Pinball Arcade by FarSight Studios features exact recreations of the all-time greatest pinball tables from Williams®, Bally®, Stern Pinball®, and Gottlieb® together in one game. Every flipper, bumper, sound effect, and display pixel has been painstakingly emulated in astonishing detail.
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Mixed (45 reviews) - 68% of the 45 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (2,166 reviews) - 74% of the 2,166 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 4, 2013

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May 2

Kickstarter: AC/DC® Pinball

Help us bring the AC/DC® pinball table to the NEW Stern Pinball Arcade!
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April 22

Last Action Hero™ Just Released!

Last Action Hero™ has just been released!

Last Action Hero™ (1993): "Did somebody say action?" This action-packed pinball powerhouse harbors the license for the summer blockbuster hit movie of the same name. The table's feature filled design was created by Tim Seckel, Joe Kaminkow, Ed Cebula, and John Borg. This game completely captures the intensity, comedic tones, and cast of characters from the film. Notable playfield sections include the motorized Super Crane™, game controlled magnets which activate during multiball events, the Ripper lane which accelerates a shot ball on returns, and the Smart Missile button above the slick black colored gun-shaped launcher. 5,505 units of this table were produced.

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Reviews

“Mobile Game of the Year!”
G4TV

“If you have any love for pinball, you should definitely pick up the Pinball Arcade. Grade: A”
100 – Gaming Age

“These tables are awesome”
85 – IGN

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About This Game

Pinball Arcade by FarSight Studios features exact recreations of the all-time greatest pinball tables from Williams®, Bally®, Stern Pinball®, and Gottlieb® together in one game.

Every flipper, bumper, sound effect, and display pixel has been painstakingly emulated in astonishing detail.

Download now and you’ll get the incredible Tales of the Arabian Nights™ table for free!

Twilight Zone™, Star Trek: The Next Generation™, Theatre of Magic™ (named the best video pinball simulation of all time by G4TV), Scared Stiff™, Elvira and the Party Monsters™, Monster Bash™, Gorgar™, Circus Voltaire™, Funhouse™, Medieval Madness™, Pin•Bot™, The Machine: Bride of Pin•Bot™, Creature from the Black Lagoon™, No Good Gofers™, Big Shot™, Taxi™, Harley-Davidson® 3rd Edition, Black Knight™, Cactus Canyon™, White Water™, Space Shuttle®, Centaur™, Flight 2000™, Goin’ Nuts™, Terminator 2: Judgment Day®, and other great tables are also available from within this great game.

Each month, regular updates will add classic pinball tables for years to come!

Our goal is for the Pinball Arcade to become the most realistic and comprehensive pinball game ever created. Please support us in our efforts to preserve these tables and join the indelible part of Americana that is pinball!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual Core 1.6 ghz or better.
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card supporting DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct Sound capable card.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0 ghz or better.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTX 560 or higher. ATI HD 6950 or higher.
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct Sound capable card.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OSX Lion or Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0+ support
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Mixed (45 reviews)
Overall:
Mostly Positive (2,166 reviews)
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malcolmmackay224
( 37.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Playing most Pinball Arcade tables for any length of time makes it clear how inferior many tables based on "real life" tables are as compared to tables designed for the computer (Pinball FX2).

On a well designed computer only table, balls will only drain if you screw up, and even then only on high risk shots. Real life tables were of course designed to be quarter suckers and can drain your ball at any time. A real time waster when you are trying to improve your high score.

Some tables in PA such as Funhouse and Taxi are fair and are very enjoyable. Unfortunately most are quite frustrating and not much fun. Whirlwind and Pin*bot are good examples of interesting tables that are far to easy to drain the ball on. Maybe if the nudge feature worked better in PA this wouldn't be a problem.

Maybe it is unfair to criticize PA for flaws in the real life tables. But I think in some cases the emulation is poor - I played Whirlwind on the Wii and scored very well and didn't have a problem with the ball always draining.

Still, I continue to play PA and enjoy it despite the frustration, so I do recommend it to pinball lovers.
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coryfetter
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
This is the Best Pinball game out period! mic drop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Rynoknarr14
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Its Pinball Its Free Its Pinball Arcade Go Get It.
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FLEA.
( 18.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
PROS/ fantastic game all the tables are great! the ball physics are great really feels real!! love blasting away a few hours just great fun.
CONS/ none really just a bit pricey but it is worth it if you like pinball games you will not be dissapointed which ever table pack you buy 1-5 there all great this is the best pb game ive played.
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TheRealTNT
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
O.K. I've played enough of this game to get a general impression of the quality. I had downloaded it years ago but thought the price of the packs were too high so I uninstalled it. I recently got an urge to play pinball so I purchased Pinball FX2 as it was cheaper and had good reviews. While Pinball FX2 is a good game (I bought about eight tables), I found it a bit gimmicky. I had only played the free Arabian table on Pinball Arcade and thought it was O.K. but it wasn't enough to convince me to spend the bucks to buy a pack. But I did some research and read some reviews and in the end I took the plunge and bought Season Pack One. Boy am I glad I did because it is really good. The authenticity of the tables I find amazing and it has to be as close to playing the real classic pinball tables on a pc as you can get. I found Pinball FX2 to be more flash over substance where as Pinball Arcade is more of a passion of love. I read some reviews complaining about a 'delay' in the flippers but that is all part of the authenticity. On the old pinball machines it was all mechanical so it would seem like a 'delay' anyway because of the moving parts.

As for the price, for the £22.99 or so I paid for pack one, I got about 21 tables so that works out at about a pound per table which is very good value for money. The price may seem high but it is totally worth it. A single table on Pinball FX2 starts at about £1.99 so it is a no-brainer.

I'm just pretty amazed by the realism of the tables - very impressive !

Edit (4/5/2016)

After some more game time I am updating my review. I have now tried out a lot of the tables on Pinball Arcade and whilst they are still very good, my only gripe is that they seem to all be retro tables. I wish there were more modern tables but all the tables seem to be pre-1980's. Anyway, I played Pinball FX2 some more and found a table view I liked and after playing it some more I found it to be more enjoyable than previously thought and not so gimmicky.

So my final conlusion is if you want a retro and realistic pinball simulator with lots of classic tables, than Pinball Arcade is the one to go for, but if you want modern mechanics and tables, then Pinball FX2 is the one to go for.
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bakersound
( 75.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
I love this game dispite that some tables have bugs and support is unreachable. My main problem is that on some tables when you enter your intials for high scores the game records the wrong letters so you never get credit for your high scores. I can't comepete in compitions because of this. Major bummer. These problems have been reported over and over, but apparently no one at farsightstudios.com cares. Lack of support is dissapointing. I keep getting sent to support page support@farsightstudios.com That page DOES NOT WORK! Be warned.
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.:INO:.kamikaza
( 18.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Very good ;)
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BabaBlackSheep
( 26.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
As a pinball enthusiast, this game is satisfying.

I've purchased a few select tables (Theatre of Magic, Black Hole, Ripley's Believe it or Not) and have really enjoyed them. They do an excellent job simulating the sights/sounds that you remembered from these wonderful machines.
The physics feel very real, but there will never be quirks that develop as these simulators will never show wear and tear.

I've trial-played most of the tables, and the one I'm very disappointed in is the White Water. This is an excellent game in person (continue to play) with a much nicer tri-color backlight display and the sound effects of this simulation game are atrocious.

Overall though, this has been an excellent and fun experience. I've showed my kids that this is really fun stuff and even cooler in person! (albeit more difficult for sure)

A++ guys; keep the tables coming! I've also heard that you'll be teaming up with Stern (maybe Jersey Jack) to co-release new tables with their simulators??? That's the ticket! Get this younger generation to realize the magic and fun of playing these universes of wonder on the 2D screens, and then the real-life version will be that much better.
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pinballRM
( 74.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Fantastic game. Excellent graphics, decent sound, and awesome real tables. Works pretty well on old devices via the dx9 version, and looks good on higher end pc's via the dx11 version. Some quirks here and there, but overall great game and gotta appreciate Farsight for making this happen.
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River_Rat24
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
This game is going to use a ton of memory. After just a few pinball machines downloaded it's folder already contained the second largest amount of data of any game I had. I found it to be just too much of a space hog.
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f4k3sk1lz
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
"free to play"
unless you want to play on more than just the single table that's free,
the they come at 4,99 a table, and ow, without buying you can just plat a table up to the lowest highscore,
reachable with only 1 pinball ...

3/10
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Bonn210
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
I don't realy like the way you play the game. In the store it says free then when you get it you have to by each machine individualy. It is a scam! There is even a score limit!!!!!
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GoodOlAndy [Linux]
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
Have to give it a negative only because after 2 years since Farsight first mentioned Linux PC support, gamers are still waiting for the release.
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CloudHead
( 29.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
Really, I wanted to like this, right from the start. I've been waiting for a commercial effort for years - I've been playing VisualPinball since, huh, forever now.

Some years ago, I built a custom Pincab to be able to bring virtual pinball to the next level (using Visual Pinball as a platform of choice). I am sad to say, Pinball Arcade never managed to patch in any kind of satifying pincab support after all these years, which is kind of sad.

As for the game itself, I never managed to like the engine, the machines recreated rarely succeed in playing the same way their original counterpart did (I played most of them extensively in my material world) with a rare few exceptions.
Graphically the game is sub-par and very inconsistant between tables (some are plain ugly, some are really well done). I saw there was a DX11 update, but I had mixed success on playing it on my Pincab.

In-game camera placement is aweful when using a vertically oriented monitor and you've got to choose between unatural deep perspective and not-so-top down camera with missing flippers. Really ?

Regarding physical aspect of the game, I can't say it's bad, but it's not feeling like I'm playing a simulation either. I still prefer latest Visual Pinball's physics over this.

So mixed feelings - buying this is up to you, especially if you're playing on a pincab.
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Konky
( 27.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
It has all the Pins I remember as a kid. The games look great and sound great. The issue is that the physics are not 1:1 to a real Pinball machine. So the Pinball's feel "videogamey". So things like bumbs and other trick shots can be difficult to pull off. But if you want something that is close to what one of these machines plays like, there is not another platform that has all these offical classic pinball machines. Also the games are sold in packs or solo. The best deal is to get season 1-2 when they go on sale, since those seasons have all the big name pins from the 60's to the 90's. Overall the best way to play pinball without dropping 5k on a used machine or driving miles away to play a single pinball machine.
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quickwack
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
A very beautiful simulator. It has all my childhood pinball machines (if im willing to spend the money). I would have wished for a few more tables to start with. But this is certainly the best pinball game on steam.
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ladyjerrico
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
Tables are extremely limited with the free version, I love pinball but I can't afford the add-ons. I play this on occassion because I love a good game of pinball, it feels very realistic, (even if you don't have a rumble controller which I don't). There are challenges in the game even with the free version which I find nice. I've yet to know if you can just open up tables if you complete a challenge without purchasing the content. I do wish there were more well known tables like "South Park" or even bands l like "The Who" because the instrumental in the beginning is "Pinball Wizard".
Overall I would recommend this game for those who enjoy pinball but not putting quarters in the real ones each time you play.
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Pow, right in the pussy!
( 13.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
This is possibly the best pinball simulation ever. Thanks to Farsight and Pinball Arcade, I wouldn't have to worry about spending hundreds of dollars on an actual pinball machine. I can now play virtual pinball in the comfort of my own home. No coins required! I highly recommend this to any pinball fanatic out there.
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ExtrapT
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
Never played it, but it is dumb.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
29.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Really, I wanted to like this, right from the start. I've been waiting for a commercial effort for years - I've been playing VisualPinball since, huh, forever now.

Some years ago, I built a custom Pincab to be able to bring virtual pinball to the next level (using Visual Pinball as a platform of choice). I am sad to say, Pinball Arcade never managed to patch in any kind of satifying pincab support after all these years, which is kind of sad.

As for the game itself, I never managed to like the engine, the machines recreated rarely succeed in playing the same way their original counterpart did (I played most of them extensively in my material world) with a rare few exceptions.
Graphically the game is sub-par and very inconsistant between tables (some are plain ugly, some are really well done). I saw there was a DX11 update, but I had mixed success on playing it on my Pincab.

In-game camera placement is aweful when using a vertically oriented monitor and you've got to choose between unatural deep perspective and not-so-top down camera with missing flippers. Really ?

Regarding physical aspect of the game, I can't say it's bad, but it's not feeling like I'm playing a simulation either. I still prefer latest Visual Pinball's physics over this.

So mixed feelings - buying this is up to you, especially if you're playing on a pincab.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
O.K. I've played enough of this game to get a general impression of the quality. I had downloaded it years ago but thought the price of the packs were too high so I uninstalled it. I recently got an urge to play pinball so I purchased Pinball FX2 as it was cheaper and had good reviews. While Pinball FX2 is a good game (I bought about eight tables), I found it a bit gimmicky. I had only played the free Arabian table on Pinball Arcade and thought it was O.K. but it wasn't enough to convince me to spend the bucks to buy a pack. But I did some research and read some reviews and in the end I took the plunge and bought Season Pack One. Boy am I glad I did because it is really good. The authenticity of the tables I find amazing and it has to be as close to playing the real classic pinball tables on a pc as you can get. I found Pinball FX2 to be more flash over substance where as Pinball Arcade is more of a passion of love. I read some reviews complaining about a 'delay' in the flippers but that is all part of the authenticity. On the old pinball machines it was all mechanical so it would seem like a 'delay' anyway because of the moving parts.

As for the price, for the £22.99 or so I paid for pack one, I got about 21 tables so that works out at about a pound per table which is very good value for money. The price may seem high but it is totally worth it. A single table on Pinball FX2 starts at about £1.99 so it is a no-brainer.

I'm just pretty amazed by the realism of the tables - very impressive !

Edit (4/5/2016)

After some more game time I am updating my review. I have now tried out a lot of the tables on Pinball Arcade and whilst they are still very good, my only gripe is that they seem to all be retro tables. I wish there were more modern tables but all the tables seem to be pre-1980's. Anyway, I played Pinball FX2 some more and found a table view I liked and after playing it some more I found it to be more enjoyable than previously thought and not so gimmicky.

So my final conlusion is if you want a retro and realistic pinball simulator with lots of classic tables, than Pinball Arcade is the one to go for, but if you want modern mechanics and tables, then Pinball FX2 is the one to go for.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
As a pinball enthusiast, this game is satisfying.

I've purchased a few select tables (Theatre of Magic, Black Hole, Ripley's Believe it or Not) and have really enjoyed them. They do an excellent job simulating the sights/sounds that you remembered from these wonderful machines.
The physics feel very real, but there will never be quirks that develop as these simulators will never show wear and tear.

I've trial-played most of the tables, and the one I'm very disappointed in is the White Water. This is an excellent game in person (continue to play) with a much nicer tri-color backlight display and the sound effects of this simulation game are atrocious.

Overall though, this has been an excellent and fun experience. I've showed my kids that this is really fun stuff and even cooler in person! (albeit more difficult for sure)

A++ guys; keep the tables coming! I've also heard that you'll be teaming up with Stern (maybe Jersey Jack) to co-release new tables with their simulators??? That's the ticket! Get this younger generation to realize the magic and fun of playing these universes of wonder on the 2D screens, and then the real-life version will be that much better.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
PROS/ fantastic game all the tables are great! the ball physics are great really feels real!! love blasting away a few hours just great fun.
CONS/ none really just a bit pricey but it is worth it if you like pinball games you will not be dissapointed which ever table pack you buy 1-5 there all great this is the best pb game ive played.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
This is possibly the best pinball simulation ever. Thanks to Farsight and Pinball Arcade, I wouldn't have to worry about spending hundreds of dollars on an actual pinball machine. I can now play virtual pinball in the comfort of my own home. No coins required! I highly recommend this to any pinball fanatic out there.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
345.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
If you want incredibly accurate recreations of real pinball machines, then you've found paradise. The Pinball Arcade does not skimp on quality. Every light, sound effect, playfield artwork, and score display is identical to the real thing! Exciting pinball action without the quarters and greasy pizza fingers. Who could ask for more?
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
A very beautiful simulator. It has all my childhood pinball machines (if im willing to spend the money). I would have wished for a few more tables to start with. But this is certainly the best pinball game on steam.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
74.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Fantastic game. Excellent graphics, decent sound, and awesome real tables. Works pretty well on old devices via the dx9 version, and looks good on higher end pc's via the dx11 version. Some quirks here and there, but overall great game and gotta appreciate Farsight for making this happen.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Its Pinball Its Free Its Pinball Arcade Go Get It.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
This is the Best Pinball game out period! mic drop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
I love this game so much.....................
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
Very solid game so far. Gave it a test run since it's getting a Doctor Who tabble soon. Can't wait!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Great game. Very realistic, like a real pinball. 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
If you are a fan of classic pinball tables, these are incredible reproductions of tables you played in the arcade. I have this on all my platforms (iOS, Android, Steam, etc), and love to kill a few minutes or hours playing. The table packs may seem expensive, but when you conside just buying one of these tables for real would set you back many thousands of dollars. If you are a pinball fan, give the free table a try, and you'll be hooked.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Addams Family is back! Have a lot of fun and flashbacks!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Literally the next best thing to owning a physical machine
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
If you like pinball, this is great. Digital versions of physical tables, and the free Arabian Nights table is a good one!
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