Zen Studios’ latest pinball tables have been mostly bright colorful affairs full of fluttering cheerfulness, swashbuckling, derring-do, adventure, and other qualities befitting a company enjoying lots of success with Disney properties like Star Wars and Marvel. I shouldn’t complain given the embarrassment of riches we’ve enjoyed, but even a set of Force Awakened tables couldn’t hold my interest for long. Given that Force Awakened is itself an homage to original Star Wars, the Force Awakened tables aren’t that far removed from what we’ve already got. If I’m going to pull a plunger and Star Wars it, I’d just as soon work on my scores for the Empire Strikes Back, Starfighter Assault, or Boba Fett tables.
But now Zen is working with a whole new studio and a whole new tone. Aliens vs Pinball — cute title, that — will include three tables. From the announcement:
* Join Ellen Ripley as she confronts her nightmares and help the Colonial Marines rid LV-426 of its Alien infestation in Aliens Pinball
* Watch out for the merciless Alien stalking you on the Alien: Isolation pinball table
* Defeat Xenomorphs and rise in Yautja society on the Alien vs. Predator table
Considering what a fantastic job Creative Assembly did with Alien: Isolation in every area but gameplay, I’m even looking forward to that table. You can get a good long look at the Aliens Pinball table in this trailer. More importantly, you can listen to it. Those aren’t voice actors trying to sound like characters from the movie. Those are actual lines from the actual actors from the actual movie.
Aliens vs Pinball will be available on April 26th, which is Alien Day, of course. You knew that, right? Alien Day? Because April 26th is 4/26. 426, you know. As in LV-426. Don’t worry, I had to look that up myself. It will be released on all non-Nintendo platforms. Until Zen lets me rebind the flippers to anything other than the Playstation controller’s mushy shoulder buttons, you’ll find my high scores on the Vita.