Developer Cowboy Rodeo was kind enough to port the classic Amiga pinball game Pinball Dreams [$4.99/Lite] to the iPhone all the way back in February of 2009. The port was very good, with physics that accurately represented those of the original and ever so slightly enhanced graphics. In fact, Pinball Dreams was almost better on the iPhone thanks to its elongated screen that didn’t need to scroll as much as the original did to show the entire table. Pinball Dreams was followed up shortly after by its sequel Pinball Fantasies [$5.99], which was given the same wonderful treatment in the transfer over to iOS as the first game.

Somewhat surprisingly, and nearly two and a half years later, Cowboy Rodeo is set to release a brand new remake of Pinball Dreams called simply Pinball Dreams HD. What differentiates this version from the original is that each of the game’s 4 pinball tables have been recreated using entirely 3D graphics. Fans of the original may cry foul at this notion, but the developer has clarified that the game logic is identical to the original game and should play exactly the same, and the new graphics are a cosmetic change only.

In the above images you can see the Steel Wheel table in the original iPhone version on the left next to a screen from the iPad version of the new Pinball Dreams HD on the right. Down below are 3 additional screens that show the new versions of the other tables in Pinball Dreams HD. Click any image to enlarge.

What prompted Cowboy Rodeo to remake Pinball Dreams after all this time? I really have no idea, but as a huge fan of both Pinball Dreams and Fantasies, I’m really interested to check out Pinball Dreams HD. Cowboy Rodeo has stated in our forums that Pinball Dreams HD is already submitted to Apple, so hopefully it won’t be too long before it’s released. If the new version turns out to be a success, I’d love to see the same treatment given to Pinball Fantasies down the line too. And hey, Cowboy Rodeo, can you please finally bring Pinball Illusions to the App Store while you’re at it?

  • Anonymous

    Oooh yes! Loved these on my Amiga!

  • http://twitter.com/inzyster Tommy

    Awesome. Loved it on the Amiga, loved it on the iPhone.

  • Ryslaw

    And Slam Tilt, please. The best pinball game ever.

  • Michael

    I must agree with Mr. Nelson that me, as a fan, am crying foul at this. I didn't buy Pinball dreams because I wanted a pinball game— I wanted a retro pinball game! 

    But I suppose this IS a remake, and they have to do SOMETHING to it... But I won't be buying. Just my preference. =)

  • Adams Immersive

    Odd concept, but I’m all for the ongoing pocket-Amiga revival!

  • Dave

    Anyone know if this update is going to be universal?

    • http://twitter.com/fiftyseventh Aarni Gratseff

      Yes, it's going to be universal, plays on 3GS and up, and has Game Center leaderboards. Also, antialiasing is enabled on iPad 2.

  • http://www.cowboyrodeo.net/pinballdreaming/ Juuso

    Sorry, v1.0 slipped to the store this nite, we were waiting for v1.1 (it fixes ball stuttering issue) as it was supposed to be the first public one - v1.1 should be out in a matter of days, depending on Apple!

    It's a universal app, has Game Center and is anti-aliased on iPad2.

    And before you ask, we don't have alternative camera modes YET, we are hoping to hear user opinions on which ones to add to v1.2 so have a say in the matter!

    On the question of what prompted us to do a 3D version - we had a TON of requests for a HD/iPad version and I figured there would be no point in just re-drawing the 2D tables to a higher resolution. So here we are :)

    ,,juuso // rodeo

  • http://www.sevensheaven.nl Metin Seven

    Maybe this piece of fan art, created in April 2010,  inspired the developers:

    http://www.sevensheaven.nl/imagedetails/illustraties/realistischeillustraties/inside-pinball-dreams/