pb_fantasies_titleOne of my very favorite iPhone games is Cowboy Rodeo's iPhone port of the classic Amiga pinball game Pinball Dreams [App Store] from Digital Illusions.  It's easily one of the best multi-table pinball games in the App Store.  And, while I greatly enjoyed the original on my Amiga back in the early '90s, I found it's sequel -- Pinball Fantasies -- to be a superior game.  And so it was with a smile on my face that I reported, back in February, that Pinball Fantasies was headed to the App Store.

And, based on an update from forum reader Mindfield, it seems Pinball Fantasies' release is just a few weeks away.

Mindfeld is a beta tester who's been working with Cowboy Rodeo of late and was able to give us a feel of what's to come in the iPhone port of this highly acclaimed title.

...the main menu is still familiar with its coverflow-style interface, but the high scores have been moved below so they can be seen as soon as you flip to a game. Flipping the game icon now rather amusingly shows you the back of a floppy disk. Most of the rest is still pretty familiar, though. In-game, all of the same features are present; all of the screen action areas are still there, and the pause menu still brings up the options to change graphics, lock orientation, and so on, but there’s a new option to add a “finger area” which blocks off a portion of the bottom of the screen dedicated to flipper use. This is purely a visual thing, in case you don’t want your thumbs obscuring part of the action. Landscape mode is still supported as well, which has its own natural areas for the thumbs due to the portrait nature of the tables, though it is at the expense of some visibility.

pinball_fantasies_iphone screen

As I mentioned in my earlier post, the tables in Pinball Fantasies are vertically taller and generally more complex than those in Pinball Dreams, and the game features four different tables.

  • Party Land - a table oriented around an amusement park, where the letters of either PARTY or CRAZY must be lit to start a high-scoring event. This is the easiest table due to several high scoring targets such as the Arcade and the Loop Ramp. This is the table included in the shareware release
  • Speed Devils - focused on car racing, and the player must overtake cars to take the lead. This is more difficult due to much fewer high-scoring targets
  • Billion Dollar Gameshow - a gameshow-style table where the player attempts to win prizes by achieving certain combinations of ramps. This is the most difficult, as if the player loses the ball before winning the jackpot the prizes are lost
  • Stones 'N Bones - based on a haunted house, where the player must go through different modes of play (by hitting targets spelling out "Stone" and "Bone"), with the later modes scoring more points. This is generally considered the highest-scoring table. It is similar in theme to Nightmare in Pinball Dreams.

Mindfield indciates that the game runs rather close to a solid 60 fps on the 2G iPod touch and will be submitted to the App Store in the next day or two.  So, in the next few weeks, Pinball Fantasies for the iPhone should be available for download.

Have a look at the game in action.


[ Full HD version | Low Bandwidth version ]

Stay tuned for a closer look at this one when it goes live in the App Store.

  • WhySoSerious

    not impressed. seems way too busy on the visuals and the boards have poor designs (mainly in reference to board 2 and the top/right flipper). pass on this

    • http://www.matecha.net/ amatecha

      Looks insane awesome - totally stoked for the iPhone release of Pinball Fantasies. :D

  • WhySoSerious

    not impressed. seems way too busy on the visuals and the boards have poor designs (mainly in reference to board 2 and the top/right flipper). pass on this

    • http://www.matecha.net/ amatecha

      Looks insane awesome - totally stoked for the iPhone release of Pinball Fantasies. :D

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    You'll be missing out, let me tell you...

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    You'll be missing out, let me tell you...

  • Adams Immersive

    I've played these tables (on Amiga) more than any other pinball games in my life. I'll be happy to have them again!

    (Well, actually, I still have this on floppy AND a working Amiga in my closet. But the portability is somewhat poor.)

  • Adams Immersive

    I've played these tables (on Amiga) more than any other pinball games in my life. I'll be happy to have them again!

    (Well, actually, I still have this on floppy AND a working Amiga in my closet. But the portability is somewhat poor.)

  • ZZMitch

    Been waiting for this, can't wait!

  • ZZMitch

    Been waiting for this, can't wait!

  • Not Impressed?

    WhySoSerious... not impressed? Keep in mind this is a port of an old game, not a re-design. Obviously the developer is preservingthe original 4 tables from the original game; no matter how good or bad they might be :)

    Anyway, I used to have this game for MS-DOS and it was very addicting; it was also one of my first video games! Good memories! I'll definitely buy this if the price isn't too steep.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    Revelation, part II :) Nothing less.

  • Not Impressed?

    WhySoSerious... not impressed? Keep in mind this is a port of an old game, not a re-design. Obviously the developer is preservingthe original 4 tables from the original game; no matter how good or bad they might be :)

    Anyway, I used to have this game for MS-DOS and it was very addicting; it was also one of my first video games! Good memories! I'll definitely buy this if the price isn't too steep.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    Revelation, part II :) Nothing less.

  • http://www.myspace.com/moonsofjupitermusic RM imagery

    psyched!

    now let's hope that a company brings out Epic Pinball!

  • http://www.myspace.com/moonsofjupitermusic RM imagery

    psyched!

    now let's hope that a company brings out Epic Pinball!

  • sekazi

    I am not buying another classic pinball game until I see EPIC Pinball released.

  • sekazi

    I am not buying another classic pinball game until I see EPIC Pinball released.

  • nuttyturnip

    Day 1 purchase for me. I spent hours with this on my PC, and I can't wait to have it on my iPhone, especially if it's as good a port as the first game.

  • nuttyturnip

    Day 1 purchase for me. I spent hours with this on my PC, and I can't wait to have it on my iPhone, especially if it's as good a port as the first game.

  • DARTH SITH

    i never hear dof this. doubt ill get it sunce who even plays real pinball? i dont know when the last time I saw a machine is

    *** END TRANSMISSION ***

  • DARTH SITH

    i never hear dof this. doubt ill get it sunce who even plays real pinball? i dont know when the last time I saw a machine is

    *** END TRANSMISSION ***

  • http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za Alex Lee

    REALLY looking forward to this. I think my Amiga owning friends got sick of me coming round to play the Party Land table ad nauseam. Will buy as soon as it becomes available.

  • http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za Alex Lee

    REALLY looking forward to this. I think my Amiga owning friends got sick of me coming round to play the Party Land table ad nauseam. Will buy as soon as it becomes available.

  • Ape lover

    looks crap compared to other pinball games in the store. would not even get it if it was $0.

    they should just stop this nostalgia hysteria. youth don't care, people who had the originals (like myself) don't care, only a few dorks cream in their pants from these 80s games.

  • Ape lover

    looks crap compared to other pinball games in the store. would not even get it if it was $0.

    they should just stop this nostalgia hysteria. youth don't care, people who had the originals (like myself) don't care, only a few dorks cream in their pants from these 80s games.

  • http://illusionlabs.com Anders

    It may look like crap by today's standards, but it plays a lot better than most new pinball games. And we pinball fans know 60 fps is a must in high precision games, such as pinball. 30-ish is not even close to enough.

  • http://illusionlabs.com Anders

    It may look like crap by today's standards, but it plays a lot better than most new pinball games. And we pinball fans know 60 fps is a must in high precision games, such as pinball. 30-ish is not even close to enough.

  • c-Row

    @ Ape lover

    Oh yes, we do care.

  • c-Row

    @ Ape lover

    Oh yes, we do care.

  • Kintaro360

    awesome music duuude!

  • Kintaro360

    awesome music duuude!

  • http://www.frapstr.com/ Mindfield

    @ Ape Lover - You want we should get off your lawn, too?

    Trust me, there's a huge fan base for this game, then as now, and it will do very well for itself -- as well it should, since it can still beat the crap out of most modern pinballers, and then make a pass at your mom afterwards.

  • http://www.frapstr.com/ Mindfield

    @ Ape Lover - You want we should get off your lawn, too?

    Trust me, there's a huge fan base for this game, then as now, and it will do very well for itself -- as well it should, since it can still beat the crap out of most modern pinballers, and then make a pass at your mom afterwards.

  • Marc

    I never play the first set of tables, kind of doubt this would get much more of my attention. Why not just raise the price on the first app a buck and add these tables into an update? Gain a lot of good will with previous customers and new people would be more inclined to get on the bandwagon before the next table update/price increase.

    I have a feeling these guys are just going to keep churning out old cartoony pinballs so why not just increase the current apps library? How many icons worth of retro pinballs does a person really need?

    I have to imagine that at some point a $10/20 table app would be purchased by most every retro gamer on the planet; with early adopters rewarded!

  • Marc

    I never play the first set of tables, kind of doubt this would get much more of my attention. Why not just raise the price on the first app a buck and add these tables into an update? Gain a lot of good will with previous customers and new people would be more inclined to get on the bandwagon before the next table update/price increase.

    I have a feeling these guys are just going to keep churning out old cartoony pinballs so why not just increase the current apps library? How many icons worth of retro pinballs does a person really need?

    I have to imagine that at some point a $10/20 table app would be purchased by most every retro gamer on the planet; with early adopters rewarded!

  • WeirdingWay

    Those nasty frame rate drops in that video do not bode well.

  • WeirdingWay

    Those nasty frame rate drops in that video do not bode well.

  • http://www.frapstr.com Mindfield

    @Marc - That's not how the original series was released. Each was its own distinct collection, and the iPhone ports are no different.

    @WeirdingWay - That's my iPhone doing that. Background processes interfering with the frame rate; happens with all my apps periodically unfortunately. Probably should have rebooted before I played. :) Meh, 3GS arrives today, should solve all my problems.

    Did the video disappear or is it just me?

  • http://www.frapstr.com Mindfield

    @Marc - That's not how the original series was released. Each was its own distinct collection, and the iPhone ports are no different.

    @WeirdingWay - That's my iPhone doing that. Background processes interfering with the frame rate; happens with all my apps periodically unfortunately. Probably should have rebooted before I played. :) Meh, 3GS arrives today, should solve all my problems.

    Did the video disappear or is it just me?

  • cookiemonster

    pinball is boring *yawn*

  • cookiemonster

    pinball is boring *yawn*

  • http://www.frapstr.com Mindfield

    @cookiemonster - Good to know. Have a cookie.

  • http://www.frapstr.com Mindfield

    @cookiemonster - Good to know. Have a cookie.

  • korda

    I grew up on this game on DOS, I think I still have a hard drive lying around with an insanely high Party Land score. Pinball Dreams was good but Illusions was tops. Will buy it as soon as it comes out here.

    The Enigma table in Epic Pinball was also mad fun.

  • korda

    I grew up on this game on DOS, I think I still have a hard drive lying around with an insanely high Party Land score. Pinball Dreams was good but Illusions was tops. Will buy it as soon as it comes out here.

    The Enigma table in Epic Pinball was also mad fun.

  • poster

    Finally! I just found this game has been submitted for approval today. So close now :-)

    This is easily my most anticipated game on iphone, and I've spent so many hours playing the Pinball Dreams port. I have to say it's a bit funny reading some of the posts here criticizing something that is really so good. PD is by far the best pinball game on Iphone, and I don't even understand the complaints about graphics. Some of you *really* think this looks like crap? So what looks better? Monotone looking Wild West Pinball, or 15 frame/sec and overcluttered Zen Pinballs? All three pinball games from this series have such nice pixel art and so much detail, without ever looking busy and cluttered, that its something to be admired.

  • poster

    Finally! I just found this game has been submitted for approval today. So close now :-)

    This is easily my most anticipated game on iphone, and I've spent so many hours playing the Pinball Dreams port. I have to say it's a bit funny reading some of the posts here criticizing something that is really so good. PD is by far the best pinball game on Iphone, and I don't even understand the complaints about graphics. Some of you *really* think this looks like crap? So what looks better? Monotone looking Wild West Pinball, or 15 frame/sec and overcluttered Zen Pinballs? All three pinball games from this series have such nice pixel art and so much detail, without ever looking busy and cluttered, that its something to be admired.

  • RS200

    I will buy this the day it comes out. PD is still a fantastic pinball game but I think today people want instant gratification which Dreams just doesn't give, It is true the more you play it the more you appreciate it. Fantasies was all round a little more polished though - I still play the AGA version on my A1200. I would be very interested if they are planning 'Illusions' too?

    .. really can't wait for this. :-)

  • RS200

    I will buy this the day it comes out. PD is still a fantastic pinball game but I think today people want instant gratification which Dreams just doesn't give, It is true the more you play it the more you appreciate it. Fantasies was all round a little more polished though - I still play the AGA version on my A1200. I would be very interested if they are planning 'Illusions' too?

    .. really can't wait for this. :-)

  • nexus

    Some guys say it looks poor compare to other pinball's, Pinball Fantasies and Pinball Dreams are true classic games from Amiga. I will buy it because I love play retro games, what's the point "play retro game" if you can't recognize it because of new graphics?

  • nexus

    Some guys say it looks poor compare to other pinball's, Pinball Fantasies and Pinball Dreams are true classic games from Amiga. I will buy it because I love play retro games, what's the point "play retro game" if you can't recognize it because of new graphics?

  • Fantasy

    Absolutely fantastic. I don´t even know how many hours I must have spent with these four tables. I remember "stones and bones" was my favourite and also the most complex one. And I will die for Illusions.

  • Fantasy

    Absolutely fantastic. I don´t even know how many hours I must have spent with these four tables. I remember "stones and bones" was my favourite and also the most complex one. And I will die for Illusions.

  • TKO

    @RS4000 Yes, Pinball Illusions is definitely coming to the iPhone too. These guys have access to the original source-material for the whole series, so really they'd only stop here if they hate money. :D

    @WeirdingWay Don't worry about the frame-rate drops. This plays just as smoothly as Dreams (I was beta-testing, so I can say this for sure) ..fans of the original aren't going to be disappointed. You'd be hard-pressed to find any difference between this and a 100% perfectly emulated copy, and you get an enhanced graphics option too. How freaking cool is that?

    And to the haters: Try these out, and then tell me *any* pinball game on the Apps store that's better. These are seriously the best the iPhone has. Like most iPhone stuff, the graphics are less than half the story: the sound+music rock, and the gameplay is sublime.

  • TKO

    @RS4000 Yes, Pinball Illusions is definitely coming to the iPhone too. These guys have access to the original source-material for the whole series, so really they'd only stop here if they hate money. :D

    @WeirdingWay Don't worry about the frame-rate drops. This plays just as smoothly as Dreams (I was beta-testing, so I can say this for sure) ..fans of the original aren't going to be disappointed. You'd be hard-pressed to find any difference between this and a 100% perfectly emulated copy, and you get an enhanced graphics option too. How freaking cool is that?

    And to the haters: Try these out, and then tell me *any* pinball game on the Apps store that's better. These are seriously the best the iPhone has. Like most iPhone stuff, the graphics are less than half the story: the sound+music rock, and the gameplay is sublime.

  • http://www.gigphotographer.com Terry

    Any updates about release date? I grew up with this game as a kid, and the video looks amazing!

  • http://www.gigphotographer.com Terry

    Any updates about release date? I grew up with this game as a kid, and the video looks amazing!

  • Falken

    Hope he does the best of the series, Slam Tilt Pinball

  • Falken

    Hope he does the best of the series, Slam Tilt Pinball

  • mansion

    Any update on Pinball Fantasies?
    Ive been playing this on the PC forever!!

  • mansion

    Any update on Pinball Fantasies?
    Ive been playing this on the PC forever!!

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  • Willow

    I remember "Pinball Fantasies" from the old black and white gameboy & it was ace on that even with the screen bleed common to the gameboys! Anyone who doesn't like pinballs doesn't have to download it (twits) but I can't wait.

  • Willow

    I remember "Pinball Fantasies" from the old black and white gameboy & it was ace on that even with the screen bleed common to the gameboys! Anyone who doesn't like pinballs doesn't have to download it (twits) but I can't wait.