Pinball Fantasies

a game by 21st century Entertainment
Genre: Action
Platforms: SNESSNES, Atari Jaguar, GameBoy
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 5 reviews, 6 reviews are shown
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 1 vote
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See also: Pinball Games

Pinball is back for the Super NES and it's about time. The game is fairly well done. The sound is not up to specs, with the music for Party Land being the most annoying. The flipper configuration is a nice option, as is the ability to select the number of balls. The flipper control is good, with only a slight lag time between button pushes and flipper movement. If you like pinball but can't afford a machine, this is an excellent game.

The Billion Dollar Game Show

On this show you will always come out a winner. How big you win is up to you. There aren't a lot of bumper areas that you can use to rack up some serious points. The game has plenty of ramps that will take you to those high-scoring areas. Right below the area marked "lock," in the picture below, is one of those areas. If you are lucky enough to get in there you will be rewarded with 500,000 points. Nice place, huh?! So it's time to make money!

Party Land

Party Land is the first pinball game on the selection screen. The music is very annoying, and the points are hard to come by. A lot of the time when you first shoot your ball it will come straight down, right into the ball return slot. Unless you hit the ball with the upper flipper, you're going to lose the ball. In the picture below is a secret door that gives big points. The door is located underneath the food stand, but I'm not going to tell you how to get there. Go for it you party animal!

Stones Bones

Are you ready for a ghoulishly good time? You'll find it on Stones Bones. This has to be the easiest pinball game to score highly on. In all of the other pinball games, I had a hard time breaking 1 million. But in Stones Bones, I broke 200 million. There are three places that you want to reach to earn the big points. The first, in the picture below, is the Tower. It holds many bonuses, from an extra ball to 5 million points. The second area, also in the picture below, is the Screamer. Each time you go over the ramp, you get a scream. When you lose a ball, you get 100,000 points for each scream. The really cool thing about the Screamer is that the points carry over from the last round. The third and final area is the vault. Very big points await you in the vault if you are skilled enough with the flippers to get in there.

Speed Devils

Welcome to Speed Devils, the pinball game where speed is everything! This is another high-point pinball table. There are a lot of areas where you can rack up points. You must use the top flipper to maximize your points. Light up the pit sign as much as you can to maximize your points. Then'head for the off-road sign and bounce off the bumpers for some serious points.

THE GOOD

The pinball theme makes a great game.

THE BAD

The sound effects are terrible and the music needs help.

THE UGLY

The clown face In Party Land makes me just want to barf.

  • MANUFACTURER - GAMETEK
  • THEME - PINBALL
  • NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1-8

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SNES Download

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

Atari Jaguar Download

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Gameboy Download

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Pinball Fantasies is just that, pinball. You have four different tables to choose from, each having different challenges. There is some pretty cool music to move you along. You get points for hitting just about everything except the flippers. Most tables have high scoring for completing loops off the ramps or around the entire table. There are plenty of cool bonuses to acquire, too. The high scores are kept on backup so you never lose them. This is cool for competition against friends.

Skill shots are a part of any pinball game.

If you make skill shots, you will get a pretty hefty load of points. Skill shots are shots you make after you initially launch the ball. It usually requires hitting a particular target at the right time or putting just enough pressure on the pinball launcher.

The picture below is from the Billion Dollar Game Show. Put the right amount of pressure (and do a little tilting) to get the ball up this ramp. The picture above is the Speed Devils table. There you must light up all three letters to spell "pit." After that, you can then flip the ball to get a 2X bonus.

The picture in the upper-right corner is Stones 'N' Bones. Here you must get the ball to go through the flashing slot. Do so and you will be rewarded with millions of points. The final picture to the right is the Partyland bonus. After launching the ball, use the second flipper to get the ball, up a ramp for a million points.

You can get a ton of points by repeatedly hitting these targets. Of course, they are not easy to hit. The picture in the middle is from the Billion Dollar Game Show, and it is one that can be hit easily. You are guaranteed to get 500,000 points every time you hit it The Vault is not pictured here but is on the Stones N' Bones table. It is also easy to get to in the game.

Pinball Fantasies is your run-of-the-mill pinball game. It has all of the same features as any other pinball game: trying to spell some catchy phrase by hitting the bumpers, shooting the balls into the hard-to-reach holes for big points, losing your balls in frustration as they fall down the alleyways, etc.

One of the nice features is that you can choose which level you wish to play in. However, your selection is quite limited. The control is very simple: pull back to shoot the ball, hit A for the right paddle and left on the directional for the left paddle. A good game for beginners, since it's very easy. Seasoned players won't find it too challenging, though.

In case you're wondering, yes, that is the view of the game. The rest of the field scrolls by as the ball reaches farther up the board. It's a good traveling game.

THE GOOD

You can choose from four incredibly mind-boggling, slow and boring levels.

THE BAD

There are only four different levels to play that don't have much of a challenge.

THE UGLY

Do we really need another pinball game out there? At least make it somewhat interesting.

There are many great pinball video games available. Unfortunately, Pinball Fantasies isn't one of them.

On the positive side, Pinball Fantasies includes four pinball boards, each with a unique theme. That alone would be enough variety to keep pinball wizards amused if the game play weren't so bad.

ProTips:

  • Keep flippin' those flippers. The screen scrolls very quickly.
  • Flip the ball into the Vault on the left side of the Skull board for bonus points.

Where to start? Although the responsive flippers are easy to control, the scrolling is so jerky and abrupt that control becomes irrelevant.

The unimaginative two-dimensional graphics prevent the ramps and obstacles on the boards from standing out against the backgrounds. Average dinks and doinks make up the sound-effects repertoire.

With other great pinball games to choose from, Pinball Fantasies is nobody's dream come true.

Pinball Fantasies is an Amiga pinball game, which was developed by Digital Illusions CE in late 1992, as a sequel to Pinball Dreams. The gameplay is much the same as the first game, with multi-player options, realistic physics, and a high score table to aim for. Each one has a range of combos, ramps, light sequences and targets to shoot.

Think you're a pinball wizard with the silver ball? You can try working your magic on Pinball Fantasies for the Game Boy, but this game's limited gameplay means you'll run out of fun within 15 minutes.

Tilt

Like the new Jaguar version of this game, you get four pinball tables, each with its own theme (Partyland, Speed Devils, Billion Dollar Cameshow, and Stones Bones). You play Pinball Fantasies just like pinball, using simple flippers at the bottom of the table to flick the ball back up to the top.

The controls require no thought, the tables are uncomplicated (there are no side rooms, ramps, or hidden areas), and the action is slow. You quickly run out of challenges, and you quickly run out of fun.

The graphics should be dazzling and busy, like real pinball machines are. Unfortunately, these tables are pretty sparse. You can make out the point totals and special areas, but there's not anything really eye catching. Some animations, wacky explosions, or even introductory scenes might've been interesting.

The sounds are the game's relative strength. The fast-paced music and layered sound effects effectively duplicate actual pinball action.

Fantasy Island

The idea of handheld pinball isn't bad, but this cart doesn't deliver the goods. More creativity and complexity in the game-play and graphics would've added up to more fun.

ProTips:

  • Don't give up on a ball if it falls past your flippers. Occasionally, it will ricochet back onto the table.
  • At the top of the Stones Bones table, gently tap the Tilt button to keep the ball in the KEY area.
  • At the beginning of Partyland, hit your upper flipper as tlie ball approaches the table, and you might reach the high-scoring PUKE area to the right.

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