There is no denying The Pinball Arcade's dedication to authenticity. I've played each and every one of these pinball machines, and the recreations are nigh on perfect. The level of detail in the decoration of most pinball games borders on mindblowing, and all of it is here in all of its retro glory. Even the off-table decorations are faithfully recreated; all of the dot matrix displays are exactly the way they were in real life. Ball physics feel just about right, as well.
The same attention to detail is clear in the sound design. Many of these tables sound somewhat muffled in real life, and no effort has been made to clean these sounds up. Given the game's goal, that is perfectly fine. From the low-res warblings of Black Hole to the suspense-laden theme of Ripley's Believe it or Not!, The Pinball Arcade's initial four offerings sound exactly like their arcade counterparts.