It’s a pretty awesome thing when you mix pinball with Star Wars. You get the addictive, deep and complusion-creating gameplay of pinball machines, and the added bonus of the film and series greatest moments and plotlines. When both elements work together it is absolutely magical.
Star Wars Pinball
Developed and published by Zen Studios
Available on Android, iOS, PC, PS3, Xbox 360. Reviewed on the Xbox 360.
*Review copy provided by Zen Studios
Such is the end result for developer Zen Studios Star Wars Pinball, the newest pack of tables for their Pinball FX 2 game. Featuring three tables: Star Wars: Episode V, Boba Fett, and the Clone Wars, the new additions are sure to delight both fans of classic pinball gameplay and the famed franchise, and will also have them playing wildly for hours on end.
For those unfamiliar to Zen Studios’ Pinball games, they features a large amount of pinball tables to choose from, and these usually come in purchasable packs. All the tables are constructed with love and care by the developers, and they do a great job at bringing authentic pinball mechanics and physics to the tables, nearly recreating the experience of playing with the costly machines in your own house. They’re fantastic, fun, and of course, don’t take up any space and set you back a couple grand.
The newest pack brings three new tables, each modeled after a part of the Star Wars franchise. Star Wars: Episode V takes us through thrilling moments in the movie, like Luke searching for his lightsaber and training with Yoda, dueling Darth Vader, and more. The Boba Fett table is a collection of the famed bounty hunter’s greatest hits, complete with a Sarlacc pit in the middle. Finally, the Clone Wars table follows young Anakin Skywalker and his apprentice Ahsoka Tano from the TV series as they fight off threats, and more.
Each table is meticulously crafted, featuring all sorts of pathways, targets, and surprises. They really capture the feel of the source material, bringing to the tables not only images from the franchise but set-pieces too, like Han Solo frozen in carbonite, Jabba the Hutt, Darth Vader, and more. Each table also plays out scenes from the movie, usually having characters appear and take action after completing certain requirements. Finally the tables come with sound bytes straight from the source, be it the classic sound of laser rifles firing, lightsabers swinging, or even quotes from the characters themselves. The tables look and sound as awesome as they can be, and that’s a good thing.
And they play great, too. The pinball mechanics are simple as they can be, with buttons for the left and right bumpers, and for bumping the tables in case the ball drifts in a undesirable way. Controls feel responsive and accurate, so any mistake in the game should be entirely your own.
When It comes to playing each table, they are all fantastic experiences. In addition to the ultimate goal of achieving a top score and ranking up on the online leaderboards, players will take on a variety of missions that require players to strategically maneuver the ball in order to complete them. For example, after players activate the requirements in SW: Episode V, they can search for Luke’s lightsaber, fight off TIE Fighters, train with Yoda, and more. These missions – of which they are many – really keep each and every game fresh and exciting.
While they are only three tables, there’s plenty to do here. The variety of missions and secret objectives will keep players busy for hours as they try to improve their overall scores, and multiplayer will have gamers having a good time with friends. There’s plenty bang for your buck here.
In the end, Star Wars Pinball is an excellent addition to Zen’s Studios Pinball series. It perfectly meshes the classic sci-fi/fantasy series with addictive gameplay, and is a definite must-have for anyone who loves Star Wars, pinball, or – better yet – both.
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