I love pinball and I love Star Wars. So, you can imagine how excited I was when Zen Studios announced they were making Star Wars Tables. Their first pack was released recently, having three tables: Boba Fett, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars the Clone Wars. Some tables I like more than others, but they are all great. If you enjoy either Star Wars or pinball, you should definitely check these out.
The first table is the Boba Fett table. I don’t like this one as much as the others, but it is still great. Your ball is Boba Fett, and by hitting different lanes, you can take contracts from the Empire, or from Jabba the Hut. These are fun, and a cool part to the table. The table has a ton of other bells and whistles that other tables have, such as a multiball mode, lane combos, and some fun hurry ups. The table itself is beautiful, with its vibrant colors, and character models. The table is well branded to Star Wars, as Darth Vader and Jabba make live, spoken appearances on the table. Boba Fett will even say lines as you complete missions, and get combos. There is even the Great Pit of Carkoon from Return of the Jedi that ruins your combo when you fall into it.
Even though this table sounds awesome, it has some flaws too. My ball seemed to lose momentum at random times, and it came off the left flipper way too fast. Also, some of the set pieces stopped my ball. I like a table where the ball can move smoothly across without it ramming into something. This is a good table, but the others are better.
TABLE SCORE: 6/10
The next table is Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Like the Boba Fett Table it looks nice and has good character models. These tables’ main missions, however, are based off the movie. If you hit the middle part of the table on both the left and right parts, you activate a movie scene. The scenes are taken directly from the movie, showing Luke tying up the AT-AT on Hoth, or the Ewoks taking back Endor from the Empire. This table is obviously greatly branded as well, with everything being taken from the movie. The only complaint I have about this table is the difficulty in scoring. This is tied with my other favorite table, the Clone Wars table.
TABLE SCORE: 9/10
I am not a big fan of the Clone Wars series, but I am a huge fan of this table. Zen once again did a great job with visuals, character models, and branding. You can train to be a clone in this table which helps you rack up huge points and has you doing missions as the Jedi trying to take down the Sith Lords. These are all great for points, but there is one spam combo called the Liberation Hurry Up which you can use to get tons and tons of points. You hit a top-left lane multiple times to activate it, and once you do, you can hit another lane over and over for millions of points per hit. One time, I got over 20 million points in under 30 seconds with it. You can also hit the hurry up lane, where Yoda will give you quotes that I promise you will hear over 9,000 times. They got really old, and quite annoying while hitting the lane. That minor complaint aside, this table had some excellent features to it, and is another great table to add to your collection.
TABLE SCORE: 9/10
The Star Wars tables are the best I have played in a while, and I suggest you check them out. They are well branded and designed, so even if you don’t like Star Wars you will definitely enjoy these tables. They come in one big pack, so you will have to get them all to play them, but it is well worth the $10 spent. May the force be with you.