Previously included tables
While most of the tables have had their first adaptation on Pinball Arcade
others were previously adapted on different games. Besides those included on the Pinball Hall of Fame collections
, there's these ones:
- Bally's Elvira and the Party Monsters was previously adapted for the 1992 Atari Lynx game Pinball Jam, alongside the Williams table Police Force
- Bally's Creature from the Black Lagoon and Black Rose as well as Williams' Tales of the Arabian Nights were adapted on the 2001 PC game Williams Pinball Classics (not to be confused with the European name for the PHOF Williams collection, but coincidentally TotAN was included on the PS3/360 version of said game) alongside Bally's Lost World. This strangely makes TotAN the only Williams table on that collection.
- Before its inclusion on this very game and on PHOF Williams, Pin*Bot was adapted into an NES game by Rare in the late eighties, which took some liberties by adding hazards not present on the original table as that would've been impossible in real life.
- As with Pin*Bot, Williams' High Speed also saw an NES adaptation courtesy of Rare, which added more hazards as well as minigames.
- Following from the earlier Pin*Bot and High Speed examples, the latter's successor, The Getaway: High Speed II, also saw a video game adaptation, albeit on Game Boy, developed by Unexpected Development. Unlike Rare's adaptations, this is a mostly straightforward version, which also includes the "video mode" from the original table, where you drive a car trying to get away from police and get to your hideout.
- Haunted House and Cue Ball Wizard were included in 1998's similarly titled Microsoft Pinball Arcade, with the former being the sole table on that game's demo version. Haunted House also made an appearance on its Game Boy Color counterpart.
- Eight Ball Wizard previously had an adaptation released for DOS and Macintosh computers in 1993 by publisher Amtex under license from Midway, who owned the rights to the table.
Starting with the seventh table pack
on iOS and Android, FarSight
has added a Pro Mode upgrade for select tables, starting with Scared Stiff
, although this was also added to the earlier Tales of the Arabian Nights
and Medieval Madness
tables. This allows you to enter in the Operator's Menu for the respective table, letting you change the settings (which disables leaderboard posting and table goals until it's reset to the default settings). Pro Mode also has a Table View mode, letting you view around the table; an option to "control" the ball, and tips from professional pinball players. The PlayStation Network versions didn't get it until early February 2013, with the release of both Table Pack 7 and the Twilight Zone
Xbox 360 version
The Xbox 360 version hasn't been updated since late August 2012 due to publisher issues: that version's publisher, Crave Entertainment, alongside parent company Fillpoint, had gone into bankruptcy sometime later that year. Microsoft policies for Xbox LIVE Arcade releases do not allow developers to self-publish unless they're a company that does retail releases for the system, which is why FarSight couldn't do anything, and they have been trying nearly a year to gain back the contract they had with Crave so that it could be transferred to another publisher. However, on June 27th, 2013, all of the DLC available for that version had been delisted from the Xbox Marketplace, with the core game itself getting deleted on July 18th. It was later mentioned by a FarSight rep that this was due to Crave getting their publishing contract for Xbox 360 revoked by Microsoft, which means they won't be able to publish anything else. However, almost two years after its removal, both the core game and the three table packs saw a re-release on May 11th, 2015 alongside all current packs up until that point. Interestingly, Crave are still listed as publishers for that version.