This project's funding goal was not reached on October 5, 2012.
About this project
Back in nineties we created the hugely successful award winning Pro Pinball® series of pinball simulations, which are still regarded by many as the best ever made. Now, with your help, we want to take the series to even greater heights, redefining the state of the art and blowing away everyone's expectations of what's possible.
We need your help to completely rebuild the four classic games from scratch;The Web, Timeshock!, Big Race USA and Fantastic Journey. Only we have the ability and technology to make them by far the best possible pinball simulations available on all platforms, looking and playing as if they were the real thing!
But there's more! We want to create a brand new ultimate Pro Pinball game, that you can help design, and to push what is possible to the absolute limit, we have teamed up with pinball legend Pat Lawlor, designer of The Addams Family and The Twilight Zone! This is surely destined to become the jewel in the crown of the Pro Pinball series!
We are embarking on a journey that will take pinball into an exciting new future and we want YOU to join us!
Not a week has gone by without someone asking us to either bring the original tables to modern platforms or to create a brand new table in the series. Now with your help we'd like to do both these things and more!
Firstly, we want to Revive the series with a brand new ultimate Pro Pinball table for PC, Mac, iOS, XBLA, PS3, PS Vita, Linux and Android (including OUYA and Kindle Fire). To do this we have teamed up with pinball legend Pat Lawlor, creator of the best selling pinball table of all time; The Addams Family, and the highest rated pinball table of all time; The Twilight Zone. Unhindered by the financial constraints of designing for the real world, Pat will be free to design the ultimate game he has always dreamed of making. Just like the original Pro Pinball classics, this new table will be designed in such a way that it COULD be made for REAL... one day.
What's really cool is that you can even help choose the theme of the new table. With your input we will draw up a short list of themes, then for a high enough pledge you can actually vote for which theme Pat will go with!
In addition to Pat Lawlor designing the new game, John Youssi, the artist responsible for the fantastic backglass artwork for The Addams Family, The Twilight Zone and Medieval Madness, amongst others, will be creating the backglass artwork, which backers will have the opportunity to appear on!
So, with our fabulous backers choosing the theme, Pat Lawlor design, John Youssi art work and Silverball Studios' Pro Pinball technology, we will create something truly special and unique!
Secondly, we want to fully Remaster the four original classic tables, also for PC, Mac, iOS, XBLA, PS3, PS Vita, Linux and Android (including OUYA and Kindle Fire). Back in 1997 a lack of foresight meant we only supported resolutions up to 1600x1200, what were we thinking? But now we want to support resolutions up to and including 1080x1920 (portrait mode Full HD), 1536x2048 (new iPad) and even 2880x1800 (MacBook Pro Retina). This won't be a quick and dirty job, we want every pixel on these new displays to be perfect as can be, so to do that we will be remodelling all the original tables from scratch in extreme detail!
With your help, we can make the original classics better than ever before and bring them to new audiences and to new platforms such as the iPad and OUYA.
Old State of the Art
New State of the Art
- The ultimate pinball physics engine made even better!
- Beautiful photo realistic graphics at insane resolutions
- Hundreds of top quality dot-matrix display animations
- Operator's Menu lets you customise and experiment with the tables
- A brand new official Pro Pinball forum, with a special VIP section for some backers featuring developer diaries and more (forum to launch when the Kickstarter campaign ends)
- Unified world-wide high score leaderboards (backers can get special Kickstarter exclusive insignias next to their leaderboard entries and Pro Pinball forum posts for all to see)
- Tables designed specifically for extended home play
- Head 2 Head mode with ladder (only Big Race USA and possibly the new table)
- Glass-Off mode (exclusive to Kickstarter and only for some tiers) - lets you take the virtual glass of the table and push the balls around the table with your finger or mouse!
- Each table has more content packed in than many regular tables put together - Multiballs, Wizard Modes, Video Modes, Spinners, Jet Bumpers, Magnets, Drop Targets and just about everything else you can imagine!
We need a year to design, refine, test and tweak the new table. Which means a release date of October 2013. However, the remastered games can be done much more quickly and should start to appear early in 2013.
PC, Mac and iOS
- Timeshock! - February 2013
- Big Race USA - April 2013
- Fantastic Journey - June 2013
- The Web - August 2013
- Pat Lawlor's ultimate new Pro Pinball table - October 2013
XBLA, PS3, PS Vita, Linux and Android (Including OUYA and Kindle Fire)
- Timeshock! - June 2013
- Big Race USA - July 2013
- Fantastic Journey - August 2013
- The Web - September 2013
- Pat Lawlor's ultimate new Pro Pinball table - October 2013
Firstly, the Pro Pinball series was originally developed with a hardcore no compromise approach. We have some funding in place already and have purchased the Pro Pinball rights, but we need additional funds from Kickstarter to be able to keep this ethos and create a simulation that's not only great fun but absolutely the most realistic ever seen.
Secondly, we want input from you, the fans, and Kickstarter is a great way to get it. If you back the project at any level you can make suggestions on the type of features you'd like to see included. At the $100 level you can actually vote on the ultimate new table's theme! Then at $250 you can even become a Beta tester, play the game first, and give us valuable feedback as the project progresses.
Only with Kickstarter funding can we make this project happen, so please consider backing us and take a good look at the exciting rewards we have on offer.
Where will the money go?
All four classic games need to be completely rebuilt from scratch. A brand new graphics engine needs creating for many platforms we support, and the physics engine needs to be completely overhauled and revamped. Then of top of that the there's all the design work to create the brand new game.
As with virtually any other video game the bulk of the costs come from paying our hardworking staff. We have programmers, designers, 3D artists, 2D artists and testers. On top of that we will need to commission 20+ original music tracks, record speech using talented actors and source the best possible sound effects.
Acclaim for Pro Pinball
When the Pro Pinball series was created in 1995, it pushed the limits of what was possible back then. The four tables we created are still regarded to this day by many as the best ever made.
The Web: "The graphics and ball movement are so stunningly accurate, you'll almost feel as if you're controlling a real table." - GameSpot
Fantastic Journey:"the details and textures would make you swear it was a real table that had been photographed." - Gamezebo
Timeshock!: "the closest thing you'll find to real pinball on the PC." - GameSpot
Big Race USA: "sets the standard for realism, ball physics, and graphical detail among all computer pinball games. Its one well-designed table contains more neat features than all the multiple tables in other games put together." - The Adrenaline Vault
Good Old Games also has a great selection of reviews from some of our fans:
With the technology now available well over a decade later and with knowledge we've gained in the meantime, imagine what we can do NOW with your help!
In consultation with some of our fans we have come up with a varied list of exciting and exclusive rewards. All the physical rewards are exclusive to Kickstarter.
We've tried to keep things clear and simple. In most cases each reward tier also includes all the previous reward tiers.
Kickstarter exclusive highlights include: Signed and numbered boxed copies of all the tables in the series, classic and new - featuring a really cool double gate fold box! Your own personalised dot-matrix sequence and the opportunity to appear on the backglass of the new table, drawn by the great John Youssi.
We are also creating a series of really cool metal plated Pro Pinball pin-badges, in real Bronze, Silver and Gold, all of which will only be available to our Kickstarter backers.
A detailed breakdown of all the rewards can be found at the bottom of the page.
A Taste of Things to Come
The remastered games will feature variable levels of general illumination, which will let us do ultra dynamic flasher effects and more!
Everyone on the team is incredibly excited about the possibilities this Kickstarter will unlock. Like you, we’ve long dreamed of being able to bring Pro Pinball back. If you share that dream, if you’ve always wanted to have a say in the design of a pinball table, this is your chance. If you don't want to settle for second best and want to get the ultimate pinball experience you really deserve, then please do it by funding this Kickstarter.
Detailed Reward Tier Breakdown
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Yes, we will be building our own Pro Pinball cabinet so there will be a special viewing angle designed for cabinet displays! We'll also support two and three monitor set ups and other cabinet features in due course.
Yes, if you pledge $15 or $25 you can choose one of the classic tables instead of the new one. Also, if you pledge $100 or $250 you can choose a boxed copy of one of the classic tables, if that's what you prefer.
Although we hope to release the PC and Mac versions on Steam, we will be pleased to offer DRM free digital downloads to any of our Kickstarter backers who want them.
We are currently offering PC, Mac, iOS, XBLA, PS3, PS Vita, Linux and Android (includes OUYA and Kindle Fire). We are also considering additional platforms.
All shipping costs are included, wherever you are. We can also ship the physical goods from either the US or the UK, avoiding any VAT or Duty issues within the EU.
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