Has it really only been six months since I looked at the original Star Wars Pinball? Time doesn’t fly when you’re reviewing three games a week, I guess.
Yes, Zen Studios is back with Star Wars Pinball 2 aka the Balance of the Force pack, comprised of Darth Vader, Starfighter Assault and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi tables. In typical Zen fashion, they’re pretty freakin’ good.
Some slightly confusing technical stuff, to start off. The original Star Wars Pinball app appears to have been superseded by Star Wars Pinball 2, in the sense that the former no longer exists.
The remaining tables – the three new ones plus Attack of the Clones and Boba Fett – are available for £1.49 each.
To make matters even more confusing, you can alternatively install the Zen Pinball app and grab the tables that way, though there doesn’t appear to be any synergy between the two, so you could technically wind up buying the tables twice on the same device. Kinda lame.
On that note, it’d be nice to see Zen Studios making the tables cross-format too, but that’s a whole other can of worms.
Anyway, let’s talk about Star Wars Pinball 2 the game! Any good? Of course!
I’ve been playing Star Wars Pinball 2 on both the iPad and the PS Vita, and I have to say I prefer it on the former, largely on account of the larger display. You can pretty much see the entire table at all times with minimal camera movement.
The three tables feel well designed, and there’s lots of stuff going on for sure, with TIE Fighters and X-wings flying around, a Luke Skywalker figure in full motion, and the Emperor assembling Darth Vader.
Indeed, the three new tables feel just that little bit crazier than the former three. There are even shoot ‘em up minigames. Brilliant.
Needless to say, all the familiar Star Wars sound effects are the icing on the cake, with blaster noises, lightsabers, and Darth Vader’s heavy breathing – among loads of others.
My only vague gripe with Star Wars Pinball 2 is that it’s not always clear what’s going on. It’d be nice to have a little tutorial, and while there are explanations in the top left (hit X Y times to open Z), they’ve often vanish too quickly.
But you’ll soon pick things up, and all in all, Star Wars Pinball 2 is highly recommended for fans of Star Wars and/or pinball.
- Lots of stuff going
- The sound effects
- Looks great on the iPad
- Occasionally confusing
- The way the tables are delivered (multiple apps)
- Zen Pinball can be expensive business (£9 for all six Star Wars tables)
Summary: Zen Pinball 2 builds on the original offering with three new – and arguably better – tables. Great stuff.
Developer: Zen Studios
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Android requirements: Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) or above.