My name is Mike Lindsey and I’m the Community Manager here at FarSight Studios. Badger and I handle many of the community tasks at the studio as well as host a monthly Twitch stream where we show off the new pinball table before it’s released. We live in the mountains of Southern California and frequently have to shovel the snow from our driveways before leaving for work. We didn’t choose the thug life, the thug life chose us!
It’s been a little while since we posted and we have lots of new DLC coming out with this one!
We are proud to announce that we will be releasing the awesome Addams Family, Starship Troopers, Earthshaker and Party Zone tables for PS4!
This release brings the amount of tables available in your digital pinball collection to 56! These machines used to be found in arcades across America before video arcade games replaced them (bummer). That’s why we are here, to introduce a new generation to the amazing themes, designs and deep rules that come with pinball tables.
The Addams Family was released by Williams in 1992 and is unquestionably one of the greatest pinball tables in the history of pinball with over 20,000 units sold (more than any table ever!). It was designed by the legendary Pat Lawlor and Larry DeMar (who also designed Twilight Zone, Banzai Run and Funhouse). This table was integrated more deeply to the movie than any other licensed pinball table of its time. The Addams Family featured the first ever optical target bank (in the bookcase), and the “Thing Flip” which was the first time a pinball tables flippers could be controlled by the tables CPU. When the “Thing Flip” is active the table can actually make shots for you. Another great feature is “The Power” which causes magnets to dramatically effect the direction of the ball on the playfield. It’s one of our favourite tables ever!
Thanks to our amazing Kickstarter backers, we were able to raise the funds needed to secure the licenses to digitise this amazing piece of Americana. You can see an early screenshot of the table on PS4 below.
Check out this interview with Bobby King explaining the digitisation process and a bit of Pinball Arcade history.
We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the overwhelming support of our fans! THANK YOU GUYS!!!
The Addams Family isn’t the only headliner releasing with this batch of tables though!
Badger and I would agree that Starship Troopers is one of our favourite licenses. The movie came out when we were around 10 (give or take) and it definitely had us running around the yard calling ourselves “Rico”! And don’t even get us started on Denise Richards!
Starship Troopers (1997): features the license for the popular film of the same name. Designed by Joe Balcer and Joe Kaminkow, this table conveys the style and feel of the movie with its vibrantly coloured playfield, music from the movie and custom speech. The gameplay features hard core Sci-Fi action with three Flippers, high scoring Nuke ’em rounds, four unique Multi-Ball modes, a moving Warrior Bug live fire battle simulator and a Brain Bug that pops out of the playfield! Starship Troopers has appropriately been described as easy to play but hard to master.
I’m sure many of you have heard, we have some pretty crazy earthquakes out here in California. This table was inspired by the semi-frequent earthshakers we get due to the San Andreas Fault. It’s just a little taste of some California excitement!
Earthshaker (1989): Designed by Pat Lawlor, this entertaining table features a shaker motor built into the cabinet that physically shakes the table when an earthquake is triggered. Early versions of the table featured a building that sunk down into the table during the earthquake but was removed for cost reasons. 200 of these special tables were released. A bright colourful playfield, interesting rule set and great music and sound make Earthshaker a true pinball classic. 5,265 units of this table were produced.
Sometimes you gotta party, but don’t want to leave the house. Now you can! Just fire up Party Zone and never leave home again!
Party Zone (1991): Designed by Dennis Nordman, this table’s theme is all about having a good time. Players are challenged with getting the Party Animals, Party Monsters and Party Dudes to the Cosmic Cottage for a Multi-Ball Party! From there, they’ll score Jackpots and shoot for the ultimate Big Bang! Request Time allows players to make way cool musical selections using the Flippers, including Pinball Wizard from The Who! The colourful Playfield includes awesome features such as the Dancing Dummy who bops ’til he drops, the host and DJ, Captain B. Zarr, whose head animates and follows the ball around the Playfield and the Prince of Puns, the Supersonic Robotic Comic. When it’s time to party, there is no better place than Bally’s Party Zone! 4,000 units of this table were produced.
For any night owls out there, come hang out with Badger and I on Twitch on Wednesday 18th March at 11.00pm GMT! We will be showing off the new tables and the super cool Addams Family Ball Pack which you definitely don’t want to miss. Everyone that shows up has the chance to win some free stuff so, set a reminder and don’t forget to follow us.
We will see you at the Twitch stream!