Star Wars Pinball for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch review

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Category: Games
Developer: Zen Studios Ltd.
Requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
Compatibility: iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5, iPod touch 3rd/4th/5th generation, and iPad
Price: $1.99
Availability: Out now

Light Side or Dark Side—which side of the Force will you choose to play for on this table?

Star Wars Pinball

Okay, deep breath—I’m not going to make any of the dozens of Star Wars puns, jokes, asides, insinuations or references which are flying through my head like Luke through Beggar’s Canyon.

Oh, crud.

Anyway, Star Wars Pinball is a classic table from the experts at Zen Studios. Rack up as many points as you can and your score will be added to the total of players for your chosen side (Light vs. Dark, of course). The table play is realistic and the sounds are good. The flipper sounds are a bit “clacky” for a digital version, but that’s okay; the table looks good and plays smoothly. When the game starts up you even get the “fly around” tour of the table.

To play, just tap the lower left and right corners to use the flippers on that side of the table. The left side sports two flippers and the right side has three, and the responsiveness of all is pretty good.

Star Wars Pinball

The graphics are high resolution and look very nice. The audio, however, is a mixed bag. The sound effects we all know and love seem to be taken from the LucasArts files (RIP), but the movie quotes are not taken from the movies, nor are they the original actors’ voices. The quotes will be familiar to fans, but the voices are imitations (not bad, but not original).

The game is a good pinball sim and there are a couple of interesting things this game can do that a real table can’t. One neat trick is when the light saber on the left ignites and act as a ramp down which the ball can roll. Of course we know this is not real because if it were the light saber would vaporize the ball…

If you like pinball or Star Wars (or both), this game is worth having. Star Wars Pinball looks good, sounds good and plays well. At $1.99, it’s a bit more than many of the games I get for review, but on this game, it would be money well spent.

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