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Psycho Pinball

DOS - 1995

Also available on: Genesis

Year 1995
Platform DOS
Released in Germany, United States
Genre Action
Theme Pinball
Publisher Codemasters Software Company Limited, The
Developer Codemasters Software Company Limited, The
Perspectives 1st-Person, Top-Down
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.73
4.62 / 5 - 61 votes

Description of Psycho Pinball

Psycho Pinball is a vastly underrated pinball game that will please both beginners and experts alike.

Developed by Codemasters and published by Phillips Media, the game offers 4 fun tables, good music, and a clear digital voice that guide you to extra points and jackpots. Similar to most other pinball games, and Extreme Pinball in particular, you play Psycho Pinball from a top-down perspective, seeing half of the table on the screen, which then scrolls up or down to track the ball.

The four tables are Psycho, Trick or Treat, The Abyss, and Wild West. In addition to having different settings and goals, they vary in difficulty level. What sets Psycho Pinball apart from other pinball games is the bonus games you can play if you get the ball in the right hole. These bonus games are played at the bottom of the screen, and give you extra points. The table are “linked” in a sense that you can go to the other tables if you get the ball in the correct spot.

Aside from fun bonus games, Psycho Pinball has all the trappings that will keep pinball fans hooked for a long time. The game features a three ball multiball, a realistic tilt, and progressive game play targets with rewards. Up to four players can play on each table. Also included are twelve different surface types of varying friction like rubber and metal, over 200 sound effects, three difficulty levels with five speed options from Fogey to Psycho, and excellent animations.

Good graphics, clearly stated goals, and plenty of on-line help will introduce newbies to the genre, while veterans will have fun with all-around solid gameplay and bonus games. Recommended!

Review By HOTUD

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Tom 2023-05-18 0 point DOS version

DOS version with a setup (it will install the game with DOSBox and create the desktop shortcut from which you can run the game instantly):

Gamecus 2023-04-01 0 point DOS version

How yo fix the message: "Use cursor keys to highlight on reverse of manual at location"
In the installed game, locate the folder OTHERS. Here, Create a empty text file called HISCORE.flg, delete any old hiscore.flg files if you find them.

Specstuffer 2022-04-02 1 point

After much thought and testing I have found a work around for this game asking to reference a symbol table at start up. First an explanation. I noticed that the game is allowing 4 executions to occur before requiring input from the symbol table which can only be found on the paper game manual. So, it occurred to me that the game had to be keeping a count of the number of executions. This meant storing the count in a file. I figured that if I could determine what file the count was being used, I could prevent the game from altering that file and therefore prevent it from knowing what the count is. I determined the file is called "hiscores.flg" and it is located in the "other" directory of the main game directory. The game alters this file and changes it's attributes to "hidden, read only".
The work around. Unzip the game to a directory called " psycpin". Create a directory under "psycpin" called "temp" . Do not run the game yet! Copy "hiscores.flg" from "other" to " temp". Create the following batch file.

@echo off
attrib -r -h m:\psycpin\other\hiscores.flg
copy /Z m:\psycpin\temp\hiscores.flg m:\psycpin\other

Edit this batch file for the correct drive letter. Placé it in the "psycpin" directory. Use "start.bat" to start the game.

psycho-pinballer 2020-09-28 1 point DOS version

This game must be in a subdirectory in order to work. (otherwise: tons of "illegal reads")
If you try to create a shortcut like this:
"\DOSBox.exe" "\psycho.bat"
It will not work.
You have to create a unique configuration file for this game.
And create the shortcut like this:
"\DOSBox.exe" -conf "\example.conf"
And "example.conf" should have at the end [autoexec] the mount options, for example:
mount c d:\downloads\
cd psycho-pinball_dos_en

PhilB 2020-04-29 3 points DOS version

When i start the game, a message shows:
'Use cursor keys to highlight on reverse of manual at location:
column x, row y'

Where can we find the correct codes, or bypass this ?

crash 2017-01-26 3 points

B E S T pinball game EVER!

Buben3 2017-01-23 2 points

It's my Life 1996

MentalZero 2014-05-27 3 points DOS version

Thanks for this works fine in DropBox who needs consoles when we have emulators and all these cool old games.

Macca 2013-11-16 1 point DOS version

I like this games very much

Manniche 2013-10-25 -7 points DOS version

Please help
When i start the game, a message shows:
'Use cursor keys to highlight on reverse of manual at location:
(example) column D, row 10'

Is it possible to skip this part?

chibimaria 2013-06-01 1 point DOS version

First unzipped game and change the name of the unzipped file to pp.

Put this in a folder named games.

And then put this file in root c:

Then I used DosBox.

Commands for DosBox are:

mount c c:\games\


cd pp


And it's done ^.^

Stripeytrousers 2013-05-25 -2 points DOS version

If tells me if can't find the install.cfg .... can anyone help?

Lazeye 2012-10-15 1 point DOS version

Love this game, tried it for many years ago.

StarBrow 2012-08-03 1 point DOS version

Perhaps the best pinball sim I've ever played. Lots and lots of sub-tables and cheesy little arcade games built into it. One of the best, relative to graphics, and undoubtedly THE best with regards to audio. You will not be disappointed I promise you ..!.

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