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- Pinball dreams -

Pinball machines have been around even longer than computer games and from the beginning people have tried to capture the feel of a pinball machine in a game but all of them fail because it's something you can't really do. Pinball dreams claims to be the first pinball simulator and though is does a decent job I wouldn't call it a substitute for the real thing. There is just no way to simulate the way a heavy metal pinball getting tossed around inside a machine.

You can select from four different tables, ignition, steel wheel, beat box and nightmare. Each has their own theme and is accompanied by a suitable music score. Ignition has a scifi theme but the table itself is a bit bland and empty, steel wheel has a western theme, beat box a music theme and nightmare obviously has a horror theme. Each of the tables play like most pinball machine with ramps on the side of the field and several places where you can hit buttons so you can score bonus points. If you hit all the buttons that form a series you can usually get something extra like extra balls or a minigame. You only get 3 balls to play so getting a high score might be difficult at first especially when you consider that often you can't even touch the ball after launching it and it goes down the side thereby loosing a ball. With a bit of practice you can steer the ball where you want them to go and rack up those points.

The graphics are colorfull and detailed and they scroll smoothly and at a fast pace. The music is also excellent with different tunes for each of the tables that are fitting with the themes. Pinball dreams was probably the best pinball game on a computer until pinball fantasies came out which has more realistic play and a higher resolution meaning more detail and less scrolling. Still this too is an excellent game and definately worth checking out. The DOS version uses a lower resolution and has a couple of bugs so I'd definately go for the amiga version.

Overal rating: 7.5/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for two different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1992.
Game has been tested but not completed with winUAE v0.9.91.
The original and it uses the hardware of the Amiga to display good graphics and excellent sound.
DOS Released in 1993 ported by Spiderware.
Game has been tested but not completed on a DOS and Win2k PC.
Uses the standard dos resolution of 320x200 instead of the amiga's 320x256 and because of this the screen scrolls a lot more than the original making it less playable. The sound is still good though and even with only the PC speaker you would get the full soundtrack (though a bit squaky). The game can be picky about soundcard settings so try a different one if it doesn't work.

Date added Dec-29-2004 19:27
Name Pinball dreams
Developer Digital Illusions
Publisher 21st Century Entertainment
First released 1992
Genre Simulation
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Download Commodore Amiga, filesize: 1154 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 1019 Kb
Manual Download manual , filesize: 3806 Kb
The zip contains the getting started guide and the manual in pdf format.
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