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There's nothing like real pinball! However, if you're any kind of pin pro, Virtual Pinball should at least make you get off your behind and seek out some real flipper action. The real thing features bring lights, unique sounds and crazy kinetic action. This game is virtually similar.
None of this was known to me back when I was mooching my cousin's Virtual Pinball and getting a good bit of enjoyment from the game. Despite the game's mediocre graphics, sound, and gameplay, I had a good time building my own creations and playing them a bit. Then again, it was never enough for me to actually buy my own copy of the game, and I was content to leave my custom tables out of my hands. Virtual Pinball's inability to share standalone tables as with Pinball Construction Set or compete with today's Visual Pinball makes it a precarious recommendation, with the overall simplicity of the Workshop likely only holding any appeal to children and those simply not interested in pouring in much time creating a better pinball table than what's possible here.
You can design your own pinball machines, but you have very limited components, and construction is very cumbersome. Without great graphics to help out, you won't want to play the tables you create.