Zen Pinball 2 launches on PlayStation 3 and Vita this Spring, developer Zen Studios has announced.
There are a total of 26 tables on offer as well as improved ball physics, online leaderboards and cross platform play.
Anyone who owns either the first Zen Pinball or Marvel Pinball can download the sequel for free, whereas newcomers can download the core platform and trial each of the separate tables before parting with cash.
Legendary game designers pick the most influential games
Styled after video pinball classics like Epic Pinball and the 21st Century Pinball series, Hardboiled Pinball presents a single overhead-view table with a crime noir motif. Unlike modern real-world tables, the objectives are simple, with gameplay focusing on hitting various targets and loops.
While the game's physics are a little limp and the lack of progression-based gameplay modes may be a turnoff for hardcore pinball fans, it's still an impressive effort, considering that every element was produced by a single developer. It's hard to argue with the price, either -- Hardboiled Pinball is available for 80 Microsoft points ($1). A Windows Phone 7 version is also in development.
If board wargames are the predecessor of strategy videogames, so might pinball precede the action videogame. And so the rise and fall of pinball may foretell something for the action videogame.