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POSTED 28/2/13


ZEN PINBALL 2: STAR WARS

Zen Studios

VIta/PSN + PS3/PSN

Thereís this bloke, right? And heís all dressed in black. Itís dead worrying though, as he isnít Johnny Cash ícos heís wearing a cape, and Johnny Cash didnít wear capes. Anyway, this bloke also has a mask on, right? Which is really sad because itís like he thinks heís too ugly to show his face. Like maybe because heís got really bad asthma?

Well, itís a different way to introduce the one, the only, the deadly, the daddy of them all Ė or at least Luke Ďní Leia - Darth Vader. Heís just one of numerous key Star Wars figures to show their face Ė or, indeed, not show it - in the newest thing from those masters of everything videogamey and pinball, and the best Hungarian thing since Zsa Zsa Gabor first married a Rubikís Cube (darlink), Zen Studios.

Three tables feature in this Zen Pinball 2 add-on, each with nods to various pinball eras, with the added joy of shit that just canít happen on real pinnies. Yes, Zen embraces the videogameyness of their creations, so stormtroopers tromp around, lightsaber battles battle and TIE fighters buzz about all mozzie-like. It doesnít detract from the core aim of keeping metallic balls in play, and itís ace.

The Empire Strikes Back, the second flick, which George Lucas later decided was the fifth, scores a table, as does some bloke named Bob Afett, and Clone Wars. Theyíve all one thing in common other than the screechingly obvious, theyíre all brilliant. Sure youíll regularly stare at your screen Ė be it Vita OLED or whatever youíve stuck to the end of the video cable dangling from your PS3 - incredulously as another ball bounces out inexplicably, but get zoney and youíll struggle finding anything funtasticer to spend five minutes to a full Vita battery charge messing with.

Star Wars like? Pinball like? Get this. Tell íem Maggie Tabberer sent you.

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