The first in a line of pinball games from 21st Century and Swedish Digital Illusions (later known as Dice), with four tables covering themes such as the wild west for Steel Wheel, space rockets for Ignition, a haunted graveyard for Nightmare and pop music for Beat Box. Control is extremely simple. Use the down cursor key to pull back and release the spring, and shoot the ball into play. The left and right Shift keys control the flippers, and if you want to cheat then Space will tilt the table. However, over-enthusiastic tilting will forget your turn.
The best thing about Pinball Dreams is that, as well as being great to look and listen to, it’s brilliant to play. The way the ball moves is unnervingly realistic, wand while there aren’t really that many features on each table, it manages to keep the excitement going without appearing too cluttered or empty. The presentation is also amazing. All the flashing lights and impressive samples of a true table are present, as are all the pings, squeals, digitised speech and small snatches of music. Simple and easy to understand pinball game boards that will keep you and your friends fighting over who can get the highest score for years and even decades.