As far as pinball games go, they have changed a lot since the days of the arcade. For those of you not in the know their are now many digital pinball tables. Zen Pinball 2 and Star Wars Pinball are games that host dozens of digital pinball tables. Specifically for Zen Pinball 2, some are classics and other are brand new. In a digital format pinball games able to be much more creative than they have been in the past. The newest installment, Star Wars Rebels, is a fun and creative digital pinball table.
Star Wars Pinball: Star Wars Rebels is a table based off the animated television show Star Wars Rebels. The table is full of references from the show itself and less from the Star Wars universe as a whole. Other than some Stormtroopers, TIE fighters and a brief appearance from Darth Vader if you haven’t watched the series very little will be familiar to you. This may be a wasted opportunity as more could’ve been included to appeal to a broader audience. That being said the the game could have the inverse affect, causing people to seek out the show after playing the game. There are also many Star Wars properties soon to be released this fall, including the new Star Wars: Battlefront game and the Star Wars: The Force Awakens film.
All in all the game itself is fun and addicting. There are many different missions the table has to offer. Each one causes the 3D characters at the back of the table to react in different ways and adds a small story element to a simple pinball game. The most unique is the chopper mission which requires you to him the ball at the droid ‘Chopper’, who will then carry to bar to an upper platform where you control him. Other madness may also ensue, with flying ships and lightsaber battles being a possibility. Trying to get through as many of these missions as possible in one attempt is addicting. Completing these missions as well as smaller ones helps you rack up your score. You can compete against your friends and the community as a whole for the highest scores online. This also contributes to your pro score which is an accumulation of scores achieved on other tables. These can be compared with your friends to see who is the best pinball player. Other than single-player, game modes include split screen and Hotseat. Hotseat is where you compete locally by each player having their own score and passing of the controller to the next player once the ball is lost.
The table is pretty and appears to be located somewhere on the planet Bespin. The atmosphere is bright and colourful. Background characters move and interact well with the events that happen while you’re playing. For the most part the acoustics is great with good voice acting and arcade pinball sounds that pop. One small gripe I have is that the voiceovers can get rather repetitive since you tend to hit the ball at certain spots over and over again. This can be especially tiresome for someone who has never seen the show. Overall though it’s a fun table for pinball fans and followers of the Star Wars Rebels animated series.