[PS3 Review] The Pinball Arcade : Season 1


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The Pinball Arcade has been available on the PSN since 2012. Since then there have been many table packs released in multiple seasons. Today I’m going to be talking about the different tables released in Season 1.

  • The Machine: Bride of Pin•Bot
  • Medieval Madness
  • Cirqus Voltaire
  • FunHouse
  • Gorgar
  • Monster Bash
  • Black Knight
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Harley-Davidson, 3rd Edition
  • Taxi
  • Elvira and the Party Monsters
  • No Good Gofers
  • Scared Stiff
  • Big Shot
  • Twilight Zone
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Attack from Mars
  • Genie

In other Pinball games that I have played the tables have been current creations (Zen Pinball and Zen Pinball 2, for example). But those in the Pinball Arcade are recreations of existing pinball tables from the past. Each table has been painstakingly recreated in a digital version, down to the smallest component.

All parts of each table are correct and proportioned properly, but some of the things that really impressed me where the HUD. Each pinball table had an HUD that was completely accurate to the original. Most were digital, but some of the older machines had an analogue score counter at the top. The sounds are taken directly from the old machines as well. Even the stickers with the pricing to play on the machines are authentic. There is also some trivia displayed as you launch each table telling you some historical facts about it, which I really enjoyed reading.

Some of my favorite tables were:

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • As someone who grew up a fan of Next Generation and specifically remembering this table from a local bowling alley, this was a treat to play. It has voices from the original cast and was fun to boot. Since this is one of the more recent machines, I enjoyed the HUD since it was very visual and all of the skill shots that needed to be completed showcased an element from the series.

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  • Monster Bash
  • The Monster Bash table is all about the Universal Monsters (Dracula, Werewolf, Mummy, Frankenstein, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon) making a band. You need to complete various objectives on the table to get them together and play awesome music together. The table looks great and once again the HUD is awesome.

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  • Big Shot
  • This table from 1973 features is based around the game of Pool. Your goal is to knock every ball down. The game feels retro and empty compared to some of the more current generation Pinball Machines, but it has a charm that is unique to this table. Instead of a digital HUD it keeps track of things with a 5-digit analogue counter. It’s really fun to play, and its minimalist approach made me want to keep coming back to it over and over again.

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    The only issues I had with the game where its menus. They are serviceable and get you around, but they felt clunky, and could probably use some reworking. Since there are several tables available, it’s not ideal for navigating from one table to another.

    Also, you will probably want to go into the setting and change the flipper controls from L1/R1 to L2/R2. This feels more comfortable and would have been a great question to ask when starting the game, versus having to change it later. The only other thing that would be a great addition is the ability to save your initials so that you don’t have to enter them every time. It would be great if the machine put them in automatically for you.

    There are a plethora of trophies available as each table has three trophies based on getting into the top 5 scores, as well as for completing the standard goals and the wizard goals. Just remember that you WILL need to be a pinball wizard to unlock them all.

    There is a lot to like here with all the perfect recreations of several vintage pinball tables. If you frequented arcades back in the day when they still existed, you might see something you used to play and nothing beats bring back those old memories.

    Farsight Studios is currently doing a Kickstarter campaign to fund a very special table… The Addams Family! They are close to hitting their goal, so if you want to help you can follow this link here. As of the time of writing this review, they are 92% funded.

    Review

    ProsCons
    Excellent recreation of classic Pinball tables
    Sounds and acts exactly like the originals
    Not being able to save your initials
    Menu System could use some updating

    Rating
    84%

    Cost: Various Costs for Table Packs

    PS3 Game size: 442 MB

    You can purchase The Pinball Arcade : Season 1 from the PSN

    Disclaimer

    This review is based on a PS3 copy of The Pinball Arcade : Season 1 provided by FarSight Technologies.

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