Mar, 12 2013

It’s been 36 years since the first Star Wars movie was released and it just never seems to get old. We’ve seen countless licensing deals and spinoffs, especially when it comes to the world of video games. Franchises like Angry Birds were able to secure a Star Wars deal of their own and now it looks like Android gamers can finally experience pinball after it’s been infused with the power of the Force.

Virtual pinball wizards, Zen Studios, are the brains behind the latest mash up, giving Android users the ability to play out Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back with a classic pinball table made especially for the movie. If it’s one thing Zen knows, it’s pinball. And they’ve gone to great lengths to provide players with a true-to-life pinball experience, as if the game was found in your favorite bar, only with a little graphical flare.

Besides crisp clean visuals and advanced pinball physics, Star Wars Pinball features leader boards for Jedi players to brag about their highest scores. Players can actually choose light or dark side and watch as the pinball community “fights for the balance of the Force.” Fun stuff.

Value

Star Wars Pinball is currently available for download in the Google Play Store for a fairly reasonable $2. It should be said (again) that the download will only give you the single Empire Strikes Back table, and not the other 2 tables shown off in Zen’s listing on Google Play. A little bit misleading, maybe. But that’s why we’re here. The other 2 tables — Clone Wars and Boba Fett — can be downloaded for an additional $2 each, bringing the grand total for balls-to-the-wall Star Wars pinball action to $6. While we aren’t going to say that’s a bad deal (it’s still cheaper than plunking down quarters at your local pizzeria), we just want to let you know what you’re getting yourself into. More tables will be arriving in a future update, so we’ll be keeping an eye out for those. In the meantime, light or dark side — which will you choose?

[Star Wars Pinball on Google Play]