Action begins with a traditional text crawl seen in the movies offering a bit of background information about the conflict.
Then, with the pinball table plopped right in the middle of the Senate’s Grand Convocation Chamber on Coruscant, Anakin Skywalker in all of his three-dimensional glory pops up onto a platform to oversee the action.
Features include hitting the right targets to spell “council” to take on missions with help from Ahsoka Tano and Anakin, lots of chatter from Yoda, a clone trooper gunship ready to rescue a ball, appearances by the evil Asajj Ventress and a mini-game to train as a Clone Trooper by hitting flashing targets.
Geek Moment: Fans get to take part in an encounter between Count Dooku’s new apprentice Savage Opress (the younger brother of Darth Maul) and Anakin on the planet Toydari. That means beating the Sith Lord by shooting him off of his platform and blasting the steel ball at the correct flashing lanes during the duel to succeed.
Boba Fett — The oddest and most difficult to appreciate of the bunch, this table pays homage to arguably the most bumbling, arrogant and fiercest bounty hunter in the Star Wars galaxy.
The table features a Sarlacc Pit (get used to ball-dropping into it), a spinner with a Han Solo encased in Carbonite and a very active Boba Fett — so active that he can occasionally shoot explosives on the playing field and one of the ball saves has the hunter use his fiber cord whip to catch the ball and toss it back into play.
Geek Moment: Shoot at a seesaw contraption to wake up the TT-8L gatekeeper droid (remember the big-eyed bot questioning C-3PO at the front of Jabba’s Palace?) and open up a sinkhole. Drop balls into the hole until “Hutts” is spelled out, and the mighty Jabba pops out from behind a curtain. Get ready to take on bounties that include encounting Darth Vader and using Boba’s favorite ship, Slave I.
Overall, Star Wars Pinball is a casual gaming fan’s dream challenge (expect ten themed tables devoted to the fantasy universe this year) but requires the powers of the Force and concentration of a Jedi to unlock all of the surprises.
Although it’s often mind-bogglingly difficult, with objectives being a bit confusing, it is a perfect challenge for the purist looking for a nostalgic trip to a galaxy far, far away.