We've been incredibly excited for Farsight Studio's upcoming Pinball Arcade since we first heard about it this past October. Following their critically acclaimed Pinball Hall of Fame Gottlieb and Williams collections that have appeared on various platforms over the years, Farsight is now working on what they hope to be the ultimate pinball video game with Pinball Arcade. Featuring tables from historic pinball companies like Bally, Stern, Williams and Gottlieb, Pinball Arcade is also set to be updated and expanded frequently following release and should eventually contain at least 50 classic pinball tables, making for the ultimate virtual collection.

Pinball Arcade is slated to hit just about every platform you can think of, including iOS. Last month, we checked out a trailer that showcased several of the tables in action, though the footage didn't seem to specifically be from an iOS device. However, their most recent video demonstrates the Tales of the Arabian Nights table from Pinball Arcade running on an iPad 2, and it looks absolutely fantastic:

Pinball Arcade is scheduled for an early 2012 launch – which is like, now – and I've got my money on us seeing it in the App Store before the end of the month. The first tables to launch with the game are Tales of the Arabian Nights, Ripley's Believe It or Not, Theatre of Magic, and Black Hole. They hope to add 2 new tables per month via updates, and each month a different table will be featured as "Table of the Month" and offered at a discounted rate. For launch, the first Table of the Month will be Tales of the Arabian Nights, which will cost 99¢. The other 3 tables will run either $1.99 or $2.99 each, according to Farsight's Twitter.

Be on the lookout for Pinball Arcade to hit hopefully really soon and check out our forums for some discussion on the game.

[Thanks Jeff!]

  • http://twitter.com/psj3809 Paul J

    Please please release this before the end of Jan !  Cant wait to get this, looks great, hope there'll be loads of tables added over the year.

  • http://twitter.com/Kevlar_X Kevin Donovan

    Holy s***, that look amazing!. I haven't really been feeling any of the pinball games so far, secretly wishing someone would start making games like Devils Crash/Alien Crush again rather than realistic pinball but I'm definately going to give this a try.

  • michael bluth

    I haven't been excited for anything this much for iOS ever. It's going to be the perfect pinball game for ipad.. hopefully. I *like* most pinball games out there, but they always seem to be lacking one or more things that makes them perfect. And there's the fact that this is going to be actual licensed tables. Can't wait. Too bad there's no MM or AFM though.

    Only thing that seems to be a question mark right now is the nudging. Not a single iOS pinball game I've played has gotten this down yet.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

      Oh I'm sure those tables are coming.

    • Jeff Strong

      Agreed, this is the most excited I've ever been about an upcoming iOS game. Long live pinball!

  • Anonymous

    If they add the Addams Family pinball table I will buy, no matter what the price!

    • Anonymous

      Amen!

      • Steve Sabol

        And Hallelujah!

  • Robert McCrory

    How long until we get iCade pinball edition?

    • Adams Immersive

      For now, I’d settle for just having iCade support in pinball games! The iCade’s buttons aren’t sideways, and the cabinet’s not pinball-shaped, but the giant buttons still feel great. The bottom corner buttons are nicely spaced apart and would be fun for pinball.

      P.S. I like how Pinball Arcade zooms between two stead camera views, near and far, and holds steady at either end. A good compromise between a rock-solid non-queasifying camera, and the ability to see both ends of the table well.

    • Anonymous

      With. what, 5 more iCade models announced this year, I would have thought one of them would have pinball flippers, but I guess not. Still, it would be cool if Farsight added iCade support. Just use buttons 1 and 8 or something, at least. And then I can think about modding a couple alternates onto the side of my cabinet.

    • Jeff Strong

      We definitely need an iCade Pinball Edition.

      • Anonymous

        that`s a fantastic idea!

  • Anonymous

    Will the taBles

  • Anonymous

    Will this game run in static mode? I can't stand the moving camera. Anyone know?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

      Yes, they have multiple camera modes just like their console predecessors. This is their dynamic camera mode. There are a handful of viewing options.

  • Anonymous

    Please please please be integrating retina assets into this from the beginning! The iPad 3 is coming and it would look incredible!

  • Anonymous

    Just having a portrait screen orientation pretty much makes the iPad the ultimate platform for two genres: Vertical shmups and pinball.

    I <3 Farsight so much right now.

  • Anonymous

    Wow i want to play black knight, black knight 2000, Xenon, haunted house, elvira, and so on

  • Anonymous

    Addams Family is all I have to say

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

    As long as this is out before the Retina iPad