Pinball Dreams

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Pinball Dreams
Pinball Dreams.jpg
DOS Cover art
Developer(s) Digital Illusions CE
Publisher(s) 21st Century
Entertainment
Producer(s) Barry Simpson
Designer(s) Olof Gustafsson
Programmer(s) Andreas Axelsson
Artist(s) Markus Nyström
Composer(s) Olof Gustafsson
Platform(s) Amiga, Atari Falcon,[1] DOS, GBA, Game Gear, GP32, iOS, OS X, PSN, SNES
Release date(s) March 13, 1992
Genre(s) Pinball
Mode(s) 1-8 players

Pinball Dreams is a pinball simulation video game developed by Digital Illusions CE and originally released for the Amiga in 1992. It spawned several sequels, including Pinball Fantasies, Pinball Illusions and Slam Tilt.

Gameplay[edit]

The game's four tables each had a theme, as do most real life pinball machines. The version of Pinball Dreams bundled with the Amiga 1200 had a bug which rendered most of Beat Box's advanced features non-functional.

  • "Ignition", themed around a rocket launch, planets, and space exploration. The Expert Software's Pinball 2000 port of the game renamed this table "Rocket".
  • "Steel Wheel", themed around steam trains and the Old West.
  • "Beat Box", themed around the music industry, charts, bands and tours.
  • "Nightmare", themed around a graveyard, ghosts, demons, nightmares and generally evil things. Unlike the other tables in the game, the name of the table in the menu did not reflect the name displayed on the table itself—"Graveyard". Some ports of the game (notably the GameTek port to the Game Boy) name this table "Graveyard" in the menu as well.

Development[edit]

The ball moves according to reasonably realistic physics, and the game was restricted to using table elements which would also be possible to build in reality. Sound and music were realized with Module files, with this technology several music tracks could be included on the limited space of floppy disks.[1]

Ports:

Reception[edit]

Pinball Dreams was overall received positive by press reviews.[3][4][5]

In 1996, Computer Gaming World ranked it as the 119th best game of all time, stating, "Smooth scrolling and great ball physics made this Amiga game a wizard's choice."[6] In 2011, Wirtualna Polska ranked it as the fourth best Amiga game.[7]

Pinball Dreams 2[edit]

An alternate PC-only sequel, Pinball Dreams 2, was released in 1995 by 21st Century Entertainment (like Pinball Dreams) but was developed by Spidersoft.

It included four tables:

  • "Neptune", themed to underwater exploration.
  • "Safari", themed to an African safari.
  • "Revenge of the Robot Warriors", themed to a battle against robots.
  • "Stall Tturn", themed to aerobatics.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pinball Dreams - Atari Falcon". fatal-design.com. 2001. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  2. ^ Pinball Dreams Preview c64
  3. ^ Braun, Peter (1992-03-01). "Pinball Dreams: Flipper ist unser bester Freund!" (in German). Amiga Joker. Retrieved 2011-02-07. "Eine der besten Flippersimulationen für den Amiga!" 
  4. ^ Rückert, Lars (1992-04-01). "Pinball Mania" (in German). Aktueller Software Markt. p. 30. Retrieved 2011-02-07. "Gut." 
  5. ^ Gollert, Knut (1992-04-01). "Pinball Dreams: Flipperträume" (in deutsch). PowerPlay. p. 104. Retrieved 2011-02-07. "Naja." 
  6. ^ CGW 148: 150 Best Games of All Time
  7. ^ 4. Pinball Dreams - 30 najlepszych gier na Amigę - Imperium gier, WP.PL (Polish)

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