- Oct 27, 2017
Yes, it's still a thing. And no, it's not necessarily retro anymore.
So what are your options?
Recent/Currently in-production games with pics/flyers:
Games are grouped by manufacturer and listed chronologically, oldest first.
Metallica (Oldest game on list, 2013, Pro STILL in production!)
The Walking Dead
Iron Man Pro Vault Edition
Legends of Wrestlemania
Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons (Partnership with Whizbang Pinball)
The Pabst Can Crusher (Partnership with Whizbang Pinball)
Spider-Man Vault Edition
Spider-Man Home Edition (this playfield is drastically different from the Vault Edition & much cheaper)
Game of Thrones
Guardians of the Galaxy
AC/DC "Luci" Vault Edition
Wizard of Oz
Pirates of the Caribbean
America's Most Haunted
Rob Zombie's Spookshow International
Domino's Spectacular Pinball Adventure
Total Nuclear Annihilation
Alice Cooper's Nightmare Castle (Flyer Needed)
Chicago Gaming Company
Medieval Madness Remake
Attack From Mars Remake
P3/Lexy Lightspeed (this is an innovative platform that can change the LCD playfield's layout and load different game software. Often referred to as "Lexy Lightspeed," it's most well-known game series)
Zombie League Allstars Baseball (bat and pitch)
The Machine: Bride of Pin*Bot 2.0
The Big Lebowski
Bride of Pinbot 25th Anniversary Super LE (P3 Multimorphic game)
Thunderbirds Are Go
Upcoming games (games usually aren't revealed until close to release)
Unrevealed remake (Probably Monster Bash)
Digital Pinball games (list is a work in progress)
The Pinball Arcade (most platforms)
Stern Pinball Arcade (most platforms)
Zen Pinball/Pinball FX3 (most platforms)
Zaccaria (PC, iOS, Android)
Pro Pinball Timeshock! Ultra Edition (PC, Mac, Android, iOS)
Crystal Caliburn II (iOS)
Another remake/restoration of a PC classic. Not sure if the old Little Wing games hold up like the old Pro Pinball tables do.
Pure Pinball (iOS)
I actually like this one a fair bit. Apparently Pure Pinball was a collection released on Xbox & PC many years ago. This app was to be a modern restoration of those table but the last update was in 2014 and, alas, only T-Rex Savage was ever released. That said it is iOS 11 compatible!
Atomic Pinball Collection* (iOS)
*A note about these two tables. I was hesitant to include them because, quite frankly, the physics suck. The ball is heavy and moves super fast and something about it feels springy, too. But these tables are also very well designed and have obviously had a lot of love put into them. The music & sound design is great and everything looks real nice so it's a shame about the physics. If weird, fast ball physics aren't a problem then I highly recommend these two tables.
There are many other pinball games on iOS and Android that are all subpar crap.
The old Williams & Gottlieb Hall of Fame Collections are totally obsolete. Farsight's Pinball Arcade has made so many advancements to the engine that those games are worthless if you want accuracy and good physics.
Pinball Pulse: The Ancients Beckon (DSiWare/3DS eShop)
really good single table by the Metroid Prime Pinball devs. Similar physics but table is intended to be realistic & possible to build IRL.
Metroid Prime Pinball
Pokemon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire (Also on Wii U eShop)
Mario Pinball Land
Sonic Pinball Party
Pinball of the Dead
Kirby's Pinball Land (also on 3DS eShop)
Revenge of the Gator (also on 3DS eShop)
Developed by HAL Labs before they made Kirby's Pinball Land! Great 8-bit pinball game
Alien Crush (Also on PS3, PSP, Wii)
Devil's Crush (Also on PS3, PSP, Wii)
Time Cruise 1 & 2
Dragon's Fury (altered port of Devil's Crush)
Dragon's Revenge (sequel)
Alien Crush Returns (WiiWare)
Last Gladiators Pinball
Fantastic Pinball (also on PS1)
Rollers of the Realm
Ultimate Pro Pinball
Akira: Psycho Ball (yes, there is a pinball game based on the movie Akira!)
The old Pro Pinball tables are still great and can be played on PC, Linux, PS1, PS2, Xbox, Sega Saturn & Dreamcast. Theyre highly recommended, honestly. I played them for the first time last year and was blown away by how good they are, especially the physics.
Other fun yet unsusual pinball games you can get on iOS/Android/some on PC
Virtual Pinball Cabinets:
Pinball Media:There are several makers of arcade & virtual pinball cabinets that offer a ton of product variations. Most are intended to run MAME, Retroarch, Visual Pinball & Pinball FX.
Partnered with Farsight Studios, they run a custom version of The Pinball Arcade built specially for their cabs. They also did a partnership with Pro Pinball.
Video time! All vetted & recommended!
(List is still being updated, please recommend more great vids)
Great Feature Pinball Documentaries:
Tilt: The Battle To Save Pinball (2008)
Special When Lit (2009)
Wizard Mode (2016)
How To Play/Tips & Tricks/Tutorials:
Timballs' Pinball Tips: How To Aim Correctly
PAPA Official Channel (tons of fantastic tutorials ons specific tables & tournament videos)
Modern Era Documentation:
Associated Press: Tilt! Old School Pinball Finds New Fans (Dec. 25 2017)
DigitalTrends: Stern Pinball Machines Are Helping Fuel Pinball's Big Comeback at CES 2018
HBO Real Sports: Pinball Wizard Robert Gagno (2017)
Motherboard: The Last Arcade Technicians in NYC
VICE - Pinball: From Illegal Gambling Game to American Obsession
Under the Glass (Short Documentary 2016)
12 for 12 - Episode 7: Stern Pinball (2016)
AOL/Huffington Post: How I Did It - Jersey Jack Pinball
Storyhive: The Top 5 Secret Skills of Pinball
SubCultures - Episode 11: Pinball
TechCrunch Makers: Pinball Hall of Fame
La Vida Local: Chicago's Pinball Passion (2015)
Add-A-Ball (Short Documentary 2015)
National Geographic - Inside the Extraordinary Mind of a Pinball World Champion (2017)
CNN: Meet The Best Pinball Player In The World (2014)
WTNH News 8 - The Resurgence of Pinball (2017)
WJLP "Jersey Matters" - Jersey Jack (2017)
CBS News - Pinball is back and running full tilt!
Made Right Here: Featuring Stern Pinball
Medieval Madness Remake w/ Roger Sharpe
Heighway Entertainment's Alien Pinball Feature
KSDK News - Pinball Machines Are Making A Comeback (2017)
News 5 Cleveland - Pinball Makes A Comeback (2014)
Coin Operated (2007)
Made In America: Stern Pinball (2007)
NBC Nightly News - Stern Pinball (2008)
Wild Chicago visits Williams (1992)
How Pinball Machines are Developed At Williams (1993)
How It's Made: Pinball Machine (early 2000s?)
"The Fonz" Home Pinball Machine Commercial (aaayyyyyy!)
"Pinball Champ" Home Pinball Machine Commercial (1977)
Sears Pinball Game Commercial (1976)
Arcade Attack: Silverball Heroes vs Video Invaders (late 1970s?)
Williams Factory Tour (1991)
Dream Jobs: Pat Lawlor (1990)
1998 Chicago Pinball Expo Floor Tour
Part 1 https://youtu.be/GeqQFuAcQak
Part 2 https://youtu.be/vEJklzuly8s
Roger Sharpe on the Today Show 1990
Famous Pinball Programmer Lyman Sheats on the Today Show 1993
History Channel: Making A Pinball Machine (at the Stern Factory) ~2004
The History of Pinball (1998 Documentary)
Alvin G. Factory Tour (1993)
ABC News LA - Video Fever: Games People Play (1982 - mostly arcade games, some pinball)
Chicago Tonight visits Stern Pinball (2003)
Buying & Collecting:
Metal Jesus: Pinball Machine Collecting - What You Need To Know To Get Started
Pinball Expert: How To Avoid Losing Big Money Buying A Used Pinball Machine
Pinball Expert: Top 12 FAQs From First Time Pinball Machine Buyers
TNT Amusements' Channel (Reseller/Restorer w/ tons of awesome & trivia-heavy feature tour videos of restored & modded games)
Stern Pinball "Making Of" Short-Form Documentaries:
Uhh. So Stern has erased John Trudeau and removed the Making Of videos for Ghostbusters & Mustang. Understandable but too bad as the GB one was pretty cool.
Game of Thrones
The Walking Dead
Part 1 https://youtu.be/cfLjJM7RSr4
Part 2 https://youtu.be/Jil9nzP6OP4
X-Men: Wolverine Edition Feature Tour with Designer John Borg
Stern: Spike Pinball System Overview
For the curious, here are two video interviews with John Trudeau
PaperFlock, Inc: Ghostbusters
PinGame Journal: Mustang
Vintage Company Promo Videos
These are all very dated & pretty cheesy but many feature the game designers and are fascinating curios!
Williams Road Show Promo Video w/ Designer Pat Lawlor
Williams Medival Madness Promo w/ Designer Brian Eddy
Bally Scared Stiff Promo w/ Elvira
Bally Attack From Mars Promo
Bally Addams Family
Williams Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure Promo
Popeye Saves The Earth
Star Trek The Next Generation
Pinball 2000 Platform
Revenge From Mars
Star Wars Episode 1
PinballMap.com (they also have an app) - You can find pins in your city easily by location & machine. User updated.
Pinside.com - The biggest web community for pinball. Also has an interactive map for locating places with games.
IPDB.org - Internet Pinball Database
IFPApinball.com - International Flipper Pinball Association. Official World Pinball Player Rankings & endorsed Leagues & Tournaments
PAPA.org - Professional Amateur Pinball Association. The biggest tournament circuit in the country. PAPA HQ is located in Carnegie, PA and houses 500 pinball machines. Only open to the public during the two annual tournaments.
PAPAtv - Official PAPA channel; tournaments + excellent game tutorial videos https://www.youtube.com/user/PAPApinball
SternPinballInc - Official YouTube channel with lots of cool behind-the-scenes videos showing the making of their pinball tables https://www.youtube.com/user/sternpinballinc
TNTAmusements.com - Pinball & Arcade restorer & reseller, their YouTube channel is full of really cool videos including a lot of in-depth looks at the tables they work on. https://www.youtube.com/user/tntamusements
www.pinballarcadefans.com - official fan community for The Pinball Arcade
http://forum.ZenStudios.com - official fan community for Zen Pinball FX
The Pinball Podcast, co-hosted by ResetEra's jar155!
Coast 2 Coast Pinball (rarely updated now, but worthwhile for past episodes!)
Head 2 Head Pinball Podcast (Australian-based, streams regularly and posts episodes every Monday)
Pinball Profile by Jeff Teolis
Twitch Pinball Streamers:
Buffalo Pinball/Bro, Do You Even Pinball?: https://www.twitch.tv/buffalopinball
Melbourne Silverball League (Head 2 Head Pinball): https://www.twitch.tv/melbournesilverballleague
This OT is hardly finished, plenty more to come as well as updates on new pinball machine releases, tournament info/streams and podcasts.
Cheers to HotHamBoy for the massive contribution to the OP! Be sure to check out his Twitter feed, PiNDY - Pinball in Indy @pindypinball
Follow him if you want coverage of the midwest scene (Indiana, Chicago, Louisville, Cincinnati, etc) and original photography of tables, spotlights and facts about real and digital pinball games, history, etc.