Star Wars Pinball Review
- Each table has its own distinct 'flavor'; makes the cost of each one easy to swallow.
- Rich visual and aural presentation; a dense treat for fans of Star Wars.
- Dense/cluttered presentation may put off pinball purists.
- Better suited for the iPad; much harder to follow the game on smaller screens.
Pinball fans shouldn't hesitate in grabbing Star Wars Pinball and all of its tables; there's just too much to enjoy and it's easy to find yourself pumping in virtual coin after virtual coin for hours on end as you master each one.
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ZEN Studios are digital craftsmen of dream-like virtual pinball machines and the idea of them creating not just one, but three Star Wars themed tables was like a dream come true. While you could pick up these boards as DLC for ZEN Pinball, the standalone App gives you a chance to participate in a Rebel vs. Empire 'metagame', and I couldn't give up the opportunity to bring balance to the force... via the dark side.
Your initial purchase will unlock Star Wars Episode V, with The Clone Wars and Boba Fett requiring an additional $1.99 each to play. To compensate for this, each table has its own distinct feel. Star Wars Episode V is dense and cluttered, but easy to pick up thanks to its linear mission-based system. The Clone Wars is still visually dense, but far more open, making it easier to follow the board. Lastly, Boba Fett brings back the missions, but this time paired with another open layout.
All of them feature video and audio clips from the franchise, giving the whole thing a genuine feel, but the real majesty comes in the 'impossible' design of each table. A virtual environment means ZEN Studios isn't restricted to the laws of reality, allowing the ball to swiftly float, push, pull and pop out of just about anywhere.
This does lead to a lot of visual confusion, especially when playing on boards like Episode V on an iPhone, but it's easy to learn the ins-and-outs of a table so you can eventually keep up with the fast pace.
Despite only coming out of the box with one table, the attention to detail is delightful, and jam-packed with nostalgia, making Star Wars Pinball a solid pick for fans of pinball games and those who love Star Wars.
DescriptionSet in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars Pinball lets you interact with the most iconic characters, and relive the greatest moments of the Star Wars universe.
Choose to support the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance with your high scores as the Star Wars Pinball community fights for the Balance of the Force!
The initial Star Wars Pinball download comes with the Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back table. Other Star Wars Pinball tables can be purchased as in-app purchases.
Additional Star Wars Pinball tables are coming soon!
May the Force be with you!
**For players already enjoying Star Wars™ Pinball tables in Zen Pinball, we want to give you a heads up that there is no way for us to transfer purchases or make tables available in both apps. Thanks for your support!**
What the Press Are Saying:
Penny Arcade Report (Ben Kuchera)
If you’re a fan of pinball, Star Wars, or fun things, this is pretty much a must-purchase.
As a complete package, Star Wars Pinball delivers the kind of arcade experience that makes you crave just one more game, constantly chasing to surpass your own score for the sheer satisfaction of it.
Desctructoid - 9.5/10
Each table is chock full of beautiful art, character cameos, and tracks pulled straight from the films' soundtracks. These first three tables are a bold and equally stellar introduction to Star Wars Pinball, and they'll keep you more than busy until Zen Studios drops the next batch.
Game Informer - 8.5/10
You don't need to be a Star Wars fan to recognize the creativity Zen has brought to the new tables. The company continues to include more fantasy elements in its designs.
“Star Wars fans will certainly enjoy the visual treat this game offers. That, combined with the fun gameplay make this a must have. It is impressive. Most impressive.
Jump into hyperspace to check it out in the App Store.”
For fans of the franchise or virtual pinball in general, it's a real treat!