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Pinball Illusions

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
86
4.3
Amiga CD32
87
4.6
DOS
79
3.9
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Description

Pinball Illusions is the successor to the Pinball Fantasies, using an upgraded game engine. The tables are Babewatch, Law & Justice, Extreme Sports and (on PC CD versions) The Vikings. These contain ramps, bonus areas and combo sequences to set up. All the artwork were produced in true 256 colors from the ground up for AGA Amigas and the PC, rather than originating in 32 colors on older Amigas.

New to this version is multiball: Pinball Illusions supports up to six balls simultaneously, in which case it switches to high resolution mode. CD versions use CD audio for music.

Screenshots

Pinball Illusions Amiga CD32 Funky menu background.
Pinball Illusions Amiga CD32 A good overview of the Law 'n Justice table.
Pinball Illusions DOS The Vikings
Pinball Illusions Amiga CD32 Extreme Sports table.

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User Reviews

A good pinball game that could've been great if it wasn't so buggy. DOS Roedie (5226)

The Press Says

CU Amiga Amiga CD32 Jun, 1995 91 out of 100 91
The One Amiga Jan, 1995 91 out of 100 91
Amiga Joker Amiga CD32 May, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Amiga Games Amiga CD32 Jul, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Amiga Format Amiga Dec, 1994 88 out of 100 88
PC Games (Germany) DOS Sep, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Amiga Computing Amiga Jan, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Amiga Games Amiga Dec, 1994 81 out of 100 81
PC Player (Germany) DOS Oct, 1995 71 out of 100 71
High Score DOS Dec, 1995 3 out of 5 60

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Trivia

Successor

Although Digital Illusions never programmed on the Amiga again, 21st Century released Pinball Mania as a supposed continuation of the series. It was bundled with the Amiga when Escom relaunched it.

Tables

Digital Illusions used the same 4 tables of this game in the PlayStation / Sega Saturn release True Pinball. The difference? On the PlayStation & Saturn the tables were modeled in 3D.

Version differences

The PC CD-ROM version has one more table that was not found in the original Amiga version: The Vikings. This table was removed from the Amiga version at the last minute, as they felt it wasn't of a high enough quality to merit the game needing an extra disk. As both Pinball Dreams and Pinball Fantasies had four tables, as did most other pinball games of the day, this wasn't a popular decision.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1996 – #3 Best Simulation in 1995 (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Martin Smith and Roedie
Contributed to by Kabushi (121980), IJan (1920) and Terok Nor (18445)