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 26

August Tournament

We just launched a week long timed tournament with ten minute rounds!!!

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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.
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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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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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creamy voyage
40.6 hrs
Posted: August 30
the pinball is great. but unfortunately right now its a buggy mess that often results in your scores not being recorded. yay interface has been replaced with one that is trash.
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Richard (Dan) Cranium
911.6 hrs
Posted: August 30
If u can't be playing on the machine it's self, this is the next best thing playsalot like real pinball, I use a controller and I give this game a 2 tumbs up ,out of 2
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Assholemon The Gangstar
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
I love pinball games, and it's quite sad to see that I don't see them as often as I used to.

Thankfully farsight studios has dedicated their time to recreate some of the most known pinball games that I played. And I do give them a huge thanks for that.

The game does plays really fine and it's good to know that they let you try a demo of their pinballs to see if you like them or not.

Although I personally prefer playing it on a tablet/iPad due to portability, this is also a good way to experience pinball.
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Master Theria 97
1.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
that was good but interesting about it....and is good to see those pinball games but is worse sometimes
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jtg1270
8.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
I have been playing this game on iOS, Android, and PS4 for quite some time. The PC version of the game is competent, but doesn't run as well as I would expecton my PC (6700K/GTX1080) in DX11. For the price, however, I would expect better performance. And price is the issue with this game. To have every table, the total price as of the time of this review is $419.88. In no way is the game worth anything close to that. And for all of the praise these tables get...they are NOWHERE near the real deal. I am lucky enough to have a Pinball museum within driving distance to my house, and I have played many of these tables in person. These tables are good approximations, but you can't really say "Well, a real table would be $7K, so $7 for a pro version is a good deal." This is software, and its price does not correspond to its quality, especially without crossplatform play.

Pinball Arcade seems, at its core, to be an excercise in monetization, delivered via Pinball- and as such it cannot be recommended.
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Smileynator
6.9 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
4.5 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
17.2 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
28.8 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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
46.5 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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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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3 of 3 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
57.3 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.8 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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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
173.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
First half of the game is really frustrating. It's a series of mini-games, including one called "Find the cursor," and you have to beat them all in order to play any pinball. The second half of the game, the actual pinball, is much more enjoyable.

Anyway, with "Find the cursor", the programmers warp your mouse to a different position each time you advance to a new menu screen. Sometimes it's somewhere intuitive, other times it isn't. You'll just have to move your mouse in little circles and find where the cursor went. Protip: Check your second monitor if you can't find the cursor.
Frustrating game. 2/10

Another minigame is "Opposite day." In this one, you have to guess whether you are enabling or disabling different options. *Spoiler Alert* If you see a green checkmark, you have disabled that option, the logic being that you have covered your choice so that it is no longer showing.
No replay value once you figure it out. 3/10

"Make your eyes bleed" is obviously a mobile game ported over to PC. In MYEB, you navigate big finger friendly icons, which are poorly arranged and hard to read, in order to select which pinball table you would like to play. Even with at 1080p, you'll still need to scroll in order to see all of the tables. Can't make those icons any smaller, or turn it into a list, because the mobile version would suffer.
Not the worst game in the world. 4/10

"Let's make a deal" is an all too familiar economy sim where buying individual tables becomes a nightmarish and expensive proposition (no refunds allowed). You'll probably just end up buying a table pack instead, to avoid the frustration.
Very realistic. 7/10

"Pinball arcade" is the main game. It faithfully recreates old pinball tables with realistic-ish physics. Really fun experience, bar some rare, but annoying bugs and outdated graphics.
Good effort. 8/10

Overall 5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
54.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
best game ever
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
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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