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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Release Date: Nov 4, 2013

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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

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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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
If you really love pinball it's a great little program, very faithful recreations of actual tables, however the textures on the tables are not as good as they should be. Ball physics is a little weird but there's not much you can do about that.

Unfortunately I have to give this a thumbs down because it is incredibly buggy. The UI is all kinds of messed up, sometimes you can't use the menus at all, using a gamepad to navigate the UI rarely works, and in the short time I've played several times I've hit start and the game doesn't go, it gets stuck in the table fly-by animation and I need to exit the table. Also a lot of stuff, like what the graphics settings do, what the pro features are, etc. are poorly communicated.

It's the best pinball simulation available right now, but it's a shame it lacks so much polish. Only buy a few tables you really like.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
I've played on a lot of purely software pinball games over the years and they cannot hold a light to the original arcade machines. They are either too bland or just don't 'feel' like a proper pinball and lack depth of goals and features.
With 'Pinball Arcade' we have those original arcade machines realised in full detail to take you back to, or introduce you to, those great original full featured tables that used to be in every Arcade all over the world.
Over the past few years the developers have recreated an impressive catalogue of classic machines and the choice is vast.
If you were into pinballs at all you are bound to find a few favourites in here to take you back.
The physics are excellent, the sound of each table is utterly authentic and the tables have nice crisp graphics.
This is THE pinball sim for anyone seeking out an authentic pinball experience.
I also have this on my ipad mini 2 and thats the version I play the most...
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
For anyone who played these tables in real life, I highly recommend. I think that it isn't as nice as it was but I am still glad it is here.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
106.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Brimfull of member-berries!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Hi there,

What can be said about Pinball Arcade, well for me it is the best series around that I have found, a little pricey when adding new tables best to buy when on special, no crashes and my family love playing them I rate this game 10/10
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
Best game ever 100/10

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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
86 of 97 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
155.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Here's the thing Farsight....
I love Pinball Arcade, I truly do. I have over 300 games on Steam of all genres, but *this* is what I keep returning to. I have every table you've released for it barring two. In your eternal battle with Zen I've defended and supported you time and time again.

Then you pull this crap on us.

Six month ago you beta'd a new UI and asked for customer feedback. And boy howdy did you receive it. Beautiful splash screens of individual pinball machines were replaced by a cluttered screenfull of muddy low res Zen-ripoff icons. Your iconic "Pinball Wizard" inspired guitar riff bgm was replaced by the actual "Pinball Wizard" track, only chopped up and looped past the point of obnoxiousness. Menu navigation became more convoluted and mouse-heavy, making things awkward and unintuitive for controller only players like me. All of these issues and so much more were pointed out to you time and again by dedicated Steam users during the Beta period.

Then this weekend, I start my favorite game on Steam to see that this UI has apparently "passed" the Beta stage, although one wouldn't know it, since *none* of the aforementined issues nor the plethora of others reported to you have been fixed. Not only that, there appears to be no way to revert to the classic, perfectly workable UI. In other words, you asked us for our opinion, pretended to listen for six months, then basically flushed our opinions down the toilet and shoved this new UI down our unsuspecting throats anyway.

This is my very first review on Steam and I hate to spend it thumbs downing one of my favorite games of all time, but that's exactly what I'm doing. You've showed what esteem you hold for your customers, Farsight, so allow us to return the favor. I hope you enjoy reaping the whirlwind you've sown over a UI that you "fixed" when it was nowhere near "broken" in the first place.
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73 of 84 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,088.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
6/20/2016: Eh, things seem to be chugging along, albiet slowly...We'll see what happens.

6/19/2016: "A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad." - Shigeru Miyamoto, 2012

What the heck happened? Farsight, you have GOT to get your act together, otherwise we won't be seeing anymore Pinball Arcade, let alone the Stern Pinball Arcade on Steam! Zaccaria and Pro Pinball are competing against you right now. They know what they're doing with their games.

The new UI was NOT ready for release because of its issues which needed to be fixed, not to mention many of the older ones that have not been fixed for YEARS. Crashes and bugs should be the #1 priority among everything else. I don't mind better functionality or new tables, but darn it, FIX YOUR GAME, and DO IT RIGHT! As a dedicated pinball player, I feel embarrassed and frustrated to see what this has become for both the community as well as the entirety of pinball. I even test this game for these unfixed issues, dangit!

However, this review doesn't mean "Don't Buy This Game." It means that the lack of bug fixes are simply a wake up call. I'll happily change my review again once things have settled down and the game being more bug-free than ever before.

To those unaware of what I'm talking about, I've compiled a heavy-duty Master List of Issues within both DX9 and DX11 Pinball Arcade. Some of those bugs carry over to mobile and the next-gen console ports of Pinball Arcade. We PC users are not alone experiencing these issues. Have fun reading the entirety of the 300+ issues:

http://pinballarcadefans.com/showthread.php/10511-Master-List-of-Issues-Within-the-PC-Version



ORIGINAL: Definitely one of the closest games to the real thing, alongside the Pro Pinball ULTRA Editions. The tables within may seem pricey at first, but when you consider replay value, it's totally worth paying for the Season Packs. Whether to get the Pro version is up to you, though, so choose wisely.

This game has helped me become close to mastery; pinball on Steam is basically the only thing I have where I live. There aren't very many machines around me, so this game, among others (although not perfect in gameplay), and alongside PAPA's tutorials, really help me bring my skill level up to a point where I can play competitively. Below is me getting a really good score on an actual Simpsons Pinball Party.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIl8vp7w8mk
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64 of 72 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
607.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2015
If you are interested in Real pinball, as in machines out in the real world. This is the game for you.
All the tables are based on real tables, and does a pretty good job of it. So after playing the tables in this game, you already know what to shoot for out in the real world, and your scores will be that much greater.
However, Make sure you run this game in DX11, and make sure you adjust the lighting. (I usually go for 10-15% room brightness and 90-100% lamp brightness, to better emulate how games typically will look like in the real world.)


Now for the bad parts. (Why you shouldn't buy this game)

DX11
Most people will not know how to run this game in DX11, so the game will look like crap tbh. And when you see the same machine in the real world, it will not look familiar at first. (because in RL it will be much darker.) in short, this game will not look like the screenshots to most people. (I'm sure this issue will eventually be addressed.)

Pricing
My biggest complaint here is that you have to pay extra to get access to "Pro-menus"
This means you can't tweak the tables to match Tournament settings, where extra balls are usually turned off. This is the biggest complaint I have about that. Some might argue, but I feel this is just a moneygrab.

FPS
The game is locked at max 60fps. As someone who has been used to playing at 120fps on another game, this looks terrible. When the ball moves quickly across the table it looks like a series of frames, not movement. Not only does this look bad, but diminishes the feel of the game. For something intended to emulate real world pinball, this is something that need to be improved. Monitors with higher refresh rates are more and more common, and is cheaper than ever, as monitor makers now focuses on 4k and g-sync/free-sync.

Nudging = unrealistic
In this game, nudging shakes the table and moves the ball a bit afterwards. In the real world, you shake the table a bit, but the ball will just stay in place. (like moving a carpet under a ball, the ball just rolls in place dues to the inertia of the ball, and pinball are quite heavy.) So in the real world, you nudge a part of the machine into the ball to make it move, like a bumper, wall or the flipper. (I make a point of only nudging when "slap saving" or a wall/bumper would hit the ball to move it. So that I don't develop any unrealistic habits for when I play RL tables.)

Physics are generally bad.
It does a good job of trying to emulate the feel of playing a real table, but combined with 60fps, the collision handling is just horrible. Many times the ball has moved into the same space of the flipper, resulting in the ball shooting off in the direction nearest to open space. Like straight through the object, out the other side. (the nudging doesn't even follow any laws of physics.)

3D
Although you can play the game in 3D, like with Nvidia 3D vision, the game consists of 2D objects, albeit layered. So although bumpers and ramps stick "out", they are still 2D flat. The ramps looks especially dull.


Conclusion.
+ If you want something that emulates real pinball, this is definately the game for you. Buy it!
- If you want a pinball game that looks better, plays better and takes advantage of all the possibilities a pinball game on the computer can give you. You might not want to buy this game.

But overall, this is still a fun game to play, even if this is the "second" pinball game you buy ;)

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Edit - Update
A lot of things have changed and been improved with this game since I wrote that review.
The 3D support got completely dropped. (it's all just a 2D screen now)
But overall the game is improving over time.

Overall - I would most definately recommend this game.
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Flurgle
26.1 hrs
Posted: September 30
The negative reviews honestly make very little sense. The physics are accurate, the tables are incredibly true to the original real-world machines, and the assortment and variety (if, yes, you can afford it) are spectacular. I only own one of the table packs and overall I have been thrilled with every play of every table. Five stars, all around. I just wish the table packs would occasionally go on sale. As a true real-world pinball fan my entire life, that is my only complaint with this title.
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Mal
9.3 hrs
Posted: September 30
Gameplay is still "off".

Flipper and Ball interaction can be fine for a few minutes and suddenly the next hit and reaction acts drunk.

Some tables are obviously better suited to the video platform conversion than others, and this is where faithful recreation may not always be the best choice for a FUN trip down pinball lane, though that is what we have here, warts and all.

The UI is a mess.

Camera is a mess on some tables.

DX9 engine seems to have 'snappier' play though horrible graphics (best camera angle option though).

DX11 engine has 'better' lighting and smoother graphics, though fullscreen is drastically letterboxed and the camera angle is junk.
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cutekitty112
1.7 hrs
Posted: September 28
crashes on me all the time to where i can't even access task manager to close it.
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Mr_Oso
77.6 hrs
Posted: September 19
oh poo, it's not on linux.

i thought it was since they already has the os x versions
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rpetifer
2,323.6 hrs
Posted: September 18
sucks wont play want my movey back
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