Pinball Dreams

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Pinball Dreams
Basic Information
Video Game
Digital Illusions CE, BG GAMES, Cowboy Rodeo, Spidersoft
21st Century Entertainment, BG GAMES, Cowboy Rodeo, GameTek, Rebellion Developments
Action, Pinball, Simulation
Amiga, Amiga CD32, Amstrad CPC, Atari Falcon, Game Boy, Game Gear, GP32, GNU/Linux, iOS, macOS, Microsoft Windows, MS-DOS and SNES, PlayStation Network Platform(s)
PlayStation Store Platform(s)
PlayStation 3PlayStation PortablePlayStation Vita
Retail Features
Pinball Dreams
Play Information
United Nations International Release Date(s)
Microsoft Windows and
February 112011

PlayStation Network
November 2011

April 232013

August 192014

Amiga CD32
December 82017

Amstrad CPC
October 2019
European Union European Release Date(s)
March 131992
CanadaUnited StatesMexico North American Release Date(s)
March 131992


Atari Falcon

Game Boy, Game Gear and Super Nintendo Entertainment System

October 2002
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Pinball Dreams is an Amiga game from 1992 developed by Digital Illusions CE. It spawned several sequels, Pinball Fantasies, Pinball Dreams 2, Pinball Illusions, Pinball Mania, and Pinball World. Pinball Dreams, Pinball Fantasies and Pinball Illusions are the best known, each having come from the same developer, Digital Illusions CE. Slam Tilt was the last Amiga video game from that developer.

The ball moved according to reasonably realistic physics, and the game was restricted to using table elements which would also be possible to build in reality.

Tables[edit | edit source]

Its four tables each had a theme, as do most real life pinball machines. The version of Pinball Dreams bundled with the Amiga 1200 had a bug which rendered most of Beat-Box's advanced features non-functional.

  • Ignition, themed around a rocket launch, planets, and space exploration.
  • Steel Wheel, themed around steam trains and the Old West.
    • Similar to the Williams Entertainment-designed "Bad Cats" pinball machine.[2]
  • Beat-Box, themed around the music industry, featuring charts, bands and tours.
  • Nightmare, themed around a graveyard, ghosts, demons, nightmares and generally evil things. It is similar to the Williams Entertainment-designed "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" pinball machine.[3] Unlike the other tables in the game, the name of the table in the menu did not reflect the name displayed on the table itself - Graveyard. Some ports of the game (notably the GameTek port to the Game Boy) name this table "Graveyard" in the menu as well.

Ports & Conversions[edit | edit source]

21st Century Entertainment published the original Amiga and Atari Falcon versions, while GameTek published the ports for the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Game Gear and SNES. Rebellion Developments published the original MS-DOS versions on for Microsoft Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux.

Sequel[edit | edit source]

A PC-only sequel, Pinball Dreams 2, was released in 1995. It was released by 21st Century Entertainment (like Pinball Dreams) but was developed by Spidersoft.

It included four tables, including

  • Neptune, themed to underwater exploration
  • Safari, themed to an African safari
  • Revenge of the Robot Warriors, themed to a battle against robots
  • Stall turn, themed to aerobatics

Minimum Specifications[edit | edit source]

MS-DOSMS-DOS Minimum/Recommended Specifications
Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
CPU Intel-logo.svg 80286AT @ 20 MHz CPU Intel-logo.svg 80386SX / Intel-logo.svg 80486
RAM 530 KB
Display VGA @ 800 × 600 resolution
Storage 2.5 MB, 3.5" Hard disk
Sound Adlib, Soundblaster, Soundblaster2 and Roland sound cards supported

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