The first hit is free...Epic Pinball
is a series of Digital Pinball Tables
for MS-DOS computers
from Epic Megagames
. Released both on CD-ROM and a series of floppy disks, they are noted for being one of the last commercial games written entirely in assembly language, making for very faster and fluid action even on a modest PC.
As with Silverball
, James Schmalz created Epic Pinball
to counter the success of Pinball Dreams
by using assembly language to make full use of the IBM Personal Computer
hardware. Similar to Dreams,
the games were played from a top-down view, either with the entire table visible at once or with a scrolling playfield two screens tall.
The first table, "Android", was available for free in the shareware and original retail versions; paying for the game allowed users to unlock other tables. The series featured an all-digital soundtrack in MOD
format and thirteen tables all together.
The tables available in the series are:
- Epic Pinball Pack 1:
- "Android" (later tweaked and renamed "Super Android")
- "Pot of Gold"
- "Crash and Burn"
- Epic Pinball Pack 2:
- "Jungle Pinball"
- "Deep Sea"
- Epic Pinball Pack 3:
- "Space Journey"
- "Toy Factory"
A thirteenth table, "African Safari," was only available in the CD-ROM version. A stripped-down version of Epic Pinball Pack 3
was included by Acer in their desktop PCs, omitting the "Cybergirl" table. A Spiritual Successor, Extreme Pinball
, was released a few years later.
In 2011, the game was partially remade as "Retro Pinball" by Fuse Powered Inc. for Apple's iOS devices.
It features updated versions of "Super Android," "Crash and Burn," and "Pangaea", handpicked by Schmalz himself.
The Epic Pinball series demonstrates the following tropes: