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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Mixed (59 reviews) - 55% of the 59 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (2,274 reviews) - 73% of the 2,274 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 4, 2013

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July 29

Frank Thomas' Big Hurt™ Just Released!

Frank Thomas' Big Hurt™ has just been released for iOS, Google Play, Steam (Mac/Windows), Mac App Store and Amazon.

Frank Thomas' Big Hurt™ (1995): is pure powerhouse pinball. Designed by Bill Parker and Jon Norris, this table is based off the career of baseball legend "The Big Hurt" Frank Thomas. Boasting cool features such as a moving baseball glove, a 3 lane raising ramp, and a 3 shot upper deck, this game puts player into the role of a professional baseball player on the road to the World Series. 1,985 units of this table were produced.


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July 6

Tournament: Win a MSI Gaming Laptop!

Join the SGDQ – Pinball Arcade Tournament on Steam for a chance to win a new MSI Gaming laptop!

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Tournament ends July 13th at 1AM CST.

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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
Customer reviews
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Recent:
Mixed (59 reviews)
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Erbs
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
I'm hooked
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MarsBitrona
( 3.9 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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Best Served Cold
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Enjoyed The Trial Games, but the price is just to high a table. The same Price for one table gets you 5 tables on ZEN. Interested just need to see it go on sale.
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wallace_hugh
( 34.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
I loved this pinball game when I got it several months ago. Tables are fun, the camera zooming in to shoot the ball is a little weird. but overall, very fun to play and I think this was my favorite pinball game of all time.

The new UI however… wow. Who in the world designed that mess and who in the world approved it thinking it was a great idea and a good design? Good lord! Horrible! I stopped playing it that’s how crappy it is. The tables are still the same, but I don’t even want to deal with the UI to get to the tables.

It’s like they went back in time to 1992 and said, “give me a PC UI for a pinball table selection, quick!”

Awful.
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Panterror
( 25.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
I did not want this when it first came out. I thought that PinMAME would suffice, and I was happy with PBFX2.
Now I've seen the light. The control and aiming of the ball is the best. Spend a few plays with a table and you'll learn it.
Each has it's own quirks and tricks just like the real tables. I played alot of these growing up. The real physical table.
Pinball arcade has the experience nailed own as close as you'll get on a computer. It's worth it for sure.
The user interface is ZERO issue!!! I have absolutely no clue what the negative reviews are ♥♥♥♥♥ing about.
Are they staged froma a competitor? I don't know. But they affect the game in no way, similar to the sudden onslaught of negative reviews for PBFX2 when they updated their EULA.
Complete ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t.
The time and fun for the price of both Pinball Arcade and Pinball FX2 is killer. Go to a movie and you'll spend 100 to 1 for the entertainment.
Plays great. Looks great. Value is excellent.
Now, download the freebie and play it afew times, and I'll keep destroying the the trolls who wnat to steer you away. Why they want to steer you away - I don't know. But if you follow the self-serving and unintelligent, you'll wind up with a deployable, lying, nasty, self-serving biotch for a president.

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BL2 Player 1971
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
For anyone experiencing flipper lag, there are a couple solutions that other people have mentioned to fix it:

1. If you are using an Nvidia video card, in your Nvidia Control Panel, go to 3D settings - Manage 3D settings, and set maximum pre-rendered frames to 1.

2. If you have a T.V. with game mode, turn game mode on.

I enjoy this game very much since I found out how to resolve this issue.

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KamiKatze
( 16.0 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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Antilux
( 18.3 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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YourPalMark
( 43.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Once my favorite game on Steam, the recent "update" to Pinball Arcade is a total disaster. The new menu system not only looks ameraturish, but is also clumsy to navigate. What were they thinking?
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flymejim
( 86.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
FarSight changed the game with a new UI which is not only buggy, but very ugly. Myriad complaints by exisiting customer base have gone ignored.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
113.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
I never write reviews, but I was so (negatively) inspired by the recent UI "update" (more like "downgrade" to what feels like the late 90's), that I had to say something.

First, let me say I've LOVED Pinball Arcade. The previous interface, while perhaps not as intuitive as possible, was attractive and familiar, and at least reasonably functional. So when I dowloaded the update and entered the game for the first time, I truly couldn't believe what I was seeing; I *seriously* thought something had gone wrong; perhaps steam couldn't identify my current version, or thought I had older hardware or something, and installed and older version of the game over my current one. But then I saw recent;y released tables in the list...OK, well, maybe this is new. somehow. I still wasn't sure tough until I logged in the next day...same thing. I was amazed.

I've never seen such a dramatic downgrade in the functionality of an interface in my 30 years as a computer user...seriously.

So while the actual gameplay itself hasn't changed, and is still a blast to play, be advised, you'll be dumbfounded (as everyone else seems to be) by the current UI ...VERY disappointing.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
New menu layout is downright horrible. I almost bought a new table pack right before the change. With all certainty I won't now. Explative!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
131.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Pros:
Many of your favourite tables replicated
Works with a controller
Many hours of fun pinball

Cons:
Years-old bugs remain unfixed on several tables
Forced zoom to ball launch and other camera silliness
Truly horrible UI designed for handheld devices, readable only with high-powered binoculars, and full of hard sell items that you would already own if you had wanted them in the first place.
Flipper, ball, and table physics fall a bit too short of reality for pinball nostalgia to kick in
Tables you will never buy take up space on your drive
Expensive
Can't play tournament unless you own all the tables, including the bad ones
Nudge/tilt physics quite poor

You'll have some fun, but don't hold your breath waiting for those annoying bugs to be fixed. Devs love releasing new content but not interested in addressing bugs and other shortcomings. Recent UI changes undermine credibility of the developers who seem have turned their back on loyal customers long ago. A disappointing result from a game which showed great promise initially. Buy it on sale using money you found down the back of your sofa.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Purchasing Farsight Studios' Pinball Arcade packs has been the worst experience I have had in my cumulative experience with buying video games online. Their team completely ignores requests for features they have been receiving for, literally, years... they continue to introduce new bugs to their pinball table packs, and have introduced a new user interface that is so unpopular their overall ratings have dropped from 73% to 44% over the last 30 days (as of the last time I checked).

I won't go into detail on these issues as they are already clearly documented in their user discussions... my intent is to let other consumers know how bad my experience has been buying from this company so that other people can make an informed decision about their purchases. I can assure any interested parties that this developer will not communicate any plan for improvement, bug fixes or for future update timelines, etc etc... they are only interested in selling new content on a monthly basis without any regard for quality or consumer satisfaction whatsoever.

I am lucky enough to have been eligible for refunds on most of the Pinball Arcade content I have purchased.

Thank you for reading... I hope this helps someone to make informed decisions about dealing with this company.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
290.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Very balanced pinball experience. Beautifully recreated tables.First seasons lack a bit of visual appeal though, having blurry textures.
DX11 lighting is good.
No real cabinet option, but it can be achieved with a mod.
What kills it at the moment is the new UI, which is ugly (IMHO) and delivers more bugs than improvements and isn't thought out very well. Give the usual time it takes to fit things this review is gonna stay negative for a while.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
This is probably my favorite game of all time. I own it (and many many tables) on both android and PC. It's amazing. I however will not be recommending this game until the unbelievably crappy new UI is fixed. I was happy with the game I had before and now it's sorta broken and quite frankly a little clunky. Ew.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
I loved playing this series on the PS4 and thought PC would improve the experience. Yikes! I'm stuck with a game that freezes on a regular basis. Nothing like being on a great roll, tripled the free game score on your first ball and you know you've already lined up at least three extra balls and you think this is the time I break the table - my score is going to be through the roof. As the third multi-ball madness winds down, without warning the game freezes. The table broke me and I never got to ball number 2. This is when the heartache went too far. The game freezes more often than not before I can go through three balls.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
313.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=320618526

I had a nice, long, positive review ready to go a couple months ago for this game, which I've enjoyed for years... then they updated the UI and pointlessly ruined the game. It's ugly, it gets in the way, it's annoying and cumbersome to use with a controller or pincab, it crippled performance, and it makes the entire experience, frankly, unbearable. I said it on the forum and I'll repeat it here: Whoever designed the updated UI should be fired.

So yeah, nice one guys. You apparently put a lot of work into a UI that turned out to be beyond terrible, you beta tested it without listening to your beta testers (of which I was one -- my feedback was ignored just like everyone elses), and then you forced it upon your long suffering customers without any warning and in spite of complaints coming from every direction that it was a mistake. Great work. Get rid of new UI or at least make it usable without intruding on gameplay and ruining performance and I'll consider posting an actual review of the game.

But right now, because you suck at coding and you didn't listen, I can't play a game I've spent a huge amount of money on and actively supported for years, so all you get is this:

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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
345.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Just wanted to post a review for this game as I feel it is undeserving of the Intense criticism it's recieving lately.

This game has undergone some changes and people are not happy. I prefer to think positively about this, the new user interface is no way near as bad as some people are making out. It does have some issues yes, most definitely but I'm hopeful it will get worked on with time. What Farsight studios is doing is unprecedented, they have a lot of work on thier hands and I respect them for taking on a Mammoth challenge like this. If you love pinball, and I guess more importantly.. 'real' pinball, this game delivers a fantastic experience in simulating the real thing. And it's only going to get better with time, as physics improvements and more are planned. If you are a hardcore pinball fan, you may be disappointed with the amount of bugs in game which are extremely slow to be fixed, resulting in frustration for many.

So my review concludes that the game is functional to a point, but if you can stand the long wait or deal with the possibility of some bugs never being addressed, it's a brilliant simulation that is only going to get better. It is currently my favourite game on the market, and I look forward to the years ahead and seeing what they will bring... adios.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
New Ui is a joke. Bad bad bad
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