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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.
Release Date: Nov 4, 2013

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Diner™ Released!

August 8th, 2014

Diner™ has just been released for Steam on Mac and Windows!

Diner™ (1990): has all the sights and sounds and the frills and flash of a real diner incorporated into fantastic features for incredible appeal and game flow! This is another great game from Mark Ritchie, designer of classics such as Taxi™ and Fish Tales™. Impatient customers bark out their orders, challenging players to knock down drop targets in order to serve them. Each happy customer increases the end of ball tip and serving all five customers lights the Dine Time Jackpot, worth millions! Spelling D-I-N-E-R diverts right ramp shots to an actual cup on the playfield. Here, players can "Stir the Cup" for big points. This game's really cookin'! Approximately 3,552 units of this table were produced.

Version 1.29.10

- Added Diner
- Fixed High Roller Casino Pro Tips translations
- Fixed super duper mega extreme jackpot goal for HRC
- TOM - replay gives goal for extra ball
- Fixed vibration on Teed Off Wheel
- Instruction fixes for HRC
- Fixed issue with plunger sometimes not plunging ball
- BOP camera fix
- Fixed stern logo on table select screen.

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High Roller Casino™ Released!

July 11th, 2014

High Roller Casino™ has just been released for Steam on Mac and Windows!

High Roller Casino™ (2001): puts players in the role of a high stakes gambler with money to burn. Conceptualized by Jon Norris and designed by Keith P. Johnson, this awesome game from Stern® allows players to experience all of the glamour of a real Las Vegas casino! Featuring gorgeous graphics and spectacular audio effects, this table has a deep rule set with four different 4-Ball Multi-Ball modes and six of the most popular casino games played in real casinos. These games include Blackjack, Poker, Hi-Lo and Craps. The Playfield even includes a functioning Roulette Wheel and Slot Machine! Be a winner with... High Roller Casino! Approximately 1,200 units of this table were produced.

Version 1.28.11 Changelog

- Added High Roller Casino
- Fixed bug with Firepower where balls were stuck in traps if you tilted
- Fixed TILT on black rose staying on screen on next ball
- Fixed camera bug in BOP in 2 player game when player 1 locks a ball, and loses one, when player 2 started the camera would be broken.
- Fixed high wire multiball bug on mulitplayer player games. Wasn't releasing 1 ball at a time when it should have.
- Fixed Gorbie gate on Taxi being triggered with hit up right ramp
- LCA - Getting 5 of a kind gives you goal for 4 of a kind.
- Fixed season 1/2 menu back button not working on controller
- Fixed being able to click on season1/2 if you owned all tables in those seasons
- Fixed ball lock lamp in Bride not lighting.
- Fixed TZ multiball issue. Balls now go to autoplunge lane.
- Fixed LCA drop targets
- Fixed Draw order issue on Taxi
- Fixed pop bumper not always scoring on Centaur
- Fixed draw order issue on Harley with transparent ramp
- Fixed draw order issue with flashers on Bride and parts behind them.

Check out this footage of High Roller Casino™ in action!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHOjH_57o8w

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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

Steam Greenlight

About the 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!

PC System Requirements

    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
    • Hard Drive: 4 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 8800 or higher. ATI HD 3850 or higher.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct Sound capable card.

Mac System Requirements

    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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
258 products in account
53 reviews
5.6 hrs on record
Decided to give this game a shot, due to the current summer sale deal (3 tables for $0.01)

From what I've been seeing, this game is more of a sim, than other pinball games, Off the bat, the ball physics felt a tad off to me. The ball felt a little light. Maybe I just got use to the physics of the FX2 ball, but regardless, I still enjoyed the game. I've played other pinball games where the ball just doesn't feel right at all, and it ruins the entire game.

I grew up during the arcade era. I immediately recognized a ton of tables I would see and wanted to play, but didn't due to me being so bad at pinabll, that i'd just end up wasting the $1 my dad would give me and just play for like 5 mins. He was good at pinball, he would constantly earn free games that he would let me have after he was done with his original credit.

There's not much to say really. If you like pinbal, this game is worth a shot. It's really nice how they recreated real tables. It's hard for people not to compare this game with FX2. They're both good pinball games that offer something different. FX offering stuff that could never be produced in a real table, like beaming down your ball in a light saber. I personally like that, but could also go for a bit more realistic experience. This definitely makes you feel like you have one of those giant pinball machines in your home.
Posted: June 22nd, 2014
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
159 products in account
2 reviews
24.4 hrs on record
seriously, we're talking about the best pinball simulation ever here. this isnt pinball fx2 computer pinball, which i love, dont get me wrong, but this is hands down, the most real pinball you're gonna get without owning a machine.
Posted: March 18th, 2014
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
99 products in account
1 review
165.6 hrs on record
Listen... digitized pictures of the real thing ( with wear and all)... state -of-the-art physhics engine... throw in an XBOX360 controller this thing is a freakin' time machine... at a dollar a play you have your $120 ( season 1, 2 and 3 ) in one night yet own them forever ... You too can be a Pinball Wizard ...and impress the ladies with your multi-ball
Posted: June 21st, 2014
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
105 products in account
5 reviews
0.7 hrs on record
Some tables play smoother than others, but there was an incrediable amount of work put into this game and the tables. Even so, I'm not sure the tables need to be so expensive. I'd buy one or two tables at a time for single-digit prices, but I'm not paying $30 for a group of tables where I'm only going to play a couple of them. Recommended, even if you only play the free table and the trials.
Posted: July 11th, 2014
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
236 products in account
54 reviews
2.8 hrs on record
Vintage

75/100 «"Pinball FX 2" has positioned itself as pinball video game apart from the competition», - I wrote earlier. And it's true. "The Pinball Arcade" is probably not a competitor for "FX", but It's a reflection of original piball games fan's wishes with classic pinball machine's tables. Advantages and disadvantages in both games are almost identical and if you are very nostalgic for the good old days, and the names such as Steve Ritchie, Pat Lawlor, Python Anghelo and L.E.D. aren't empty for you, then you should at least try it, because game includes table "Tales of the Arabian Nights" for free.*

* There is a limit by points on trial-version of other tables.
Posted: May 13th, 2014
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159 of 214 people (74%) found this review helpful
2,121 products in account
61 reviews
178.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: November 11th, 2013
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