Review: Star Wars Pinball: It's Star Wars, And Pinball, Duh!

 It’s not about to blow anybody’s mind to discover that Star Wars Pinball is. . . uhhh. . . well, it’s Star Wars and Pinball, combined. This isn’t your average pinball game though. Being made from specialists of the genre, Zen Studios, who previously released the amazing superbZen Punball, this is absolute best that Pinball offers, set in the best fictional universe of all time: Star Wars.

At the start of a new game you’re given the option of joining either the light side or the dark side of the force (remember, kids, the dark side isn’t stronger, just more seductive). Your choice doesn’t effect the game though, it simply changes the ranking system. As you score points in the game you either progress towards the status of Jedi Master or Sith Master (shouldn’t that be Sith Lord. . . ?).

The game initially comes with only one table, based on Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. There are also tables from The Clone Ways and one based on Boba Fett. The tables contain mini-games that are based around different moments from the movies, including Degobah training and the escape from Cloud City scene from Empire Strikes Back.

When you enter into one of the mini-games, instructions are shown on the marquee that tell you how to successfully pass the scene. Doing so will not be easy as following the instructions while paying attention to what’s happening in-game requires the focus and concentration of a true Jedi Knight.  You will eventually get used to it, though.

The mini-games are the one way in which Star Wars Pinball deviates from the regular Pinball. That said, what makes this game great isn’t the gameplay (which is solid) but the graphics, which are absolutely stunning. My favourite table is the Boba Fett one. It looks very solid and realistic, with a large Boba Fett action figure that makes you question why they ever took it out of the original packaging (keep that  plastic wrap folks, it makes your collectibles more valuable!).

I’m going to have to go out on a limb and say that this is one of the best pinball experiences I’ve ever played. I am, however, bound to say that, as I sit here next to a whole cabinet full of Star War memorabilia. Yup, I’m a Star Wars freak, but even without that bias, I’d still have to recommend Star Wars Pinball very highly for its combination of stunning visuals and excellent gameplay.

If you love pinball and you love Star Wars, you’d be mad not to put 1 and 1 together and start playing Star Wars Pinball immediately!

OVERALL: 4.5 out of 5

For more, visit the game developer’s website. 

Paul Harrison

Paul M Harrison is an entertainment journalist, novelist, and blogger, and a specialist in the theory of storytelling. Paul Harrison can be contacted via his personal website or on Twitter or Facebook.

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