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Timeshock Pro Pinball remake resurfaces on Kickstarter

Last year Pro Pinball creator Adrian Barritt attempted to reboot his critically-acclaimed PC series with a host of crowdsourced Pro Pinball remakes. Unfortunately for Barritt, the Kickstarter campaign was unsuccessful. Now, almost a year later, the virtual pinball wizard is at it again with a more modest Kickstarter campaign to only remake one of his games, 1997’s Pro Pinball: Timeshock.

This time around he’s been vastly more successful. Within only a few days Pro Pinball: Timeshock: Ultimate Edition has achieved more than half of its £40k goal with 39 days still to go.

So why was Barritt so successful this time after his previously less than stellar campaign? “In my opinion, last time around we tried to do too much all at once; Completely remaster the 4 original tables, whilst creating a totally brand new one,” Barritt told me in an e-mail correspondence. “This meant we had to ask for quite a lot of money, an amount that many thought was unreachable. Understandably some people don’t want to risk backing a project that they don’t think will succeed, this can then turn into a self fulfilling prophecy.”

“This time we boiled down the Kickstarter to absolutely minimum, one table on the simplest platforms to write for. This enabled us to ask for a lot less and hit to 50 per cent point in just a few days.”

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He also noted that the downloadable lighting demo helped the Pro Pinball series get a lot of likes on it Facebook page, which he hopes are being converted into pledges.

Aside from Pro Pinball in the 90s, Barritt has remained a developer in the virtual pinball industry, having worked on such titles as Mario Pinball Land, Metroid Prime Pinball, and Pinball Pulse: The Ancients Beckon at his previous company Silverball Studios.

£5 pledges will receive the Timeshock remake for iOS or Android upon its estimated December release, while those who donate £10 will reserve it on a platform of their choice.

So far Timeshock is in development for PC, Mac, iOS and Android, but Barritt said he’d like to add stretch goals for OUYA, Linux, XBLA, PS3, Vita, 3DS and Wii U releases.

Ultimately, Barritt would still like to make remakes of other Pro Pinball titles such as: The Web, Big Race USA and Fantastic Journey.

The current tally comes to £22,493. Additionally, Pro Pinball: Timeshock is looking for support on Steam Greenlight.

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