Another way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation could be headed to your PC, console or mobile device, but this one needs your help. Game developer Farsight Studios is an expert in digitizing classic pinball machines and they want to bring the Star Trek: TNG table to your, but need to get financing to cover the licensing. So they have gone to Kickstarter. If you give them a hand with $10 or more, you can be the first with a copy of the game.
Kickstarter campaign for digitizing Star Trek: TNG Pinball machine
Farsight Studios converts classic pinball machines into video games for PC, consoles, iPads and other devices. They want to do this for some licensed games including the Star Trek: The Next Generation machine, but they need some extra funding to pay for the licensing
Flyer for Star Trek: TNG pinball machine
The 1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation pinball machine is considered one of the best pinball machines ever made. Fans at the Internet Pinball Database give it a ranking of 8.3 out of 10. There were 11,728 machines made and if you want one now you can pay over $10,000 for it. But Farsight Studios wants to bring the game to your electronic device. With their product Pinball Arcade, they have successfully brought pinball machines to PCs, consoles and mobile devices.
1993 promo video for Star Trek: TNG pinball machine
Recently Farsight successfully funded a $55,000 campaign on Kickstarter to get the licensing rights to the Twilight Zone arcade game. They have now extended that campaign to include the Star Trek: The Next Generation machine, seeking another $55,000. So far they have $12,000 of that second "stretch goal" (for a total of $67,000). Anyone who pledges $10 or more will get a copy of both the Star Trek: TNG game and the Twilight Zone game on the platform of their choice (PC, Mac, PS Vita, XBox 360, Playstation 3, iPhone, iPad, Android, Nintendo Wii U, or Nintendo 3DS). The plan is to have both games completed by the end of the year. There are only 8 days left in the funding campaign so go to Kickstarter if you want to help.
Video from Farsight about their Twilight Zone campaign
Farsight has already purchased one of the Star Trek: The Next Generation machines and are getting ready to take it apart so they can create a digital version that is as close to the original as possible. The original pinball machine was designed by Steve Richie who, according to Farsight’s Jay Obernolte, was such a big fan of Star Trek, he convinced the people at Williams Pinball to get the license to make the machine back in 1993.
If you are interested in helping Farsight meet its goal to get the license to digitize the Star Trek: TNG pinball machine, go to Kickstarter.
And to get an idea what the TNG table is like, here is a video showing gameplay.