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Video Game: Pinball Dreams
aka: True Pinball

Pinball Dreams is the name for a series of digital pinball games originally written for the Commodore Amiga. They were developed by DICE (Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment), an Amiga Demoscene team who later went on to create Mirror's Edge and the Battlefield series.

Unlike many digital pinball games, the tables in the series avoided Video Game-only features, striving instead to create games that could conceivably be built in Real Life. This illusion was maintained down to the playfield, which included screws and plates where appropriate. The games utilized a vertical-scrolling screen to follow the action, since the screen could not show the entire playfield at once. The games were praised for their fast action, realistic physics, and memorable music, and helped establish Digital Interactive as a serious software firm.


The first game in the series is Pinball Dreams. It was originally released in March 1992 for the Amiga, but proved to be a runaway hit, resulting in versions being released on IBM Personal Computers, the Game Boy Advance, and Sega Game Gear.

It has subsequently been ported to Play Station Network, Mac OS X and iOS devices by Cowboy Rodeo as both "Pinball Dreams" and "Pinball Dreams HD" (using a three-quarters view).

Pinball Dreams came with four tables:
  • "Ignition"
  • "Steel Wheel"
  • "Beat Box"
  • "Nightmare"/"Graveyard" (the name on the menu was "Nightmare", but the playfield has "Graveyard")

In 1995, Pinball Dreams 2 was released by 21st Century Entertainment. It was developed by Spidersoft (who did the IBM Personal Computer ports) and was only available for the IBM PC.
  • "Neptune"
  • "Safari"
  • "Revenge of the Robot Warriors"
  • "Stall Turn"


A sequel, Pinball Fantasies, came out in December of the same year. It was originally released in late 1992 for the Amiga and CD 32, with versions later ported to the IBM Personal Computers, Super Nintendo, Nintendo Game Boy, Atari Jaguar, and Sony Play Station. It has subsequently been ported to iOS devices and Play Station Network by Cowboy Rodeo as both "Pinball Fantasies" and "Pinball Fantasies HD" (using a three-quarters view).

Pinball Fantasies came with four tables:
  • "Party Land"
  • "Speed Devils"
  • "Billion Dollar Gameshow"
  • "Stones 'N Bones"

Fantasies is improved both technically and graphically than its predecessor, with larger/taller playfields, support for additional flippers, and more advanced animations. Unfortunately, the Amiga version was released with numerous bugs, though they were fixed in subsequent versions.


Pinball Illusions was the third game in the series, and was released in 1995 for the Amiga. A port for the IBM Personal Computer (on floppy disk and CD-ROM) came out a year later, with "The Vikings" included on the CD-ROM version.

Pinball Illusions came with the following tables:
  • "Law 'n Justice"
  • "Babewatch"
  • "Extreme Sports"
  • "The Vikings" (PC CD only)

Although the general game design remained the same as its predecessors, the tables in Illusions had more complex designs, and finally offered support for multiball play. "The Vikings" was originally developed by DICE, but finished by FrontLine.

The game was later ported to the Sega Saturn and Sony Play Station as True Pinball, with all four tables and a pseudo-3D perspective.


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alternative title(s): Pinball Fantasies; Pinball Illusions; True Pinball
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