Pinball Fantasies

Genre
Perspective
Theme
Critic Score User Score
PlayStation 3
...
4.5
SNES
...
2.7
Amiga
84
4.4
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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 SNES Title screen.
Pinball Fantasies iPhone Stones'N'Bones level
Pinball Fantasies Game Boy Table 3: Billion Dollar Gameshow - top half
Pinball Fantasies Game Boy Table 3: Billion Dollar Gameshow - highscores

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. DOS Tomer Gabel (4354)
The first pinball game that is really playable DOS IJan (1910)
The ultimate pinball simulation. DOS Mickey Gabel (358)
great pinball DOS alain martinaut (2)

Critic Reviews

High Score DOS Apr 16, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Amiga Format Amiga CD32 Nov, 1993 85 out of 100 85
PC Joker DOS Feb, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Amiga Games Amiga Oct, 1992 84 out of 100 84
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Amiga Dec, 1992 78 out of 100 78
Amiga Games Amiga CD32 Jan, 1994 78 out of 100 78
4Players.de PSP Oct 23, 2009 76 out of 100 76
neXGam Jaguar 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
GamePro (US) Jaguar May, 1995 1 out of 5 20

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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.

Copy Protection

The PC DOS version has probably the worst copy protection ever. You have to enter a word from the manual, but you have unlimited tries! And word, line, and page won't even change after a wrong answer has been given. But this is moot anyway, since the pinball tables are separate executables. You can simply rename any of the tables (TABLE1.PRG to TABLE4.PRG) to INTRO.PRG and start the game as normal - bypassing the copy protection completely.

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
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