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Video Game: The Pinball Arcade

The Pinball Arcade is a digital pinball game by FarSight Studios, a successor to their earlier Pinball Hall of Fame titles. Unlike most digital pinball games which feature original tables, The Pinball Arcade is a platform for downloading and playing emulated versions of famous Physical Pinball Tables from Bally, Gottlieb, Stern Pinball, Williams Electronics, and Data East. Each one comes with a full set of rules, production trivia, and operator controls; players' scores are shared for online leaderboards and tournaments.

The predecessor titles were Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection (2004) and Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection (2008). These were developed by FarSight and released by various publishers for the Sixth Generation of consoles, (Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox) and Nintendo's Wii. As the names suggest, each title was a collection of six to twelve simulated pinball machines from Gottlieb & Co. and Williams Electronics, and included unlockable features, table histories, and achievements.

The Pinball Arcade was first released for IOS and Android mobile devices in 2012 with four titles available: Tales of the Arabian Nights (Williams), Black Hole (Gottlieb), Ripley's Believe It or Not! (Stern Pinball), and Theatre of Magic (Bally). Additional versions for Xbox LIVE Arcade, Play Station Network, MacOS, and Amazon Kindle were released afterward. Versions for the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and Steam have been announced.

If you're living outside the US, however, don't expect to be able to find the game in your country's Xbox LIVE Arcade or PlayStation Network- it's No Export for You in some markets where said online stores are concerned. Thankfully, the IOS and Android versions are truly available worldwide.

Pinball tables are rendered as real-time 3D models, allowing for dynamic camera changes to follow the action. And while the game uses a common framework to play the tables, FarSight uses the actual physical machines for reference, tweaking the behavior of each emulated title to more closely match the real thing. The Pinball Arcade allows all tables to be played for free up to the game's lowest high score. As a further enticement, FarSight also makes one table free to play each month, supported by advertisements.

Almost all of the digital tables are available for all versions of The Pinball Arcade.note 

Not to be confused with Microsoft Pinball Arcade, released in 1998 for PC and 2001 for Game Boy Color.

The following pinball tables are available (or have been announced) for The Pinball Arcade (in alphabetical order):

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PikminUsefulNotes/Wii UPokémon Rumble
Phantom BreakerXbox LIVE ArcadePinball FX
Obsession PinballDigital Pinball TablesPinball Construction Set
PilotwingsUsefulNotes/Nintendo 3 DSPokémon
Phantasy Star Online 2Android GamesPirates In Love
Pillars of EternityUsefulNotes/Apple MacintoshPlaneShift
Phantom BreakerUsefulNotes/Play Station VitaPixel Junk Monsters
Pixel PiracyUsefulNotes/SteamPlanetary Annihilation
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Pitfalli OS GamesPirates In Love

alternative title(s): Pinball Arcade; Pinball Hall Of Fame
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