The Pinball Arcade

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Putty Squad and The Pinball Arcade are PS4 launch titles

Putty Squad and The Pinball Arcade are PlayStation 4 launch titles, publisher System 3 has announced.

They will be released alongside Sony's next-gen console on Friday 29th November.

Putty Squad is a remake of the 1992 Amiga platformer with downloadable levels available free at launch. The PS4 version includes Cross Play support with the Vita version, and touch controls via the DualShock 4. The original Super Putty will be released as free DLC after launch.

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The Pinball Arcade Review

The Pinball Arcade Review

Bumper edition.

With Zen Studios' Pinball FX 2 still dominating Xbox Live Arcade, it takes a bold developer to step into the arena with another - superficially similar - offering. Yet that's exactly what FarSight Studios has done with The Pinball Arcade, a pinball simulation platform that offers four tables in its basic form, with two more to be added as downloadable add-ons each month.

Both games use pretty much the same control scheme, and FarSight also uses similar systems - such as the countdown after pausing - to ensure the flow of the game isn't impacted by its digital form. The crucial point of difference comes in content - and it's here that FarSight has managed to create a title that complements, rather than competes with, its hugely successful rival.

Unlike the increasingly dazzling tables on offer in Pinball FX, where reality can be put on hold to allow characters to roam the tables and balls to be set alight, Pinball Arcade is pitched at the pinball purist, with painstakingly accurate recreations of the most popular real-life tables from the most prolific manufacturers. So we get Stern's Ripley's Believe it or Not from 2004, the 1996 Tales of the Arabian Nights table from Williams and Bally's Theatre of Magic from 1995. The outlier is Gottlieb's seminal Black Hole table, which dates from 1981.

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The Pinball Arcade announced for Vita, 3DS, PSN, XBLA

The Pinball Arcade announced for Vita, 3DS, PSN, XBLA

From the makers of Pinball Hall of Fame.

FarSight Studios has announced The Pinball Arcade, due out on iPhone, iPad, Android, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Vita early 2012.

The pinball simulation comes with four tables at launch: Tales of the Arabian Nights, Ripley's Believe It or Not, Theatre of Magic, and Black Hole. Two tables will be released each month following that, as well as new features, including online tournaments and head-to-head play.

A Facebook page has been set up, and a Pinball Arcade website launched. Its debut trailer is below.

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