FarSight Studios' Pinball Arcade featured dozens of incredible interpretations of real-life tables and now they're at it again with Stern Pinball Arcade. Get your fingertips ready and let's take a look at the first collection of tables.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Sega created this great table based on the not-so-great 1994 film. It includes three flippers and plenty of interesting features such as the ice cave that can give you a cool bonus if your aim is up to snuff. The goal is to complete eight sequences that are shown in the middle of the playfield in order to trigger a multiball event with six balls! I knew The Monster was pretty crazy but six balls is a bit much...
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is also available as part of Pinball Arcade Season 5.
Ripley's Believe it or Not!
Debuting in 2004, this unbelievable table includes a magnet that can catch the ball and fling it across the board as well as the classic shrunken head installation that's sure to weird you out as you play. On a personal note, I remember playing this table on my last trip to Las Vegas at The Pinball Hall of Fame so it's great that I can now enjoy it in my living room.
Ripley's Believe it or Not! is also available as part of Pinball Arcade's core pack.
Star Trek (Vengeance Premium)
Although you may assume that this is an older table, it's actually based on the newest iteration of the Star Trek universe and debuted in 2013. One of the coolest aspects about it is the USS Vengeance starship that you can fight in three separate battles. With many other iconic images and features, this table will make any Trekkie feel right at home. Gene Roddenberry would be proud.
Here we have yet another table based on a sci-fi movie. It follows the plot of the film quite well as you liberate planets from varieties of Bug infestations then take on the Brain Bug. I find it to be quite difficult with its fast-paced gameplay and substantial gap between the flippers but I still consider it a great addition to this collection. Good thing there's a wealth of multiball opportunities!
Starship Troopers is also available as part of Pinball Arcade Season 4.
Originally arriving in arcades back in 2012, it goes without saying that this table rocks hard. It boasts a selection of 12 classic songs to rock out to as you perform your pinball wizardry with each one corresponding to a different mode. A moving bell near the back of the table is even used while their song Hells Bells plays. How awesome is that? I wonder if Angus Young ever played this bad boy...