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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Tuesday, 13 November 2007

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Ever since I was a young boy I used to play that Silver Ball...

Pinball is making a comeback but not a physical one, just a virtual one. SouthPeak Games has announced the first details of Dream Pinball, another title bolstering its rapidly growing 2008 line-up. Dream Pinball will be a cutting-edge pinball simulation for PC, Wii and DS making the best use of available technologies to elevate pinball simulations to the next level.

Available technologies? Like the L and R buttons on the DS? Oh they probably mean the dual screens. If they had a motion sensor in the cartridge you might even have an actual TILT penalty. 

 Featuring six distinctive tables, Dream Pinball draws on the latest hardware features to provide visuals that easily surpass previous pinball titles. HDR lighting, motion blur and advanced particle systems generate a remarkable graphical sheen, with selectable cameras providing one fixed and six dynamic action-tracking camera angles. The tables themselves feature a wide range of designs and themes, each one complete with multiple areas, secrets, an array of special effects and spectacular three-way multiball.

Wait a tick, can the DS and Wii even handle that type of graphics technology? I don't recall seeing any really useful motion blur on the DS, well ok except for maybe Need for Speed. I stand self-corrected. 

Dream Pinball also excels in the gameplay stakes, with real-world physics determining the game’s ball dynamics. In a unique spin, balls can be made from six different materials including marble, oak, ivory and gold - each with their own distinct ballistic properties. With a multiplayer mode allowing up to four players to compete for points and versatile scalability options for owners with more modest PC hardware, Dream Pinball is set to become the definitive pinball simulation when released for PC, Wii and Nintendo DS in February 2008.

I need to talk to Oic about this different ballistics for different ball materials thing. He's the closest thing to Tommy (that blind, deaf and dumb kid) that we have here at G:G. 

Ok ok, enough of the hype and on to the screenshots. One for each platform, you guess which is which ok? If you need help you can click them for the full versions.



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