The Pinball Arcade

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The Pinball Arcade
The Pinball Arcade cover
Developers
FarSight Studios
Release dates
macOS (OS X) April 16, 2012
Windows November 4, 2013
The Pinball Arcade on Wikipedia

Key points

Platform for digitally-recreated pinball machines.
Bally and Williams tables are no longer available to purchase since June 30, 2018 due to current license holder's decision to not renew their contract with FarSight.[1] (Check reference for the full list of removed tables.)

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Official website
Pinball Arcade Fans
Internet Pinball Database - A huge database dedicated to pinball games and machines

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)

DLC and expansion packs

For the sake of simplicity, this section will mainly be based on the Steam release of the game. The names column will cover release seasons (with one important exception) and the notes column will have the pinball machines (tables) affiliated with each season.
All tables can be purchased separately from their seasons as "Table Packs" (either as individual tables or in pairs of two tables). (See the Tables section on the Wikipedia article for more info.)
All seasons and most tables are available in a pro variant, which provides access to additional features such as operator's menus, custom balls, etc. at a higher price than standard tables.
Steam release free-to-play with a full table included, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
All unowned tables can be played for free up to their lowest high score value, with one select table from an earlier season temporarily available for full standard play as a "Free Table of the Month" (with advertisements shown before each game).
Name Notes
Season One
  • Tales of the Arabian Nights
  • Theatre of Magic
  • Black Hole
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not!
  • Medieval Madness
  • Bride of Pin•Bot
  • Cirqus Voltaire
  • Funhouse
  • Monster Bash
  • Gorgar
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Black Knight
  • Harley-Davidson 3rd Edition
  • Taxi
  • Elvira and the Party Monsters
  • No Good Gofers
  • Scared Stiff
  • Big Shot
  • Twilight Zone
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Attack From Mars
  • Genie
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Season Two
  • Dr. Dude And His Excellent Ray
  • Firepower
  • Cactus Canyon
  • Central Park
  • White Water
  • Space Shuttle
  • Centaur
  • Pin•Bot
  • The Champion Pub
  • Whirlwind
  • Goin' Nuts
  • Flight 2000
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Tee'd Off
  • Haunted House
  • Victory
  • Class of 1812
  • El Dorado: City of Gold
  • Cue Ball Wizard
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Season Three
  • Fish Tales
  • Black Rose
  • Black Knight 2000
  • WHO Dunnit
  • High Speed
  • Junk Yard
  • Lights...Camera...Action!
  • High Roller Casino
  • Diner
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Season Four
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • The Party Zone
  • Earthshaker
  • Starship Troopers
  • The Addams Family
  • Cyclone
  • Jack•Bot
  • Xenon
  • Red & Ted's Road Show
  • Safe Cracker
Windows
macOS (OS X)
The Addams Family Special Collector's Edition This gold limited edition variant of The Addams Family pinball machine was given to those who pledged at least US$100 to a Kickstarter campaign that the developer held to pay for the table's additional licensing fees.
Not available for sale post-Kickstarter campaign on any platform.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Season Five
  • The Getaway: High Speed II
  • F-14 Tomcat
  • No Fear: Dangerous Sports
  • Judge Dredd
  • Fireball
  • El Dorado
  • Hurricane
  • Rescue 911
  • Last Action Hero
  • TX-Sector
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Season Six
  • Indianapolis 500
  • Frank Thomas' Big Hurt
  • Eight Ball Deluxe
  • Doctor Who
  • Jack's Open
  • Gladiators
  • Doctor Who: Master of Time
  • Al's Garage Band Goes on a World Tour
  • Cactus Jack's
  • Swords of Fury
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Season Seven
  • Wipe Out
  • Firepower II
  • World Champion Soccer (a.k.a. World Cup Soccer)
  • Fathom
  • Ghostbusters
  • Spanish Eyes
  • Wild Card
  • Pistol Poker
  • Sorcerer
  • Banzai Run
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\My Games
%USERPROFILE%\My Games\Pinball Arcade
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/238260/pfx/[Note 1]
Configuration files are encrypted.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\My Games\Pinball Arcade
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/238260/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

DirectX 9 display settings.
DirectX 9 display settings.
DirectX 9 graphics settings.
DirectX 9 graphics settings.
DirectX 11 display and graphics settings.
DirectX 11 display and graphics settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Currently only for DirectX 9.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
MSAA; DirectX 11 settings allow for separate sample rate and quality adjustments.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
DX9 is locked to 62 fps and DX11 is locked to 67 fps.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput controllers only.
Full controller support
Steam claims that a keyboard and mouse is required (likely due to the configuration utility), but all in-game menus can be navigated with a controller using the D-pad.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, Table Music, and Menu Music.
Surround sound
Subtitles
All speech in the game come from the various tables' audio.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
General settings. While listed as DirectX 9 settings, the language option affects both DirectX 9 and 11 versions of the game.
General settings. While listed as DirectX 9 settings, the language option affects both DirectX 9 and 11 versions of the game.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Speech depends on the table.
French
Italian
German
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Hot seat
LAN play
Online play

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11 Different settings for each version.
OpenGL 2.0 OS X only.
Shader Model support 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Reduce flipper delay[edit]

Some users have experienced a significant delay in the flippers' response to button presses while playing The Pinball Arcade. The following solution may help.
Reduce delay in flipper response to button press (Nvidia users)[2]
  1. Open the Nvidia Control Panel.
  2. Add the game to your list of program settings (PinballArcade.exe for DirectX 9 or PinballArcade11.exe for DirectX 11).
  3. Set the maximum pre-rendered frames to 1.
  4. Click "Apply".
  5. If you want to fix the other Pinball Arcade executable as well, then repeat steps 2 through 4.
Reduce delay in flipper response to button press (AMD users)[2]
  1. Download, install, and run the RadeonPro utility.
  2. Add a profile for The Pinball Arcade (PinballArcade.exe for DirectX 9 or PinballArcade11.exe for DirectX 11).
  3. Under the Advanced panel, check the box next to "Flip Queue Size" and set the slider underneath it to 0 or 1.
  4. Right-click the executable's profile on the profiles list to the left and select "Apply now" from the context menu.
  5. If you want to fix the other Pinball Arcade executable as well, then repeat steps 2 through 4.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Dual Core 1.6 GHz or better
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Sound (audio device) DirectSound capable
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.7, 10.9
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL 2.0 compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/238260/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (238260) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References