Pinball Arcade on Sale
A quick heads up, pinball fans. Pinball Arcade has announced (three days ago—I’m a little behind the times here) a summer sale—“until September”—on some of their offerings. Here’s a quick rundown, according to which system you might be interested in:
Steam: 50% off Season One Table set/Season One Pro Table set
PS3/PS4/Vita: Free Base Table set (Black Hole, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Theatre of Magic) - normally $8.99; 50% off Season One Table set/Season One Pro Table set
iOS: Free Base Table set (Black Hole, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Theatre of Magic)
Android: Base Table set (Tales of the Arabian Nights, Black Hole, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Theatre of Magic) for $0.99 [Android doesn’t allow free games]
The 50% off prices represent the lowest that the Season One sets have ever been, and I’m going to say right now that this price [$15 for the standard set] is a steal. The licensing costs and work involved in so many tables makes it extremely unlikely that we’ll see this set for a lower price in the foreseeable future. The Season One set contains 21 tables, my favorite of which is Twilight Zone, which I talked about way back in February of last year. The other tables in the set are: 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, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Attack From Mars, and Genie. Included for free with Pinball Arcade by default is Tales of the Arabian Nights (a great game in itself.) All told, this is an astonishing array of tables that should keep pinball fans busy for hours and is really handy for scratching that “pinball” itch when you’re at home. If it still doesn’t sound like a bargain, consider that this is less than 75 cents per table to play all you ever want, and you would likely pay 50 cents for a single play on any of these in a real arcade (like our local Ground Kontrol.)
Season Two, which also has a strong (but not as strong in my opinion) set of 19 tables, is not on sale. It is still a decent deal at its standard price of $30, but nowhere the phenomenal grab that Season One is right now. Season Three’s pricing structure changed significantly after its two older siblings, and costs as much as Season One or Two, but only contains 10 tables for $30. It’s still cheaper in the long run than what you could spend in the arcade, but I can’t really recommend it until you at least have the other two sets and really want the tables it contains.
As mentioned, Pro Table sets for Season One are also on sale, and while the 50% off definitely takes a hunk out of its cost, I still don’t find it worth it myself, but your mileage may vary. These special sets allow you to change various dip switches and operator settings on the tables, view indepth tips about gameplay, and even free-form move around the table to view bits of it up close, as if you really owned it. Season One only has five such tables, so even on sale, you’re paying $1 extra per table you can use this ability on. There’s no option to alter table incline, flipper or bumper strengths, and playing the table with any Pro Mode changes disables scoreboards and achievements. I’m passing on that myself.