I have some friends who are super into pinball video games. I've always been sort of whatever on them. Like for the most part, I tend to think pinball is pinball. If you've played one, you've played them all. There have been some exceptions for me, though. Like I can't help but have total nostalgia for the original NES Pinball. And I loved Aliens Vs Pinball, but mostly because I love Alien franchise.
But continuing on my quest to play the highest rated game in each issue of Nintendo Power/Nintendo Force, I recently picked up Star Wars Pinball as it was on sale rather cheap. I wasn't really frothing at the mouth to start playing, because again, pinball is pinball.
But I fired it up last night figuring I'd just see if it caught my attention. I ended up playing it all night.
Star Wars Pinball is awesome. MOSTLY. I say mostly because there are a couple of stages that aren't pinball tables at all. Like, one is a faux shmup stage and another is a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader. These feel really out of place to me, and trying to control these sections using the default pinball controls feels stupid.
But that's a small complaint, as those levels aren't the norm. The actual pinball tables are great, and super fun. The fact that there's a campaign mode where you play through tables, and each one has three goals to achieve makes the game feel super playable. Like, I'm not just aiming for "a high score," I'm aiming for specific goals. This makes me feel like I'm progressing, which keeps things fresh.
I'm having way more fun with this game than I expected. I finished Act I or whatever it's called. Though I didn't 100% those, as on some tables I got one of the three achievements, and on some I did get all three. So there's reason to go back later.
The amount of content in this release is staggering. I guess I was used to Aliens Vs Pinball which was three tables. Star Wars Pinball is its own gigantic thing. There's so many tables with so much variety, it's insane.
I doubt I'll focus exclusively on this for too long. But it's an awesome pinball game, and I'll be keeping it around so I can continue to come back to it when the pinball urge hits me. This is a quality Switch release, and I hope Zen makes more dedicated releases like this one in the future.