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6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14

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  1. Apr 17, 2012
    10
    Are you kidding me?An amazing replication at playing REAL pinball right on your tv with the best table physics ever made for a pinball game.Yes Pinball FX2 has more bells and whistles and a ton of fun,but this is Pinball pure and simple,own both,enjoy both cause at being the same type of game they are both night and day but in an awesome way!10
  2. Apr 21, 2012
    10
    perfect weight to the ball, flippers are deadly accurate - they've managed to exactly replicate the feel and heft of the physics - ignore comments from people who've obviously never played pinball in real life - beautiful 10/10
  3. Apr 7, 2012
    7
    If you are a pinball fan, this is a must buy just for the faithfulness with which these tables have been recreated. However, Pinball Arcade is missing many great features that Zen has put into Pinball FX2, such as the online multiplayer score race mode. Pinball Arcade needs more camera view options as well, and it would be nice to be able to see your friends ranking/position on theIf you are a pinball fan, this is a must buy just for the faithfulness with which these tables have been recreated. However, Pinball Arcade is missing many great features that Zen has put into Pinball FX2, such as the online multiplayer score race mode. Pinball Arcade needs more camera view options as well, and it would be nice to be able to see your friends ranking/position on the global leaderboard in addition to their actual high scores. Also, there is no cumulative score or average ranking leaderboard across all of the tables; while this is not essential, I find it to be a fun feature of Pinball FX2. Also the ball physics in Pinball Arcade do not seem quite right. The ball seems too fast and bouncy.

    There are also a few bugs that should be fixed. For example, on Arabian Nights I had the table lose track of a ball, and even the "Call the Attendant" option in the menu did not fix the issue. I had to quit the game and then restart from the Pinball Arcade game menu. On another occasion, the game all of a sudden decided not to respond to any of my controller inputs, and I had to exit the game back back to the Xbox 360 dashboard and then restart Pinball Arcade from there. Occasionally on Ripley's Believe It or Not, the LED scoreboard display starts off blank, and only corrects itself after you hit a target or ramp that refreshes the display.

    Overall Pinball Arcade lacks the fine level of quality and polish that Pinball FX2 has. However, it is still worth a buy if you are a pinball fan. Hopefully the developer will fix the bugs and add some of the features I mentioned. Zen does an amazing job of supporting Pinball FX2, so the bar is set high if Pinball Arcade wants to earn that level of fan respect and loyalty.

    If you are just getting into pinball and do not have any nostalgia for or interest in simulations of actual pinball tables from the 70's, 80's and 90's, I would recommend Pinball FX2 over Pinball Arcade. If you are an old school or hardcore pinball fan, then you should buy both games.
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82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Jun 5, 2012
    80
    A definitive digital proxy. [Issue#85, p.105]
  2. May 17, 2012
    78
    Pinball Arcade is a real pinball simulation. If you like the gameplay of oldschool pinball tables, then Pinball Arcade is perfect for you. If you want a funny action pinball game, then this game may not satisfy you.
  3. Apr 27, 2012
    80
    FarSight Studios made a great decission filling The Pinball Arcade with real life pinball machines. They've all been thoroughly tested through the years and are, even in this digital format, some of the greatest pinball machines ever.