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  • Summary: This downloadable pinball game features licensed tables from Williams Gottlieb, Bally, and Stern.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  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. 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.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 3, 2014
    85
    A gorgeously produced pinball dream that comes close to besting the real thing. [February 2014, p81]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. It's a pinball game, it's for a new generation, what more we can say?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. 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. Expand
  2. Dec 17, 2013
    10
    although there is no competition at the moment, this is a great pinball game on ps4.... gameplay is smooth and crisp, graphics are pretty goodalthough there is no competition at the moment, this is a great pinball game on ps4.... gameplay is smooth and crisp, graphics are pretty good and the lighting is pretty cool... overall if you aren't a pinball fan this probably isn't for you, but if you are this will satisfy your hunger Expand
  3. Apr 2, 2015
    10
    If you love real Pinball games or just like to play a little, either way you can not miss with The Pin Ball Arcade! Farsight takes realIf you love real Pinball games or just like to play a little, either way you can not miss with The Pin Ball Arcade! Farsight takes real Pinball games and recreates them down to every last detail in the tables. The first table Arabian Knights is free, so why not at least try it? They just made and released the Adams Family and it is like the Holy Grail of Pin Ball. There are a total of 56 tables in all and I recommend saving money and buying the table season packs instead of getting the tables individually. There are only a few tables on here that I have had the pleasure to play in real life, like Pin Bot and Tales of Arabian Nights and they play just like they did in real life and even look better. Farsigt is a small company and to really understand what they do just pull them up on youtube. They show exactly how they take a real machine and take it all apart and make models of every part in the game. Really amazing, they also use the original programming from the tables. Expand
  4. Dec 23, 2013
    9
    The free table is Arabian Nights, which is excellent and gives you a good idea of the quality of the other tables. For me, I've only boughtThe free table is Arabian Nights, which is excellent and gives you a good idea of the quality of the other tables. For me, I've only bought the one pack, Pin bot and Medieval Madness tables, which are brilliant and surprisingly funny in parts (firing cows at the castle is a nice mini game). You can tell the makers have a lot of love for this stuff. I previously didn't like pinball (I'm terrible at the real machines, as I was at first with this simulation, but it doesn't cost £1 a go). Really don't understand the low reviews, it's very authentic and 1080/60 fps with not a pixel in sight. Lovely stuff, give it a go. Expand
  5. Jan 6, 2014
    9
    The definitive version of Pinball Arcade in my view. Responsive controls (altho better controller customization would be great), beautifulThe definitive version of Pinball Arcade in my view. Responsive controls (altho better controller customization would be great), beautiful tables and challenging...challenges(?). Although there isn't a lot of PS4 players on here yet, I have the disc version, which includes 22 amazing tables, and leaderboards include users from all platforms, which can humble a girl pretty quickly... Expand
  6. Nel
    May 2, 2017
    5
    If you are used to play on these machines as a kid you are going to have a blast, however the content is very restricted and I would ratherIf you are used to play on these machines as a kid you are going to have a blast, however the content is very restricted and I would rather have seen a "full game" not a free to play version which makes it far more expensive than it should be, other than that the controls feel very responsive, and the graphics are what you can expect. Expand
  7. Nov 23, 2019
    3
    LEAN LA REVIEW PRIMERO!
    Voy a dividir esta critica en 5 secciones para justificar por que le puse un 3:
    -Gráficos (4/10): Los gráficos, si
    LEAN LA REVIEW PRIMERO!
    Voy a dividir esta critica en 5 secciones para justificar por que le puse un 3:

    -Gráficos (4/10): Los gráficos, si bien recrean muy bien las maquinas de pinball reales, el entorno se ve muy feo, parece un juego de la PS1. Otro problema es la cámara, que constantemente se mueve (esto lo explicare mas en la jugabilidad), y no te deja ver bien. Ademas de que graficamente se ve pésimo, hay tiempos de carga! Otra cosa de la que me quejo es que los mini videos que aparecen en algunos tableros de pinball salen muy arriba, y no se pueden ver mientras estas jugando o...
    te distraes y pierdes.
    -Jugabilidad (4/10): Aunque alabo el esquema de controles, las físicas están muy mal hechas. Otra cosa mala que note es que si bien con L2 y R2 moves los flippers (cosa que esta muy bien, ya que parece que tuvieras una maquina de pinball real), uno esperaria apretar mas para darle mas fuerte a la bola, pero no. No hay mejor ejemplo de esto que el Space Cadet Pinball (otro juego de pinball gratuito, que esta para PC y es mil veces mejor). La sensibilidad de los flippers junto con las fisicas son sobresalientes en ese juego. Acá no podes pegarle despacito a la bola.
    -Sonido y BSO (8/10): Al fin un punto realmente positivo! Este juego recrea muy bien la música y los efectos de sonido de cada maquina arcade que hay para elegir (al menos de las pocas que hay, ya hablare de eso después). Cualquiera que haya jugado a las maquinas en la vida real, reconocerá los sonidos. Su punto mas destacable, la verdad.
    -Diversión (1/10): Ademas de los problemas que ya mencione de las fisicas y la falta de sensibilidad en los flippers, que hacen que pierdas todo el tiempo, sumemosle que hay muchos tableros parecidos, falta de rejugabilidad ya que se hace repetitivo y.... micropagos... Sip, este juego tiene micropagos... Y A MONTONES! Yo no critico los micropagos en un juego si: El juego es muy bueno, si se puede conseguir todo jugando y si el precio vale la pena (cosa que casi nunca lo vale). Ustedes me dirán: Pero si es gratuito! Tienen que ganar dinero de alguna forma... Nope, el Space Cadet Pinball es gratuito y no tiene micropagos y es mil veces mejor. Caso cerrado.
    -Rejugabilidad (0/10): La ultima sección. Haber, si el juego es malisimo... quien quiere volverlo a jugar? Si, tiene multijugador local, pero no tiene online y ademas no lo compensa.

    La nota real es un 3,4 redondeado a 3. Jugad al Space Cadet Pinball y este.... si que esta muy sobrevalorado. Que decepción. Lo puedo recomendar? Mirad, si sois muy fans del pinball y justo jugaron a esos durante su infancia y le quieren echar unas partidas... adelante. Pero hay mejores juegos de pinball incluso flash!!!
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