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System/s: Mobile, PS3, X360
Developer: ZEN Studios
Publisher: ZEN Studios
Genre: Arcade
Players: 1
GD Score: 89
Press Scores
Release Date:
N. America: Feb. 27, 2013
Europe: Feb. 27, 2013
Australia: Feb. 27, 2013
Japan: N/A
ESRB: Everyone 10+ (Fantasy Violence, Mild Language)

"Pinball Cloned"

REVIEW |

Author: Rando Evans  

I can’t deny it, I love pinball. To this day, it’s hard for me to resist hopping onto a pinball machine when I see one and dropping a couple of quarters in for a game. Star Wars Pinball is the latest release from Zen Studios for their Pinball FX2 table themes. To clear up any confusion for those new to Zen Studio pinball platform, these themes are far from simple skins, but essentially standalone games. The Star Wars Pinball set includes three tables: Boba Fett, Clone Wars, and Empire Strikes Back.

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To begin, you will pick either to play the dark side or light side. This won’t affect the tables in any way, but it will determine for which side of the force you are earning points so you can become a Jedi or a Sith. Once you start, you’ll quickly realize Star Wars Pinball is, well,  pinball… but what amazes us here are the astounding details and graphics put into the table. From the realistic flashing and flickering of the bonus lights, the smooth and quick motions of the flippers and balls, pinball fans will fall in love at first sight.  

Part of a good pinball experience is the sounds from the machine, both electronic and physical. The clunks and clacks of the table, the repetitive movie sounds and quotes when you get bonus points, the ambient music coming from the speakers, Star Wars Pinball provides it all. In fact, it does it so well, I found myself coming back over and over again to play. Despite the in-game bumpers not feeling exactly as powerful as the real world ones, Star Wars Pinball feels very authentic.

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Fortunately, for those looking for just a bit more than traditional pinball recreation, Star Wars Pinball offers plenty of detailed 3D models too. Whether its Darth Vader or Stormtroopers stomping across your table, or a light saber swooping by, it adds a bit more depth than real life pinball tables can offer.

The design of each table is well executed too. It seems Zen Studios really knows what they’re doing when it comes to creating a satisfying pinball experience through table geography and physics. The Clone Wars table has a lot of nice swooping ramps and "ball tunnels"; Empire Strikes Back has a retro feeling to it all; and Boba Fett’s table has a Sarlacc Pit (pretty cool!). The addition of a "score screen" where you can, in typical pinball fashion, see your score, watch hazy images of the film play out, and see ball counts, makes Star Wars Pinball a true replication of the original pinball experience. We look forward to future Star Wars table releases!

GameDynamo's Score for Star Wars Pinball (X360)
Graphics
For a recreated pinball experience, the visuals are spot on, though they didn't have to be the most complicated.
Sound
Again, perfectly spot on for a pinball in fully digital format.
Gameplay
If you love pinball, then you'll love Star Wars Pinball. If you don't... then move along!
Play Value
There should be future releases of Star Wars Pinball table themes, and while these are great pinball tables, even the best virtual pinball table can get old eventually. Then again, for the price, you can't beat it!
 
Final Score  89  
One of the better, if not the best, virtual pinball machines out there. Star Wars Pinball looks and feels authentic, and it will please pinball fans and Star Wars fans alike.

Posted on 03/27/2013 | Game Played on: Xbox 360
Rando Evans

Three things describe Rando: Good beer, good food, and video games. On occasion, Rando flies a zeppelin through time seeking power crystals.

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