantic boxes with electro-mechanical pieces inside that you attempt to plunk with...

http://www.pockettactics.com/news/state-of-play-set-to-release-latest-inks-on-may-5th/

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Wed Apr 20, 2016 4:28 pm

I am also a big pinball fan; I own every Zen table. Looking forward to this.

Since this is a pinball-related article, I thought I'd mention that Zen has three tables coming next week based in the Aliens franchise. Unfortunately, the only one I saw was based not on a movie, but on the Alien Isolation video game. It also had an obnoxiously large apron, in my opinion. That said, Zen + Aliens = Instabuy.

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Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:38 am

There's also a trailer for the Aliens table (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh-keXUBQgg). It looks very nice, and includes voiceovers directly from the movie. The last table, according to an article, is an Aliens vs Predator table. Very excited for this pack.

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Re: State of Play set to release latest, INKS, on May 5th

Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:50 am

Oh, man, if they don't have the "game over" clip I'm deleting my Zen collection! :lol:

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Re: State of Play set to release latest, INKS, on May 5th

Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:08 pm

The three Aliens tables all seem good at first glance, though I know little to nothing about the source material for AvP or Isolation. Regardless, the Aliens table is easily the standout in both table layout and theme. It even uses audio cues from the movie, which is refreshing compared to some of the bad readings on the Star Wars tables.

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Wed May 04, 2016 8:58 pm

Despite May 5th still being 62 minutes away (by Central European Time standards), Inks is out.

https://appsto.re/dk/r16Eab.i

$1.99 and listed as having IAPs. According to https://twitter.com/State_of_Play/statu ... 7757257729 they're for "add on packs of tables and power ups if you need them".

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Re: State of Play set to release latest, INKS, on May 5th

Wed May 04, 2016 11:33 pm

As I've said, I'm a big pinball fan, but also picky about my games. For me to enjoy a pinball game, there needs to be a decent physics model; note that I said decent, not realistic. Zen, for example, does not have realistic physics, but there is certainly a sense of weight that gives me both the ability to accurately judge and play the ball and gives me some sort of tactile response to my actions. Most, if not all, games that try to use pinball as a mechanism for something else fail me in the physics front and I end up disappointed. Rollers of the Realm and Momoga Pinball Adventures (or whatever that little rodent is called) immediately come to mind.

I'm waiting to hear a bit more ablut this game's physics. A unique twist on pinball and a puzzle game that uses pinball mechanics can be two drastically different experiences.

In the meantime, back to working on that near-impossible perfect scouting achievement on the Walking Dead table. :?

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Re: State of Play set to release latest, INKS, on May 5th

Thu May 05, 2016 5:02 am

Found a gameplay video on http://youtu.be/7x02-dIKEt8 - at the 5:24 mark, the "powers" become available. You get 100 credits to start off with, to spend on either slow-motion+aim-assist (30 credits) or blocking the ball from draining (15 credits). Judging by subsequent levels, it doesn't look like the game lets you earn more credits - so that's probably where the IAP comes in. Also, the App Store description says that the game has 100+ tables, but according to someone on the TA forum, the $1.99 asking price only lets you play the first 72 tables, with the rest being available in two 24-level packs for $0.99 each.

I was really exited for this to come out, but now I'm not so sure anymore.

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Re: State of Play set to release latest, INKS, on May 5th

Fri May 06, 2016 7:57 pm

Right, I caved in and bought INKS. Enjoyed completing the tables, but didn't feel the need to spring for the two IAP packs. Also, the power ups didn't become available as I was playing. According to a tweet from State of Play that part of the game isn't working on "older devices" like my 4th gen. iPad right now, but they're working on a fix.

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