Review: Ms. Splosion Man Pinball



Ms. Splosion Man Pinball


Zen Studios


Zen Studios

Reviewed On

Xbox 360



Review copy provided by the publisher

Released earlier this summer was a little game called Ms. Splosion Man. This follow-up to downloadable classic ‘Splosion Man was very well received, and it only makes sense to release a pinball table based on said game, right? Apparently so, because Pinball FX2‘s latest table is all about Ms. Splosion Man and all her girly glory.

I’m not sexist or anything, but this table is super girly. I mean you hear Ms. Splosion Man making remarks like “cotton candy panda” for crying out loud, but there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s cute and it’s fun, and if you’re going with a theme, you might as well go all out. Fans of the ‘Splosion Man series will instantly recognize the glass breaking, exploding barrels, and a character or two. I think the greatest touch to this pinball machine is the heart shaped playfield this table presents <3. D’awww.

So how does this table play? Well, the physics and mechanics are the same we’ve seen in all the other tables for Pinball FX2. It works well, it feels as you would imagine the real deal would be, and it even has the vibration down when the ball hits the bumpers. I don’t think videogame pinball gets anymore advance than this.

A couple of key features of the Ms. Splosion Man table make it unique. For one, I can say that this is the least overwhelming of all the tables I’ve played. I haven’t played them all, but from what I’ve played before, this is the most simple. It’s not very big and everything is clear as to what it’s doing. For example, you know what certain rails are going to do without confusion as to what bonus is occurring because of fancy wording or cryptic ‘Splosion Man jargon.

This table also features multiple balls in play at the same time. I have only gotten my ball count to four, and don’t really know if you can have anymore. If anyone can find out if you can have five or more, I would love to know.

Overall, I feel that this is the more barebones of all the pinball machines I’ve played before, but that turned out to be a good thing. I was able to score big points on this table, and me, being a pinball rookie, felt very good about that. Hardcore pinball fans will probably steer clear of this one, but if you’re a Ms. Splosion Man fan or enjoy casual pinball fun, then why not?

  • Title: Ms. Splosion Man Pinball
  • Platform Reviewed: Xbox 360
  • Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • MSRP: 240 Microsoft Points ($3)
  • Review copy info: A download code was provided to DualShockers Inc. by the publisher for the purpose of this review.


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François Chang

Working on the DualShockers staff as both an editor and community manager since late 2009, François is absolutely no stranger to the videogame industry. He is a graduate from the City College of New York, and has his Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising. His next step is to obtain his Master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Before starting his career, François has been gaming since the age of 2 with Super Mario World, and he has never looked back since. Gaming may be his profession, but it has always been his passion.

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