The Windows 10 Store has its fair share of pinball games and Pinball FX2 Windows 10 Edition easily ranks amongst the best the Store has to offer. The Xbox gaming title offers you a wide selection of themed pinball tables ranging from Star Wars to the Family Guy.
While these tables do require an in-app purchase, there is one free table to try out and from there you pick only the tables that you find appealing. Regardless of the choice, Pinball FX2 Windows 10 Edition has colorful and detailed graphics and the table layouts are full of challenges.
In playing Pinball FX2, it won't take long before you are sold on the free game and will face the daunting task of deciding which pinball table will be your next.
Your opening menu for Pinball FX2 Windows 10 Edition offers the full selection of tables available for purchase. The first panel will highlight the new tables available with additional panels breaking down the tables by developer or category. You will also find panels on Pinball FX2 Windows 10 Edition's main page to highlight your Xbox Achievements and your scoring achievements.
Tables include a large collection of Star Wars themed tables such as a Boba Fett table, a Clone Wars table and tables themed after each movie. Along with the Star Wars tables, you can find a series of themes based on Marvel Superheroes and Fox Television Series (Family Guy, Archer, etc.).
The tables available for purchase run in the neighborhood of $2.99 each, but before you get into those you can get a feel for the game with the free (and ad-supported) The Sorcerer's Lair table. I am a big Star Wars fan, and while I found the graphics and gameplay appealing, all that was left was trying to decide which Star Wars table I was going to buy first.
Along with all the table choices, the main menu for Pinball FX2 has your Xbox player profile listed at the top of the screen and access to the Help and Options menu. The Help and Options menu has the following menu choices:
- Controls: Here you can customize keyboard, Xbox controller and Touch controls
- Audio Settings: Sound Effects, Music and Physics volume settings
- Video Settings: Options for any video inserts that may appear in the game
- Graphics Settings: Options for the overall graphic quality of the game
- Gaming Statistics
- Operators Menu: Options to customize your table
- Table Guide: This is a detailed overview of your current gaming table that will highlight bumpers, gates and special gaming features.
- How to Play Guide: The basic rules to the game of pinball
- Help Section
You will also find the gaming credits, about page, and legal resource information from this menu.
Along with Xbox Achievements, you will be able to compete for the highest scores against your Xbox Friends who also play Pinball FX2 Windows 10 Edition. As you browse the selection of tables, you will see tabs that will display the overall scoring leaders and any scores your Xbox friends have achieved. As you play a game of pinball, you will be updated on how many points you will need to surpass their score.
Games can be single player or you can choose the Hot Seat option to play a multiplayer pass-and-play game. The Hot Seat supports up to four local players.
Gameplay is very enjoyable and challenging regardless of your device. I enjoyed playing Pinball FX2 from the larger display of a laptop that pulls out the finer details of each table. It is equally enjoyable playing the Windows 10 PC game from a Surface tablet for portability.
You will need an internet connection to access your Xbox gaming profile, buy new tables and have your gameplay credited to your account. If you do not have an internet connection, you can still play Pinball FX2 Windows 10 Edition using any tables you have already purchased and installed.
Paddles or flippers were responsive when using keyboard or touch controls and the physics engine offers a realistic element to the game as your pinball bounces around the table. The only issue I had with gaming controls was that on occasion, the paddles (controlled by the Shift Keys) would stick in the up position while using keyboard controls. It was an easy issue to resolve by tapping the left or right Shift Key to unstick the paddle.
Additional observations on gameplay include a camera button that sits in the upper right corner of the gaming screen that will let you adjust your table view. There are eight basic views and holding down the camera button will activate a Free View mode. The Free View will allow you to look around the table by moving your mouse, the right stick of your game controller or tilting your touch device.
You also can enable a nudge feature to simulate tapping the table with your hip (just be careful not to tilt the game). And if you're playing on a tablet, you should definitely rotate into portrait orientation to play Pinball FX2 with the table filling the full screen.
So Many Wonderful Tables, So Little Time
Pinball FX2 Windows 10 Edition is easily one of the best pinball games available in the Windows 10 Store. The table selections are appealing, the graphics are greatly detailed, and it represents the themes well with tale layouts that are full of challenges.
My only gripe with Pinball FX2 Windows 10 Edition is that none of the tables will let you try things out before purchase. For the quality of a pinball game you will get, $2.99 is a reasonable price, but you won't know if the style of the table is what you are looking for until you pony up to the table.
While Pinball FX2 is also available for Xbox One, I would like to see a Windows 10 Mobile version return to the Store. It made a brief appearance last fall but was pulled. It would be a great gaming option for Windows 10 Mobile, but I fear the smaller screen will diminish the graphics quality. Still, here's hoping the developer can iron things out and re-introduce the mobile version.
All in all, Pinball FX2 Windows 10 Edition is a great gaming title to have tucked away in your gaming library. If you have given Pinball FX2 Windows 10 Edition a try, let us know what you think about the game and what your favorite table is.
Pinball FX2 Windows 10 Edition is a free game that is available from the Windows 10 PC Store with plenty of in-app purchase opportunities.
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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.
Does this sync with the Xbox One version?
I think the scores will sync if you're using the same account, but it does NOT sync with tables you've already purchased on the X-Box360 i.e. any tables you already own on another platform are not transferred to other platforms, you have to buy them again. My only gripe with what otherwise is a great pinball game.
They are working on Xbox One syncing I believe, should be ready "soon".
If you purchased tables on the Windows 8 version you can retrieve them by emailing email@example.com with proof of purchase and they will email you links to all your old tables. I did this, very helpful and quick.
Achievements/leaderboards ? Or do we have to go thru the whole process again?
What happend to the WM 10 version?
There was never one! You could Download it on Mobile but it never worked! (error From Developer)
No idea why screen size would be an issue, it's a fine game on the 3DS...
It looks horrible on there(while wii u's & 3ds leaderboards are painfully slow to update) & Williams is the same aswell glad I didn't pay full price
Pinball FX2 has long been absent from Windows phones. I even remember them showing a demo running once but they never released it.
Best Game EVER. My absolute favorite! Actually Pinball FX2 would be THE ONLY reason for me to finally switch to Win10, they quit adding new tables to the Win8.1 version.
One big difference from the Windows 8 version is that they mostly got rid of being able to play any table free with ads. Now only Sorcerer's Lair has that option.
Love the game. Xbox and PC versions SHOULD sync tables. Mine didn't sync all but Zen's customer service fixed that the same day for me. They also claim to have Windows Mobile in their future plans. But they've also said that before and didn't deliver. There's a Steam version too but those tables don't sync with Windows 10/Xbox versions unfortunately. My Windows 10 app version crashes after the most recent update as well after signing into my profile. Not sure why.
Perfect for tablets, esp in portrait mode on a surface (4/ book). Runs and looks fine with low textures, and portrait mode gives an excellent overview of the table. My favorite game on my sb (i5 no dgpu). Try it!
For some reason they decided to remove free play with ads from about all tables. Wish they would bring that back from the 8.1 version or at least have some trial play.
Lol same with xb1
I really like it and bought 6 tables, but I sure wish they were cheaper. $3 a table seems a bit steep and it's hard to pull the trigger on any more. Discounts for packaged tables would be nice.
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