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Pinball Mania

DOS - 1995

Also released on: Amiga

Year 1995
Platform DOS
Released in United States (1995)
Germany (1997)
Germany (1998)
Genre Action
Theme Pinball
Publisher 21st Century Entertainment Ltd., TLC Tewi Verlag GmbH
Developer Spidersoft Limited
Perspective Top-Down
4.3 / 5 - 23 votes

Description of Pinball Mania

Pinball Mania was the fourth pinball sim published by 21st Century.

In contrast to the superb Pinball Dreams/Fantasies/Illusions trilogy, Pinball Mania is a very disappointing game that does not bode well for 21st Century's in-house developing team Spidersoft (who would, amazingly enough, go on to make a lot more mediocre pinball games).

Pinball Mania offers 4 tables of varying quality. Let's say all the good things first: all the tables are nice looking (although much inferior to Pinball Illusions), with 4 flippers on each table and a neat LED display. Tables are nicely designed and detailed; the "Casino" table deserving special mention for an innovative idea: it combines pinball with gambling games that require both skill and chance. And... well, that's all the good things I can think of.

Despite good graphics and some nice ideas, Pinball Mania falls flat in the area that matters the most in pinball games: realistic ball physics - or in this case, the lack thereof. The ball moves slower than a slime crawling underwater. What's worse, the reaction of the ball to the flippers is far too slow and horrendously bad, especially because it is almost impossible to shoot accurately, as the ball appears to behave in a completely random fashion. Sometimes you would be able to send it back up the table, and sometimes the ball would react to a high-powered flipper pull. But you will spend most of your time wondering how you ever manage to get a high score, if at all.

All in all, this is a thoroughly disappointing and unrewarding pinball game. Steer clear of this one - there are many better games to be had.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

danielroxheaps 2016-04-15 1 point

Still no DOS download?

TomyYoung 2015-02-23 1 point DOS version

Yes file available.

AlexiAnna 2014-05-11 0 point DOS version

Just use SUBST (e.g. SUBST a: c:\TEMP)

Use the DOSBox BOOT command 2014-03-10 0 point DOS version

http://www.dosbox.com/wiki/BOOT

jurg1 2013-08-07 -1 point DOS version

Got the same problem.
"Install can only be run from drive A or B"
Anyone got the fix for this?

weety 2012-09-11 0 point DOS version

Error: Install can only be run from drive A or B.

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Other Releases

Pinball Mania was also released on the following systems:

Amiga

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