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!
User reviews: Mostly Negative (352 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 19, 2012
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“Dream Pinball 3D is the best pinball game on the market!”
Megagaming

“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 This Game

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! 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!

KEY FEATURES:

  • 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

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
77 of 82 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
I love pinball. And when I got a 90% off coupon for Dream Pinball 3D, I read the reviews here and I knew what I was getting into. But I took it as a bit of a challenge, to see if I could actually get the game up and running and evaluate it on its own merits, or lack thereof. It wasn't very difficult to get going (who doesn't use a backup email and info for internet purposes these days anyway?, set compability mode for XP, and as an extra step I went ahead and added the .exe to DEP since I run Win 8.1). As long as you don't try to do anything fancy, like alt-tab or upload your scores or load the registration window, or exit, it's sort of stable. I didn't get any crashes during the game itself anyway.

The screen ratio is stretched in widescreen, and even though 16:9 is an option those resolutions can't be set. Nothing, it seems, can be done about that. I'd also recommend cranking down the effects since all the bloom, reflection, glass, lighting, etc. seems to do is make it really hard to see your ball whizzing around the distorted table. Also, there is no controller support, and the default key settings were oddly configured but could be changed.

There are 6 tables, they're nothing special really, but they're not the worst I've played. The play isn't anything novel for pinball, but it's got all the combos, multiball, missions, extra balls, etc. you expect from a decent table. The physics aren't really comparable to Pinball Arcade and the theming and missions aren't even in the same league as Pinball FX2, two outstanding pinball games which can be downloaded on Steam free with a single free table each. I did find it a bit easier to keep my ball alive on the Dream Pinball 3D tables than I generally do in the other pinball games, which was nice for a change of pace as a relatively novice player.

In all, I feel like I personally got my 70 cents' worth just to satisfy my own curiousity, but I can't really recommend the game unless you're a die-hard pinball fanatic and you're stuck with a 10 year-old computer you can't run anything better on. I'm probably going to throw this on an old laptop that I use for ancient DOS games since I think it will run fine with all the useless bells and whistles turned off and the screen ratio won't be an issue.
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34 of 47 people (72%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
I'd rather stick a red hot pinball up my dickhole instead of playing this again.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Broken. Wouldn't even start. Also had to signup with email and address. DO NOT BUY THIS PEICE OF CRAP NO MATTER HOW CHEAP IT IS! STOP SUPPORTING AWFUL DEVELOPERS!
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Why steam... why do we have this crap online ??
You need to activate the game before unlocking it for 100% ?
I allready buyd it .... and we have steam .... remove these things.

So far I played it.... looks like crap... and sounds are horrible...
I played a lot of pinball games .. only this one makes playing digital pinball game a freaking joke !!!!!!!
What a waste of money.... :(

People do not buy !!!!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
There are a lot of free browser Pinball games and then there are the better looking, paid versions like 'Dream Pinball 3D'.

I don't think I should explain the game mechanics. The game plays pretty well and there are 6 decks to choose from, which all look nice to me.
Many of the other reviewers had trouble playing the game. Personally, I did not encounter any crashes whatsoever. You do have to insert your serial in a third party DRM application, which is annoying if you uninstall/install the game a lot.

Dream Pinball 3D is not that bad but with only 6 decks, it simply doesn't offer that much to justify the price tag (atm 70 cents but normal price = 7 Euro).
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Start game.
You need to register.
"alright"
Game starts.
Resolution is crap and shifted to the left.
Doesn't support my 1680x1050
"nice"
Pick "map"
Leaderboard pops up.
Won't go away.
Couldn't figure out how to launch the ball.
Spend about a minute smashing every button on my keyboard trying to figure how to launch the piece of ♥♥♥♥.
Apparently there's like 12 buttons to change the camera angle.
Every angle is the same.
Leaderboard disappears.
Ball launches by itself another minute later.
"finally"
Flippers have a mind of it's own.
Can't control flippers.
Lose ball.
Leaderboard pops up.
uninstall.exe

Space Cadet Pinball here I come.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
THIS IS ♥♥♥♥ING ♥♥♥♥ GAME
IT SUCKS
YOU MUST PAY FOR EXTRA ACTIVATION WTF!?!
DON'T BUY THIS ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Better go back to play space cadet instead.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
It's a pinball game. It looks like a lot of effort and thought was put in but it plays terribly. The 4:3 and 16:9 resolutions don't work very well and there is no HD graphics. This game was released in 2008 which is kind of unacceptable. When I was a kid I played pinball games on my Playstation 1 that looked visually more pleasing than this. Honestly wish I could get my 7 wasted minutes of life back.

CONS
-No HD
-No mention of controls at start
-Metal ball feels really "light"

PROS
-Alt F4 works
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
need to make an account for somthing. it let me do nothing
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Terrible Game. Literally bought it through steam to have it try and recharge me to buy a license for this aweful and pointless pinball game. Not worth the money spent on it to only be able to play the basic tutorial verision of the game. Avoid it if possible unless your willing to spend another 10+ dollars on a outdated pinball game you can find most likely find for free elsewhere on the web.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Dont buy this game
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Graphically not looking bad. However I do not "feel" the game. There are others out there with a much higher addiction factor.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Cons:
-Does not let me set 16:9 resolution
-Awkward registration
-Overall not fun
-Confusing
-Sound is unappealing
-Graphics are bad for a 2012 game
-Physics feel unreal

Pros:
-Better than CoD: Ghosts
-I guess It's alright for 0.69€ but I feel it doesn't reach the quality it presents.

Overall, do not buy.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
WTF IS THIS GAME?
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126 of 134 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2013
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 ♥♥♥♥♥♥ 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.
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88 of 93 people (95%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 11, 2014
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.
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98 of 108 people (91%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Heres the thing, I really enjoy pinball games. I play Pinball FX2 loads on my Xbox360, I have Zen Pinball on my 3DS, I have several pinball titles for the Ps2. I have even played a good amount of real pinball despite being really bad at it.

That said I have no love for this title at all. Lets start with the really ugly bit first, forced registration. Sure you can opt not to, but that leaves you heavily limited ingame with no online leaderboards, demo tables and tables that are locked out from play. Its a stupidly pointless step that is just plain annoying.

But then we have the actual tables themselves, six tables, all different themes but all having one big thing thats covered across all of them, they are just dull! The tables offer so little in the way of features and modes compared to other pinball games on steam, theres little life, little energy and little 'fun' too. Essentially its my way of saying 'Basic and Boring' and 'I could be doing better things than this right now' which, happens not to be a good thing to think while playing a game.

In one quick last comment then: So Average, its boring.
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65 of 67 people (97%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2013
I'll be honest with ya. I only got this because I got a 90% off coupon from making a badge and thought $1 for pinball is a good deal. Sadly, it still felt like a ripoff.

First thing that happens when you launch this is you have to register the game and include stuff like your full name, email, phone#, etc. If you don't do this, you won't be getting the full game you paid for. After taking a few minutes to fill in info I was sure wasn't gonna be used for anything [Update: They wanted all that stuff to send me newsletters for their other stuff. Yeah, no thanks.], I was ready to play this...only to have the controller not respond to the game. At first I thought you had to change the input from keyboard to controller. Nope. Game doesn't support controllers. I wouldn't make a big deal about this if this was originally released in say, 2001. This game came out in 2008. Inexcusable.

Now for the gameplay. The game comes with 6 tables of different themes. Now 6 good tables would be worth the $10 price. These 6 didn't feel like they were worth the $1 I payed. Gameplay just felt so dull and slow that I didn't even bother to play the tables seriously. The bad music and camera angles didn't exactly help either. This was just a mess all around. After 1 playing of it, this was uninstalled and never played again.

If you want to spend $10 on pinball, get either Pinball Arcade or Pinball FX and spend it on the packs. Sure you might get less tables, but they'll actually be worth it.
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63 of 73 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2014
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.
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