Pinball Dreams

Genre
Perspective
Theme
Critic Score User Score
DOS
75
3.6
iPhone
...
4.6
PlayStation 3
...
4.7
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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 Amiga Nightmare pinball (bottom part).
Pinball Dreams iPhone Steel Wheel level with original graphics
Pinball Dreams SNES Main menu / board selection.
Pinball Dreams Game Gear Graveyard table (upper 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
Datormagazin Amiga Mar 26, 1992 98 out of 100 98
Insert Credit GP32 Mar 31, 2003 8.9 out of 10 89
Power Unlimited Game Boy Nov, 1993 8.5 out of 10 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Sep, 1993 10 out of 12 83
ST Format Atari ST Mar, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Edge DOS Oct, 1993 8 out of 10 80
ST-Computer Atari ST Jun, 1995 70 out of 100 70
The DOS Spirit DOS Jun 05, 2010 4 out of 6 67
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Gear Feb, 1994 5.8 out of 10 58

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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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