App description: Winner of the Best Mobile Game of 2012 on G4TV!

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.

Tales of the Arabian Nights is unlocked in this version.

This update adds Jack*Bot.

Jack*Bot (1995): was designed by Barry Oursler and Larry DeMar and is the third in a series of pinball tables with a Robot Theme, following Pin*Bot and The Machine: Bride of Pin*Bot. This space age casino pinball experience features both risk and skill based features including an awesome Multi-Ball mode and five different Casino Games that allow you to cheat for huge points! During the exciting Casino Run bonus round, you can press your winnings and go for more against the clock. The playfield includes the same Robot Visor from Pin*Bot that opens to reveal two Eye Eject Holes. 2,428 units of this table were produced.

High Roller Casino is free to play as the Table of the Month!

Every flipper, bumper, sound effect, and display pixel has been painstakingly emulated in astonishing detail.

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, PinBot, The Machine: Bride of PinBot, 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!

Were excited to introduce streaming videos to the Arcade (the new Videos icon on the main menu). Our first video is The History of Pinball, a fascinating chronicle of our favorite pastime. Check it out!

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!

What reviews are saying:
Simply one of the best pinball games Ive ever played Touch Arcade
As close to the pinball experience as you will ever get in the palm of your hand Pocket Gamer
Pinball doesnt get any more real or fun on mobile Gamezebo
This game is superb along with great presentation Inentertainment
an impressive title, and one that is bound to please pinball fans -148 Apps
Authenticity is the name of the game here, and Farsight has absolutely nailed it GameLive.TV
quite impressive with content this great, it doesnt need to use the hard sell -iLounge
a pinball nerds dream come true App Addict

Echoseven's comments:




Lite version : http://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/pinball-arcade-free/id497189134?mt=8
02-09-2012, 05:27 AM
As unfortunate, as it is now, I have to agree with some of the more critical reviews here.

1) The textures are blurry as hell. This should NOT be the case on the latest generation of devices. Farsight needs to update their graphics engine. It's a real shame that the graphics are so bad as half of the charm of real pinball is the table itself as a beautiful piece of art. In Pinball Arcade they look just "meh..". There's no proper lighting either.

2) Facebook?? Wtf. That's so stupid it hurts. Get us GC now!!

3) Framerates are a bit hit and miss. Sometimes smooth sometimes painstakingly obvious missed frames and choppy play. There is also some input lag which is very bad for a pinball game! Pressing the flipper is not instant. This is NOT a limitation of the iPhone as there are several other games that have virtually no lag (a pinball example would be The Gladiator which is very responsive even on my iPhone 3GS).

In general the presentation and art direction is pretty poor. I'm sorry to say but the guy responsible for the general graphics (icon, menu graphics, buttons etc) needs to get sacked or seriously motivated to create better work. This is just not enough for a proper iOS title in 2012.

Sounds could have been much better as well.. and I don't mean the obviously low quality emulator sounds, those are original but rather the ball rolling sounds and bumpers etc. It's just bland and poorly mixed together.

I'm going to be a bit careful and wait a few months before I purchase any more tables. Nor will I get it for other platforms until I know that they've polished it a bit.. was looking forward to this on the PC but now I'm not so sure.

Cheers!
02-09-2012, 06:50 AM
Haven't had any framerate issues on the ipad2. Yeah, theres some lower res textures, but I don't find it that bad overall and frankly I need the framerate to stay solid. I'd imagine its a lot trickier getting a digital version of a real table to run well than it is one of Zen's fantasy tables. I mean if something is causing problems on a Zen table they just move it around or change the design till it works. Can't really do that with a real table. I imagine there will be improvements/optimizations still though...

But the tables are super fun to play (something I can't really say for any of the other pin games I've tried on IOS) and thats what really matters to me...

02-09-2012, 07:02 AM
Added full resolution screenshots here at the beginning of this thread, all full table view with orbs:

http://forums.toucharcade.com/showpo...53&postcount=5

Compare to ZEN Pinball here:
http://forums.toucharcade.com/showpo...30&postcount=2

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02-09-2012, 07:13 AM
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Vienna, Austria
Posts: 119
@Habakuk: thank you!

this is what I meant (magnified by factor 2):



come on guys, you can do better than that

the more I play the more I think that this is a rushed port and needs a lot of polish before being enjoyable

greetings

MJFox

Last edited by MJFox; 02-09-2012 at 07:23 AM.
02-09-2012, 07:19 AM
lol yeah, zooming in to about 3x the normal magnification really makes it look bad...
02-09-2012, 07:23 AM
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Vienna, Austria
Posts: 119
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zevious Zoquis View Post
lol yeah, zooming in to about 3x the normal magnification really makes it look bad...
the point is that it's so blurry that the text isn't readable... doesn't matter if its magnified or not

greetings

MJFox
02-09-2012, 07:27 AM
The key to dealing with outlanes is anticipation. The goal isn't always to try and nudge the ball to the inlane, but nudge just right so it leaves the area all together.

Quote:
Originally Posted by gunxsword View Post
I really pissed-off and angry pinball fan in highschool rant:

Why the heck does the ball keep traveling down the outlane!????????

End of rant.
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Begin of civilized discussion:

Any tips to avoid the outlane-of-death?

Also, I find it hard to nudge, with 'touch' and shake controls (I've been spoiled by Gameprom). Anyone care to explain how to nudge in this game?
02-09-2012, 07:47 AM
for those concerned about getting charged for the tables twice on different devices I downloaded the full unlock on my ipad and had a $12 credit still available in itunes. I then downloaded the individual tables again onto my iphone and the $12 credit is still there so there doesn't seem to be any double billing happening...
02-09-2012, 07:50 AM
Making the graphics seem like a game breaker is ridiculous. I mean, even Last Gladiator is still one of the best tables in the store. And that one really looks like crap these days. But gameplay is king. And it's not anywhere near as bad looking as some might claim in here.

Playing for hours now, beat all local high scores. These tables are hits, all of them, just amazingly fun to play.

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02-09-2012, 07:54 AM
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Vienna, Austria
Posts: 119
Quote:
Originally Posted by your personal robot View Post
Making the graphics seem like a game breaker is ridiculous.
but if I can't even tell if shooting a ramp gives me the jackpot, an extra ball or a double bonus because I can't read the text on the blinking light it's half the fun

greetings

MJFox

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