- Publisher: Zen Studios
- Developer: Zen Studios/LucasArts
- ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
- Genre: Pinball
- Release Date: February 26, 2013
- Pros: Incredible Table Design, Fan Service, Perfect Mechanics
- Cons: A Little Slight For $10
The approach here is clearly to provide a little something for everyone by offering different tables from different eras of the most popular sci-fi universe in history. The first (and best) table centers on "The Empire Strikes Back," the second features something for younger players addicted to "The Clone Wars," and the third bridges multiple eras and trilogies by centering on the legendary Boba Fett. It allows for a variety of characters to be included either as 3D characters on the table or activated "missions" to be completed, including Luke Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader, Ahsoka Tano, and more. As for game details -- it's pinball. You get three balls and have to keep them in play, trying to hit certain ramps to activate power-ups or even access new sections of the board. As with all "Zen Pinball" games, the blend of real-life physics with the possiblities that video game animation allows is perfectly in tune.
Once again, it's pinball. "The Clone Wars," perhaps because it's the most targeted at kids, is where you'll rack up the big points and is the easiest of the three new tables by some stretch. It also features the most vibrant animation and active table. Whether you're trying to help Ahsoka fight clones (by hitting the right ramps) or trying to bring down a shield, it's a very quickly paced but simple to play table. On the other end of the spectrum is the least-interesting table for one of the most-interesting characters in the history of "Star Wars" as "Boba Fett" will give you the biggest challenge. More than most tables (I can't say all because there were a few Marvel clunkers too), "Boba Fett" just isn't that interesting. It's not "bad," and would be worth a buck or two, but most players who buy this pack will be more attracted to the other pair. For this player, "The Empire Strikes Back" is easily the most enjoyable. It is perfectly blended and appeals to this fan of not only the best film in the series but one of the best of all time. If I was in an arcade in the '80s and there was an actual "Empire Strikes Back" table, it would have taken all my allowance money.
On that note, I misread the press release and thought there were four tables in this ten-dollar pack. That seems more appropriate for the price if you really think about it. However, if you don't, "The Empire Strikes Back" is so much fun for pinball and "Star Wars" fans that it's tempting to recommend the purchase price for it alone. It's just that with so many amazing games on the PSN for $10, I wish this one was either one table more or $7 or $8 to compete. With DLC add-ons for "Sleeping Dogs," "Assassin's Creed III," and "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2" all hitting the PSN this week alone, Zen could have stood out more with a lower price point.