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Pinball Fantasies (DOS)

Genre
Perspective
Theme
81
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Description

After the success of Pinball Dreams on several systems, a sequel featuring four new tables was created. The gameplay is much the same as the first game, with realistic physics, multi-player options and a high score table to aim for. The tables are Partyland, Speed Devils, Billion Dollar Gameshow and Stones 'n' Bones, taking in a funfair, racing cars, a tacky game-show, and a graveyard. Each one has a range of ramps, combos, light sequences and targets to shoot, as well as general themes which are less influenced by real tables than those in Pinball Dreams.

Screenshots

Pinball Fantasies DOS Stones 'n Bones
Pinball Fantasies DOS Party Land
Pinball Fantasies DOS Title Screen
Pinball Fantasies DOS Speed Devils

Alternate Titles

  • "Pinball Fantasies Deluxe" -- PlayStation title
  • "Pinball Dreaming: Pinball Fantasies" -- iPhone title
  • "ピンボールファンタジーズデラックス" -- Japanese PSX spelling

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User Reviews

Perfect conversion of a perfect game, this is the best pinball EVER. Tomer Gabel (4416) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The first pinball game that is really playable IJan (1919) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The ultimate pinball simulation. Mickey Gabel (357) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
great pinball alain martinaut (2) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

The Press Says

High Score Apr 16, 1994 5 out of 5 100
PC Games (Germany) Mar, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Svenska Hemdatornytt Mar, 1994 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Power Play Mar, 1994 75 out of 100 75
PC Player (Germany) Feb, 1994 72 out of 100 72
The DOS Spirit Nov 13, 2005 4 out of 6 67

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Trivia

Attract mode

During each pinball table's attract mode, you can type words to get messages or enable/disable certain features. One such word is "credits", which will list the credits of the people who made and ported the game. Another word will turn the LED display into a scrolly, with a message out to all of Frontline Designs' demoscene friends.

Release history

Party Land, Speed Devils, Billion Dollar (aka Billion Dollar Gameshow), and Stones -n- Bones were first released as Pinball Fantasies and later joined by the four tables of Pinball Mania and rereleased as Pinball Fantasies Deluxe. Then, in late 1996, 21st Century repackaged twenty of their tables, including Pinball Fantasies, as Pinball Gold.

Pinball Fantasies was originally released on the Amiga, and according to some reports, it was an incomplete, buggy game because Digital Illusions rushed to get it out in time for Christmas. The PC version is free of just about all these bugs, though there remains one major rules oversight (no multiball).


-- excerpt taken from Erik Mooney's FAQ, Rules Sheet and Strategy Guide to Pinball Fantasies

Sales

After its release, the game went up to number one in the "All Formats Top-40" chart in England and has, as of 2004, sold more than 170,000 copies.

Version differences

When playing on the PSP, pressing Select makes the screen turn 90 degrees, so that you can play the game while holding the PSP in a vertical position.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Readers' Special Price for 1992
  • PC Gamer
    • 1994 - Best Arcade Game
Information also contributed by B.L. Stryker, SonataFanatica and Trixter
IJan (1919) added Pinball Fantasies (DOS) on Dec 15, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Picard (29302), B.L. Stryker (20697), Vesuri (97), karttu (4607), Kabushi (116365), Terok Nor (17840), Parf (7182), quizzley7 (21221) and Shawn Gwinn (47)