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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August 19

Eight Ball Deluxe™ has just been released!

Eight Ball Deluxe™ has just been released for iOS, Google Play, Steam (Mac/Windows), Mac App Store and Amazon.
https://youtu.be/ROkDKFtxuOo
Eight Ball Deluxe™ (1980): is classic pinball with a great contemporary Western pool hall theme. Designed by George Christian and Margaret Hudson, this table, the second in the Eight Ball trilogy of tables released by Bally, was re-released in 1982 as a Limited Edition and again in 1984. This well sought after game combines a beautiful art package with deceivingly tough gameplay to create a table some consider to be the best solid state of all time. The table talks to the player, instructing them over the din of the pool hall in the background to "Quit talking and start chalking." 8,250 units of this table were produced.

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August 16

Twitch Stream: Eight Ball Deluxe™

Join us on Twitch This Thursday (18th) at 4PM Pacific!

We will be featuring Eight Ball Deluxe™ before it's released! Everyone that shows up has a chance to win free stuff for select platforms!

Also, don't forget to stick around for real pinball and more prizes on 'Bro! Do you even pinball?" directly following our stream.

https://www.twitch.tv/farsight_studios

https://www.twitch.tv/buffalopinball

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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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Smileynator
3.0 hrs
Posted: August 24
So, Emulation wise this is the best thing you can get. These people put real effort into every little detail, and within limitation of simulation they go for the best results. You should really get this if you are in any way a pinball fan, or try out arabian nights until you hit a 50million score or higher (you are addicted to pinball by then).


For the bad part, the UI is clunky as all hell. I had the Williams collection on Xbox, which worked really well, and instead of table menus it had table selection in some sort of arcade hall setting, which was nice. But this UI is just a pain. Many bugs, many odd behaviours. Poor button design in general. They can really use a good overhaul on that menu to not scare away newcommers. Please do not underestimate this fact developer!
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+EDM+HawkEye33
4.3 hrs
Posted: August 23
Living in the area I do. I don't have access to many pinball machines let alone older ones from the 90's. So to fill that void I turn to TPA. Just recently got into the game more heavely on the PC. Usually play mobile...which is so small its scary. That being said. I reccomend this to any one who is interested in seeing older tables and being able to play legit tables. There is a few bugs and at times the ball gets lost/drained on impossible shots that you more than likley wouldnt see in the real machine. The table you get for free Abraian Nights is a very fine table and worth spending time on alone. You can play other tables for free but only up to the first high score. Cost of tables seems costly but averages out to around $4 per table. seeing as they have basicly infinite replay. I dont think thats so bad. I spend more on starbucks weekly lol.
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Barbaar
15.6 hrs
Posted: August 21
Great pinball tables!

The UI outside of the tables is pretty horrible. Stop moving my mouse cursor! Let me scroll in a normal way!
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urzishra
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 20
My biggest issue is the price of the tables. I think the "first two seasons" have the best value because it gets you the most tables per cost, but the later seasons where you get 10 tables for 30 dollars is pretty steep for a game like this.

That being said, I do like the mechanics, it is most "true to life" pinball available IMO. However, the biggest issue I run into actually playing the tables is their is little to no "inperfections" on the board. So balls will always "roll" perfectly and smoothly across. Which makes the game good and bad. Bad in a sense, that when you play the same table IRL and then on the game you could have a wildly different experience, but good, in that you can get a lot of practice on tables and know how you should approach games when you play them in tournaments or at the arcades.

I know some people don't like the UI. I can relate, but to me it's fine. The historical low on DLC has been 14.99 a pack, two months ago they were on sale for around 20 a pack. Which is where I think the price of these should be. I would wait for a sale and get a "Season or two" of Pinball arcade and it gets a lot funner IMO.

I personally wouldn't waste time getting the pro tables unless you really need options like turning off Extra ball (like they do in pro pinball events.) Otherwise you'll just want to play the games "stock."

Overall, I do recommend this game. It's the only option on the market that has real life pinball table emulated as well as they could be.
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Black Vulpine
27.6 hrs
Posted: August 20
First, I want to address the things that other people have issues with. First of all, I quite like the new UI update, not just because of how it looks, but also because TPA has so many tables now, and on the old UI, it took forever to scroll through them. The new UI streamlines things a bit, letting you choose your table from a huge grid, and tends to be more responsive than the old UI did. My only real gripe with the new UI is that it's also a little bit glitchy, especially when you use a controller. This is most notable when you're entering high scores - you can choose your letter alright, but you gotta click it with your mouse to enter it, since the button fails to enter it now. And this is the sort of game that I would prefer to use a controller for anyway, hence why I still play this game on my PS4 a lot, but that has the old UI still, making navigating very troublesome for me. Patch please!

The other big issue that other people have with this is cost. A lot of people complain about how expensive the tables are. True enough, but these same people don't even seem to spare a thought for the programmers who went through the solid efforts to bring those tables to us. It must have been so hard for them to do all the research, and give you EVERYTHING the table had in real life. To say nothing of the painstaking physics engine that the game had from the ground up, which they gave to us for free, I might add. Considering all this, I strongly believe the prices are reasonable.

In closing, TPA, while superb in its simulations, still doesn't quite beat playing a real pinny, and given how video game programming can only go so far (at least for now), that is unlikely to change. However, I would strongly recommend TPA because they are still the best simulations of real-life pinnies you could ever ask for.
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jaedaen
31.6 hrs
Posted: August 19
Though I'm ultimately recommending the game, I'll start with the bad: It's buggy as hell. I've had the camera get locked in to an odd position that obstructed my view of the ball once, I have had several crashes due to alt-tabbing (please manage your memory better, devs), and two instances in which it froze before my game was complete. Oh, and as everyone else mentions, the UI is atrocious. To circumvent another bug, if you're accidently selecting a different game than what you've clicked your cursor on, then move the arrow buttons to move the dumb little blue selector box to the game you want. I get the feeling that many of these bugs are due to the fact that this is a pretty low quality pc port, and that the primary focus is on consoles. A pity.

But the good far outweighs these issues: the tables are fun to play, accurate to their real life counterparts, and the ball physics feel great. It's nice to practice on specific tables so that I do better when I head down to the pinball arcade by my work.
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unclesickey
23.7 hrs
Posted: August 19
Well I purchased all of the seasons thus far and here's my review. Honestly, you'll only play each table once with 'maybe' 6 tables will become your replay favorites. The term classic is being beaten over the head with a baseball bat with some of these tables. Like the Central Park Game and the Big Shot pool board.

Seriously? I want to play a game of pool on a pinball board? Not to mention it's from the early 60's so the boards are complete ♥♥♥♥ to say the least. There are a few hidden gems in there 'Junk Yard' for me; but for the most part you'll just ignore 8 out of 10 of these boards.

So, unless you're actually paying for the boards you're playing; don't waste your money on this and go play Pinball FX instead.

I'll give this a very conditioned thumbs up. You have been warned.
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GeoPin
45.6 hrs
Posted: August 18
This Pinball simulation is the absolute best on Steam and on the Internet. You will have to have the original tables and alot of room and money to come close to this classic Pinball Arcade collection. The price may scare or confuse you at first, but if you dig deep into details and facts, you are getting a deal of lifetime in terms of fun and replay. I am so glad I did not overlook the best collection of tables from actual Arcades of the Past. If you like Pinball, you must own this collection.
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backagaindjclipvidz
4.2 hrs
Posted: August 17
What I like most about the game is that so far, it's the closest to a real pinball game and the graphics are really good. This game brings me back to my teenage days and I don't have to go an arcade to enjoy these classics. It works really well with my Xbox ONE Afterglow controller. I didn't have to configure anything. The best quality of this game is that it runs smooth as ice on my old Dell Optiplex 755. I almost forgot I was not on my NEW computer it runs so smooth with my 4GB RAM. The only suggestion I have at all is that if it is not already in the catalog, I would very much like for the developer to add Playboy. The sets don't seem complete with out it. On a scale of 1-10...I rate it as a 9. Please add more classic games. I feel like I'm at the arcade YAY!
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ScarDemCrow
14.3 hrs
Posted: August 16
When I walk out of the wastelands, PinBall is on my mind.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Video pinball has always been problematic. Some good games have come out of a fantastical, video game take on pinball (see Rollers of the Realm), but attempts to simulate the actual experience of playing a pinball table have always been doomed to come up short. At least that's what I thought until Farsight Studios combined their finely tuned physics engine with incredibly meticulous recreations of the great pinball tables to do the impossible and deliver a game that finally does justice to real pinball.

It is tempting to put Pinball Arcade in the same camp as the wealth classic video game compilations, but that wouldn't be right. Those collections are generally a single emulator and straight rom dumps sold for a couple bucks a piece. In Pinball Arcade, every single table is a painstaking recreation of the real thing. Farsight has to acquire the real thing and take it apart, not just ensuring it looks and sounds right, but making sure it plays right by accurately simulating and fine tuning every mechanical bumper, flipper and switch.

It is tempting to consider Pinball Arcade and Pinball FX2 to be two competing products offering essentially the same thing (think Rock Band vs Guitar Hero), but that wouldn't be right either. They are fundamentally different and in no way interchangable. FX2 tables are new tables not bound by the limitations of mechanical pinball or the expectations of recreating a real table. Zen Studios, the team behind FX2, only needs to design a table and make sure it plays okay and they are ready to ship it. Based on the level of craftsmanship that goes into table creation, FX2 tables are sold at a very reasonable price, and Pinball Arcade tables are sold at an unbelievable bargain.

The Pinball Arcade is a labor of love and that intense enthusiasm shines through in every aspect of this game. If you love pinball and aren't able to collect the real tables, this is your best choice by a country mile.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
45.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
This Pinball simulation is the absolute best on Steam and on the Internet. You will have to have the original tables and alot of room and money to come close to this classic Pinball Arcade collection. The price may scare or confuse you at first, but if you dig deep into details and facts, you are getting a deal of lifetime in terms of fun and replay. I am so glad I did not overlook the best collection of tables from actual Arcades of the Past. If you like Pinball, you must own this collection.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
The cursor jumping in the menu system is very annoying. It's not natural, and no one does that. I keep having to relocate the cursor.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Absolutely amazing pinball simulator. Gorgeous tables, amazing art direction and physics. The closest thing to being there.

The sheer number of tables is pretty cool, and each pack offers a lot of classic tables. Sure, the UI could use a little refreshing, but when it comes to the actual ways the tables play, they're great.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
46.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
It is great that all these classic pinball machines can be played at home on my computer! The graphics are great with great modeling of the original tables. The physics are decent and acceptable for a pinball simulator; it is impossible to fully recreate the real physics and wear and tear that are in some of these real games. What's nice is I have learned some of the more complicated rules of some of my favorite tables without having to break the bank and I hope that when I run into these machines at my favorite arcade bars, I can use my new knowledge to get easier replays or even some high scores! I look forward to more recreations!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
What I like most about the game is that so far, it's the closest to a real pinball game and the graphics are really good. This game brings me back to my teenage days and I don't have to go an arcade to enjoy these classics. It works really well with my Xbox ONE Afterglow controller. I didn't have to configure anything. The best quality of this game is that it runs smooth as ice on my old Dell Optiplex 755. I almost forgot I was not on my NEW computer it runs so smooth with my 4GB RAM. The only suggestion I have at all is that if it is not already in the catalog, I would very much like for the developer to add Playboy. The sets don't seem complete with out it. On a scale of 1-10...I rate it as a 9. Please add more classic games. I feel like I'm at the arcade YAY!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
They changed the interface of the whole game making it harder to find the tables you own and can play. A minor nuisance. Overall the new interface didn't make the selection clearer.

Escape key used to work under every circumstance in the game but now esc will call up the menu from the Pinball screen but doesn't respond when back in the main menu. You now have to click the off button to get the exit menu.

The update has some bugs and the odd time I get a blue debug screen with an out of memory error. My machine has 6Gb in it but the game itself is still 32 bit. Perhaps there is the problem.

A few tables have lost the ball and no amount of checking or calling the attendant will free the ball. Only way out, restart the game.

That was the bad. Now the good. If you loved playing pinball, these classic tables are as authentic a game play as you'd get on a real pinball machine and are certainly enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
48.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
best game ever
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
First, I want to address the things that other people have issues with. First of all, I quite like the new UI update, not just because of how it looks, but also because TPA has so many tables now, and on the old UI, it took forever to scroll through them. The new UI streamlines things a bit, letting you choose your table from a huge grid, and tends to be more responsive than the old UI did. My only real gripe with the new UI is that it's also a little bit glitchy, especially when you use a controller. This is most notable when you're entering high scores - you can choose your letter alright, but you gotta click it with your mouse to enter it, since the button fails to enter it now. And this is the sort of game that I would prefer to use a controller for anyway, hence why I still play this game on my PS4 a lot, but that has the old UI still, making navigating very troublesome for me. Patch please!

The other big issue that other people have with this is cost. A lot of people complain about how expensive the tables are. True enough, but these same people don't even seem to spare a thought for the programmers who went through the solid efforts to bring those tables to us. It must have been so hard for them to do all the research, and give you EVERYTHING the table had in real life. To say nothing of the painstaking physics engine that the game had from the ground up, which they gave to us for free, I might add. Considering all this, I strongly believe the prices are reasonable.

In closing, TPA, while superb in its simulations, still doesn't quite beat playing a real pinny, and given how video game programming can only go so far (at least for now), that is unlikely to change. However, I would strongly recommend TPA because they are still the best simulations of real-life pinnies you could ever ask for.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
I love this game. The tables are very detailed and fun to play. The new interface is indeed a bit confusing, but I think it helps you to find your favourite tables faster, if you got a lot of it. You can e.g. sort by your own rating, A-Z or goals you already reached.
My main con ist that the seasons are very expensive. You may say approx 30 Euros for 10 tables - that's 3 Euro each and the devs want to earn money to live. O.K.. But why not make single tables for 3 or 2.5 each? I'd rather spent some money now and then on a few tables I pick myself, than 30 Euros on 10 which of 5 are not that enjoyable...
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