A lot of people are calling The Pinball Arcade the greatest pinball simulation ever created. At FarSight, we take great pride in our work and we take this distinction very seriously. We are focused on adding a steady stream of great pinball tables into The Pinball Arcade for both PS3 and PS Vita.
It’s always a pleasure to get feedback from hardcore pinball fans telling us how much they appreciate the attention to detail we put into each table. We actually own a real, physical machine of each table, which we re-create digitally. Our studio’s rec room and half of our conference room are already full! So full, in fact, that I’ll be moving my favorite machine — Creature from the Black Lagoon — into my office to make room for the some others that we just bought!
We’ve already released four new tables with two great DLC expansions: Add-On Pack 1 (Medieval Madness, The Machine: Bride of Pin*Bot) and Add-On Pack 2 (Cirqus Voltaire, Funhouse), both of which are now available on PSN.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you’re encountering issues downloading these expansions, click here for further details and a fix.
Today, we’re announcing more great new tables that will be coming your way this August! Both Add-On Pack 3 and Add-On Pack 4 are scheduled for an August release for PS3 and PS Vita, with each expansion adding two new tables. All four tables are historically significant and are treasured by pinball enthusiasts for their exquisite craftsmanship and cutting-edge mechanical design.
Add-On Pack 3
Monster Bash was originally released in 1998 and was designed by George Gomez. The goal of the table is to get six of the most iconic Universal Studios Monsters to form a band the likes of which has never been seen! If you can dig out the Mummy, he’ll dust himself off and plug in his bass. Dracula will fly out of his coffin, dying to sink his teeth into a mean guitar riff. The Creature from the Black Lagoon will crank on his sax! Frankenstein will jump off his slab and jam on his keyboard. The Bride of Frankenstein will start to sing about her Ball and Chain and the Wolfman will give you a howling drumbeat. With the help of the Phantom Flip auto-play feature, you can let go of the flippers and watch the game complete your shots! The manufacturer released 3,361 units of the table.
Also included in Add-On Pack 3 is Gorgar, a classic 1979-era table designed by Barry Oursler, a legendary designer credited with Pin·Bot, Cyclone, Comet, Space Shuttle, and Jungle Lord to name just a few. Gorgar was the very first “talking” pinball machine. With a vocabulary of seven words (Gorgar, Speaks, Beat, Me, You, Hurt, and Got), Gorgar is able to say phrases such as “Gorgar speaks,” “Me Gorgar, beat me,” and “You hurt Gorgar.” It has a magnetic Snake Pit that holds your ball captive as he thunders, “Me got you.” The audio also features a heartbeat sound that races faster and faster as the action of the gameplay builds up.
Monster Bash alone fetches a very high price if you want to buy the real machine, but soon you’ll be able to enjoy it and Gorgar for just $4.99.
Add-On Pack 4
Creature from the Black Lagoon was designed by the legendary John Trudeau. Doctor Flash, as he’s known, was involved in the design of over 50 games for Gottlieb, Williams and Bally! “Creature” combines the excitement of watching a famous Universal monster flick with the fun of a drive-in movie date. The player has to save their date from the Creature and, if successful, is rewarded by seeing the world’s first ever pinball hologram! This classic table also features story and dialog from the movie.
Black Knight was designed by Steve Richie — who also lent his vocal talents as the voice of the Black Knight. This table was the first ever to introduce a split-level playfield, with three ramps leading to and from the upper playfield. This classic also featured the first ever Magna-Save: a magnet that allowed users to push a button which saves a ball from draining down the outlane. Another first was Bonus Ball. In a multi-player game, this feature awards the player with the highest score a few additional seconds of free play.
With our successful campaign to help raise money for the Twilight Zone table and other great tables already in development, FarSight is very excited about adding many more amazing classics to our collection in the upcoming years!
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I’m not sure he’s still reading/answering these, but I just wanted to say I’m a huge fan of Farsight and have been enjoying your pins since 2004.
I’d really love to see a way to play our own music via the Sony XMB. This is pretty common in a lot of newer games and is especially fitting for a pinball game. Some tables (Black Hole) just need a little something else other than the looping noises.
Also, you should really make every attempt to add trophy support for the last 4 DLC tables.
I believe it was promised in a Facebook post when asked:
“The Pinball Arcade We realize many users enjoy achieving trophies on PSN. We plan to add the following trophies on PS3/Vita for ALL DLC tables (previously released and future tables) in the July or August update:
Top 5 high score: Bronze
Table #1 high score: Bronze
Complete Standard goals: Bronze
Complete Wizard goals: Silver”
“PREVIOUSLY RELEASED” was promised so I hope you can make good on that.
SpooNManX, I disagree about having your own music while playing…. not in principle, you should be able to listen to whatever you want, but the beeps and loops on Black Hole just add to it’s charm, IMO… and you really want to miss “I can Speak” on Bride Of Pin*Bot ?
I was wondering if you could consider or have considered The Adams Family, this was always a must play when my dad took me to bowling every saturday and i know he would play it on my vita.?
so i bought the game and the 4 current add-on tables and while they all show up and play great on the Vita, the ones i downloaded for the PS3 do not show up in the game, even after downloading and installing… anyone else have any issues with that or is it just me..i understand they were trying to implement trophies for the new tables, perhaps thats why.. but i would like to play them on the PS3, as thats what i bought them primarily for.. any help would be appreciated… thanks…
oh, and i find this pinball collection has to be one of the best i’ve ever played.. thumbs up…!
got it to work, shouldve read previous posts… thanks… hope the next tables are out before too long.. loving the game, just kinda wish there were more trophies.. i sure do miss playing actual pinball machines though.. this is as close as it gets…
was curious though, does this team plan to do any completely original tables.. ? or just re-creations of whats been out there..? either way, love the game..
When playing your own music on Zen Pinball, you still get the sound fx, so if this was implemented on Bride of Pinbot, you would still hear her talk while enjoying your music. Same with Black Hole – you’d get all the robotic talking, beeps, etc, just replacing the looping background music with something that gets less annoying after several plays in a row.
Sure, the original music has its charm, but there’s also nostalgia to be had in going back to the times when you could hit up the jukebox at the arcade and play pinball to your favorite songs. That’s what this request is all about.
Twlight Zone is my all time favorite pin ball game.. I love the dlc you have already dropped.. just need trophies .. so excited about upcoming dlc .
“+ smudger3566 on July 6th, 2012 at 5:02 pm said:
SpooNManX, I disagree about having your own music while playing…. not in principle, you should be able to listen to whatever you want, but the beeps and loops on Black Hole just add to it’s charm, IMO… and you really want to miss “I can Speak” on Bride Of Pin*Bot ?”
No reason to disagree. I’m NOT saying I wouldn’t want the sound from the pinball table. I just want it in addition to listening to my own music. Sort of like in the old arcades! I’m not sure if you remember these, but back in the day we would play pinball in the arcades and there would be tons of other sounds as well as music playing. I would like to emulate that experience.
Of course this option of playing music from the XMB would be completely up to the user. Turn it on or turn it off… Everyone is happy!
Please do Centaur and Xenon.
Can’t wait as always i will buy both on release. everyone in my family love pinball and grew up in pinball arcades… my mom does have one request though i know you just released bride of pinbot but she would really love the other pinbot table… she has very found memories of playing pinbot on the original nintendo i guess that would be the first one in the series.. thanks for all the new memories please keep it up..