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FINGER-FLIPPIN’, POWERFUL PINBALL! No room for a pinball machine? So what! With DREAM PINBALL 3D you can transform your PC or console into 6 different, multilevel, 3D pinball machines! Clever gameplay, plus balls made of different materials – and each material has special ballistic properties that affect how those balls roll!
Release Date: Sep 19, 2012
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“Dream Pinball 3D is the best pinball game on the market!”

“The outstanding visual presentation, the proud number of tables and the undoubtedly long-term motivation make Dream Pinball 3D the clear winner against Pro Pinball. Further descriptions are unnecessary, just check out the excellent demo version.”
80 – Eurogamer

“The six tables offer enough variety, have great visuals and nice HDR effects and have a pleasantly afloat playability.”
85 – 4Players

About the Game


No room for a pinball machine? So what! With DREAM PINBALL 3D you can transform your PC or console into 6 different, multilevel, 3D pinball machines!

Clever gameplay, plus balls made of different materials – and each material has special ballistic properties that affect how those balls roll! A cutting edge engine gets the best out of this classic game’s optics and acoustics, including state-of-art particle technology, HDR and multiplayer 3D sound – and you get true pinball feeling, with a visible tilt function and the fantastic “Motion Blur” effect!

Hook factor guaranteed!


  • 6 pinball machines with different themes: Knight Tournament, Monstercastle, Underwater World, Dino Wars, Spinning Rotors AND the “Fantasy” pinball machine, linked to “Two Worlds”!
  • Balls made of 6 different materials - steel, ivory, oak, walnut, marble and gold, all with different ballistic properties!
  • Multiball feature with 3 balls and 7different camera positions!
  • State-of-the-art Particle and Motion Blur effects and brilliant lighting effects thanks to latest HDR technology
  • Individual sound effects, with speech recordings and music for every pinball machine
  • Multiplayer mode for up to 4 pinballers

PC System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor:2.0 GHz Single Core
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader 1.3 graphics card with 128 MB
    • Hard Drive:900 MB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Internet connection is needed to upload highscore
    • OS:Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor:Intel or AMD Multicore CPU
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader 2.0 graphics card with 256 MB
    • Hard Drive:900 MB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Internet connection is needed to upload highscore
Helpful customer reviews
84 of 88 people (95%) found this review helpful
362 products in account
3 reviews
3.4 hrs on record
Some of the tables are good, but there is a lot wrong with this game which makes an overall recommendation impossible.

Some technical issues first:
- What's with this Registration bullcrap? Yes one can uncheck and skip it. But things like this are awful. All I get for doing it is apparently a global leaderboard (I have serious doubts this actually would work) and most likely a ton of spam.

- CD-key shenaniganism. What do you even want? I don't get it. This is totally unnecessary on steam. Actually it's much worse than unnecessary as the the game is buggy and keeps crashing from time to time while playing with some message about the background cd-key checking having failed (why did I activate it when you keep rechecking it all few minutes?). Should be patched out entirely.

-Resolution: max res is 1600x1200. Looks terrible in the menus, is less severe when actually playing. I could live with that. I can not live with the fact though, that after you close the game steam and other windows may be resized and you have to fix it all manually. NOT ACCEPTABLE.

Now a few words on the actual game:
-This game will most likely literally make you sick as the standard camera is fixed on the ball and the screen will constantly move around. This is more of a rollercoaster simulation than a pinball game^^ You can actually change the camera (press C several times) to be fixed on you/the table, that however doesn't even work with these tables as all 5 of them are designed with several flippers in the upper part of the tables and you'll spent most of the time playing on the top of the tables with these flippers rather than the 2 standard flippers at the bottom/the sinks. Handling a table in fixed camera view is very hard.

-The tables all work very similar with ball upgrades (don't even know what it does, color changes but physics stay the same, maybe more points?), no kickbacks at all (there don't seem to be major unfair drains though except on the Knights table - but as I just said it: The ball will spent most of the time on the upper parts of the table) and it's very easy to achieve multiballs and extraballs. Top lits always increase the bonus multiplier, bottom lits (which usually would activate kickbacks) here only give points or activate the ballsaver (in case of Aquantic).

The tables:
Knight Tournament - meh... ball keeps draining very unfairly on this table.

Monsters - Decent table, but only really playable with the standard view imho (prepare your stomache).

Dino Wars - Good table, might work better than the other tables with the table fixed camera.

Spinning Rotors - Actually this could be a good table if the noises wouldn't kill you. There are constant sirens and horns - unbearable.

Aquatic - Again unbearable due to sounds. Everything you hit or the ball moves over causes some sea animal squeaking (well if that's your thing... I can not stand it). Interestingly the table is extremely easy as the ballsaver is on nearly permanently and for some reason I don't even know I kept getting extra balls (on normal difficulty).

Amber Moon - I actually enjoyed this one. Definitely the best table for me. Maybe though it's just that I've gotten a bit more used to the ball fixed cam by now as that was the last table I tried^^

Conclusion: Some good tables. But it's probably really not for you if you get dizzy easily. Also lots of technical nuisances.

Recommendation: Don't even think about buying when it is not on -90% sale/coupon/bundled.
Posted: February 11th, 2014
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72 of 92 people (78%) found this review helpful
608 products in account
134 reviews
0.1 hrs on record
What a train wreck. Old or not, this could never have been good. Zen and The Pinball Arcade are so much better it's not funny at all. I'd rather pay $5 a game at a redneck KKK bar to play a Medieval Madness table with broken trolls, 3 legs, and no flippers while wearing a "Gay Obama supporters for the right to marry your Palestinian pets" shirt than play this mess again. All while singing Lady Gaga at the top of my lungs.
Posted: February 22nd, 2014
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
936 products in account
4 reviews
0.3 hrs on record
Ugh, let me start of by saying this game is bad, really bad. Right off the bat before you even open the game they not only want you to enter a CD key, but they also want your home address, phone number, email address, full name, etc etc. Already very off put by the game and not willing to give them any info (even fake info), I start up the game and find out it is only the demo version unless I give them the info. I then enter the option menus and see some very strange resolutions and a few other options you would want to turn off in order to be able to even see the table, without being blinded by the pinball machine's glass.

So I start up the game and it seemed decent enough. Graphics were fine, music and sound effects were alright and it seemed like an average pinball game. Until you actually put the pinball in action, then the camera freaks out and feels like someone put the game camera on a ceiling fan. Played for awhile trying to get used to the camera and the game crashed. :/

You may be able to fix it from the options menu with its unhelpfully named "Camera 1"" Camera 2" "Camera 3" etc. You have to start up the game to actually see what the difference is. From the few I tried they seemed exactly the same and I am not willing to go through all that hassle to play the demo of a game I bought. It is just too much of a pain to play this game while we have plenty of other fantastic pinball options on Steam. Overall this is more of a rant than a review since I have only tried it for 20 minutes, but I can wholeheartedly advise against buying this game.
Posted: February 20th, 2014
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
186 products in account
2 reviews
0.1 hrs on record
Good thing I got this for free, what a joke
Posted: July 6th, 2014
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
79 products in account
1 review
0.1 hrs on record
You get exactly what you pay for if you buy it for $0.97. The physics are wierd, the music is mediocre at best, the sound is equally mediocre, the way menus are setup confusing, and it doesn't support HD resolutions. I regret spending even a dollar on this game. Stay away.
Posted: June 30th, 2014
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93 of 100 people (93%) found this review helpful
517 products in account
1 review
0.1 hrs on record
This is going to be a short one.

I was in a mood to play some pinball and I got this recently, so I said to myself "Why not?!". Well, I found out pretty soon why "not" indeed.

First, download was small and fast, so no waiting and stuff. Then I ran the game and... well.. it's pure, dissapointing bucket of ♥♥♥♥.
First thing, it asked me to register my game. And if I choose somehow not to register it, I won't have the full game, it will work only as a demo. But ok, many games activate on third party services and similar these days, right? Wrong! This piece of crap not only asks for a CDKEY, which is normal, it wants me to register it with my full name, address, phone, email and system specs. And those are required fields!

So, naturally I thought - "Well, this might be an older game. I don't follow my pinball 3D games lately so I'm not that informed when and what pinball game is released. It must be some relic from older days of retail CD cases and stuff."

Wrong! Again! This ♥♥♥♥ is from 2012! At least that's what Steam says. More on that later.

Ok. Let's just fill it with some nonsense that resembles names, addresses, with correct city, state and email. Just work already. No. Wrong, yet again! It refuses to register on account that I have not filled all the required fields (I did, numerous times). My next move was to just decide "Eh, ♥♥♥♥ it. I'll play in demo mode... just run already.".

Naturally again, first thing when you run a game for the first time - set/check resolution. Ok, where is that 16:9, 1920x1080.. hm. Oh, wait, there is none. Highest resolution setting is 1600x1200...aaand, if there is some way to change that natively and easily, I did not found it. Oh-♥♥♥♥ing-kay.... let's just play in any resolution, whatever. So, first game, new game. Graphics is crap, everything has some ♥♥♥♥ty glow and camera is ♥♥♥♥ing insane. Music is even more crap than the graphics, if you can believe it. In short - gameplay is crap.

Next thing that bugged me is to re-check release date of this ♥♥♥♥. Who would have guessed - I was wrong again, well - Steam was, partly. Game was added to Steam in 2012 but... this came out in 2008 and for Nintendo Wii. Now it all started to make sense. Well, at least that part about ingame crappiness. That registration/activation part is still unexplainable even if the game is 5 years old.

Luckily, my next move after I publish this will be "Right click on Dream Pinbal 3D, Delete Local Content". It had some potential I guess, this game that is. But all that is quickly lost in game's inability to just run like most normal games in last 5-10 years. And yes, we could all say that a bunch of AAA titles had game crashing bugs or errors when you ran them but those were bugs. These are not bugs and unexpected errors. These are deliberately, man made errors that ruined this game. Ok, resolution aside, discard that on whatever resolution was "hip" five years ago. But the activation part is the most important part of this, because without it, you don't have the whole game, and it doesn't work.

Dream Pinball 3D would probably be a pinnacle of gamemaking in 1998. but here and now, no. Instead it's just ♥♥♥♥ that you try not to step in.

Do I recommend this? You guessed it right - No, i don't. Fortunately, I got this in a trade so it's not a loss. But If you plan to shell out any... and I mean - ANY! - amount of cash for this - DON'T. Or at least try free demo first.
Posted: December 11th, 2013
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