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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“Mobile Game of the Year!”

“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

Mac OS X
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.1 hrs on record
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Authentic tables, rich textures and great audio with a UI that on my non-pro version looks like something from a 90's CD-i game.

Some tables glitch; Star Trek goes into a ball-hogging oblivion leaving you wtih an unplayable table.

The UI makes another unwelcomed return with hi-scores, sometimes acknowledging the input key for Select, other times requiring the mouse. Another UI bug exists with (0,0)xy for the mouse at every new screen rather than recalling coords over appropriate targets like Select or Start.

Overall I'm impressed and will be enjoying these tables for some time. Really rich deep game play to be found here.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
69.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
As close to a real pinball as it gets.
Recommended for all passionate pinball enthusiasts
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
I really do love this game. I bought the Star Trek pack a few days ago and have noticed it is VERY buggy compared to the other tables. It honestly is ruining the table for me. Otherwise it is a good game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
17.6 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
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Played a little bit one night, went to play the next morning. not in my library. go to store page. says "pniball arcade is already in you steam library. have to download again if i want to play. not worth using my internet for. alright game, tables seem a little bit too expensive but i get they are licenced things so thats fine. the single player mode is harder to find than it should be.
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100 of 113 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
158.5 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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76 of 87 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,097.6 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:

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.
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65 of 73 people (89%) found this review helpful
650.3 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)

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.)

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.

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.)

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.

+ 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 ;)


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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170 of 232 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
300.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2013
As pinball goes the game play is terrific and Pinball Arcade has been absent from Steam for far too long. The fact that it had to go through Greenlight is more testament to Valve's incompetence and lack of understanding of the genre.

Farsight includes a free table with the distribution of their platform. Tales of Arabian Nights is outrageously good. Personally I can sit in one spot from dusk until dawn ignoring hunger or nature calling playing this table. The music, sound and game-play are all top notch. Unfortunately the pot ain't all roses and there are some weeds, hopefully not permanently.

Graphically the package is a disappointment. I don't know much about the studio but there are many aspects of the package that are missing or not up to par and diminish what should be one the premier titles on the steam store.

The game has shipped with post-processing bug so you must turn off this feature (some tables) which denigrates the graphical presentation even further. Still, when it works post-processing is no more than a gimmick to cover up the textural inadequacies of the tables.

The distribution model of the tables created quite a stir when Pinball Arcade made it's Steam debut. Table packages were treated as IAPs or in app purchases and not as Steam recognized downloadable content. Problems with this model included the inability to send Steam gifts or the guarantee that tables would be available if Farsight ever went under though I'm unsure exactly where IAP content is hosted. The claim for the model was said to be based on that there were too many table packages in too many configurations, "normal" vs "pro" (more on that will follow), table packs, season packs, custom ball packs. Farsight responded and negotiated a compromise with Valve where the "normal" and "pro" season packs would be published as official Steam downloadable content and each would have it's own product page. Personally I'm waiting for this to happen before buying any tables. The rest would remain as IAPs, still a concern.

The "normal" and "pro" packages just seem unnecessary and unwarranted. Do people who buy the "normal" tables not want the ability to scan the tables or occasionally fiddle with the menu? Sure, I understand that such features are not absolute must haves but the classification of the packages without these features as "normal" is misguided and has been mishandled. Lacking such features in a pinball package is not "normal" and paying up to 75% more for them is wrong and further, should not be marketed to me as "pro". It's a joke and an insult to fans of the studio.

Usually I'm all in for this genre. I would of gladly purchased all of their content day one but their incompetent marketing has left a bad taste. I will own all of the "pro" tables but I'm not paying a mark-up for a faux "pro" marketing technique meant to take advantage of the naive consumer. I would of bought the package at the "pro" unit price if there was no such demarcation between "normal and "pro" but I'll wait for the "pro" season discount. If that never comes then so be it. It's principle and besides, the free table , "pro" mind you, Tales of Arabian Knights is just remarkable, so no rush.

Pinball Arcade without question is the best pinball experience to be had. That's no offense to my friends @ZEN with have worked hard and put out a quality product as well. In many aspects ZEN's product presentation is vastly superior. The question is can Farsight deliver more than their excellent engine. Can they improve the presentation, the interface, improve the distribution of their downloadable content, improve the textures and lighting of their tables. Provide Steam integration in the form of Steam friends leader-boards and make the Steam leader-boards just for Steam users, not lump us in with phone and tablet users.

Get your act together Farsight. Your product does not cast a positive light on your studio. We expect a polished product. Pinball Arcade is not that polished product though the pinball is stupendous.

Addendum: February 19th, 2014: A Steam friends list implementation has been effected, however it is not integrated meaning you have to be logged into a Farsight account. Your Steam friends show with their Farsight names, therefore your friends may not be recognizable. The posted scores are not Steam specific in that if a friend plays on another platform such as IOS, the scores will show as well. This implementation is a step in the right direction but it is not optimal.

Addendum: September 30th, 2014: Sometime ago FS corrected the issue with not being able to recognize Steam friends.

Addendum: April 17th, 2015: DX11 Beta is here and the difference in graphic fidelity is huge. Good work Farsight. The update was a long time coming but much appreciated.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 24
I fun playing games
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0.9 hrs
Posted: October 18
Please get rid of that ♥♥♥♥♥♥ pinball song intro and put something better i'ts killing the ambiance.
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21.0 hrs
Posted: October 9
The free table is nice and functions better then the original.

The annoying thing is, that there is a trial avaible for the other tables but with a score limit insteed of a game limit, so that you aren't aible to test them cause most end during the first game. Mentioning that the tables are only avaible in a pack then odd, it is like to buy a pig in a poke.

So my resume is, the free table is good but the rest to expensive with this conditions.
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5.6 hrs
Posted: October 7
Using this on Android, waiting for it fome come to Steam Linux...
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 5
I used to have this on my phone and tablet, bought quite a few tables and all, really loved the physics and realistic tables. hadn't played it for a while and was pleased to see a version on steam for mac. Unfortunately the game has indeed lost its quality completely. Like other reviewers have indicated extensively (also on mobile version I noticed).
This version has crappy controls (plunger with mouse only?!?! really???) and worst of all, there is noticable lag on the flippers. Perhaps I will give it another chance after some updates but as much as I would like to get a bilion points on Bride of Pinbot again, I am not spending any money on it with these flaws.
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2.7 hrs
Posted: October 2
The look and feel of this game is great - however there's a very common crash on it that completely locks up your computer and forces you to log out of Windows.

The tables seem to be rather expensive, but I guess that's understandable considering they are licensed products.

Overall, a very promising pinball game let down by some fatal crashes and a very poor UI that exhibits some odd behavior. If they decide to patch the game and make it more stable, it's worth a go. I would hold off until they have addressed these issues or you're going to get pretty frustrated - especially if the game locks up while playing the intensely annoying version of Pinball Wizard over and over again.
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