For those of you who know me you know that I am a pinball fanatic! I own just about all the newer generation virtual pinball games, and my dream one day is to have an actual machine in my house. One game that sticks out from the others is Zen Pinball 2; they have revolutionized the virtual pinball playing fields and have set a pretty high standard for all other pinball games! So it wasn’t a surprise when I would be reviewing Star Wars Pinball.
When you first fire up Zen Pinball 2 you will notice three new tables added to the line-up, Star Wars Episode 5, Clone Wars, and Boba Fett. I have been playing these tables like a mad man and I also ended up in the top 10 overall on Boba Fett but I am sure that will not last long. We have also been playing these tables a lot online and I have to say Zen has made a great online system which I will go over later on.
My first Experience was Star Wars Episode 5; quite an interesting table to say the least. Starting missions causes an event to happen in the center of the table, personally I thought this was a great add on to the table and made me feel more involved. Each table has its own things going on, like clone wars usually has Anakin and Ahsoka Tano jumping around the table with light sabers fighting their enemies. Boba Fett obviously has Boba flying around the table shooting missiles and firing blasters at certain ramps. Every table has its own gimmicks and different types of missions to keep them all feeling fresh and different. Boba Fett is a bounty hunter so are his missions.
While playing the new tables I did not notice any cheap losses, it seems as though Zen might have felt a bit of mercy and kept the cheap ball losses out of it. Boba Fett has awesome ball saves that have saved my tail a lot and Clone Wars seems like it is just hard to lose the ball period. I do have to say that some of the clone wars missions can be tough mainly because of the ramp placement, but if the game was easy then it would just be another boring table. Star Wars Episode 5 has an awesome checkpoint system for each mission, the missions are separated into multiple parts and as you finish each part you pass a checkpoint that will allow you to pick up where you left off after you either drain the ball or don’t finish in time. A great addition to the game I must say!
The controls and feel of each table are what you would expect from a Zen Pinball 2 pinball table. The controls are tight and almost feel like you are playing an actual table. There really isn’t much more that you can say about the controls other than they are tight and smooth.
All of the table graphics are amazing; the game runs smooth with no hesitation whatsoever. The artwork on each table is excellent and I can’t complain about it at all. The light markers are gorgeous and all readable; they will get your attention when they light up. Whenever a character appears on screen they all look great and of course the iconic Darth Vader looks evil as ever!
I have to say every time I hear the mouse droid in the Star Wars Episode 5 table I get all giddy. I don’t know what it is about those little droids but I love them! All of the sounds in each table are excellent, the voice acting was great and my only complaint was that Luke Skywalker sounded a little too whiny for my tastes but other than that, no issues here. The droids all sound like they do in the movies along with the voices of each character. Darth Vader’s breathing will never get old, and sounds excellent in the game.
Zen Pinball 2 has its normal multi-player elements; you can do a normal hot seat game where you pass the controller around your living room, Split screen with yourself and another player, or online play with your PlayStation Network friends. All of these modes run smooth and give you the feeling of intense competition. I play a lot with a few friends online and every time we play it is a crap shoot to see who will win. We have a blast and I can’t recommend it enough, as always playing with friends makes every game better.
My time with Star Wars Pinball was one of the best experiences I have had in a long time with a pinball game. With iconic Star Wars characters brought to life on screen these tables brought back a piece of my child hood, with great pinball and an awesome movie series. Star Wars Pinball is one of those games that I must play now almost every time I turn on my PlayStation 3, I loved them so much I bought all three tables on my iOS device also! I highly recommend these tables and I promise you that you will not be disappointed!
Publisher: Zen Studios,SCE Developer: Zen Studios
Release Date: US 2/26/2013 EU 2/27/2013
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, WiiU
Mobile iOS and Android, and PC
Game Cost: $9.99/£7.99 ESRB Rating: E
Players: 1-4 Online: 1-4