David's Midnight Magic
|David's Midnight Magic|
Atari Corp. (cartridge)
Martin Kahn (C64)
|Platform(s)||Apple II (original)|
Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64
|Release||1982: Apple, Atari 8-bit|
1987: Atari 8-bit cartridge
David's Midnight Magic is an Apple II pinball simulation written by David Snider and released by Brøderbund in 1982. The game was published in Europe by Ariolasoft. It was ported to the Atari 8-bit family and Commodore 64 and in 1987 Atari Corporation published it in cartridge form for the then-new Atari XEGS. The box art is by illustrator Marc Ericksen.
Softline stated that David's Midnight Magic "ratifies Bill Budge's extraordinary program as a programming tour de force", as it was only equal to Budge's Raster Blaster despite being released nine months later. The magazine concluded that "the fact that [David is] second should not dull the glitter of this effort". Computer Gaming World stated that Midnight Magic was a better game than Raster Blaster, but lamented the requirement of removing write protection from the floppy, thus voiding the warranty, in order to save high scores. The Commodore 64 Home Companion called the game "extraordinarily realistic ... complete with all the features that make pinball so seductive".
David's Midnight Magic won "Computer Game of the Year" at the 4th annual Arkie Awards, where judges described it as "a program that is both an exciting video game and a fairly faithful evocation of pinball mystique".:32
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