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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 iPhone Beat Box level with original graphics
Pinball Dreams SNES Nightmare board overview.
Pinball Dreams Game Gear Graveyard table (lower half)
Pinball Dreams DOS Menu

Promo Images

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Pinball Dreams Screenshot
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Pinball Dreams Screenshot

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 (4646)
The best pinball simulator for the 90's! Amiga skl (1141)

Critic Reviews

Datormagazin Amiga Mar 26, 1992 98 out of 100 98
Secret Service / New S Service Amiga May, 1994 93 out of 100 93
Amiga Power Amiga Apr, 1992 87 out of 100 87
CU Amiga Amiga Apr, 1992 83 out of 100 83
Slide to Play iPhone Feb 11, 2009 3 out of 4 75
Play Time SNES Mar, 1994 72 out of 100 72
Power Play Amiga Apr, 1992 72 out of 100 72
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Gear Feb, 1994 29 out of 50 58
Game Players Game Gear Apr, 1994 55 out of 100 55
GamePro (US) Game Gear Feb, 1994 2 out of 5 40

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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.

Demo version

In a demo version of the game, where only the Nightmare table is playable for five minutes, there is a screen giving a notion what one should expect from the full version. In this text the Beatbox table was named "Rap Attack" where players were supposed to become the number one rapper.

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
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