Most people would agree that South Park
's most powerful charm lies in its ability to straddle the line between the sweet innocence of childhood and the ugly realities of the adult world. And here we have Pinball FX2
, a game that is primarily aimed at an all-ages audience. The two don't mix on the most fundamental of levels, and as a result, this is the weakest offering I think I've seen from Zen.
While everything featured in both tables ("Super Sweet Pinball" and "Butters' Very Own Pinball Game") contains nods and references to events that occurred in the show, nearly everything is culled out and sieved down into the most family-friendly fare you can think of. Take, for example, the sound design. The main theme by Primus is here in all its bizarre glory, but all of the voice clips taken from the show seem to have been picked at random. Think of your favorite quote from the show. Is it "Okay, children. I hope you've done your homework" or "Kenny would have done it?" No? How about "Okay," or "Right here, buddy?" It's this kind of stuff that comes dangerously close to betraying its subject matter. Luckily, there are plenty of references to at least give you the sense that there are a lot of South Park fans at Zen Studios.