With four spanking new tables, that brings the Star Wars Pinball total to 10, and I’m about to explain why you should drop everything (other than your phone/tablet) and buy them all RIGHT NOW.
Star Wars Pinball 3 is currently available as a free download (usually £1.49), and includes Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
In celebration of Star Wars Day (May the 4th; get it?), the five remaining older tables are available for 69p each, so that’s £3.45 instead of the usual £7.45. They are Attack of the Clones, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Starfighter Assault and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
The four new Star Wars Pinball tables, under the Heroes Within banner, are Droids, Han Solo, Masters of the Force, and Episode IV: A New Hope. At £1.49 each, that’s £5.96 total.
So, assuming my calculations are correct, you can currently grab all 10 Star Wars Pinball tables for £9.41. Not too shabby. I know I’ll be going back and legitimising my tables (I’ve mostly been playing on pre-release editions) later today.
Anyway, let’s talk about Star Wars Pinball 3: Heroes Within. As you’ve probably guessed from my sales pitch, it’s very, very good.
Episode IV: A New Hope is probably the safest table here, and features a slightly odd system of symmetrical – almost concentric – ramps. But don’t get me wrong; it’s still great. Highlights include a Tusken Raider (or “Sand People”) mini-game, and a miniature pinball table that invites you to blow up TIE Fighters. Lovely.
Masters of the Force is the strangest new table, though I’m finding it more enjoyable the more I play it. In that sense, it’s the “OK Computer” of Heroes Within, and features more discrete ramps, and elaborate contraptions based around Jedi and Sith holocrons.
Han Solo is pretty great, largely thanks to the Cantina music. YES. You also have to love Han chilling in his seat in the bottom right, ditto the Millennium Falcon mini-game, while a new feature called Magna Save allows you to save a ball from certain death via the magic of – you guessed it – magnets. Pretty cool.
Droids, however, is my personal favourite. As my PR colleague says: “These guys were meant to live on a pinball table”. Expect lots of super-camp rambling from C-3PO, and a fantastic task that sees you collecting parts (turning the ball gold in the process) and delivering them to R2-D2.
On the whole, Star Wars Pinball 3: Heroes Within is excellent, with the four new tables living up to the high expectations set by the existing six. Even after several hours of play, you’ll still be discovering new areas and mini-games, and the music! Good lord, the music.
- Interesting new features and mini-games
- Four incredibly varied tables
- The music and sound effects
- The old “pinball is random” argument
Summary: Star Wars Pinball 3: Heroes Within is a worthy addition to the Star Wars Pinball franchise, and ultimately means you now have 10 awesome tables to choose from. TEN!
Developer: Zen Studios
iOS compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Android requirements: Ice Cream Sandwich or above.