FarSight Studios, a videogame development company headquartered in Big Bear Lake California, has just launched their new game The Pinball Arcade for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The Pinball Arcade is the most accurate and realistic pinball videogame ever created. Building on FarSight's critically acclaimed pinball franchise, The Pinball Arcade features licensed pinball tables from Bally, Williams, Gottlieb and Stern, and includes the most popular historical and modern tables of all time. Four tables will be available at launch: Tales of the Arabian Nights, Ripley's Believe It or Not, Theatre of Magic, and Black Hole.
FarSight will feature the Ripley's Believe it or Not pinball table in the initial launch.
"We are thrilled to expand and build upon the Ripley's Believe it or Not® franchise as it gives our fans another enjoyable way to experience this exciting brand and help solidify Ripley's commitment to family entertainment," said Bill Daley, Director of Online Marketing and New Media from Ripley Entertainment. "FarSight has done an amazing job recreating this popular, but incredibly complex table, in meticulous detail. With more than 500 pages of rules, this was no easy feat!"
Each month two new pinball tables will be added to the lineup and players will be able to sample free versions of each release (including the launch tables). Paid versions of each table will be available individually or in "themed" packs which will be released over the next several years as downloadable content. "With the licenses we're acquiring, we'll be able to re-create nearly all of the highest-ranked tables in pinball history. Our goal is to make The Pinball Arcade the definitive pinball game franchise of all time!" said Bobby King, FarSight's Director of Development and Lead Designer of The Pinball Arcade. "We are building an online community of virtual pinball players using shared leaderboards, friends leaderboards, and coming later this year, head-to-head online play modes and cross platform tournaments. All tables are recreated and played in stunning 3D, presented as photo-realistically as possible, and played on the most advanced pinball physics engine ever developed. The gameplay, visuals and sound effects are all authentic."
The game is designed to be a rewarding experience for players of all skills. Play sessions can scale from playing a few minutes to competing for a week to qualify for and win an online tournament. The FarSight tournament ladder rankings mean everyone will have a chance to win. There is also a deep unlockable system of challenging goals that requires many hours to master and complete. An in-depth tutorial is included for each table which teaches players the most important rules and skills needed to beat all the goals and become a Pinball Wizard.
The Pinball Arcade will also be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation3, Macintosh and PlayStation Vita in March of 2012 and will launch on PC and other platforms later in the year.