Parents' Guide to

The Pinball Arcade

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fun recreations of classic pinball games.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Fun game with great physics and feel for pinball

No content issues really. Features graphics through the ages, some from the 70s and 80s can be a bit scantily clad. Mild rude/ suggestive theme and speech. All depends which DLC or tables are purchased. Some feature toned down Elvira for example.. that's about as naughty as it gets.
age 18+

Very violent

It’s very violent gave it to my son and took it back 5 minutes later. Only for 18 and up

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

For serious pinball fans, The Pinball Arcade is a digital dream. Not only does it bring back the fun of classic pinball tables from the '60s up to the '00s, but it does so with the real physics, mechanics, and sound effects intact. It also offers a wide variety, as currently more than 50 tables are available, with more being added all the time. They even include little histories on each table, with fun facts for fans. You also can try out these new tables for free on some systems. But the real fun comes when you pull back the plunger and let the balls fly like you did when you were a kid -- or last week when you went to that new arcade and pizza restaurant that just opened.

That said, The Pinball Arcade isn't without flaws. For starters, many of these tables were designed to get all your quarters, so the difficulty level on some of them can be rather steep. Also, because the original tables didn't let you turn the music down or off, you can't do that with these versions either, which can be kind of annoying when you're playing a table with particularly bad or just dated music. The game's menus also are a bit unwieldy if you own more than a dozen tables. These are minor issues for pinball fans or players curious about these machines, and the depth of The Pinball Arcade makes this a fun way to pass the time with friends and family, without having to rely on a change machine.

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