Star Wars Pinball Review

Star Wars Pinball Review

Reviewed on Nintendo Switch

Zen Studios have made a name for themselves with their various pinball games across a range of platforms, so pairing their table expertise with the Star Wars licence was always going to be a winning combination. Star Wars Pinball is as good as any of their previous pinball games to date making good use of the licence whilst ensuring a solid variety of tables that will challenge even the most adept baller.

While Star Wars Pinball isn't by any means new - it originally debuted on the Wii U with just three tables. Since then the table roster has increased to a much more impressive 19 options thanks to the DLC releases that have covered everything from the original saga through to the most recent animated series. The Switch release features all 19 tables alongside a story campaign that develops across the Star Wars generations.

The tables cover every iteration of Star Wars right up to The Last Jedi with tables for all of the classic films, the prequels and sequels to date alongside Solo, Rogue One, The Clone Wars and Star Wars rebels. Accompanying the graphical representations of characters from each of the films and stories are voiceovers which range from perfect to so-bad-they're-good in terms of their capturing of the original portrayals. As you progress through the tables additional animations can take place as a story unfolds as you play.

Good use is made of the Switch's versatility with the the ability to play both in horizontal and vertical orientations. The former replicates the feel of real-life pinball while the latter gives you a much better view of the table and you'll need to adjust your playing style depending on the mode you play in. You can switch between them at and time by pressing the - button.

The two table views offer a more realistic viewpoint alongside one that shows the full table top down aiding visibility.

As pinball goes, this is as good as it gets, at least away from the tangible feedback you get on a real table. Zen have perfected their game with accurate ball physics and enough variety to ensure that the game doesn't get tired and there's always a challenge to be had. The tables offer plenty of graphical flourish although if there is one criticism its that some of them can be a little too fussy in the sheer amount of decoration; which at times can make it hard to keep track of the ball - the Jakku inspired table is the perfect case in point. Others feel a little sparse - the Lando table feels a little bit clinical but at the same time this allows for much better visibility of action for the players.

Star Wars Pinball is as good as Pinball gets and for Switch owners hankering for that flipper action it's by far your best option.

Overall

A solid pinball game that makes full use of the Switch.

8

out of 10

Star Wars

Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams. This was follows in the main Star Wars saga by Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi with the final film of the sequel trilogy, Episode IX, due in cinemas in December 2019 with J J Abrams back at the helm,A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One, which was followed in 2018 by Ron Howard's Solo and a fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson which will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.In addition, there are the animated TV series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels along with Star Wars Resistance which starts in late 2018 and finally a new live action series currently being developed by Jon Favreau set some time after the events of Return of the Jedi.

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