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Microsoft has released a half-game, half-simulation in Microsoft Pinball Arcade. Not only is it a set of seven pinball machines that you can play, but it's also a set of faithful reproductions of classic machines throughout the ages.
Licensed and developed by Gottlieb & Company, the virtual replicas of classic pinball machines include Battle Ball (1931), Humpty Dumpty (1947), Knock Out (1950), Slick Chick (1963), Spirit of '76 (1976), Haunted House (1982), and Cue Ball Wizard (1992).
Each table is faithfully reproduced with photo-quality graphics, down to detailed glass backplates with the scores and bonus indicators. Gameplay on the PC is designed to be just like the play on the original 300-pounds metal machines. Just pull back the plunger and go! ~ Nick Smith, All Game Guide