FarSight Studios, a videogame development company headquartered in Big Bear Lake California, says its new game The Pinball Arcade will be released today, Feb. 9, for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
The Pinball Arcade features licensed pinball tables from Bally, Williams, Gottlieb and Stern, and includes historical and modern tables. Four tables will be available at launch: Tales of the Arabian Nights, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Theatre of Magic, and Black Hole.
The game will also be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation3, Macintosh and PlayStation Vita in March of 2012 and will launch on PC and other platforms later in the year. FarSight will feature the Ripley’s Believe it or Not pinball table in the initial launch.
Each month two new pinball tables will be added to the lineup and players will be able to sample free versions of each release (including the launch tables).
Paid versions of each table will be available individually or in “themed” packs which will be released over the next several years as downloadable content.
Play sessions in the game can scale from playing a few minutes to competing for a week to qualify for and win an online tournament. The FarSight tournament ladder rankings mean everyone will have a chance to win.
There is also a deep unlockable system of challenging goals that requires many hours to master and complete. An in-depth tutorial is included for each table which teaches players the most important rules and skills needed to beat all the goals and become a Pinball Wizard.
In the picture above: Screenshot of The Pinball Arcade on Xbox 360.