The Pinball (digital and physical) ERA |OT| Full Tilt

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Yes, it's still a thing. And no, it's not necessarily retro anymore.

So what are your options?

Physical:
Recent/Currently in-production games with pics/flyers:

Games are grouped by manufacturer and listed chronologically, oldest first.

Stern


Metallica (Oldest game on list, 2013, Pro STILL in production!)


The Walking Dead


Iron Man Pro Vault Edition


Mustang


Legends of Wrestlemania


KISS


Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons (Partnership with Whizbang Pinball)


The Pabst Can Crusher (Partnership with Whizbang Pinball)


Spider-Man Vault Edition


Spider-Man Home Edition (this playfield is drastically different from the Vault Edition & much cheaper)


Game of Thrones


Ghostbusters


Batman '66


Aerosmith


Star Wars


Guardians of the Galaxy


AC/DC "Luci" Vault Edition



Jersey Jack

Wizard of Oz


The Hobbit

Dialed In


Pirates of the Caribbean




Spooky Pinball

America's Most Haunted


Rob Zombie's Spookshow International


Domino's Spectacular Pinball Adventure


The Jetsons


Total Nuclear Annihilation


Alice Cooper's Nightmare Castle (Flyer Needed)




Heighway Pinball

Full Throttle


Alien




Chicago Gaming Company

Medieval Madness Remake


Attack From Mars Remake




Multimorphic

P3/Lexy Lightspeed (this is an innovative platform that can change the LCD playfield's layout and load different game software. Often referred to as "Lexy Lightspeed," it's most well-known game series)




American Pinball

Houdini




Valley Dynamo

Zombie League Allstars Baseball (bat and pitch)




Dutch Pinball

The Machine: Bride of Pin*Bot 2.0


The Big Lebowski


Bride of Pinbot 25th Anniversary Super LE (P3 Multimorphic game)



Homepin

Thunderbirds Are Go


Upcoming games (games usually aren't revealed until close to release)
Stern
Elvira 3

Chicago Gaming
Unrevealed remake (Probably Monster Bash)

Digital Pinball:
Digital Pinball games (list is a work in progress)

The Pinball Arcade (most platforms)


Stern Pinball Arcade (most platforms)


Zen Pinball/Pinball FX3 (most platforms)


Zaccaria (PC, iOS, Android)


Pro Pinball Timeshock! Ultra Edition (PC, Mac, Android, iOS)


Crystal Caliburn II (iOS)

Another remake/restoration of a PC classic. Not sure if the old Little Wing games hold up like the old Pro Pinball tables do.

Pure Pinball (iOS)

I actually like this one a fair bit. Apparently Pure Pinball was a collection released on Xbox & PC many years ago. This app was to be a modern restoration of those table but the last update was in 2014 and, alas, only T-Rex Savage was ever released. That said it is iOS 11 compatible!

Atomic Pinball Collection* (iOS)


*A note about these two tables. I was hesitant to include them because, quite frankly, the physics suck. The ball is heavy and moves super fast and something about it feels springy, too. But these tables are also very well designed and have obviously had a lot of love put into them. The music & sound design is great and everything looks real nice so it's a shame about the physics. If weird, fast ball physics aren't a problem then I highly recommend these two tables.


There are many other pinball games on iOS and Android that are all subpar crap.

The old Williams & Gottlieb Hall of Fame Collections are totally obsolete. Farsight's Pinball Arcade has made so many advancements to the engine that those games are worthless if you want accuracy and good physics.

DS
Pinball Pulse: The Ancients Beckon (DSiWare/3DS eShop)

really good single table by the Metroid Prime Pinball devs. Similar physics but table is intended to be realistic & possible to build IRL.

Metroid Prime Pinball


GBA
Pokemon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire (Also on Wii U eShop)


Mario Pinball Land


Sonic Pinball Party


Pinball of the Dead


GBC
Pokemon Pinball


GB
Kirby's Pinball Land (also on 3DS eShop)

Revenge of the Gator (also on 3DS eShop)

Developed by HAL Labs before they made Kirby's Pinball Land! Great 8-bit pinball game

TurboGrafx
Alien Crush (Also on PS3, PSP, Wii)

Devil's Crush (Also on PS3, PSP, Wii)

Time Cruise 1 & 2


SNES
Battle Pinball


Jaki Crush


Sega Genesis/Mega-Drive
Dragon's Fury (altered port of Devil's Crush)


Dragon's Revenge (sequel)


Wii
Alien Crush Returns (WiiWare)


Sega Saturn
Necronomicon Pinball

Last Gladiators Pinball
Digital Pinball
Fantastic Pinball (also on PS1)


Virtual Boy
Galactic Pinball


PS4/PS3/Vita/PC
Rollers of the Realm

PS2
Ultimate Pro Pinball
Akira: Psycho Ball (yes, there is a pinball game based on the movie Akira!)

The old Pro Pinball tables are still great and can be played on PC, Linux, PS1, PS2, Xbox, Sega Saturn & Dreamcast. Theyre highly recommended, honestly. I played them for the first time last year and was blown away by how good they are, especially the physics.


Other fun yet unsusual pinball games you can get on iOS/Android/some on PC

PinOut
Pinball Cadet
Snowball!
INKS
Pinball Sniper

Virtual Pinball Cabinets:
There are several makers of arcade & virtual pinball cabinets that offer a ton of product variations. Most are intended to run MAME, Retroarch, Visual Pinball & Pinball FX.

Arcooda
Partnered with Farsight Studios, they run a custom version of The Pinball Arcade built specially for their cabs. They also did a partnership with Pro Pinball.



VP Cabs




Pinball Bulbs
Pinball Media:
Video time! All vetted & recommended!

(List is still being updated, please recommend more great vids)


Great Feature Pinball Documentaries:
Tilt: The Battle To Save Pinball (2008)
Special When Lit (2009)
Wizard Mode (2016)



How To Play/Tips & Tricks/Tutorials:

Timballs' Pinball Tips: How To Aim Correctly
https://youtu.be/bCxgUPfVsjc

Pinball Techniques
https://youtu.be/kowB0HmJ1wY

PAPA Official Channel (tons of fantastic tutorials ons specific tables & tournament videos)
https://www.youtube.com/user/PAPApinball



Modern Era Documentation:

Associated Press: Tilt! Old School Pinball Finds New Fans (Dec. 25 2017)
https://youtu.be/XLRB9KFi3HM

DigitalTrends: Stern Pinball Machines Are Helping Fuel Pinball's Big Comeback at CES 2018
https://youtu.be/sI3LZxE1XWY

HBO Real Sports: Pinball Wizard Robert Gagno (2017)
https://youtu.be/qB3Dy4XXaU0

Motherboard: The Last Arcade Technicians in NYC
https://youtu.be/MAytSqet_Zs

VICE - Pinball: From Illegal Gambling Game to American Obsession
https://youtu.be/-IAwLj6XKR8

Under the Glass (Short Documentary 2016)
https://youtu.be/JIDTn7v6pGY

12 for 12 - Episode 7: Stern Pinball (2016)
https://youtu.be/ckq0BM4zN7w

AOL/Huffington Post: How I Did It - Jersey Jack Pinball
https://youtu.be/9b9qSW-KmZQ

Replay (2013)
https://youtu.be/soL6IVF8FEY

Flippers (2016)
https://youtu.be/P7IZM09EYqU

Storyhive: The Top 5 Secret Skills of Pinball
https://youtu.be/8Gsw7lamnmM

SubCultures - Episode 11: Pinball
https://youtu.be/HLcjsSfAHeA

TechCrunch Makers: Pinball Hall of Fame
https://youtu.be/TUsMFLX38xU

La Vida Local: Chicago's Pinball Passion (2015)
https://youtu.be/Js2rpRXOHkM

Add-A-Ball (Short Documentary 2015)
https://youtu.be/Ze9y8QGx6WE

National Geographic - Inside the Extraordinary Mind of a Pinball World Champion (2017)
https://youtu.be/EPJQ1QTxbBQ

CNN: Meet The Best Pinball Player In The World (2014)
https://youtu.be/VOy0y3Co-gQ

WTNH News 8 - The Resurgence of Pinball (2017)
https://youtu.be/_H5T-SWomow

WJLP "Jersey Matters" - Jersey Jack (2017)
https://youtu.be/Bh4Qr4K0A28

CBS News - Pinball is back and running full tilt!
https://youtu.be/iH5bhaRz39Q

Made Right Here: Featuring Stern Pinball
https://youtu.be/Vczknj-C3aI

Medieval Madness Remake w/ Roger Sharpe
https://youtu.be/SNid7uMhDFw

Heighway Entertainment's Alien Pinball Feature
https://youtu.be/r8a2g_gH0ys

KSDK News - Pinball Machines Are Making A Comeback (2017)
https://youtu.be/Ba0GOauiYIs

News 5 Cleveland - Pinball Makes A Comeback (2014)
https://youtu.be/OqoGgf_k2g0



Pinball History:

Coin Operated (2007)
https://youtu.be/0JqkWGLQHNQ

Made In America: Stern Pinball (2007)
https://youtu.be/xqs7oLm8Igs

NBC Nightly News - Stern Pinball (2008)
https://youtu.be/IHbsXZRs4i0

Wild Chicago visits Williams (1992)
https://youtu.be/oMilCuI6cgk

How Pinball Machines are Developed At Williams (1993)
https://youtu.be/oZHEDSpMnfA

How It's Made: Pinball Machine (early 2000s?)
https://youtu.be/4DtLTIsuEf0

"The Fonz" Home Pinball Machine Commercial (aaayyyyyy!)
https://youtu.be/ddLZwrqMaVE

"Pinball Champ" Home Pinball Machine Commercial (1977)
https://youtu.be/5wED99rJblc

Sears Pinball Game Commercial (1976)
https://youtu.be/9oEsEjAzK18

Arcade Attack: Silverball Heroes vs Video Invaders (late 1970s?)
https://youtu.be/5cWbG4ovfzw

Williams Factory Tour (1991)
https://youtu.be/5wXq-WraO1Q

Dream Jobs: Pat Lawlor (1990)
https://youtu.be/Gj8UJvdeau0

1998 Chicago Pinball Expo Floor Tour
Part 1 https://youtu.be/GeqQFuAcQak
Part 2 https://youtu.be/vEJklzuly8s

Roger Sharpe on the Today Show 1990
https://youtu.be/mJb2-f9jZE0

Famous Pinball Programmer Lyman Sheats on the Today Show 1993
https://youtu.be/6rBxIJPe8VY

History Channel: Making A Pinball Machine (at the Stern Factory) ~2004
https://youtu.be/KalpCpsRT1U

The History of Pinball (1998 Documentary)
https://youtu.be/JIDTn7v6pGY

Alvin G. Factory Tour (1993)
https://youtu.be/clsGVAB5znU

ABC News LA - Video Fever: Games People Play (1982 - mostly arcade games, some pinball)
https://youtu.be/P3sqUrX83Yg

Chicago Tonight visits Stern Pinball (2003)
https://youtu.be/C2aszDOhQzo



Buying & Collecting:

Metal Jesus: Pinball Machine Collecting - What You Need To Know To Get Started
https://youtu.be/EdveWQjtnww

Pinball Expert: How To Avoid Losing Big Money Buying A Used Pinball Machine
https://youtu.be/EszFbs19r-k

Pinball Expert: Top 12 FAQs From First Time Pinball Machine Buyers
https://youtu.be/g4p6z4E_zrg

TNT Amusements' Channel (Reseller/Restorer w/ tons of awesome & trivia-heavy feature tour videos of restored & modded games)
https://www.youtube.com/user/tntamusements



Stern Pinball "Making Of" Short-Form Documentaries:
Uhh. So Stern has erased John Trudeau and removed the Making Of videos for Ghostbusters & Mustang. Understandable but too bad as the GB one was pretty cool.

Star Wars
https://youtu.be/xof3c6jsnGQ

Aerosmith
https://youtu.be/0yoX1rGx3_4

Game of Thrones
https://youtu.be/gKECwPs2PBg

KISS
https://youtu.be/6qKSKwHqZ_w

The Walking Dead
https://youtu.be/x6q3WCQfres

Metallica
https://youtu.be/hgKWYwFZNFA

AC/DC
https://youtu.be/fzc3kSrdroo

WWE Wrestemania
https://youtu.be/9Rg5I2-5ID8

Transformers
Part 1 https://youtu.be/cfLjJM7RSr4
Part 2 https://youtu.be/Jil9nzP6OP4

The Avengers
https://youtu.be/gzbExfIPhUw

X-Men
https://youtu.be/sgGxOEjec_g

X-Men: Wolverine Edition Feature Tour with Designer John Borg
https://youtu.be/kCTm2IMceZ4

Stern: Spike Pinball System Overview
https://youtu.be/MvefdrNaAPg

For the curious, here are two video interviews with John Trudeau

PaperFlock, Inc: Ghostbusters
https://youtu.be/H69Dtbh8fNg

PinGame Journal: Mustang
https://youtu.be/2lEdh3cKlqM



Vintage Company Promo Videos
These are all very dated & pretty cheesy but many feature the game designers and are fascinating curios!


Williams Road Show Promo Video w/ Designer Pat Lawlor
https://youtu.be/WJS_wbDjs-o

Williams Medival Madness Promo w/ Designer Brian Eddy
https://youtu.be/LFq2s8HuCHg

Bally Scared Stiff Promo w/ Elvira
https://youtu.be/nMcVuMD-qrk

Bally Attack From Mars Promo
https://youtu.be/7lZH8jHCzUg

Bally Addams Family
https://youtu.be/FsnzDXXSURU

Twilight Zone
https://youtu.be/LyI0c4sRN_w

Williams Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure Promo
https://youtu.be/mT-WrbpW5Js

Black Rose
https://youtu.be/p6wTc1RoVpA

Popeye Saves The Earth
https://youtu.be/rHehj0WxofY

Jack*bot
https://youtu.be/BH3FKdQB1-A

Dr. Who
https://youtu.be/XIyneuOUapM

Cirqus Voltaire
https://youtu.be/q-2wvvIDxIk

The Shadow
https://youtu.be/Hd283tFgkvE

Star Trek The Next Generation
https://youtu.be/UFvAS8ltIXU

Judge Dredd
https://youtu.be/LKUr8QYRp1c

Pinball 2000 Platform
https://youtu.be/dAyBz8XIMsU

Revenge From Mars
https://youtu.be/UUSzSHNEv2g

Star Wars Episode 1
https://youtu.be/92bdp3w9D00


Pinball links:

PinballMap.com (they also have an app) - You can find pins in your city easily by location & machine. User updated.

Pinside.com - The biggest web community for pinball. Also has an interactive map for locating places with games.

IPDB.org - Internet Pinball Database

IFPApinball.com - International Flipper Pinball Association. Official World Pinball Player Rankings & endorsed Leagues & Tournaments

PAPA.org - Professional Amateur Pinball Association. The biggest tournament circuit in the country. PAPA HQ is located in Carnegie, PA and houses 500 pinball machines. Only open to the public during the two annual tournaments.

PAPAtv - Official PAPA channel; tournaments + excellent game tutorial videos https://www.youtube.com/user/PAPApinball

SternPinballInc - Official YouTube channel with lots of cool behind-the-scenes videos showing the making of their pinball tables https://www.youtube.com/user/sternpinballinc

TNTAmusements.com - Pinball & Arcade restorer & reseller, their YouTube channel is full of really cool videos including a lot of in-depth looks at the tables they work on. https://www.youtube.com/user/tntamusements

www.pinballarcadefans.com - official fan community for The Pinball Arcade

http://forum.ZenStudios.com - official fan community for Zen Pinball FX



Recommended Podcasts:
The Pinball Podcast, co-hosted by ResetEra's jar155!

Coast 2 Coast Pinball (rarely updated now, but worthwhile for past episodes!)

Head 2 Head Pinball Podcast (Australian-based, streams regularly and posts episodes every Monday)

Slam-Tilt Podcast

Pinball Profile by Jeff Teolis



Twitch Pinball Streamers:

Dead_Flip: https://www.twitch.tv/dead_flip

Buffalo Pinball/Bro, Do You Even Pinball?: https://www.twitch.tv/buffalopinball

Melbourne Silverball League (Head 2 Head Pinball): https://www.twitch.tv/melbournesilverballleague



This OT is hardly finished, plenty more to come as well as updates on new pinball machine releases, tournament info/streams and podcasts.



Cheers to HotHamBoy for the massive contribution to the OP! Be sure to check out his Twitter feed, PiNDY - Pinball in Indy @pindypinball

Follow him if you want coverage of the midwest scene (Indiana, Chicago, Louisville, Cincinnati, etc) and original photography of tables, spotlights and facts about real and digital pinball games, history, etc.

 
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Hows Stern on the Switch? Been wanting to track down a physical copy, but there werent a lot of details out there when I checked right after release
 
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I am grateful for digital pinball, and greatly enjoy having the ability to play on-the-go, but there is no replacement for a physical machine. Be sure to check https://pinballmap.com/ for any machines in your area. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area means that I have an easy time finding a local place to slap the silver balls. If you ever get a chance, be sure to visit the Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda, Ca. They have a large number of pinballs ranging from ancient bagatelle boards to Pinball 2000, and the newest machines out now.

As for my favorite, I could trot out the usual suspects like The Addams Family, or Funhouse, but I will always go back to Taxi.

 
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Hows Stern on the Switch? Been wanting to track down a physical copy, but there werent a lot of details out there when I checked right after release
Amazing--even in docked mode.

Anybody know what the next Stern Pinball Arcade tables are? I saw someone on Facebook say Big Buck Hunter, but I wasn't sure.

If we're talking favorites, I absolutely love PinBot. I'd love to own one. Congo and World Cup Soccer '94 round out my top 3.
 
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I built a bartop arcade cab and put buttons on the sides for pinball. Running ubuntu with retropie installed and Steam In-Home Streaming Pinball Arcade.
It's a ton of fun. My mom loves it.
 
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Shaney!! YOU DID IT!! Thank you so much!

Pinball is making a huge comeback in cities nationwide. Indianapolis had only about 3-4 tables on location just two years ago and now we have about 60+ games in the city with more being place on route every week. There's a lot of bars, bowling alleys and more that aren't barcades that are buying one or a few pins as the movement continues.

Been wanting to make one. Suggestions for OP:

Recent/Currently in-production games with pics/flyers:

Games are grouped by manufacturer and listed chronologically, oldest first.

Stern


Metallica (Oldest game on list, 2013, Pro STILL in production!)


The Walking Dead


Iron Man Pro Vault Edition


Mustang


Legends of Wrestlemania


KISS


Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons (Partnership with Whizbang Pinball)


The Pabst Can Crusher (Partnership with Whizbang Pinball)


Spider-Man Vault Edition


Spider-Man Home Edition (this playfield is drastically different from the Vault Edition & much cheaper)


Game of Thrones


Ghostbusters


Batman '66


Aerosmith


Star Wars


Guardians of the Galaxy


AC/DC "Luci" Vault Edition



Jersey Jack

Wizard of Oz


The Hobbit

Dialed In


Pirates of the Caribbean




Spooky Pinball

America's Most Haunted


Rob Zombie's Spookshow International


Domino's Spectacular Pinball Adventure


The Jetsons


Total Nuclear Annihilation


Alice Cooper's Nightmare Castle (Flyer Needed)




Heighway Pinball

Full Throttle


Alien




Chicago Gaming Company

Medieval Madness Remake


Attack From Mars Remake




Multimorphic

P3/Lexy Lightspeed (this is an innovative platform that can change the LCD playfield's layout and load different game software. Often referred to as "Lexy Lightspeed," it's most well-known game series)




American Pinball

Houdini




Valley Dynamo

Zombie League Allstars Baseball (bat and pitch)




Dutch Pinball

The Machine: Bride of Pin*Bot 2.0


The Big Lebowski


Bride of Pinbot 25th Anniversary Super LE (P3 Multimorphic game)



Homepin

Thunderbirds Are Go


Upcoming games (games usually aren't revealed until close to release)
Stern
Elvira 3

Chicago Gaming
Unrevealed remake (Probably Monster Bash)
Digital Pinball games (list is a work in progress)
The Pinball Arcade (most platforms)


Stern Pinball Arcade (most platforms)


Zen Pinball/Pinball FX3 (most platforms)


Zaccaria (PC, iOS, Android)


Pro Pinball Timeshock! Ultra Edition (PC, Mac, Android, iOS)


Crystal Caliburn II (iOS)

Another remake/restoration of a PC classic. Not sure if the old Little Wing games hold up like the old Pro Pinball tables do.

Pure Pinball (iOS)

I actually like this one a fair bit. Apparently Pure Pinball was a collection released on Xbox & PC many years ago. This app was to be a modern restoration of those table but the last update was in 2014 and, alas, only T-Rex Savage was ever released. That said it is iOS 11 compatible!

Atomic Pinball Collection* (iOS)


*A note about these two tables. I was hesitant to include them because, quite frankly, the physics suck. The ball is heavy and moves super fast and something about it feels springy, too. But these tables are also very well designed and have obviously had a lot of love put into them. The music & sound design is great and everything looks real nice so it's a shame about the physics. If weird, fast ball physics aren't a problem then I highly recommend these two tables.


There are many other pinball games on iOS and Android that are all subpar crap.

The old Williams & Gottlieb Hall of Fame Collections are totally obsolete. Farsight's Pinball Arcade has made so many advancements to the engine that those games are worthless if you want accuracy and good physics.

3DS Eshop
Kirby's Pinball Land (VC)

Revenge of the Gator (VC)

Pinball Pulse: The Ancients Beckon (DSiWare)

really good single table by the Metroid Prime Pinball devs. Similar physics but table is intended to be realistic & possible to build IRL.

DS
Metroid Prime Pinball


GBA
Pokemon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire


Mario Pinball Land


Sonic Pinball Party


GBC
Pokemon Pinball


GB
Kirby's Pinball Land
Revenge of the Gator

TurboGrafx/PS3/PSP/Wii
Alien Crush
Devil's Crush

SNES
Jaki Crush

Sega Genesis
Devil's Crush
Dragon's Revenge

Wii
Alien Crush Returns

Sega Saturn
Necronomicon Pinball
Last Gladiators Pinball
Digital Pinball
Fantastic Pinball

Virtual Boy
Galactic Pinball

PS4/PS3/Vita/PC
Rollers of the Realm

PS2
Ultimate Pro Pinball
Akira: Psycho Ball (yes, there is a pinball game based on the movie Akira!)

The old Pro Pinball tables are still great and can be played on PC, Linux, PS1, PS2, Xbox, Sega Saturn & Dreamcast. Theyre highly recommended, honestly. I played them for the first time last year and was blown away by how good they are, especially the physics.


Other fun yet unsusual pinball games you can get on iOS/Android/some on PC

PinOut
Pinball Cadet
Snowball!
INKS
Pinball Sniper
Virtual Pinball Cabinets
There are several makers of arcade & virtual pinball cabinets that offer a ton of product variations. Most are intended to run MAME, Retroarch, Visual Pinball & Pinball FX.
Arcooda
Partnered with Farsight Studios, they run a custom version of The Pinball Arcade built specially for their cabs. They also did a partnership with Pro Pinball.



VP Cabs




Pinball Bulbs
(I'll update more soon)

PinballMap.com (they also have an app) - You can find pins in your city easily by location & machine. User updated.

Pinside.com - The biggest web community for pinball. Also has an interactive map for locating places with games.

IPDB.com - Internet Pinball Data Base

IFPApinball.com - International Flipper Pinball Association. Official World Pinball Player Rankings & endorsed Leagues & Tournaments

PAPA.org - Professional Amateur Pinball Association. The biggest tournament circuit in the country. PAPA HQ is located in Carnegie, PA and houses 500 pinball machines. Only open to the public during the two annual tournaments.

PAPAtv - Official PAPA channel; tournaments + excellent game tutorial videos https://www.youtube.com/user/PAPApinball

SternPinballInc - Official YouTube channel with lots of cool behind-the-scenes videos showing the making of their pinball tables https://www.youtube.com/user/sternpinballinc

TNTAmusements.com - Pinball & Arcade restorer & reseller, their YouTube channel is full of really cool videos including a lot of in-depth looks at the tables they work on. https://www.youtube.com/user/tntamusements

PinballArcadeFans.com - official fan community for The Pinball Arcade

forum.ZenStudios.com - official fan community for Zen Pinball FX

Any more link suggestions?

Good streamers:
Dead Flip https://m.twitch.tv/dead_flip
This is an area where I falter so please contribute if you know any, guys!

How about compling a list of pinball documentaries?

I run a twitter feed PiNDY - Pinball in Indy @pindypinball

Follow me if you want coverage of the midwest scene (Indiana, Chicago, Louisville, Cincinnati, etc) and original photography of tables, spotlights and facts about real and digital pinball games, history, etc.
 
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I'm obsessed with video game pinball, since it's a weird loop of the most video-gamey thing before videogames becoming a video game, and physics and so many weird side stories.

Anyone familiar with Little Wings? or Namco's first arcade game, Gee Bee?
 
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I'm obsessed with video game pinball, since it's a weird loop of the most video-gamey thing before videogames becoming a video game, and physics and so many weird side stories.

Anyone familiar with Little Wings? or Namco's first arcade game, Gee Bee?
I literally just bought Little Wing's Crystal Caliburn II on iPad today. It's $3.99 and has iOS 11 support.

If you guys remember Pro Pinball you can get it on GoG.com and it still golds up well today. Pro Pinball Timeshock! Ultra Edition is available on just about every platform and it's excellent.



The Pro Pinball games were designed with the real world game limitation in mind and as such Silver Castle is bringing Timeshock to life as we speak!
 
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I've been checking over google multiple times...maybe someone here can help?

I noticed that you can buy the Stern Pinball game physically on Switch...

Does the cartridge comes fully loaded with most tables or is the default cartridge all locked out like the free download and it comes with a voucher to unlock the tables?

Please let me know! Hopefully everything is unlocked...
 
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I've been checking over google multiple times...maybe someone here can help?

I noticed that you can buy the Stern Pinball game physically on Switch...

Does the cartridge comes fully loaded with most tables or is the default cartridge all locked out like the free download and it comes with a voucher to unlock the tables?

Please let me know! Hopefully everything is unlocked...
If you buy the retail game you have all the tables unlocked.

You can also download the free digital version and buy all the tables in a bundle for the same $40 price.
 
#12
Nice thread! I’ve got almost a dozen games loaded on my cell phone, but the only one I play with any regularity are the Pinball Arcade titles. The only downside is that I’m starting to get performance issues due to phone background tasks interrupting my games, so I’m tempted to get into the Switch version... but I’m holding out for a portrait mode update first. If Farsight can port TPA and bring its massive backlog of ‘80s and ‘90s Williams/Bally tables, though, I’ll gladly double dip without hesitation.
 
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I literally just bought Little Wing's Crystal Caliburn II on iPad today. It's $3.99 and has iOS 11 support.

If you guys remember Pro Pinball you can get it on GoG.com and it still golds up well today. Pro Pinball Timeshock! Ultra Edition is available on just about every platform and it's excellent.



The Pro Pinball games were designed with the real world game limitation in mind and as such Silver Castle is bringing Timeshock to life as we speak!
I love the little wings story, because at some point fans a physical version of one of the boards!

Also, pinball fans need to hear the Black Knight release party story on an episode of the podcast A Life Well Wasted. It's amazing.
 
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I love the little wings story, because at some point fans a physical version of one of the boards!

Also, pinball fans need to hear the Black Knight release party story on an episode of the podcast A Life Well Wasted. It's amazing.
What episode is that?
 
#15
My Grandpa actually owns an old 60s era race car themed pinball machine he picked up long ago, it’s in need of some maintenance though sadly, quite a few of the rubber rings are worn out and the art needs a little preservation work on the top art. Works otherwise though
 
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Yay! Been waiting for this thread! Thanks Shaneus!


Hows Stern on the Switch? Been wanting to track down a physical copy, but there werent a lot of details out there when I checked right after release
It's great as portable Stern you might imagine it would but

/nitpicking mode ON

It's virtually the same as on PS4. Latest physics mode for all the tables.
A patch just added online leaderboards but still no sign of the promised TATE(portrait) mode.
That also means that like the other version it's painfully clear how much lower the production values are for the new pinballs compared to the tables "imported" from TPA.
There's a staggering difference in poly-count between, say, Ghosbusters (awesome game) and The Last Action Hero let alone something like The Addams Family. The former looks like it was built strictly to play on an ancient iPad Mini and doesn't look that different from that platform side by side besides having better lighting; I mean the far right ramp in Mustang is laughable in how low poly it is. The DOT Matrix for all the new tables isn't properly dotted (they're correct on mobile versions). The audio in portable mode is, depending on the table, akin to hearing a 32kbps mp3 through an open tincan. Sometimes the ball can drop a few frames, like a little stutter, out of nowhere, although it seems less so in portable mode. Still, I'm fixated with framerate and I tell you it's really minor... tho I want to see it fixed. I don't remember if it happens on PS4 but it does on mobile, seems to be related to the online connection.

That being said, happy I bought it but I can't wait for The Pinball Arcade proper.
 

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For people asking about Stern Pinball on Switch, get it! you won't regret it.
Runs beautifully and a patch for online leaderboards should be coming soon. Might even be out in the US already as far as I've heard. The only negative is that loading times from menu to table are a bit longer than on PS4, etc. Somewhere between 25 and 46 seconds as far as I've measured.
All the tables are on the card if you buy it physically.
I've already put over 10 hours into the Ghostbusters table alone.

Oh and the regular Pinball Arcade is coming to Switch as well before summer if everything goes well.
Can't wait to buy every single dyeable yet again for the 3 and sometimes 4th time, not even counting all the old physical version on PS2,PS3,360, Wii, 3DS, PSP.

Not sure if it will be for everyone, but I just love putting this channel on and waste a couple of hours.

 
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I'd love to play some good digital pinball but I find in most games I try it's too difficult to see what's happening on the board.

My favorite to this day is still Pinball Fantasies.
 
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I'd love to play some good digital pinball but I find in most games I try it's too difficult to see what's happening on the board.

My favorite to this day is still Pinball Fantasies.
Try an iPad in portrait mode or a PC Monitor in TATE. Set the Camera to static & full table view.
 
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Shaney!! YOU DID IT!! Thank you so much!

Pinball is making a huge comeback in cities nationwide. Indianapolis had only about 3-4 tables on location just two years ago and now we have about 60+ games in the city with more being place on route every week. There's a lot of bars, bowling alleys and more that aren't barcades that are buying one or a few pins as the movement continues.

Been wanting to make one. Suggestions for OP:
Happy to take on all suggestions! I created the OP while at work, so anything you think should be in there I'll gladly copypasta. Just wanted to get something rolling :) Like all your ideas thus far, will put them in soon.
 
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Happy to take on all suggestions! I created the OP while at work, so anything you think should be in there I'll gladly copypasta. Just wanted to get something rolling :) Like all your ideas thus far, will put them in soon.
I'm updating my first post with everything I feel should be in the OP so we can work together on this.
 
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Oh man, I love me some pinball. There's just something much more visceral in playing a real game of it vs older arcade games. I'm pretty terrible but once I learned some basic tips I've been able to win a free game here and there. The first time the free game knocker went off it scared me so much I ended up draining the ball. I thought something blew up in the machine!
 
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Thanks for the advice on the Switch version, going to pick it up. I'm lucky enough to have real pinball machines at work so it should fill the void.
 
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If you buy the retail game you have all the tables unlocked.

You can also download the free digital version and buy all the tables in a bundle for the same $40 price.
Thanks buddy, I will definitely order it then.

While I love me some pinball, it's more for my GF's stepfather who's really sick, I'll lend him my Switch for a couple days since he's a big pinball fan so that will keep him entertained. :)

Good to know there's value to have the cartridge then, I'll play it every now and then.
 
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Thanks buddy, I will definitely order it then.

While I love me some pinball, it's more for my GF's stepfather who's really sick, I'll lend him my Switch for a couple days since he's a big pinball fan so that will keep him entertained. :)

Good to know there's value to have the cartridge then, I'll play it every now and then.
Aww, that's really nice of you!
 
#39
I played a lot of Theatre of Magic in the arcade as a kid. It was stuffed away in the back and I often felt like I was the only person who ever touched it. I'm really glad it's on Pinball Arcade.
 
#40
I’ll take my Pinball FX2 and be happy for the rest of my life with it.

Seriously, from 2011-present I’m obsessed with my high scores in that game and it’s turned me into one of the highest scorers in the game. I’m ranked about 2000 out of everyone’s scores combined.

Naturally, it’d be nice if it was an authentic simulation in terms of physics, but the themes and tables designs make up for it.
 
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Awesome OT.
I love Pinball. Always have.
For some reason we owned a Camelot table when I was young. Had it until we had to move when I was like 13.
It was not the most sophisticated pinball table ever made, but it was a pinball machine nonetheless.
I cannot even tell you how many hours of my life I spent playing it.

I somehow never heard of Jersey Jack until this thread, and he is about an hour away from me, if that.
I now know what I want one day.
 
#42
History. As far as I know, the first videogame pinball: Raster Blaster. Those shapes on the thumper bumbers are Apple logos since this was on the Apple ][.

 
#44
Deserved OT. Pinballmap.com is the greatest thing.

Been playing a little bit here and there at eighty-two in LA and got some time on a few tables at D&D pinball in Tucson recently. Cool to see some places with dedicated rooms that rotate tables now and then. I'm not where I used to be in terms of skill, but still have a good time learning tables.

The Aerosmith one is alright.
 
#45
Awesome OT.
I love Pinball. Always have.
For some reason we owned a Camelot table when I was young. Had it until we had to move when I was like 13.
It was not the most sophisticated pinball table ever made, but it was a pinball machine nonetheless.
I cannot even tell you how many hours of my life I spent playing it.

I somehow never heard of Jersey Jack until this thread, and he is about an hour away from me, if that.
I now know what I want one day.
Jersey Jack is making the best pinball games out of all the current manufacturers. Extremely high quality, cram-packed with features, really well designed games.
 
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As far as I know, the first videogame pinball: Raster Blaster. Those shapes on the thumper bumbers are Apple logos since this was on the Apple ][.
The layout is an unlicensed copy of Williams’ Firepower by Steve Ritchie (best known as the voice of Shao Khan from the MK games).

He got copied a lot in the early days of video pinball; Raster Blaster is a knockoff of his Black Knight table.
 
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The layout is an unlicensed copy of Williams’ Firepower by Steve Ritchie (best known as the voice of Shao Khan from the MK games).

He got copied a lot in the early days of video pinball; Raster Blaster is a knockoff of his Black Knight table.
You mean Dave's Midnight Magic was a knockoff of Black Knight ;)

Also, TIL that Raster Blaster and Dave's Midnight Magic have nothing to do with each other. I thought they were made by the same people.
 
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^ you guys are my kinda people (aka esoteric pinball nerds)

Another shameless plug for my twitter @pindypinball follow and tweet at me, i like posting & retweeting stuff like that

Speaking of Ritchie, who's your favorite pinball designer and who do you consider to be the best designers in its history?

Also, what's your favorite era of games?

Personally, I think Pat Lawlor is my fav, his games just speak to me. Dialed In was everything I wanted from an untethered Lawlor game. He's followed by Ritchie, but I also love Barry Oursler & Dennis Nordman. And of course John Popadiuk had an incredible stint of 4 of the greatest games ever made.

Favorite era, though, is that System 11 series. Maybe not the best games but there's a certain charm to them I just love. Plus they're all solid & fun and you can get them for relatively cheap.

Favorite table:

#1 Attack From Mars - utterly brilliant, easy to understand, never gets old
 
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I love Pinball Arcade, although I have not repurchased the tables for the PS4 era. I would also argue that Williams Pinball Hall of Fame still holds up on Wii. The controllers make for a pretty great experience.

I was quite sad to see the Pinball Wizard Arcade in Pelham NH close about a year ago...
 
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I love Pinball Arcade, although I have not repurchased the tables for the PS4 era. I would also argue that Williams Pinball Hall of Fame still holds up on Wii. The controllers make for a pretty great experience.

I was quite sad to see the Pinball Wizard Arcade in Pelham NH close about a year ago...
It's just hard to go back to Williams HoF after playing much better versions of the same tables on TPA.

Check out pinballmap.com, you may be surprised to find there's more pinball around you than you expected.
 
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