Sorcerer's Lair is an original table that released earlier this year on PSN (Zen Pinball) and has finally made its way to XBLA and Pinball FX2. "This is a fairy, cutesy hell hole!" I exclaimed upon launching the table for the first time, finding the aesthetic initially unappealing. After getting past the bug-eyed kids all up in my face, I started falling in love with the abundance of color and surprisingly found myself playing what would become one of my favorite tables to date.
After getting past the blast of purple and adorable eyes, I came to appreciate the beauty of Sorcerer's Lair. It does rely heavily on blue and purple, but there are hints of fellow colors throughout, making for one pretty ass table. In addition to the general table, specific missions take you to another area and add a tidbit of variety in both gameplay and visuals, both of which are enjoyable in their respective ways. If nothing else, Sorcerer's Lair has destroyed all my future political plans, exposing my flip-flop tendencies, and helping me discover I still kind of dig purple in more than just Donatello art.
In terms of gameplay, the general "pinballing" is no different than any of the other Pinball FX2 tables—which, if you don't know, means it plays extremely well. The unique aspects of Sorcerer's Lair happen to make it go from just another great table to one of my favorites. While I'd love to go into detail, I think it's best to go in fresh as I rhyme in jest, turning this review into a mess, but would you really expect anything less? If you accept my apology for that last sentence, please continue following me on this journey of a review.
Sorcerer's Lair has some fantastic in-game missions that leave me in a moment of Zen, wondering if this just may be my absolute favorite table. I know I may sound like a shill with my love for most every table Zen Studios releases, but it's more of a testament of just how good they are at what they do—making pinball tables like nobody's business besides the business of trying to make money, which is the greatest business of all. I really don't know what the hell I've been talking about this entire time, so I am going to shut up now and simply say Sorcerer's Lair is a must-buy for anyone who loves pinball. But in all honesty, I'd be shocked to hear of anyone fitting that criteria who doesn't already knowing that.
Pinball FX2: Sorcerer's Lair [DLC] (240MS Points/$2.99 -- Also available on PSN)