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.