Pro Pinball, the world's most realistic pinball simulation is back, better than ever! Featuring the first of the ULTRA editions - Pro Pinball: Timeshock!
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Release Date: Jan 27, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Although the game is missing features and options that the final version will have, it is already fully playable and stable so we'd like to give people the opportunity to play it now and follow its development as the remaining features are added.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We are estimating the game being feature complete in the second quarter of 2016.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The current version only includes the high view of the table with backbox, but the final version will offer low and medium views as well, with and without backbox. Other things we want to add include:

  • Fully customisable control settings (currently only possible by manually editing configuration data)
  • Joystick/controller support
  • Cabinet support, including special viewing mode, multi-monitor setups, PinDMD support
  • New physics based on those from Big Race USA/Fantastic Journey, with full rolling ball simulation
  • Motion blurred balls
  • Linux version

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version is fully playable and stable. It only has one viewing angle, the high view with backbox. The low view is being added at the moment and will likely be the first update.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price will stay the same when it leaves Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We welcome feedback and bug reports and are always open to suggestions.”
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Recent updates View all (3)

June 6

Windows/Mac 1.1.1 Bug Fix Update

Changes:

  • Fixed bug that could break held button timing, e.g. enabling tournament or challenge mode

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April 13

PC/Mac 1.1.0 Low View and Controller Support

Changes:

  • Added the low view
  • Added controller support (Windows only at the moment)
    • Only in-game support, the menus still require a mouse
    • Rumble is supported on XInput controllers
    • DirectInput is supported, but no rumble
  • Added an options screen for customising the controls
  • Added low latency graphics option for increased controls responsiveness
  • Added options for full screen mode and vsync
  • Other bug fixes and improvements

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About This Game

Pro Pinball, the world's most realistic pinball simulation is back, better than ever! Featuring the first of the ULTRA editions - Pro Pinball: Timeshock!

  • The ultimate pinball physics engine!
  • Beautiful photo realistic graphics up to 4K resolution
  • Control the ambient light level - play in the dark with ultra dynamic lighting effects
  • A top class soundtrack featuring dozens of exciting tracks
  • Hundreds of top quality dot-matrix display animations
  • Operator's Menu lets you fully customise your games and experiment with the table
  • Glass-Off Mode lets you take the virtual glass off the table and push the balls around
  • Unified world-wide high score leaderboards
  • More content packed in than many regular tables put together - Multiballs, Wizard Modes, Video Modes, Spinners, Jet Bumpers, Magnets, Drop Targets and just about everything else you can imagine!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 3
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit Windows version
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0
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Overall:
Positive (40 reviews)
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jamman39
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
Very poor support and communication from developers. Between a successful Kickstarter, a release on two other platforms, and now an early access release (at $15) one might think the developers should have made enough money to dedicate the time to finish the game, or at least hire a community manager to explain the situation. Unfortunately that is not the case. Early access backers have been waiting months for updates. Kickstarter backers have been waiting nearly 3 years.

The game itself is good, very good even. It is far from feature complete, and it could be years more (a decade even?) before it will be, so despite its potential I can't recommend this game
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WakiMiko
( 36.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 21
This is hands down the best pinball simulation in existence. Photorealistic graphics, a superb table layout and amazing ball physics that feel like the real thing.

Yes, you are only getting one table. But that table is so loaded with modes and features that it will take you forever to experience everything it has to offer. In fact, this table is so good that it's getting made into a real pinball machine.

The only bad thing about this game is the super slow development process.
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MrRight
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 22
With the new view it has been improved enormely and is surely one of the best pinball games which has been developed on digital base.
If you are crazy for pinball games, you will like to buy it, too.
For the future we look forward to the other updates and views and if possible some ´eggs´.
Otherwise I would like to see a new creation by `Barnstorm Games´, if possible in the same way and quality as it has done before by `Timeshock´, but it doesn´t have to be already ´tomorrow´, just give you time.
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ringadingdong
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 14
I did not see anything great about this game in the amount of time I had to play it. However I can only play it for a few seconds before my computer crashes... in that time, as i looked over the game I didn't see anything that was very interesting. The only thing i liked about the game is that it offers an option to play it at 2560 x 1440, so i can load it on my monitor in portrait style, which makes the play area a lot larger than on a landscape oriented monitor and so there is no need for the game to alter the perspective of the table as you play. This was the first pinball game I bought for the pc and thought that maybe my computer wasn't powerful enough to run pinball games but then i took a chance and bought a bunch of pinball games from pinball arcade and i was able to play for hours without a problem. I have a core i7 3.4 GHz cpu with a firepro v7900 video card. Based on the fact that i am not able to play the game for more than a few seconds, and what I did see while playing it wasn't interesting to me, I should probably give it a one star out of five, but since it has the option to play at 2560 x 1440, which is an excellent idea, I will give it a generous two stars...also if the game worked for more than a few seconds, it's possible I would have discovered more about the game that I liked.
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handjmedia
( 58.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 7
I can NOT wait 4 the Full Release! This table/title was/is da bomb!
I heard that someone is trying to make an actual working pinball machine of this table!
WOW! :)
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foofaraw
( 139.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 1
I've been playing pinball, off and on, for over 50 years, and I've played hundreds of tables. I've played every table by both major companies on Steam to the tune of many thousands of games, but all that is pretty much in the past, because I have discovered Pro Pinball Ultra's "Timeshock" table. Most days it’s the only pinball I play.

In the 35 days since Timeshock was released 0n 1/27/16, I've recorded over 1,200 games. And I've yet to even BEGIN to be bored with playing the same table, mostly because Timeshock has so much depth and challenge. It's hard! I would go so far to say that even with its "novice" mode, it's not a table for beginners, but it IS the table to strive toward playing, no matter one's skill level, or the amount of time one has to devote.

With Timeshock's many challenging modes, including a 4-level video mode that really adds tremendously, there is no clue when a game begins if it will end with a score of 3 million, or 300 million....or much more. I tend to have a short attention span and often get frustrated fairly easily, but at least for me, Timeshock is pretty much rage-proof, because it's just so MUCH fun to play! (And I’m really only an average pinball player.) The challenge of some shots is the very source of the tremendous feeling of success I sometimes get, and I can honestly say that with time comes much greater proficiency, and tremendous personal satisfaction.

Timeshock offers a very complex story about time travel, and the acquisition of artifacts from the varying periods visited. The table guide I typically use, by Jens Goering - http://www.jeeens.de/t/t.html , is 32 pages of valuable information and graphics, very well written and structured. Clearly, this is no simple table to be mastered overnight, but rather a commitment than might require years of pure joy.

Not only is the Timeshock table itself interesting and challenging, there are numerous varying methods of play to choose from, each adding its own dimension of fun. As well, each has its own leaderboard to track progress against players the world over. It even has an unusual “glass removed” feature that allows the player to investigate the table actions in great detail (but does not count on leaderboards.) If a player had done well on the first three balls during any regular game, Timeshock offers the opportunity to extend the game by up to three additional balls for what offers the possibility of REALLY high scores for the best players. And Timeshock has my ALL-TIME favorite score in pinball; Lucky!, a 5 million point shot when you almost lose the ball down the left outlane. (Admittedly, I haven’t personally accessed many of the high-score features, so please forgive and notify if errors have been made in this review.)

At first glance it might seem that Timeshock is more expensive than most single computer pinball tables, and I really bought it because I had heard so much about it for so long. (It is a truly legendary pinball table, perhaps the MOST renowned single computer pinball table available.) But while I paid about $15US, after a little over a month it comes to just over a penny a game, a pittance I’m grateful didn’t prevent me from THE pinball experience of my lifetime.

Perhaps one of the finest features of Timeshock came on Day One when I was unable to complete installation on one of my laptops. The DEVs requested pertinent info from my PC, and within 2 -3 days had graciously corrected the problem. As I often say, perhaps the best feature of any game is an attentive DEV. (Thank you, all.)

If you love pinball and want both a great challenge AND great fun, Timeshock will very likely be THE pinball experience you will never regret considering.

(As with most Steam games, offline Timeshock play is not tracked.)
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RAF
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: February 25
WOW, THIS SUCKS PRETTY BAD... CANNOT GET FULL SCREEN, CANNOT CHANGE THE CONTROLS... EARLY ACCESS... FKN JOKE
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The_Black_Knight
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: February 23
In the historical development of designing pinball machines and video games, TimeShock! continues to stand the "test of time". When it was originally developed using actual CAD and pinball engineering software, it was WAY ahead of even real pinball machines. It used too many feature lamps on the matrix, actual accurate switch location design was not really considered, and the physical mechanics were not directly feasible (Time Crystal, ramp alignment, etc) based on what was included in the virtual game among other factors. It is an absolute classic that although has taken FOREVER to get to this stage, is still worth the time and money.

If you want to complain about this only being one table, go play Pinball Arcade by Farsight Studios. The ball physics of this table, however, are much more accurate and the detail of the table is refined.

My credentials for assessment review of this pinball simulation are direct and simple.
I restore pinball machines as a collector, technician, and operator and have done so for well over a quarter century. I still maintain a large "stable" private collection of machines.
I am not a millenlial gamer.
I was involved the Bally/Williams pinball department in the 1990s.
I am intrinically aware of the challenges and design of pinball machines at both an electronic and physical level.

Currently, this simulation is being developed as a sample prototype machine by Silver Castle Pinball. Scheduled for demonstration at Pinball Expo in Chicago in 2016.
It is coming...
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Col. Sandels
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: February 13
Pro Pinball Timeshock! is the cheapest and easiest way to get your very own pinball machine at home. Even as an Early Access, the game already delivers a full blown pinball simulation like you've never seen and in this state alone is worth the 15€ price tag.
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David Cameron
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: February 8
An immaculate update to an all-time classic.

The original 1997 Timeshock! still looks and runs great today, despite being almost 20 years old, but the much improved reflections, dynamic lighting and the support for larger resolutions and modern operating systems makes this £10 update completely worth it. Those familiar with the original game will feel right at home, because although the ball physics are vastly improved, the table still feels exactly the same.

Glass-Off mode is a welcome addition too, as it lets you practice tricky shots and combos, and allows you to advance through difficult missions just by clicking the ball and flicking it where it needs to go (great for when you're curious about some of the later missions but lack the skill to reach them legitimately!).

Performance is excellent; I've never dipped below 60 FPS, even during intense multiballs. The game generally hovers at around 120-150 FPS on an FX 8350 and HD7970 at 1440p and 4x MSAA when a single ball is in play. I've seen it go as low 75 FPS when there are seven balls on the table.

In the future I'd like to see options added for table tilt, flipper strength and level of wear (some of my favourite features to play with in Big Race USA), and of course, more tables! I'd be very excited to see The Web, Big Race USA and Fantastic Journey recieve the same treatment as Timeshock! Maybe a brand new table as well? Fingers crossed.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 21
This is hands down the best pinball simulation in existence. Photorealistic graphics, a superb table layout and amazing ball physics that feel like the real thing.

Yes, you are only getting one table. But that table is so loaded with modes and features that it will take you forever to experience everything it has to offer. In fact, this table is so good that it's getting made into a real pinball machine.

The only bad thing about this game is the super slow development process.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
Very poor support and communication from developers. Between a successful Kickstarter, a release on two other platforms, and now an early access release (at $15) one might think the developers should have made enough money to dedicate the time to finish the game, or at least hire a community manager to explain the situation. Unfortunately that is not the case. Early access backers have been waiting months for updates. Kickstarter backers have been waiting nearly 3 years.

The game itself is good, very good even. It is far from feature complete, and it could be years more (a decade even?) before it will be, so despite its potential I can't recommend this game
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36 of 36 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
139.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 1
I've been playing pinball, off and on, for over 50 years, and I've played hundreds of tables. I've played every table by both major companies on Steam to the tune of many thousands of games, but all that is pretty much in the past, because I have discovered Pro Pinball Ultra's "Timeshock" table. Most days it’s the only pinball I play.

In the 35 days since Timeshock was released 0n 1/27/16, I've recorded over 1,200 games. And I've yet to even BEGIN to be bored with playing the same table, mostly because Timeshock has so much depth and challenge. It's hard! I would go so far to say that even with its "novice" mode, it's not a table for beginners, but it IS the table to strive toward playing, no matter one's skill level, or the amount of time one has to devote.

With Timeshock's many challenging modes, including a 4-level video mode that really adds tremendously, there is no clue when a game begins if it will end with a score of 3 million, or 300 million....or much more. I tend to have a short attention span and often get frustrated fairly easily, but at least for me, Timeshock is pretty much rage-proof, because it's just so MUCH fun to play! (And I’m really only an average pinball player.) The challenge of some shots is the very source of the tremendous feeling of success I sometimes get, and I can honestly say that with time comes much greater proficiency, and tremendous personal satisfaction.

Timeshock offers a very complex story about time travel, and the acquisition of artifacts from the varying periods visited. The table guide I typically use, by Jens Goering - http://www.jeeens.de/t/t.html , is 32 pages of valuable information and graphics, very well written and structured. Clearly, this is no simple table to be mastered overnight, but rather a commitment than might require years of pure joy.

Not only is the Timeshock table itself interesting and challenging, there are numerous varying methods of play to choose from, each adding its own dimension of fun. As well, each has its own leaderboard to track progress against players the world over. It even has an unusual “glass removed” feature that allows the player to investigate the table actions in great detail (but does not count on leaderboards.) If a player had done well on the first three balls during any regular game, Timeshock offers the opportunity to extend the game by up to three additional balls for what offers the possibility of REALLY high scores for the best players. And Timeshock has my ALL-TIME favorite score in pinball; Lucky!, a 5 million point shot when you almost lose the ball down the left outlane. (Admittedly, I haven’t personally accessed many of the high-score features, so please forgive and notify if errors have been made in this review.)

At first glance it might seem that Timeshock is more expensive than most single computer pinball tables, and I really bought it because I had heard so much about it for so long. (It is a truly legendary pinball table, perhaps the MOST renowned single computer pinball table available.) But while I paid about $15US, after a little over a month it comes to just over a penny a game, a pittance I’m grateful didn’t prevent me from THE pinball experience of my lifetime.

Perhaps one of the finest features of Timeshock came on Day One when I was unable to complete installation on one of my laptops. The DEVs requested pertinent info from my PC, and within 2 -3 days had graciously corrected the problem. As I often say, perhaps the best feature of any game is an attentive DEV. (Thank you, all.)

If you love pinball and want both a great challenge AND great fun, Timeshock will very likely be THE pinball experience you will never regret considering.

(As with most Steam games, offline Timeshock play is not tracked.)
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34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
27.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 28
EDIT: Forced to run on Low settings before my computer upgrade. Now, Max settings run GLORIOUSLY. If you have a high end rig, you definitely won't be disappointed with the light settings and sequences.

Original: Don't underestimate the value of Pro Pinball series. Especially Timeshock. Even the original series still holds up excellently today -- amazing ball physics, rulesets, and audio. If you want this for cheaper, get the 3 tables -- Timeshock, Big Race USA, and Fantastic Journey -- for $6 each. You'll still support the developers who are making this game, but you'll ultimately be missing out on an even more realistic experience.

This version has been made even better than before. Pro Pinball is now more graphically enhanced, especially around dazzling light shows. It's still in Early Access (more features to come, as stated in the Store description), but this is a must-buy, even if the $15 price tag seems unsettling for just 1 table (Unlike companies that produce multitudes of tables, Pro Pinball treats its games as simulations that CLOSELY compare to the real thing, giving a more realistic experience). And yes, the remaining games will be remastered as well.

Got my first ULTRA Jackpot on this version. Without the need of ball control.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 28
In terms of user experience when you're getting started, this is really very much "Early Access".

But the actual pinball table itself? Wow, it is an absolute work of art. The lighting, the effects, the physics - it's all spot on. It feels right. This feels like a real pinball table in a way most other video pinball just doesn't. Suddenly, as I began to play, I wished with all my heart that all of the tables on Farsight's "The Pinball Arcade" could be recreated by Barnstorm Games instead, to do those old beloved tables justice in a far more accurate preservation. Barnstorm Games' love for pinball is present in every minute detail. It's there in the travel of the ball. It's there in the gentle reflections of light. It's there in the click of the flipper. The ka-chunk of the targets.

Even the physics in the in-table video mode DMD game are better than I would expect from a pinball table!

If you love pinball, actual real pinball tables, try this game. Treat yourself! You will love it and it will love you back.

However, let me get back to details on what's so "my goodness this is so Early Access". When I first downloaded the game through Steam, I thought to myself "Oh, only ~700MB? That's pretty small!" - then I started it up and rather than letting me into the game and giving me an option to log in as a minor feature, the first thing I saw when I started up the game were some big ugly grey boxes, asking me to log in, or play as guest. I thought to myself "I kickstarted this, so I probably have a login somewhere...." - so I spent a good long while activating a forum account, retrieving a password, then activating that password. Then I logged in. Thankfully you only seem to need to do that once!

Then the next thing I see is a dialogue box telling me that it's downloading another ~500MB of data. Then it unpacks it. Then I'm in! So I go "hey, I wonder if logging in did anything special!" and click on Account. It looks like it did nothing special. So I click on the arrow to go "back", and it black screens so I need to exit the app entirely.

Then I decided to try playing the table. And it crashes out again. So I restart the game, and it works this time.

Now, there aren't any instructions for keys when you're looking at the table, nor on the pause menu, so I went through pressing all the keys on my keyboard to see if I could start a game. I didn't find it (fyi - you press the "S" key!) so I exited, then saw the instructions (and story!) under a little icon on the (mostly empty) main menu.

The actual table makes up for everything. But still - there's a lot of things they still need to do to make the overall experience of starting the application and getting into the game much better.
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29 of 47 people (62%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 28
This game is okay, but in the end was not worth the wait in it's current state.

First of all, the Kickstarter for this game was a disaster. Their promise was that with the money earned by the Kickstarter, they would be able to speed up development. This was in the end of 2013. Yes, 2013. They promised it would be finished at the start of 2014. With barely any communication they just contineud to postpone the release without actually telling anyone about the progress of the game.

Next, the optimisation is very bad. The game might look pretty, but does not run well at all on any standard gaming pc. Also the angles of the tables are not changeble. And now the UI is actually on top of the table, the table looks very small and is not comfortable to play on (for me at least).

I hope they will still be able to improve and optimise performance of the game and also add the angles THE ORIGINAL GAME had. But with this slow progress, the game probably won't be out of 'early access' before 2020.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 28
Timeshock! is the pinball that survived nearly 20 years. I'm sure that game is responsible for many smashed keyboards and controllers. Well, now is the good time for some vengeance: you can take the glass off, grab the ball and shove it into whatever hole you like! Screaming in joy is optional, but very recommended.
Finally nailed a 10-way first time in my life!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 23
In the historical development of designing pinball machines and video games, TimeShock! continues to stand the "test of time". When it was originally developed using actual CAD and pinball engineering software, it was WAY ahead of even real pinball machines. It used too many feature lamps on the matrix, actual accurate switch location design was not really considered, and the physical mechanics were not directly feasible (Time Crystal, ramp alignment, etc) based on what was included in the virtual game among other factors. It is an absolute classic that although has taken FOREVER to get to this stage, is still worth the time and money.

If you want to complain about this only being one table, go play Pinball Arcade by Farsight Studios. The ball physics of this table, however, are much more accurate and the detail of the table is refined.

My credentials for assessment review of this pinball simulation are direct and simple.
I restore pinball machines as a collector, technician, and operator and have done so for well over a quarter century. I still maintain a large "stable" private collection of machines.
I am not a millenlial gamer.
I was involved the Bally/Williams pinball department in the 1990s.
I am intrinically aware of the challenges and design of pinball machines at both an electronic and physical level.

Currently, this simulation is being developed as a sample prototype machine by Silver Castle Pinball. Scheduled for demonstration at Pinball Expo in Chicago in 2016.
It is coming...
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 28
PROS: Excellent HD version of the original graphics, fully customizable light levels, original Operator mode still in
CONS: No controller support (yet), No fullscreen mode (yet), No portrait-mode resolutions (yet)

Honestly, If you're a huge fan of pinball in particular, or vidya pinball at all, you have no reason NOT to buy this! Pick it up now! It can only get better from here!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
58.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 7
I can NOT wait 4 the Full Release! This table/title was/is da bomb!
I heard that someone is trying to make an actual working pinball machine of this table!
WOW! :)
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