Raise your hand if you loved the awesome wide-body Star Trek: The Next Generation pinball machine, introduced in 1993 by Williams. Physical pinball machines are mostly a thing of the past and the TNG pinball machine is, in fact, a very valuable collector’s item these days. Now, however, thanks to Pinball Arcade by FarSight Studios, fans can experience anew every flipper, bumper, TNG sound effect and display pixel from the TNG pinball machine in the iOS and Android platforms.
For those unfamiliar with the Star Trek: The Next Generation pinball machine, it was created by pinball design legend Steve Ritchie. The game let players assume the role of an honorary Starfleet officer serving alongside their favorite TNG characters, and featured not only the voices of all the TNG main-cast actors (and John de Lancie, too), but also the TNG theme and music. There were eight different missions/episodes (the eighth being The Final Frontier), numerous multi-ball modes (including Borg Multiball), holodeck video modes and the chance to advance in rank. The game also featured a patented special feature, which involved continuous game play below the playfield, launched when balls on the playfield fell into a cellar hole. All of that is included in the Pinball Arcade version of the Star Trek: The Next Generation pinball machine.
Pinball Arcade, which was voted Best Mobile Game of 2012 by the videogame review show X-Play, features a variety of classic pinball games given new life, with monthly updates introducing additional games. Star Trek: The Next Generation is now available and, as noted, is available for iOS and Android. For more details, click HERE to visit the Pinball Arcade site and HERE to visit the Pinball Arcade Facebook page.
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