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Pinball Dreams Amstrad CPC finally released

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:49 am
by ivarf
Quality capture from a real Amstrad CRT screen running Pinball Dreams.
It looks lovely, way better than on an emulator. This really is Atari ST quality on the humble Amstrad CPC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCA6psxb-7U&t

Chinnyvision review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOUXfN8_hJ4

Americans try Pinball Dreams (and the Roland games)
https://youtu.be/m9GX0GjU2co?t=1467


11 year old review and comparison of versions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wfruXEucUQ

Amstrad and Amiga version running side by side
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faDRc7R7a10

Pinball Dreams live stream
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi9gTXk38Ic

Green screen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moAFiRBUeu4

Download the game:
https://t.co/nAQuShB8A1

Re: Pinball Dreams Amstrad CPC finally released

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:16 am
by Antiriad2097
That's a truly awful quality video, but the ball action seems smooth, pretty good for an 8 bit conversion.

Re: Pinball Dreams Amstrad CPC finally released

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:30 am
by ivarf
Antiriad2097 wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:16 am
That's a truly awful quality video, but the ball action seems smooth, pretty good for an 8 bit conversion.
I linked that video, as it is the best video I have found so far to show the games smoothness. Emulators don't do the game justice

Here is a jerky video review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpKIFYDvwEA

another review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMmkfvUKQ28&t=804s

Re: Pinball Dreams Amstrad CPC finally released

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:51 am
by ivarf
Amstrad and Amiga version running side by side
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faDRc7R7a10

I wonder if someone will try to do a ZX Spectrum or C64 version?

Re: Pinball Dreams Amstrad CPC finally released

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:55 am
by silvergunner
Fair play to the coders, that’s a great conversion.

Re: Pinball Dreams Amstrad CPC finally released

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:12 am
by SharkyDave
Anything on a CPC is awesome news in my book, so great job!

Re: Pinball Dreams Amstrad CPC finally released

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:58 pm
by Matt_B
I'm a little bit late to the topic, but yeah, it's great. Totally worth the wait.

So far as running the game in an emulator, it'll make a big difference if you can set your monitor refresh rate to a multiple of 50 Hz. That's not possible on a lot of modern flat panels, but some of them - usually the more gaming branded ones - will go to 100 Hz or sometimes even 150 (not that that makes a difference in this case) allowing the game to run at full speed and update the game in sync. Otherwise, you're going to get a little bit of juddering as it syncs up with the 60 Hz display.

I can also see some colour blending going on, which extends the machine's palette by rapidly alternating between frames. That looks great on an old 80s monitor with the slow phosphor, but just turns into ugly strobing on anything modern. Some emulators have a setting that allows you to simulate this though.

Re: Pinball Dreams Amstrad CPC finally released

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:08 am
by merman
ivarf wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:51 am
Amstrad and Amiga version running side by side
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faDRc7R7a10

I wonder if someone will try to do a ZX Spectrum or C64 version?
There was a C64 version in development, they released an Ignition table preview. But no updates on that for a while now...

Re: Pinball Dreams Amstrad CPC finally released

Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:31 am
by ivarf
merman wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:08 am
ivarf wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:51 am
Amstrad and Amiga version running side by side
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faDRc7R7a10

I wonder if someone will try to do a ZX Spectrum or C64 version?
There was a C64 version in development, they released an Ignition table preview. But no updates on that for a while now...
If I remember correctly that version was cancelled due to lack of memory. I guess he tried a 64kB version. Maybe it is uncommon to have more than 64 kB in a C64? I really like the music of the c64 version, fast and smooth, but the 4/3 screen mode used shows far to little of the pinball table. I have seen the same problem in some Amstrad shooters, you don't have time to react as the enemy/ball is off screen.

Re: Pinball Dreams Amstrad CPC finally released

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:41 am
by ivarf
Quality capture from a real Amstrad CRT screen running Pinball Dreams. It looks lovely, way better than on an emulator. This really is Atari ST quality on the humble Amstrad CPC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... CA6psxb-7U