News and FAQs

July 22, 2016

Come check out the new virtual reality Stern Pinball Arcade next week at ReplayFX Arcade & Gaming Festival in Pittsburgh!

July 18, 2016

Pinballing with Stern Pinball Arcade on Gear VR.


July 17, 2016

Come hang with us at California Extreme this weekend!

July 16, 2016

We just released a patch that fixes the current tournament on Android.

Update Pinball Arcade to play!

July 8, 2016

The tournament set for this Friday will be postponed for one week.

The new start date is now July 15th.

July 8, 2016

We were recently featured in the "Best New Updates" section on iTunes!

July 6, 2016

Join the SGDQ – Pinball Arcade Tournament on Steam for a chance to win a new MSI Gaming laptop! Follow the link to sign up. Tournament ends July 13th at 1AM CST.

July 3, 2016

Indianapolis 500® is now available for iOS!

July 2, 2016

Indianapolis 500® is now available for Steam(PC/MAC) and Google Play! iOS is in review and should be releasing in the coming days. Indianapolis 500® (1995): is a high speed table designed by Dennis Nordman.

Players' reflexes are challenged by the fastest game around as they take on the role of an Indianapolis 500 driver in the greatest spectacle in auto racing.

A unique Turbo Lock Unit saves balls in its rotating chamber and sends them screaming back down to the flippers for intense multiball action! Another feature unique to this table are the Light Up Targets that display the player's progress right on the target face.

To top it all off, a mini Indy car races around a track to create a one of a kind shaker motor as players are tasked with going head-to-head with other drivers.

2,249 units of this table were produced.

June 30, 2016

Like the new Stern Pinball Arcade Facebook page to keep up with the latest SPA news!!!

June 29, 2016

Join us on Twitch tomorrow (Thursday June 30th) at 4PM Pacific! We will be featuring Indianapolis 500™ before it's released! Everyone that shows up has a chance to win free stuff for select platforms! Also, don't forget to stick around for real pinball and more prizes on 'Bro! Do you even pinball?" directly following our stream.

June 23, 2016

Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4 are all greatly discounted for the Steam Summer Sale.

Make sure to take advantage of these super deals before time runs out!

June 23, 2016

Can you guess what the next table is going to be?

June 3, 2016

We just launched a week long space themed tournament for Steam, Mobile and PSN! Tables: TX-Sector™ Black Hole™ Attack from Mars™ Flight 2000™ Space Shuttle™ Jack•Bot™ Xenon™ Firepower™ Pin•Bot is substituted for TX-Sector on PSN. We re-launched the Steam and Mobile tournaments to fix scores not posting.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Good luck everyone!

May 28, 2016

TX-Sector has just been released for Steam (Windows), Google Play and Amazon. iOS, Mac App Store and Ouya are still in review and should be released in the coming days. TX-Sector™ (1988): is a highly collectible table from Gottlieb® designed by John Trudeau, Constantino Mitchell, and Jeanine Mitchell.

The backbox features a combination of hand drawn art and photography as well as a scoreboard that is positioned over the Backglass to increase its visibility to others.

The playfield shows off strikingly lit ramps and a curving plunger habitrail for exciting gameplay.

Using staged captive balls, the game teleports balls across the table during gameplay for added attraction.

2,336 units of this table were produced.

May 24, 2016

Join us on Twitch this Thursday(26th) at 4PM Pacific! We will be featuring TX-Sector™ before it's released! Everyone that shows up has a chance to win free stuff for select platforms! Also, don't forget to stick around for real pinball and more prizes on 'Bro! Do you even pinball?" directly following our stream.

May 20, 2016

TX-Sector™ will be the next table to join your Pinball Arcade collection.

May 13, 2016

Can you guess what the next table release will be based on this hint?

May 6, 2016

Thanks to the amazing reception that Stern Pinball Arcade has received, we’ve been able to enter into a new partnership that will allow us to immediately start on the development of AC/DC pinball! This will allow us to add these great tables to the Stern Pinball Arcade even sooner than we had hoped. We will release more information about this exciting development soon- stay tuned!

May 4, 2016

Check out the new Stern Ghostbusters table live on Twitch at 5PM CT!

April 29, 2016

We just launched a week long BLOCKBUSTER tournament for Steam, Mobile and PSN! Mobile & Steam: Last Action Hero® Bram Stoker's Dracula™ The Addams Family® Terminator 2: Judgement Day™ Starship Troopers™ Star Trek: The Next Generation™ Creature From the Black Lagoon™ Mary Shelley's Frankenstein™ PSN: Scared Stiff™ Bram Stoker's Dracula™ The Addams Family® Terminator 2: Judgement Day™ Starship Troopers™ Star Trek: The Next Generation™ Creature From the Black Lagoon™ Twilight Zone™ Get in there and rack up those scores!


My tables are missing on iOS. Where did they go?

Make sure you are logged into iTunes with the same apple ID used to purchase your tables originally. There is a 99¢ version and a free version of Pinball Arcade available in the App Store. Make sure you are using the version where you originally purchased your tables.

How does the PS4 discount work?

If you purchased all the tables from Season One individually or through season pack on PS3, you can purchase Season One Basic/Pro on PS4 for 50% off. The discount is currently unavailable in SCEE (European) regions. We have notified Sony and should have it fixed soon.

How do you choose what tables to re-create?

You can help! We listen to a lot of feedback from the community. We want to build tables that are fun and popular, but we also look at rare and hard to find tables. Join the independently run community at

I just installed the Pinball Arcade on my new mobile device and all or some of my tables are missing.

This happens because there is a free version of the app and a seperate paid version. Make sure you are using the version that you originally used to purchase your tables.

Can I transfer my purchases to a different platform?

Unfortunately the markets do not share purchase information, the tables are tied to the market of original purchase.

Can you tell me what tables you are going to be releasing in the future?

We are not allowed to discuss what tables we are working on, but we can tell you that we are working on an exciting line-up. Closer to release we often provide hints for the upcoming table pack.

Where can I submit bugs?

You can either send us a message on facebook, post to our wall to see if others are having the same issue, or email us at, all of those are checked daily.

Why aren't there tournaments for PS4?

There will be soon, we're working on getting them added.

The game is running slow on my computer, what can I do?

If your computer isn't quite powerful enough to run the game at max settings, the configuration menu (selectable by right clicking the game in your library)has many options and adjustments to help boost performance, try turning off post processing, ball reflection, anti-aliasing, and anisotropic filtering until you get a playable framerate.

I am having problems with content I've purchased, who do I contact?

Account issues are addressed by our team at

Why don't you re-create more EM tables?

While we love all kinds of pinball from every era, as do many of our fans, most people don't seem to be as intrigued by them as they are with solid state tables. That is not to say we'll never release another EM, but it is the reason that those that are in the game are so sparse.

The PS3 version seems to lag a little when I press the flipper buttons, why?

This is a known issue, and it has to do with the way the PS3 renders our game, the best way to reduce the lag is to use"game mode" on your TV if available, and make sure that all video/movie enhancing effects and features on your television are turned off.

I just got a really good score, why is it not showing in the leaderboards?

The leaderboard server updates every few minutes, if your score doesn't show up immediately, don't worry, give it 5-10 minutes and check again.

What's going on with the Wii-U version?

We are still planning to release the Wii-U version of Pinball Arcade, hopefully by the end of the year, we realize that our Wii-U fans are anxious to get their hands on it but it's not quite ready yet, Xbox One has been our main focus and that hurdle is nearly complete.

Will there ever be a 3DS version?

The 3DS is not powerful enough to run the emulation we use in our game, but in the future we may consider porting the scripted tables to the 3DS, if time allows.

What about the linux version you guys mentioned?

We do plan on releasing a version for linux, however the priority of the linux version is low in comparison to the new consoles that we're working on. Once we've managed to release on the major consoles we'll have more time to invest in new platforms.

What about Indiana Jones and The Simpsons Pinball Party?

These are two of the most requested tables out there, after the Addam's Family which we've finally managed to get everything situated for except the kickstarter, which is going well and looks like it will fund. Provided TAF funds, we'll be looking to get another kickstarter-worthy table out there in the future, and both of these are at the top of the list. The Simpsons Pinball Party is much more likely due to the fact that previous attempts to even get a price for the licensing of Indiana Jones haven't beared fruit. If we can find a way to make it happen though, we'd love to bring Indiana Jones to the game as well.