Pinball Dreams HD
Developer: Cowboy Rodeo
Current Version: 1.0
Last Updated: 4 years ago
Download Size: 25.3 MB - Download
One more time, the veritable blast from the past, a legend amongst pinballs is back - on OS X!
This time we are giving you a HD-3D version with all the 4 original tables and it should work on basically all the Intel Macs - however some really old ones with a GMA950 GPU are not recommended.
20 years ago Pinball Dreams almost single-handedly created the pinball simulator genre. 20 years later it is still one of the best pinball simulations ever created with addictive tables giving hours and hours of challenge and fun!
The game has 3 different camera modes, full screen toggle and anti-aliasing.
Most Helpful Reviews
Cool Retro Gaming - This game will probably be most fun for the Amiga fans who had the original version. I wasted many an early morning prior to heading off to school playing this. There are the orignal four tables, with the Graveyard themed table my personal fave (and to which I posted the highest scores). This is a good port of the original game. The graphics in the 3d HD modes are good (if not a little dizzying at times), and the hi resolution versions of the orignal graphics are nice and sharp, and well done. The music sounds like the original music (perhaps it is redone to sound like the original but it's years since I heard the original so it's hard to tell). Gamers new to the game might also like although there will no doubt be some complaints of there only being four tables. Personally I loved the original Amiga game and I think this is a very good take on it. I have the iphone version (non HD not the new HD one) but I can never quite get past the touchscreen control, where as tapping the shift keys is more tactile and with better touch feedback. I'll no doubt waste more time than I should playing this. Good game. Bargain for $4.99.
More Reviews for Current Version
great update on a classic gem - Well, this release was certainly quite unexpected. Pinball Dreams for iOS was one of the few reasons that pushed me towards the purchase of an iPod Touch some two years ago - along with some other exemplary games it has proven to me that iOS was a viable platform for gaming on-the-go - which has also remained one of my favorite games on that platform. Anyway, this version plays just as well if not better thanks to keyboard controls (nudging via shaking will always remain awkward) and the tables received yet another facelift to bring out even more detail, while retaining their classic audio charm. For instance, I love the weathered look of the Steel Wheel board. While the angled view is nice, I'm grateful a classic top-down camera option was included as well as the tables lose some of their luster otherwise. I only wished there was also a static full view for the classic camera; all it'd take would be a little zooming out. That's about the only niggle I have with the game. All in all, Cowboy Rodeo did a superb job on updating this game yet again. Here's to hoping the Pinball Fantasies will receive a similar update down the line... and maybe one day they'll even go for Pinball Illusions though that's just wishful thinking on my part. As it is, PD HD will surely remain as one of my favorite Mac games. Thanks so much.
Flippers are slow - Flippers are slow and mushy while using my gamepad (Thrustmaster). I don't like using my keyboard for games like this because it's alot of wear and tear. Would rather wear out a 30 dollar gamepad than a 2000 dollar computer's keyboard, but it's not a lot of fun with sluggish flippers. Tried adjusting with no joy. Gamepad works great on other pinball games.
Well... - I love the tables and the basic logic of the games. What I don't like the ball is "rubber" rather than "steel,' which means it bounces off all surfaces the same. If the behavior of the ball were more standard, it would be much better. Also I haven't found any instructions at all. So close.
Interesting take on a pinball classic, needs work. - Yet another iteration of the fantastic Pinball Dreams has been brought to us, this time in HD 3D. Everything about the original game is here and the 3D visuals are, for the most part, pleasing. However, as mentioned in some other reviews, the ball physics is very unrealistic compared to other pinball games, such as Wild West and The Deep. This has the potential to be a fantastic pinball game for both newcomers and veterans, however it feels incomplete.
Oh, sweet Mother of all Nostalgia . . . - I played the MS-DOS version of these games, as well as Pinball Fantasies, on my first PC (dare I say it? . . . a Packard Bell). Everything is here (the sights and sounds), only better than ever, and the price is reasonable considering each original CD-ROM was over twenty bucks! The perspective view is a step closer to real pinball, and the silky-smooth animation and motion physics demonstrate what a Mac can do. OK, guys, I'm ready for Pinball Fantasies, too!