Star Wars Pinball Review: The Force is Strong With This One
Zen Studios and Lucas Arts unite to bring fans the massive universe of Star Wars to the wonderful world of pinball with… Star Wars Pinball. A 3 table pack featuring Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Clone Wars and Boba Fett.
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Immediately we are greeted with the scrolling credits made famous in the Star Wars saga. Yet again Zen have taken great detail to the play area display or artwork. A mass of lightsabers fills the tables with colour and trademark value. This table by far has the most impressive ramps and lanes in any table I’ve played. It becomes addictive to simply conjure up big scores via combos and almost becomes second nature where rhythm takes a hold of you.
Even the Council missions play a huge part on aiming for the ramps which requires you to catch the ball with the flippers, resulting in great satisfaction and rewarding accomplishments. The General Illumination itself guides you along the lanes into a combo frenzy. A well placed skillshot will reward an immediate 500, 000 and land within the bumpers that will possibly grant you an increase in the multiplier before you’ve even used the flippers. A great table for scoring big even on your first ball.
Training mode will see you a big fat achievement/Trophy but getting to it is a difficult task. It’s incredible once you enter the next playfield. One of my favourite features about this table that scores you big. Not only do you enter one playfield but multiple playfields once you have progressed providing you don’t lose the ball. Some awesome fun to be had with that especially if you’re an achievement hunter.
Seeing Star Wars Pinball work and play so well yet so differently to previous tables is an awesome feat for Zen Studios. Once known for bringing original designs to Pinball machines that could never be imagined in real life, using heroes and villains from the Marvel universe couldn’t possibly get anymore awesome until now. Seeing the character animations take place on screen with prime examples such as disabling the AT-AT walkers, lightsaber battles with Darth Maul’s brother and Boba Fett’s bonus skillshot.
Zen Studios never fails to impress in any of their table designs bringing endless hours of addictive gameplay alongside visually impressive graphics. The Star Wars franchise will hopefully continue to dominate even in the world of Zen Pinball! Let’s hope for more tables real soon.
The only downside is that you’re only getting the 3 tables for the price you would generally get for 4 tables judging on passed table packs but that shouldn’t be enough to put you off entirely.