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Virtual Pinball
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$54.95[1] 720601
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£44.99[2] E261SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
FR
? E261SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
DE
? E261SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
ES
? E261SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



Virtual Pinball is a pinball game developed by BudgeCo and published by Electronic Arts. It acts as a spiritual sequel to the 1983 computer program Pinball Construction Set, being designed and programmed by the same man, Bill Budge.

Gameplay

Gameplay allows up to four players (taking turns) to play on either one of the game's included tables or a custom table (the MEMORY items) with a variety of other options. Left flips the left flipper, C flips the right flipper, A charges the spring that launches a ball (on some tables), and A+B+C tilts.

Workshop

In the workshop, it is possible to either alter an existing table in the game or make a new one. Use the directional pad to move, A to select a part type from the list, B to cycle between parts of a particular type, and C to place the part. With the Blaster selected, press C to delete an item on the table. With the Grabber selected, press C to pick up an item (to move it). Press Start to bring up a menu where the table can be saved in one of ten possible save slots.

Production credits

Source: In-game credits (?)
  • Concept and Program: Bill Budge
  • Graphics: Nick Corea
  • Music and Sound: Nu Romantic
  • Producer: Nick Simmons


Source: US manual
  • Game Design: Bill Budge, Nick Corea, Jim Simmons
  • Producer: Jim Simmons
  • Assistant Producer: Jeff Glazier
  • Technical Director: Tim Brengle
  • Product Manager: David Sze
  • Package Design: E. J. Sarraille Design Group
  • Illustration: Jean-Francois Podevin
  • Art Direction: Nancy Waisanen
  • Documentation: Valerie Hanscom
  • Documentation Layout, Illustration: Tom Peters
  • Testing Manager: Randy Delucchi
  • Product Testing: Tony Iuppa, Yun Shin, Mike Lopez
  • Quality Assurance: Bill Scheppler
  • Public Relations: Fiona Murphy
  • Original Game Concept: Bill Budge
  • Board Design: Bill Budge, Mike Lopez, Tony Iuppa, Jordan Maynard, Bryan Beckstrand and the incredible mystery pinball guru genius.

Magazine articles

Main article: Virtual Pinball/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80
70 №145, p72[2]
85 №53, p70[1]
52 №12, p99
82 №25, p118/119[4]
72 №17, p30/31
72 №15, p46
84 №8, p18/19
46 №2, p28/29
62 №24, p82/83
57 №14, p116/117[5]
74 №36, p138[6]
68 №49, p74/75
74 №27, p40/41
80 №1, p33[7]
80 №24, p11
Sega Mega Drive
71
Based on
16 reviews

Mega Drive, US
VirtualPinball MD US Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Virtual Pinball MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
VirtualPinball MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Virtual-pinball-cart-US.jpg
Cart

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 File:GamePro US 053.pdf, page 71
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:CVG UK 145.pdf, page 72
  3. File:Mega UK 16.pdf, page 107
  4. File:Joypad FR 025.pdf, page 118
  5. File:MeanMachinesSega14UK.pdf, page 116
  6. File:PlayerOne FR 036.pdf, page 138
  7. File:SuperGamePower BR 001.pdf, page 33