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Pinball Dreams

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The first in a line of pinball games from 21st Century and Digital Illusions, with four tables covering themes such as the wild west for Steel Wheel, space rockets for Ignition, a haunted graveyard for Nightmare and pop music for Beat Box.

The portable versions for the Game Boy and Game Gear only have 3 of the 4 original tables with the removal of Beat Box.

The iPhone version includes updated graphics (optional) and gameplay in both portrait and landscape orientation.


Pinball Dreams DOS Space table
Pinball Dreams SNES Steel Wheel board overview.
Pinball Dreams iPhone Nightmare level with improved graphics
Pinball Dreams Game Boy Gametek splash screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Pinball Pinball" -- Japanese SNES title
  • "Pinball Dreaming: Pinball Dreams" -- iPhone title
  • "ピンボール・ピンボール" -- Japanese SNES spelling

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User Reviews

A horrible conversion of a true pioneer. DOS Tomer Gabel (4353)
The best pinball simulator for the 90's! Amiga skl (1138)

Critic Reviews

Datormagazin Amiga Mar 26, 1992 98 out of 100 98
PC Joker DOS Aug, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Edge DOS Oct, 1993 8 out of 10 80
Atari World Atari ST May, 1995 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
PC Player (Germany) DOS Aug, 1993 69 out of 100 69
Power Play DOS Sep, 1993 64 out of 100 64
Video Games Game Boy Nov, 1993 59 out of 100 59
Total! (Germany) SNES Feb, 1994 3.25 out of 6 55
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SNES Aug, 1994 5 out of 10 50
GamePro (US) Game Gear Feb, 1994 2 out of 5 40


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1001 Video Games

Pinball Dreams appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Copy protection

The game featured a copy protection which required write access on the original floppy - not a good idea those days with all the virii floating around and no-one caring about getting a virus scanner. Besides, the copy protection didn't protect the game at all.

Cracking scene

There were rumors that Digital Illusions made a special HD-installed version of Pinball Dreams for their friends in the scene. Many Amiga games couldn't be installed on a hard drive as a copy protection measure. When the was released, many cracking groups made a pact not to crack and spread the game because of the game maker’s strong roots in the scene. This pact didn’t last for long and the game was later illegally released and spread.


The developers were members of the Amiga demoscene group The Silents and the game was originally not planned to be released as a commercial game.

The idea to make Pinball Dreams came up in 1988 when Mikael Balle, another member of The Silents, had drawn some pinball tables (assumedly on the Amiga). However, his tables were not used for the game, but his ideas of having tables larger than the actual screen size (scrolling) remained.

Bitmap Brothers and their publisher Renegade turned down the game, stating that pinball games do not sell well. Pinball Dreams and Pinball Fantasies became one of the biggest hits ever released for Amiga computers.

Tools used for developing Pinball Dreams on Amiga: DevPak (assembler), Deluxe Paint III (graphics), ProTracker 1.1b (music), PowerPacker 2.0b (cruncher).

Mouse control

The developers once met a handicapped kid with only one hand, and made a special version of the game for him where you can control the flippers with the two mouse buttons. This feature does also appear in the sequel, Pinball Fantasies.


The game disk included a registered version of PKUnzip - someone must have made a mistake putting it together.

Sound card

You had to select the sound card / PC speaker every time you started the game.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #119 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
Information also contributed by Erkan O, Grov, phlux and xxxxxxxxxxx

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