About this project
Here at FarSight Studios, we have over 25 years of experience developing video games. We are also pinball fanatics. For the last ten years, we’ve been developing videogame recreations of the best pinball tables ever made.
Our latest pinball game the "Pinball Arcade" has won many awards and has grown to include over 65 of the best classic pinball tables every made by Stern®, Bally®, Gottlieb® and Williams®.
Pinball Arcade is currently available on a wide variety of platforms: The iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Ouya, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita and Steam for PC and Mac, and Nintendo Wii U.
Here’s what the gaming press has to say about the Pinball Arcade:
"Rolling thunder." 9.0 -IGN
“Mobile Game of the Year.” -G4TV
“Top 100 product” -PCWorld
“FarSight Studios has been making digital pinball for nearly a decade, and Pinball Arcade is the culmination of that effort and experience… a must-own” -IGN
“An impressive title, and one that is bound to please pinball fans” -148 Apps
“As close to the pinball experience as you will ever get in the palm of your hand” –Pocket Gamer
“This game is superb along with great presentation” –Inentertainment
“Authenticity is the name of the game here, and Farsight has absolutely nailed it” –GameLive.TV
“Pinball doesn’t get any more real or fun” –Gamezebo
“Simply one of the best pinball games I’ve ever played” –Touch Arcade
“Superb: A hallmark of excellence.” –Destructoid.com
“The most fun I had all weekend: Pinball Arcade” –CNET
“The Pinball Arcade provides a safe virtual home for your pinball worship, complete with accurate re-creations of real tables and appropriately realistic physics.” –Giant Bomb
“It's a carefully curated selection, designed to showcase some of the best-loved tables from the heyday of the pinball industry” –Euro Gamer
“Passion is contagious. When you do things with passion, enthusiasm, and drive, it shows.” –1985FM
“FarSight's steel balls have something special that sets their title apart – realism… you can trade in your heavy pocket of change for a pocketful of some of the best classic pinball tables ever created.” –Push Square
We're ready to take video pinball re-creations to the next level!
The process of digitizing pinball tables in Pinball Arcade is very complex. To summarize, we first acquire an actual physical pinball table that we have the rights to re-create digitally, we take it apart, and then recreate all of the 2D and 3D art needed for a video game version from scratch. Next, we implement the table logic, lights, DMD, and sound. We do this by emulating the ROM from the original pinball tables and combine it with our digitized art, pinball engine, and physics. Finally, we test and tune the table until it's playing just right. ROM emulation is very demanding on a devices processing power, and limits what we can do graphically. The result is a pinball game that looks good and plays very close to the real thing, but we can do even better.
The Pinball Digitization Process 2.0
We are now developing the technology to compile actual game code from Stern into our pinball engine!
For Stern's latest tables, and with our new process we can take advantage of 3D CAD files for the geometry of the playfield, ramps, bumper, toys, etc (all the way down to the screws!) as well as print-quality graphics to create the textures!
With the release of the Stern Pinball Arcade we will be implementing FarSight Pinball Physics 4.0 which will be even more realistic.
Without the overhead of ROM emulation, we can implement better lighting effects onto more devices and add more complex shaders, reflections, and shadows onto the current generation of platforms. It will be stunning!
The end result of this partnership with Stern is the ability to create beautiful exact digital recreations of the latest greatest pinball tables being made.
- Steam (PC / Mac)
- Xbox One
- Wii U
- Oculus Rift
- Gear VR
Stern is well known for making great pinball tables with great licenses.
We want to digitize as many of these tables as we can. AC/DC is already ranked among the 10 best tables ever on Pinside.com!
We feel that it is unquestionably one of the greatest pinball tables in the history of pinball. It was designed by the legendary Steve Ritchie (who also designed Star Trek: The Next Generation®, Spider-Man®, Terminator 2: Judgment Day® and many more)
This table was made in honor of one of the most legendary rock bands the world has ever seen. Players can rock to twelve AC/DC classics including Back in Black, T.N.T, War Machine, Hells Bells, Highway to Hell and more! This table features a groundbreaking rule set by Lyman Sheats that allows players to choose a full song while playing. The AC/DC machine is also engineered to stack and overlap three multi-ball modes. It's one of the coolest tables ever made!
Risks and challenges
We've digitized over 65 historical pinball tables, and we are very confident in our ability to deliver a digital version of The AC/DC table that our fans will enjoy.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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