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POSTED 28/2/13


ZEN PINBALL 2: STAR WARS

Zen Studios

VIta/PSN + PS3/PSN

There’s this bloke, right? And he’s all dressed in black. It’s dead worrying though, as he isn’t Johnny Cash ’cos he’s wearing a cape, and Johnny Cash didn’t wear capes. Anyway, this bloke also has a mask on, right? Which is really sad because it’s like he thinks he’s too ugly to show his face. Like maybe because he’s got really bad asthma?

Well, it’s a different way to introduce the one, the only, the deadly, the daddy of them all – or at least Luke ‘n’ Leia - Darth Vader. He’s just one of numerous key Star Wars figures to show their face – 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 Rubik’s 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 can’t 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 doesn’t detract from the core aim of keeping metallic balls in play, and it’s 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. They’ve all one thing in common other than the screechingly obvious, they’re all brilliant. Sure you’ll regularly stare at your screen – be it Vita OLED or whatever you’ve stuck to the end of the video cable dangling from your PS3 - incredulously as another ball bounces out inexplicably, but get zoney and you’ll struggle finding anything funtasticer to spend five minutes to a full Vita battery charge messing with.

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

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