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Addams Family, Starship Troopers tables coming soon to Pinball Arcade

Plus, Earthshaker and Party Zone tables also due

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!

The Pinball Arcade

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!

The Pinball Arcade

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!

Starship Troopers

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.

The Pinball Arcade

Earthshaker

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.

The Pinball Arcade

Party Zone

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.

The Pinball Arcade

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!

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Awesome thank you. I’ve been playing pinball arcade for years on various platforms, you guys do a great job.
One problem I have is that I believe these tables and future tables will Have no new trophies ? :(
It’s a shame but still awesome to hear they’re coming.

No launch parity on this platform ;)

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I think we are right at the limit allowed. I do believe we might add some trophies, but they will be more across the board. Like “Get a #1 score on all tables in Season Four”.

European_Gamer 13 March, 2015 @ 19:28
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You should have based the Adams Family on the cartoon.

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That would be awesome! This is a recreation of a real life pinball table that used to be found in arcades. We do not have the liberty of changing the design, but do agree that an Addams Family table based on the cartoon would be sweet!

maximalcheetor 13 March, 2015 @ 19:47
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Can’t wait for the Addams Family table – it’s one of my all time favourite “real life” pinball tables (alongside Star Trek: The Next Generation) so this is going to make me one happy gamer.

Why only the PS4 mentioned in the announcement though? Aren’t all the tables supposed to be available for the PS Vita (my preferred format), PS3 and PS4? And while on the subject, when is the Vita version of Phantom Of The Opera due for release?

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The PS3 and Vita versions should be released with everything up to Addams Family by mid next month.

Any chance of doing any other versions of the brilliant ‘Pin*Bot’ Table? GOD i LOVE that Table :P Think they are called – ‘The Machine: Bride of Pin-Bot’ (released in 1991) and ‘Jack*Bot’ (released in 1995) ;)

I messed up :D I meant can you do ‘Jack*Bot’ (released in 1995) to ;) It was ‘The Machine: Bride of Pin-Bot’ i got not Pin*Bot. But i see you can buy Pin*Bot so i will later :P

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We can’t say what we are working on but we’ve already done “Pin*bot” and “Bride of Pin*Bot” so it should be very possible! :-D

O.k cool, thanks for the reply GnarMike ;)

I tried to download just the ‘Pin*Bot’ Table but it said it’s not available :( I guess you have to buy the whole ‘Season 2’ pack to get that Table? + ‘Season 1’ & ‘Season 3’ you can seem to buy each Table separately. Odd that. Oh well.

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It’s all good. :-) It’s worth answering because everyone else is having this issue as well. Currently, the in-game store products are pointing to the incorrect product IDs which causes that “Not available” message. We are working with Sony to get it fixed. You can purchase the table directly through the PSN Store. If you have any issues just email support@pinballarcade.com and we will make sure you get taken care of.

O.k cool, thanks for the info ;)

Just a quick update for you guys :D I found the PS3 & PSVita versions of Pin*Bot on the PS3 PSN Store(the Pin*Bot and Centaur one) But it’s not on the PS4 PSN Store(the only thing on the PS4 PSN Store is the ‘Season 2’ Pack) & if you try & buy it direct from the PS4 Game it says ‘Not Available’. Hope that helps. Bit confusing & my head hurts now :D

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@GnarMike

I was a huge fan of Pinball Arcade on PS3 and bought all your tables at first, but, like “Harrisown” I greatly miss the trophy support the game had in it’s first couple of seasons on PS3, so much so that I no longer buy all your tables like I used to.

I understand you reaching the trophy limit on PS3, but, what about PS4? you have not even bothered adding the same trophies on PS4 for season two that were already on the PS3 version? very disappointing/lazy indeed, the old trophies kept me going for all those wizard goals and gave me that extra incentive, huge miss.

I will buy the Addams Family table, but to not have trophies to go for on such a classic table as the Addams Family is very frustrating to say the least, all other Premium DLC for practically any game out there gets additional trophies and yet Farsight can’t do it, pretty unforgivable IMO.

Take your rival pinball company “Zen Studios” for example, they’ve released loads of tables and every one of them has trophy ...

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@GnarMike

I was a huge fan of Pinball Arcade on PS3 and bought all your tables at first, but, like “Harrisown” I greatly miss the trophy support the game had in it’s first couple of seasons on PS3, so much so that I no longer buy all your tables like I used to.

I understand you reaching the trophy limit on PS3, but, what about PS4? you have not even bothered adding the same trophies on PS4 for season two that were already on the PS3 version? very disappointing/lazy indeed, the old trophies kept me going for all those wizard goals and gave me that extra incentive, huge miss.

I will buy the Addams Family table, but to not have trophies to go for on such a classic table as the Addams Family is very frustrating to say the least, all other Premium DLC for practically any game out there gets additional trophies and yet Farsight can’t do it, pretty unforgivable IMO.

Take your rival pinball company “Zen Studios” for example, they’ve released loads of tables and every one of them has trophy support and they are usually cheaper to buy than those in Pinball Arcade as well, something is wrong somewhere I feel.

Just for the record I do actually prefer the real life tables you get in Pinball Arcade, but, when it comes to customer service and trophy support etc. sadly you are years behind Zen Studios.

Why are a lot of season 2 tables missing (actually I haven’t checked all of them. Are any of them there?) from the PS4? Season 3 are all there but I want terminator, goin nuts, centaur, in fact the whole of season 2. I have a lot of the tables on vita and android but the best ones must be played on the PS4 they just look so good.

infernalmonkey1 15 March, 2015 @ 02:12
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Probably worth noting that season 2 for PS4 just got a retail release the other week. Cheaper to get them on disc ($42 at Ozgameshop) than through PSN.

I saw your advice and even through the psn store I am having no luck. I see the PS3 and Vita versions but PS4 season 2 tables? None. When will Terminator be back?

On my lunch break in the car right now, vita beside me. I wish this was cross buy….

Such a pity Sony doesn’t let you add trophies since DLC pack #15. I’m sure you would have sold a lot more DLC.

As there is no cross-buy, you should have made a Pinball Arcade per season for PS4, with trophy support.

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When season 4 of the game will be released in Europe cause ibought it but i can’ t download the game. please reply thx

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