Farsight Studios seriously needs better marketing or press relations.

Having completely slipped under the radar, Pinball Arcade was purchased by yours truly for my iPad. Seriously, when was this game released? I’ve been waiting for months on an announcement.

This isn’t the first time. The Williams and Gottlieb collections were this way for the Wii. Same for the PS3/Xbox 360 versions. And yet again, same for the 3DS. If you don’t actively keep up with and search out for these games, you are going to have no idea that they even happened. It’s only been very recently that Nintendo acknowledged that the game even existed on their eShop ratings.

Which is puzzling to me. The series has received multiple awards, been praised for its realistic pinball physics and tables based off actual tables, and for budget priced games, they are not budget quality. Don’t get me wrong: I love me some Pinball FX/Zen Pinball, but this series of silver ball titles seem to be discovered either only by pure chance, or word of mouth (like what I’m doing right now).

Pinball Arcade is one step above the previous titles in the series as it covers four companies now: Williams, Bally, Gottlieb and Stern, now with downloadable titles every month. For pin fans, this is really big news. For Pinball Hall of Fame fans, this is also big. I still greatly enjoy The Williams Collection, but they’ve released the exact same title for years now with minor additions/removals of some tables.

I am hoping this means that we will finally see some licensed tables like Elvira: Scared Stiff, Addams Family, Twilight Zone, and others (how if they can randomly pull The Simpsons Arcade out of the ether recently, I have some grounds to hope again). And if Zen Studios can finagle multiple licenses for their title, I again hope for the same here.

At four titles with random table prices for each (How does that work, exactly? By company? Time of release?) There isn’t a huge amount of tables right now, but the prospect seems hopeful. As long as it doesn’t turn into another Game Room or Virtual Console (even the 3DS one is starting to wane now), the prospect of great titles seems really inviting, and I’ll definitely be watching this series in hopes of what’s to come. And who am I kidding? I’ll download it for 3DS as well.

There you go, Farsight. I’ve perhaps promoted your title the best it has been to date. If you need a PR person, feel free to drop me a note in the comments.

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