Star Wars Pinball iOS review

Star Wars Pinball iOS reviewI’ve mentioned pinball a bunch of times on our hallowed pages: Pinball Arcade, Momonga Pinball, The problem with pinball… I’ve also covered Skywalker & Co. in Angry Birds Star Wars.

What do you get when you shove the two together? Star Wars Pinball, baby. Star Wars: gooooood. Pinball: gooooood.

Star Wars Pinball comes from Zen Studios, the guys who did – that’s right – Zen Pinball, the one with all the Marvel tables (seriously, there are, like, over a dozen of them).

Somewhat confusingly, the Star Wars tables are available through a separate app, or as in-app purchases for Zen Pinball (the latter being free to download initially). In any case, you’re looking at £1.49 for each of the three tables, though Zen Pinball doesn’t acknowledge purchases made through the standalone app.

Anyway, what are those three tables? The main offering is Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and it’s joined by Attack of the Clones (in the style of the animated series) and a Boba Fett-themed joint.

Needless to say, Star Wars Pinball benefits greatly from the license, which brings all the sound effects you know and love. Lightsabers, blasters, TIE fighters… they’re all here.

Better still, there are soundbytes ripped straight from the movies, often used to comical effect. I laughed out loud when I lost a ball and C-3PO bitched “Typical” in ultra-camp fashion.

Star Wars Pinball iOS review

The Star Wars Episode V table in particular has little tasks paying homage to the movie. For example, you might have to hit a target three times in order for Luke to grab his lightsaber – as he does in the opening scene before chopping the wampa’s arm off.

Other standout moments in Star Wars Pinball include rattling balls off a Stormtrooper’s noggin, and Boba Fett being Boba Fett. Best. Character. Ever. (Lame death scene in Return of the Jedi aside).

As for the pinball side of things, it seems pretty spot on. I’m no purist, but I did spend a fair bit of time with Pinball Arcade, the one with the painstaking recreations of real tables.

Star Wars Pinball, being purely virtual, is free to do crazy stuff like launch you into different sections of table, and there are other classic pinball features such as, uhm, multiball.

It’s worth mentioning the utterly bizarre scoring system, which takes your highscores across all tables, adds it to your friends’ highscores then multiplies by the number of tables you’ve played. Or something. It’s all very convoluted.

There’s also the notion of playing in favour of light or dark side, and some sort of Jedi ranking thingy, but if you just want to play some lovely Star Wars-themed pinball and forget about that nonsense, heck, you can do that too.

Pros

  • It’s Star Wars
  • It’s pinball
  • The sound effects
  • Boba Fett

Cons

  • Pinball can be crazy frustrating (not Zen's fault, to be fair)
  • £4.47 for three tables, and more on the way
  • The mind-boggling scoring system

Summary: Star Wars Pinball merges the great franchise of Star Wars with the great game of pinball, and it’s suitably great. Go play it. And may the f… No, I can’t say it.

Developer: Zen Studios

Price: £1.49 @ App Store (£1.49 for each additional table)

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Star Wars Pinball iOS review

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2 comments

ian2606  Apr. 20, 2013 at 00:45

I got these 3 tables for my playstation and they are great....got 2 other tables, not star wars on my galaxy note and they play quite well with very little lag....The thing I dont like is I've paid for these tables for playstation and have to pay again for mobile....They should be pay once on any platform and be free on other platforms for the same person.....
The Zen pinball tables are fantastic, the best pinball games you can get.

lcurdie / MOD  Apr. 20, 2013 at 14:37

Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's the same deal with Pinball Arcade, which is multiplatform.

Quite tempted to try out some of the Marvel tables on Zen Pinball.

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