Parents' Guide to

Star Wars Pinball

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Arcade game collection fun for Star Wars, pinball fans.

Game Nintendo Switch 2019
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This collection of pinball tables is as fun for fans of the titular sci-fi saga as it for for serious pinheads. Like previous editions of this collection, Star Wars Pinball has 19 different original pinball tables that are not only based on the iconic movies (including The Empire Strikes Back, A New Hope, and The Force Awakens) but also the TV shows (The Clone Wars, Rebels) and the characters in them (Darth Vader, Boba Fett). While none are based on any real Star Wars pinball machines, they do boast realistic physics and sound effects. But what really makes them fun is how they also have unrealistic aspects that not only include multiple viewpoints but also such elaborate mechanics as hidden sections, mini-games, and TIE Fighters strafing the table.

As for how well this works on the Switch, well, it's best played on your TV but works in handheld mode as long as you don't care that the score text is relatively small. It also helps that these versions of the tables are the same as in other editions. Which, of course, means that the best tables on other systems, such as "Return of the Jedi," "Solo," "Droids," "Rogue One," and "The Force Awakens," are highlights here as well. Unfortunately, it also means that the inappropriately goofy sound effects in "Boba Fett" and the bad Han Solo impersonator on multiple tables are present here as well. But these are minor annoyances, and nothing that will stop you from feeling that the the Force is strong with Star Wars Pinball.

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