The Pinball Arcade is a virtual pinball shell developed and published by FarSight for all iOS devices (on February 9, 2012), all Android devices (on February 10, 2012), Xbox 360 (published by Crave via Xbox Live Arcade on April 4, 2012), PlayStation 3 (via PlayStation Network on April 10, 2012), PlayStation Vita (via PlayStation Network on April 10, 2012), Mac (via the Mac App Store on April 16, 2012 and Steam on December 16, 2013), Ouya (on June 25, 2013), PC (via Steam on November 4, 2013), PlayStation 4 (via both retail on December 10, 2013 and online on December 17, 2013), and Xbox One (downloadable on November 25, 2014).
The shell contains a collection of recreated real-world pinball machines, each created by one of five massive pinball manufacturers (Williams, Gottlieb, Bally, Stern, and Data East). Similar to FarSight's previous collections (Pinball Hall of Fame: Gottlieb Collection and Pinball Hall of Fame: Williams Collection), each table is re-created with pinpoint precision, including the ability to mess with the internal settings (the "operators menu") of each table. Custom pinballs and challenges (both normal and "Wizard") also make a return.
FarSight utilized Kickstarter to fund licensing fees of certain pinball tables (such as Twilight Zone, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and The Addams Family).
Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and Linux (via Steam) versions of the game are currently in development. The Xbox 360 version was removed from the Xbox Live Marketplace on July 2013, after Crave filed for bankruptcy. Since then, Farsight has maintained that they still plan on relaunching the game on Xbox 360 with up-to-date downloadable content, but no date for relaunch has been announced.
The Playstation 3 version and Vita version of the game feature Cross Buy compatibility for table DLC.
The base game for earlier versions must be purchased and includes one table by each of the four initial manufacturers (Tales of Arabian Nights, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Black Hole, and Theatre of Magic), with all the other tables sold in packs of 1-2 tables (or "season passes" consisting of about 15 tables). The Steam version is free to download and only contains Tales of Arabian Nights.
DLC availability varies between platforms - as a general rule, new content comes to Steam and handheld devices before it arrives on home consoles. Due to publisher fallout, the only downloadable tables included in the Xbox 360 version were packs 1-3.
Pack 8 (Premium Table Add-On 1):
Pack 9 (Premium Table Add-On 2):
- Flight 2000 (Stern)
- Goin' Nuts (Gottlieb)
Pack 17 (Premium Table Add-On 3):
- Victory (Gottlieb)
- Class of 1812 (Gottlieb)
Beginning with Season Three, tables were no longer sold in "Packs" (with the exception of the Season Pass) and must be purchased individually.