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''3-D Ultra Pinball: Thrill Ride'' is a [[DigitalPinballTables Digital Pinball]] game developed by Dynamix and published by {{Sierra}} for the AppleMacintosh and IBMPersonalComputer. Based on the RealLife Hersheypark ThemePark in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the game requires the player to perform various ride related-tasks to score points, and ultimately try to stay through the night for the fireworks.

Most of the action takes place with the various Fun Zone puzzles on the primary table, but making key shots will open additional areas and events. Go on real-life rides like the Wildcat, the Coal Cracker, and the Wave Swinger, then warp over to the Thrill Zone mini-playfield for additional challenges. Visit the snack shop for bonuses and prizes, clear the rapids, and try to stick around long enough for Lights Out, and a chance to see the Nighttime Fantasy fireworks show.

Unlike earlier games in the series, ''Thrill Ride'' edges back to a more conventional {{pinball}} feel, de-emphasizing the overall quest in favor of simply getting a high score, making the game more accessible for casual players. The updated graphics engine supported resolutions up to 800 x 600 and High-Color displays, delivering great special effects and realistic graphics. The downside is its replayability; with only one main table and a few mini-games, there isn't much replay value, and most players will see everything the game has to offer in a few hours.

A version of this game was developed for the {{Nintendo}} GameBoyColor, but bears no resemblance to the original aside from the name and general premise.

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!!''3-D Ultra Pinball: Thrill Ride'' contains examples of:

* AmusementPark[=/=]ThemePark
* ExcusePlot
* InNameOnly: The Game Boy Color version of the game, which is played from a scrolling overhead perspective and changes many of the rules to accommodate the platform. On its own, however, it's regarded as a rather good game despite the lack of semblance to the original.
* LargeHamAnnouncer: Whenever the male announcer says '''THRILL ZONE!'''
* LicensedPinballTable: Technically, ''Thrill Ride'' is a licensed game based on Hersheypark, but the connection is heavily downplayed and feels more like ProductPlacement instead -- most references are limited to a few cartoon characters based on Hershey products on the display, and an optional pre-game video about the theme park.
** ProductPlacement: Played straight with the various rides in the game, which are based on ones at the RealLife Hersheypark.
* NoFairCheating: Typing in a cheat code will display a message saying that you won't be able to get into the high scores for that game.
* SkillShot: Two, one into the snack shop, the other up the corkscrew coaster.
* SpellingBonus: Spell T-H-R-I-L-L-R-I-D-E to collect enough Thrill Points to start Nighttime Fantasy, which when finished lights up a pinwheel light to go towards Lights Out Mode.
* TheThemeParkVersion: Literally, entire premise of the game
* [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory Very Loosely Based On A True Theme Park]]
* WizardMode: Available after complete the game's six trials -- finish all five Fun Zone puzzles, complete five Thrill Zone puzzles, spell THRILLRIDE, activate both multiballs, and playing "Hershey's Hide and Seek" from the Snack Bar. This activates "Lights Out", where the player must hit all the light bulbs on the playfield to put them out. Successfully doing so starts "Nighttime Fantasy", a multiball frenzy accompanied by a gorgeous fireworks display.