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If you're the kind of fan that absolutely must have a Star Wars version of everything in your life, then grab your officially licensed Ahsoka Tano phone case and head for the Play Store. Zen Studios, makers of the well-received Zen Pinball HD, have released their Star Wars-themed pinball app, creatively titled Star Wars Pinball. It's a reasonable $1.99, but unfortunately restricted to Android 4.0 devices and above, and thus tragically off-limits to the Special Edition R2-DROID2.

The game comes with the Empire Strikes Back table, and the Boba Fett and Clone Wars (The Cartoon Network series, not the lamentable prequel) tables can be downloaded for another two dollars each. But "table" might not be the right word: the usual gee-whiz props of real pinball have been replaced with full 3D animation, interspersed with some impressive "scenes" from the movies. Characters run around the table like a 1990s toy commercial, duking it out for your entertainment once you've racked up enough points. Six bucks is a lot for a pinball game, but Zen seems to have put a lot of love into it.

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You can also download the tables in the Zen Pinball HD game for a two dollars each. It works out as the same price, so you can get the Boba Fett or Clone Wars tables instead, or keep all your tables in the same app if you've already bought some of the previous in-app purchases. There appears to be some early issues with the Star Wars Pinball app - Zen Studios says that they're working to iron out the kinks.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • meetloaf13

    Boo on the $2 for each current and future Star Wars tables. Make it $5 all inclusive and I'm in.

    • Kevin Aaronson

      These are super complex tables, 2 dollars per table is a steal.

      • meetloaf13

        maybe once they actually work. We'll see. There's a massive dearth of good Star Wars games for Android.

        • noobynoby

          Yeah, Angry Bird Star Wars is the best! Oh wait...

      • meetloaf13

        I went ahead an purchased and see what you fellow are talking about. These look like a lot of fun.

        Thanks for your reply.

        • Kevin Aaronson

          No worries, would hate for others to miss out on these great tables because they thought the price was a bit unfair. Cheers

    • http://twitter.com/EightRooks Matthew Lee

      Yeah, you either have no idea what you're talking about, you're being cheap, or both. Every single table Zen have produced is an absolute labour of love and offers potentially hours of gameplay. I've spent longer on World War Hulk than I have with quite a few full-price console titles (and I'm not even particularly good at the game). If you don't like fantasy pinball, that's a perfectly valid excuse not to buy into what they do - they're catering to a fairly specific audience here and I can totally understand some people might be put off by all the over-the-top animations going on and blatantly defying the laws of physics and such. But you can definitely make a very strong argument there are few, if any other developers as talented working in the genre, and I cringe when I see the comments on Google Play whining about how there should be more free tables handed out.

      • meetloaf13

        Apparently, didn't know what I was talking about. These tables are crazy complex, I'll have to wait until I have more than just a few minutes to tinker around to really digest them.

  • macks

    there's no trail behind the ball after shooting it by the handles (as shown in the video), the video quality is set to Standard and there's no option to change it, is that a reason of missing effects? tried on Nexus 7

    • Kevin Aaronson

      Go to settings, fx, enable trails.

  • Paul

    What? No GingerBread love??? That totally sucks...

  • Romain

    Episode V table is the pinball of love. Point.

  • http://profiles.google.com/k3gman Keg Man

    I only bought episode V. How are the other two?