To coincide with the home video release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Zen Studios added three more tables to its Star Wars pinball series.
The first table in this pack is based on the recent Solo movie and features several playable scenes from the film. It's a colorful and complex table with Han Solo's Millennium Falcon at the front and center. Missions include launching the Millennium Falcon and navigating it around the table by hitting specific lanes and a clever stealth mission where it's your job to avoid certain guarded lanes.
The Solo table is the most challenging one in this pack as it requires the player to complete different objectives to trigger each mission rather than simply hitting a sinkhole then selecting a mission. Additionally, the ramps start rather low on the table so inaccurate shots that don't go up a ramp end up coming back down toward the flippers at high speeds, requiring quick reflexes to keep your ball alive.Pinball FX3: Solo gameplay video →
After getting my butt kicked on the Solo table, I was happy to see a far less complex layout on the Calrissian Chronicles table. As you can guess, this table is all about fan favorite Lando Calrissian. The five playable scenes on this table chronicle Lando's adventures in the Star Wars Universe. Three of them come from the movies (Solo: A Star Wars Story, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi), one comes from Star Wars Rebels, and the fifth comes from a Lando comic book. A lot of effort went into creating this table around Lando Calrissian, a character who only super-fans would know much about.
As for playability, this table is a lot more newbie friendly than the Solo one. The scene starter sinkhole is located at an obvious and easy to see location and the reduced amount of ramps make it a lot easier to follow the action. However, I encountered an unusually high number of side-outs during my time with the Lando table which can create a challenging and frustrating experience for novice players who aren't very good at activating the ball-saving kickbacks.Pinball FX3: Calrissian Chronicles gameplay video →
Battle of Mimban
The final table here is much more muted in color and is set during the Battle of Mimban. It features both the Imperial Army and Mimbanese Army fighting and has a strength meter for each army on either side of the flippers. Events on the table include the mudball multiball which is quite easy to trigger and the ability to call in a hulking AT-ST and tell it where to fire its powerful lasers.
The Battle of Mimban table features an interesting mix of characteristics. The actual gameplay is the easiest of any of these tables and even novice players can have a single ball last several minutes. However, the challenges and events built into the table are much more complex than the simple scene selection mechanic of the Lando table. While it's the one I scored the highest on and had the most success with, it's also by far the least interesting of the three tables when it comes to the characters and the story it tells.Pinball FX3: Battle of Mimban gameplay video →
I had a fun time with the Solo pack but none of the three tables really stood out as favorites that I'd eagerly play again. The Calrissian Chronicles table was probably my favorite, mostly due to the interesting details about Lando's life in the Star Wars universe.