Pinball Dreams

Genre
Perspective
Theme
Critic Score User Score
Amiga
83
4.1
PlayStation 3
...
4.7
SNES
...
3.1
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Pinball Dreams DOS Do you see ball?
Pinball Dreams iPhone Beat Box level with improved graphics
Pinball Dreams Game Gear Graveyard table (upper half)
Pinball Dreams Game Gear Steel wheels table (lower half)

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 (4361)
The best pinball simulator for the 90's! Amiga skl (1138)

Critic Reviews

Svenska Hemdatornytt Game Boy Dec, 1993 100 out of 100 100
Insert Credit GP32 Mar 31, 2003 8.9 out of 10 89
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Sep, 1993 10 out of 12 83
PC Games (Germany) DOS Sep, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Slide to Play iPhone Feb 11, 2009 3 out of 4 75
Power Play Amiga Apr, 1992 72 out of 100 72
PC Player (Germany) DOS Aug, 1993 69 out of 100 69
Mega Fun SNES Feb, 1994 69 out of 100 69
Svenska Hemdatornytt SNES Oct, 1994 65 out of 100 65
Power Play DOS Sep, 1993 64 out of 100 64

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Trivia

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.

Development

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.

PKUnzip

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.

Awards

  • 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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