Pinball Arcade heading to consoles, handhelds

Pinball Hall of Fame studio bringing licensed pinball platform to Vita, 3DS, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, Android, iOS early next year; Stern Pinball on board.

Pinball's golden age may be behind it, but flipper fanatics still have something to look forward to. Farsight Studios has announced it will release The Pinball Arcade on a plethora of platforms early next year.

Tales of the Arabian Nights will be one of Pinball Arcade's first four tables (screenshot from Pinball Hall of Fame - The Williams Collection).

Set for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, 3DS, PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, The Pinball Arcade will feature digital re-creations of real-life pinball tables from manufacturers like Williams, Bally, and Gottlieb. The game will also include licensed tables from the last remaining maker of coin-op pinball machines, Stern.

The first four tables made available will include Tales of the Arabian Nights, Black Hole, Theatre of Magic, and Ripley's Believe It or Not. Farsight plans to release an additional two tables as downloadable content every month, with added features including online tournaments and head-to-head play. The studio has said it plans to release "over 50 of the all-time greatest tables" as part of The Pinball Arcade.

Farsight is no stranger to digital pinball preservations. The studio developed 2008's Pinball Hall of Fame - The Williams Collection and 2004's Pinball Hall of Fame - The Gottlieb Collection for multiple platforms. Most recently, the developer released a version of The Williams Collection for the 3DS. For more on Farsight's past efforts, check out GameSpot's review of the current-gen console version of Pinball Hall of Fame - The Williams Collection.

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18 comments
jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

This game is one of the most milked ports in gaming history.  If you want state of the art pinball on the ps3, try Zen Pinball.

Horrorxg
Horrorxg

Xenon!!! Sexiest Pinball Machine I ever played. Hope it makes it on the list. 

 

DNYCE
DNYCE

I'm hoping to see probably one of the best tables ever made, STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION recreated soon. Everytime I see one of these Pinball Greatest Hits games being released, I always hope that the table list includes this game... Here's hoping...

bktedder
bktedder

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Excited about "Theatre of Magic!" Please give us "Tommy" and "Creature from the Black Lagoon!" Stoked to hear STERN is on board for this, too!

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

Twilight Zone! Twilight Zone! Twilight Zone! I love me some pinball!

UbdU
UbdU

Theatre of Magic is hands-down the best pinball game of all time!

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I hope that "Dr Who" Pinball from 1991 era eventually makes it onto one of these collections. I would rather play the actual real Pinball game, but still Alien Crush is one of the greatest videogame pinball games of all time. Even though it wasn't a real pinball game. This new videogame pinball collection is coming to PSvita at least.

sebetai
sebetai

I love pinball. Really wish i played more.

jekyll
jekyll

Nice to see the fantastic Theatre of Magic by available!

LaZnLiZ
LaZnLiZ

THIS my friends, is the best gaming news in AGES. Farsight have done EXCELLENT conversions before and i dare to say that Pinball Hall of Fame - The Williams Collection is the ONLY "real" digital pinball game ever created... it feels spot on and looks amazing. I'm getting really tired of the ridiculously overrated Zen-pinball games

theJBlounge
theJBlounge

Man between Hot Shots and this game, I should get my money's worth off the Vita haha. Not a surprise Brendan Sinclair is posting this story.

leapMC
leapMC

The arabian nights table is really cool with the tunnels. It looks like the ball is magically floating in the air. I hope there's a demo soon! :)

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I miss the old days where you'd walk into a building with some eighties New Wave music playing change a couple bucks into quarters and play a REAL pinball machine...... Yeah, I'd much rather play the REAL thing than some virtual simulation. I played one of the Pinball Hall Of Fame games when they were new but I got no enjoyment out of it, it just isn't the same, no matter what anyone does short of creating a holodeck or VR machine where we can have a virtual pinball machine we can touch it will never be the same......

Death_Blade_182
Death_Blade_182

Why not... I don't know, go to an arcade and play real pinball for a couple pennies?

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

I'd actually kinda like this more than Pinball FX because it has real classic tables. Ballys and Williams had some great tables, but I figure a lot won't appear in this game because the licenses involves film franchise more than just a table manufacturer. So probably no Indiana Jones table. :(

RandyAU93
RandyAU93

I like this, actually ... will give Pinball FX 2 some competition, which will hopefully mean both games will improve and produce better and better tables.

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

Shovelware usually does, although this game, at least, looks good.

EPaul
EPaul

Lol there going on everything under the sun