True Pinball

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True Pinball
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Ocean Software (US, Europe), Gaga Communications (Japan)
Developer:
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (49 tracks)
Genre: Table (Pinball) (テーブル(ピンボール))[1], Table[2]

















Number of players: 1-8 (alternating)
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 (5,974)5,800e[3] T-18505G
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
US
T-16406H
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Saturn
EU
T-16406H-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Saturn
DE
T-16406H-50
USK: 0
Sega Saturn
PT
Sega Saturn
UK
£39.9939.99[6] T-16406H-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Saturn
PL
219zł219
Sega Saturn
AU
OFLC: G

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True Pinball, known as Tekkyuu: True Pinball (鉄球 トゥルー・ピンボール) in Japan, is a pinball game released for the Sega Saturn in 1996.

Gameplay

True Pinball is an enhanced remake of the Digital Illusions' 1995 Amiga/DOS game Pinball Illusions, featuring the same four tables (Law 'n Justice, Babewatch, Extreme Sports and The Vikings, the latter originally added as a DOS exclusive) with graphical and audial upgrades to suit more advanced hardware. The major difference between True Pinball and Pinball Illusions is the addition of pre-rendered 3D modes - whereas Pinball Illusions only allows you to play the tables from a top-down perspective, True Pinball renders them at an angle, simulating depth (and a more realistic perspective for the user) and reducing the amount of scrolling needed to see the entire table.

The game can be played either in a low resolution 3D mode, a high resolution 3D mode (which, due to interlacing tricks, will not function properly with component video or with most emulators) or in a similar 2D mode found in the original game. Other tweaks include altered music, more speech and altered menus.

Though the tables are more detailed in the Saturn version, it is still considered to be out-classed by the DOS version of Pinball Illusions, primarily due to the fact the maximum screen resolution there is 800x600, resulting in sharper graphics. Also, as the tables were not originally designed for 3D, many elements, particularly towards the top of the screen, are obscured by scenery. Also scrolling, which is not always desirable by the user, is not completely eliminated (unlike Digital Pinball: Last Gladiators, released for the Saturn a few months prior in 1995).

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English True Pinball True Pinball
English (US) True Pinball True Pinball
Japanese 鉄球 トゥルー・ピンボール Tekkyuu: True Pinball

Screenshot

Main article: True Pinball/Comparisons.

Magazine articles

Main article: True Pinball/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: True Pinball/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR)
77
[7]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
80
[6]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
70
[8]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
73
[9]
Freak (IL)
88
[10]
Game Informer (US) NTSC-U
73
[11]
Joypad (FR) PAL
74
[12]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
70
[13]
Maximum (UK)
25
[14]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
70
[15]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
85
[16]
Player One (FR)
85
[17]
Sega News (CZ)
91
[18]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
83
[19]
Świat Gier Komputerowych (PL)
95
[20]
Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) PAL
71
[21]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
60
[22]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
58
[23]
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
86
[24]
Total Saturn (UK) PAL
82
[25]
Ultimate Future Games (UK) PAL
62
[26]
Video Games (DE) PAL
69
[27]
Sega Saturn
74
Based on
22 reviews

True Pinball

Saturn, JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
True Pinball Sat JP Manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, US
TruePinball Saturn US Box Back.jpgTruePinball Saturn US Box Front.jpg
Cover
TruePinball Saturn US Disc.jpg
Disc
Truepinball sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
TruePinball Saturn EU Box.jpg
Cover
TruePinball Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, PT
TruePinball Saturn PT cover.jpg
Cover
TruePinball Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, AU
TruePinball Saturn AU cover.jpg
Cover
TruePinball Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
603,104,544 CD-ROM (EU) T-16406H-50 V1.000
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
633,833,424 1995-12-19 CD-ROM (JP) T-18505G V1.000
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1996-04-01 CD-R Page

References

  1. File:TruePinball Saturn JP Box Back.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/fb/segahard/ss/soft_licensee2.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-20 23:05)
  3. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1996-06 (1996-04-12)" (JP; 1996-03-22), page 40
  4. http://sega-saturn.com/software.htm (Wayback Machine: 1996-12-15 06:01)
  5. Computer & Video Games, "May 1996" (UK; 1996-04-12), page 65
  6. 6.0 6.1 Computer & Video Games, "March 1996" (UK; 1996-02-09), page 40
  7. Consoles +, "Février 1996" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 117
  8. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "September 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 25
  9. Famitsu, "1996-04-12" (JP; 1996-03-29), page 1
  10. Freak, "2/96" (IL; 1996-xx-xx), page 1
  11. Game Informer, "September 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 52
  12. Joypad, "Février 1996" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 67
  13. MAN!AC, "06/96" (DE; 1996-05-08), page 59
  14. Maximum, "February 1996" (UK; 1996-xx-xx), page 145
  15. Mega Fun, "05/96" (DE; 1996-04-xx), page 70
  16. Mean Machines Sega, "April 1996" (UK; 1996-0x-xx), page 82
  17. Player One, "Février 1996" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 114
  18. Sega News, "Prosinec 1996" (CZ; 1996-1x-xx), page 15
  19. Sega Power, "April 1996" (UK; 1996-02-15), page 34
  20. Świat Gier Komputerowych, "12/1996" (PL; 1996-xx-xx), page 1
  21. Sega Saturn Magazine, "February 1996" (UK; 1996-01-24), page 84
  22. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1996-06 (1996-04-12)" (JP; 1996-03-22), page 236
  23. Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 16
  24. Sonic the Comic, "7 June 1996" (UK; 1996-05-25), page 10
  25. Total Saturn, "Volume One Issue Four" (UK; 1996-12-29), page 59
  26. Ultimate Future Games, "April 1996" (UK; 1996-02-29), page 84
  27. Video Games, "5/96" (DE; 1996-04-24), page 96


True Pinball

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Prereleases: Prototype 1996-04-01