Star Wars Pinball – Review – Pinball In Another Galaxy

On May 13, 2013

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Star Wars Pinball – Review – Pinball In Another Galaxy

Our rating:

By: ZEN Studios Ltd.

Version #: 1.0

Date Released: 2013-03-19

Developer: ZEN Studios Ltd.

Price: 1.99

User Rating:

In my non-researched opinion, there are about a gillion pinball games available in the App Store.  With that in mind, any Star Wars pinball game immediately distinguishes itself by having Star Wars in it.

The game itself has marvelous graphics capability and is very fun to play (how else can you describe it when the ball release mechanism is a lightsaber?).  It’s not clearly indicated, but tapping almost anywhere in the lower left and right-hand sections of the screen activate the flippers.  Between levels, it even simulates the graphics of an actual pinball machine by showing monochrome motion graphics at a low resolution.

You can play one-player or multi-player via the Game Center.  Several features are customizable in the Settings including nudge sensitivity and audio effects volume.

The most disappointing aspect of the game is that only one table variation is available upon your two-dollar purchase.  Granted, it’s for the best movie in the saga (The Empire Strikes Back) but it does seem chintzy.  Supposedly more tables will be available in future updates.  In the game’s defense, even though I didn’t do the in-app purchases, the other two tables, which are for the cartoon Clone Wars series and Boba Fett, look pretty cool.

As someone who is old enough to remember playing with pinball machines, this app is pretty great.  It definitely has a retro feel but with enough special effects to make it a fun video game.  Put in a few more table variations in the initial purchase and you got yourself a winner.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Probably.

Learning Curve:Low.

Who Is It For:Those that like Star Wars, pinball or both.

What I Like:Great graphics. Lots of throwback references to the original movies.

What I Don't Like:Only one pinball machine available at purchase.

Final Statement:Defeat the Dark Side with this game (unless you are the Dark Side).

Read the Developer's Notes:
Set in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars Pinball lets you interact with the most iconic characters, and relive the greatest moments of the Star Wars universe in 3 Star Wars-themed tables: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Boba Fett.

Choose to support the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance with your high scores as the Star Wars Pinball community fights for the Balance of the Force!

The initial Star Wars Pinball download comes with the Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back table. Other Star Wars Pinball tables can be purchased as in-app purchases.

Additional Star Wars Pinball tables are coming soon!

May the Force be with you!

What the Press Are Saying:

Penny Arcade Report (Ben Kuchera)
If you’re a fan of pinball, Star Wars, or fun things, this is pretty much a must-purchase.

As a complete package, Star Wars Pinball delivers the kind of arcade experience that makes you crave just one more game, constantly chasing to surpass your own score for the sheer satisfaction of it.

Desctructoid - 9.5/10
Each table is chock full of beautiful art, character cameos, and tracks pulled straight from the films' soundtracks. These first three tables are a bold and equally stellar introduction to Star Wars Pinball, and they'll keep you more than busy until Zen Studios drops the next batch.

Game Informer - 8.5/10
You don't need to be a Star Wars fan to recognize the creativity Zen has brought to the new tables. The company continues to include more fantasy elements in its designs.

“Star Wars fans will certainly enjoy the visual treat this game offers. That, combined with the fun gameplay make this a must have. It is impressive. Most impressive.
Jump into hyperspace to check it out in the App Store.”

For fans of the franchise or virtual pinball in general, it's a real treat!


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