Pinball Computer Games
For much of the younger generation the first place a pinball game is played is on a computer. Toward the mid 90s quite a few pinball computer games were released. As computer graphics developed full color digital pinball machines became a possibility and shareware developers jumped on the trend.
Today computers are equipped with high-powered 3D graphics cards and processors capable of running physics simulations in real-time. New pinball computer games would be far more advanced than their predecessors. A few of these are listed below.
Both the mobile gaming and web gaming markets are hot today. Developers realize that to reach out beyond the traditional gamer crowd their games need to be simpler and more accessible. There are numerous pinball games only a click away that were created in Flash that are playable in your web browser. While these games are very simple they are an opportunity to spark the interest of new players.
Pinball computer games are not true pinball machines yet many pinball machine fans enjoy them.
Ironically even pinball computer games are turning into history. Many of the pinball games developed in the classic age of shareware gaming are already a decade old or more. Some are close to hitting the two decade mark..
Notable PC Pinball Games:
Pinball Construction Set - 1985. The dated and simplistic graphics may cause many people to loose interest. The ability to design your own pinball machine, albeit a simple one, makes it worth noting. For many pc pinball fans Pinball Construction Set sits in the hall of fame. This game was released in both Apple and PC versions.
Pinball Wizard / Macadam Bumper - 1987. Pinball Wizard is a step up from the Pinball Construction Set. For gamers interested in old PC pinball games this is worth a look. For those demanding realists physics its a pass.
First Person Pinball - 1988. Another early PC pinball game. Only one table.
Night Mission Pinball - 1988. This pinball game was created by a flight sim developer. There is one table but many different options that can be adjusted to change gameplay.
Pinball Magic - 1990. Pinball Magic looks a plays similar to a pinball game, but it really isn't one. Serious fans will probably ignore this game.
Tristan Pinball - 1991. This is a good pinball game despite only having one table. It has many new features which previous pc pinball games did not achieve.
Pinball Dreams - 1992. The original Pinball Dreams was a popular Amiga game. For some time the Amiga beat the PC in the graphics department, making it a popular platform for computer games. Like the Commodore and other computers Amiga faded away. There is a PC version of Pinball Dreams was released in 1993.
Epic Pinball - 1993. 3 table packs for this game add up to a total of 12 different pinball tables. Epic Pinball is one of the most well-known Pinball PC games. You can learn more and order Epic Pinball here.
Pinball Fantasies - 1993. This is the Pinball Dream's sequel. Great graphics, and four different tables. Pinball Fantasies is another highly recommended pinball game.
Pinball Illusions - 1993. Pinball Illusions is another Amiga computer game - the third following Dreams and Illusions. Pinball Illusions is a recommended game.
Take A Break! Pinball - 1993. Sierra is best known for its adventure games such as King's Quest and Leisure Suit Larry. They also produced this pinball game.
Royal Flush Pinball - 1994. Royal Flush Pinball is based on the real pinball machine.
Extreme Pinball - 1995. Extreme Pinball was the successor to Epic Megagame's Epic Pinball. Extreme Pinball contained four different detailed pinball machines. This pinball computer game is highly recommended.
Living Ball - 1995. Different from other pinball games. Contains three very large tables.
Pinball Dreams 2 - 1995. The sequel to the original Pinball Dreams. Contains four tables.
Pinball World - 1995. The last pinball game from the developer of Pinball dreams. Includes 9 geographically-themed tables.
Psycho Pinball - 1995. This game contains four tables and plenty of "extra" features. Highly recommended.
3D Pinball Express - 1999. Only worth noting because it has pinball in the title. Not a very good game.
Trap Pinball - 1999. This pinball table also features a slot machine. It looks kind of like a pachikno machine but is still pinball.
Visual Pinball - 2001. This game can be considered the new Pinball Construction Set. New graphics and more realistic gameplay make Visual Pinball a worthy successor. You can design your own table complete with custom graphics. This means there is no shortage of custom tables you can download. Best of all, this game is free. Get at at Visual Pinball's official page.
Despite all the games listed on this page, there are more. Check out The Tower of Pin for over 70 PC pinball game reviews.