Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
Buy On
  1. Dec 30, 2013
    100
    All in all, this is a fantastic version of the best video pinball game around. It looks absolutely gorgeous on the PS4, and the level of detail stands out to me on the tables played in a new and exciting way.
  2. Apr 11, 2014
    90
    A return to the old days, in a very good way. If you're into pinball, you'll definitely want to pick this up.
  3. Jan 16, 2014
    90
    With a new lighting system and a better frame-rate, this is Pinball Arcade's best version yet. There are not many new things if you already have it on another platform, but it is arguably the best pinball game ever.
  4. Nov 19, 2013
    90
    These tables have never looked better than they do on PS4, and the gameplay is authentic right down to the sound and pressure of each tables’ flippers.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 3, 2014
    85
    A gorgeously produced pinball dream that comes close to besting the real thing. [February 2014, p81]
  6. Jan 16, 2014
    85
    An outstanding pinball sim now available for PS4 with all the tables from the first season.
  7. Feb 3, 2014
    84
    Cross-Buy and online modes absence impoverishes a game that could be the best pinball simulation to appear in consoles. More than twenty boards with great physics, superb light effects and an obsession with the details are something to highlight in The Pinball Arcade.
  8. Jan 13, 2014
    83
    A journey to the pinball world. Mythical tables, awesome graphics and physics for the ball, in a great free to play game. Its Season Pass is expensive in PS4.
  9. Apr 4, 2014
    80
    Pinball Arcade is a very good exclusive title for PS4 and at the same time the best pinball game we've seen for years. With 22 playfields (and 35 others to come) amongst the best, you've a huge content at your disposal. Furthermore, the Farsight game successfully retranscripts the sensations, visuals and noises of all those playfields of the past. Old-school.
  10. Mar 7, 2014
    80
    The 21 tables that you get are a great value for the $30 price tag too. Nothing will ever replicate the actual experience, but this simulation comes about as close as anyone has.
  11. Mar 5, 2014
    80
    The visual fidelity is a big improvement, though perhaps not a big enough leap to tempt people to upgrade from PS3, and it’s thoroughly enjoyable to play such realistic replications. Table by table, it is becoming the definitive, one stop shop for die hard pinball fans.
  12. Dec 23, 2013
    80
    The Pinball Arcade is the closest you will get to playing a real life table in the flesh, without hunting one down that works, or spending out a ton of money on getting your own.
  13. Mar 7, 2014
    79
    I hate it when I’m right. But games from Farsight can’t seem to show up without bugs or quirk. For example: Who had the idea to exclude worldwide leader boards?
  14. Apr 18, 2014
    75
    The Pinball Arcade is the best pinball simulation there is. We wouldn’t have elected for a retail-version and preferred a different system to play it on, since this one has less cabinets and it does have a tournament mode. Are you patient and can you enjoy the pretty cabinets in this version, then don’t let us stop you.
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Jan 2, 2015
    9
    I have all the Season 1 tables only. The tables are incredibly lifelike and the controls are responsive. Great Graphics and Sound it'sI have all the Season 1 tables only. The tables are incredibly lifelike and the controls are responsive. Great Graphics and Sound it's almost as good as the real thing. Even nudging by using the analogue stick feels natural and useful. Some of the tables are boring but with so many tables available there are more good than bad Full Review »
  2. Jun 24, 2014
    10
    This game brought back great memories of playing pinball. Plus you only have to pay for it one time, not 50 cents every few minutes. I thinkThis game brought back great memories of playing pinball. Plus you only have to pay for it one time, not 50 cents every few minutes. I think the sound, color and themes are just a lot of fun. Full Review »
  3. Jan 22, 2014
    10
    This game is great if you like classic pinball in the old school arcades you'll like this game, its not for those who like the flash of sayThis game is great if you like classic pinball in the old school arcades you'll like this game, its not for those who like the flash of say Zen Pinball its more for the people who like REAL pinball tables me and my wife both have a blast playing this and trying to beat each others high scores. Again this is about a more realistic pinball experience vs what Zen Pinball gives you is all flash no substance.... All the pinball machines in this game are based on real life pinball machines. Full Review »