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We love gaming. And the gaming industry began with pinball. Like any great game, it's fun to play, easy to learn but hard to master. That's why pinball continues to evolve and thrill new audiences, from the 1930s to today!

In recent years, the marriage of traditional pinball and modern technology has inspired two great pinball communities: "virtual" and "homebrew".

Virtual pinball enthusiasts are gamers who design, share and play pinball games, simulated on the computer.

Homebrew pinball enthusiasts are builders who use modern advancements in 3D printing, laser cutting and electronics to build their own real, fully-functioning, pinball machines.

We aim to cater to both gamers and builders with an amazing new pinball simulator, editor and API called "Pinball Labs".

Features

  • Highly accurate simulation and gameplay
  • Built-in editor: Design and share your own tables!
  • Plugable API for connectivity and expansion
  • Designed for PC, VR headsets and Virtual Cabinets
  • Unparalleled physics and visuals
  • Built using Unreal Engine 4
  • Tons of user settings, saved per table

Pinball Labs includes a host of virtual assets like pop-bumpers, slings, lights, spinners, drop-targets, plungers, etc., Pinball Labs' editor will allow anyone to easily design and play their own virtual pinball machines with drag and drop simplicity.

Stationary elements such ramps, rubbers, habitrails, plastics and mini-playfields will be laid out using splines in the editor. Users will be able to not only adjust the visual appearance of each element but their physical properties as well, such as how "bouncy" or "slick" a surface is.

Pinball Labs Supports Three Display Modes:

  • "Desktop" for normal PC monitors and TVs.
  • "VR" for virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
  • "Cab" for multi-monitor virtual pinball cabinets.

API

Last but not least, our API supports connectivity of virtual pinball to real world hardware or emulators. Enthusiasts with virtual pinball cabinets will have the power to to hook up real world buttons, lights, solenoids and other physical feedback devices directly to Pinball Labs' simulation. Real world pin-builders can use Pinball Labs as a testing environment for research and development: Game play and controller logic can be troubleshot inexpensively in the virtual realm, before committing resources to expensive parts, labor and materials.

The plugable API library provides complete scriptable access to:

  • All virtual pinball devices and displays - every lamp, switch, coil, flasher, LED and DMD
  • Real-time physics simulation - for plunger and cabinet nudging controls
  • A wide assortment of real world hardware devices - such as buttons, solenoids, flashers, LEDs and DMDs
  • Cameras and the projection matrix - for headtracking plugins using IR or Kinect
  • A Pinball Controller abstraction - for connecting emulators or pinball development frameworks
  • Environmental lighting controls

Join Us!

Most of all, we want Pinball Labs to be a lot of fun! Join us on our adventure to write the next chapter of Pinball's time-honored, storied gaming tradition, by making our Kickstarter a reality. Make a pledge today and spread the word about Pinball Labs!

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Pinball Labs Alpha Demo 0.7 (Proof of Concept)

Pinball Labs Alpha Demo 0.7 (Proof of Concept)

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Try out the Pinball Labs alpha proof of concept demo to get a feel for the visuals and physics. Especially great in VR if you have an Oculus Rift DK2!

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RT @TimSweeneyEpic: In game development, the first 90% of a project is a lot easier than the second 90%.

Dec 30 2015

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New on @Kickstarter: Pinball Labs - Recreating the physics, visuals and fun of real world pinball! For PC and VR! Kck.st

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