For those of you who've been around the block more than a few times, you may well have heard of The Pinball Arcade from Farsight Studios. But what is it, and why should you care?
I explain what exactly it is, I need to talk a bit about my love for
pinball. I've seen more pinballs than you could ever possibly imagine,
moreso the more recent Stern pinballs (like The Simpsons Pinball Party)
than anything else. Pinball, for me, is the sort of game I absolutely
love: Easy to pick up and play, but difficult to master.
Pinball Arcade's goal and mission is to recreate some of the most
legendary real life pinball tables in a digital form that can be played
by anyone, regardless of the skill level or the platform you play it on.
The Pinball Arcade pinballs are NOT like the Zen Pinballs of the world
in that every single pinball table in The Pinball Arcade is a real life
pinball machine. If you've seen that pinball at, say, the Pinball Hall
of Fame in Las Vegas, Nevada, then you will (eventually) see that
pinball in The Pinball Arcade if it isn't there already.
ask me, why on Earth should I care about a digital facsimile of real
pinball? What is in it for me? The idea of a digital facsimile of real
pinball is really cool for me. If you've ever played games like
"Kirby's Pinball Land" (and I know I have), you know that some of the
things you can do in that game are NOT things you can do on real pinball
tables. Even Zen Pinball (and the Marvel pinball game) on platforms
like the 3DS are guilty of this in certain instances. But what's in it
for you? If you like pinballs like Star Trek: The Next Generation
(yeah, they made a pinball of that) or Twilight Zone, or even Medieval
Madness, or Elvira and the Party Monsters, or Scared Stiff, or even
Bride of Pinbot, you are going to go absolutely ape for this game.
it's on the Xbox 360 (in a very deprecated state courtesy of Crave
Entertainment going bankrupt, but there should be news on this front
soon), Playstation 3, Playstation Vita, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android, and coming soon to Steam, Wii U, Ouya, and the Playstation 4.