Pinball Madness by Encore Software (DOS/Windows CD-ROM)
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Reviewed: 01/1998

Rating: 4 of 6Rating: 4 of 6Rating: 4 of 6

Crystal Caliburn
Loony Labyrinth
Full Tilt!
Hyper 3-D Pinball

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Full Tilt!, Hyper 3-D Pinball, Crystal Caliburn, Loony Labyrinth

Multi-game package with four previously released titles. "10 of the all-time best pinball tables" as the large, eye-catching box announces in vivid colors. This isn't a budget re-release but a moderately priced collection of more recent and decent pinball sims licensed by Encore Software. The games come on a single CD-ROM with their individual, original installation programs and a compiled manual covering all four. Hyper 3-D is a DOS program while the others are for Windows. All four also run under Windows 95 but Hyper 3-D requires a supplied patch to bypass a UNIVBE driver problem with certain video cards.
Encore originally intended to include Gametek's Starball in Pinball Madness. They didn't for whatever reason and I think it would only have devalued the bundle anyway.
There really isn't much else to be said about this package. All four games are reviewed already on this page and either you are familiar with those sims or then here's your chance to pick them up all at once. I think highly of Crystal Caliburn and Loony Labyrinth as 2D games, Full Tilt! is good and Hyper 3-D has 3D action with some faulty ball physics.