|Publisher(s)||MicroProse (PC), Infogrames (PSX), Team17 (Steam)|
Addiction Pinball is a pinball simulation game released in 1998 for PC, featuring tables based on two popular Team17 games - Worms and World Rally Fever. It was later ported to the PlayStation and released only in Europe as Worms Pinball to capitalise on the success of the Worms franchise. The PC version was published by MicroProse, while the PlayStation version was published by Infogrames, who had recently acquired MicroProse. The game itself was developed in-house at Team17.
A cut-down version for the PC was also released in 1998, also titled Worms Pinball, and was initially included in a Worms compilation pack containing Worms and Reinforcements United and Worms 2. It was also included with the first print run of Worms Blast for the PC in 2002, and in 2012 was released on Steam. This version does not include the World Rally Fever table.
Addiction Pinball features 2 tables based on previous Team17 games.
World Rally Fever
Based on the game of the same name, the WRF table is based around the theme of racing cars and car maintenance. The primary goal in this table, short of accruing the highest score, is to participate in various races.
Based on the Worms series, the aim of this table is to complete missions and collect weapons in order to increase your rank and move on to the next of five areas—Arctic, Mars, Jungle, Desert and Hell. This table provides more space for the ball to travel and has more ramps and bonuses than its counterpart.
Addiction Pinball was re-released in 1999 on the Hasbro Interactive budget label as an "Action" title. It was also included in The Armageddon Collection, a 2000 compilation release pairing it with Worms Armageddon and a Worms Armageddon screensaver. The PSone version was also re-released in an Infogrames "Best Of" collection which also included Worms Armageddon and Infogrames' own Hogs of War.
The PC version of Worms Pinball, itself a cut-down version of Addiction Pinball featuring only the Worms table, was included with the first pressing of Worms Blast in the UK. More recently the game was re-released on Steam at the same time as the latest spin-off title, Worms Crazy Golf.