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Visual Pinball is a new tool that allows users to create and play thier own
Complete freedom over table layout. If you like, you can start
with nothing but a blank table and build up your creation. Or, start with
a preset table or edit an existing table.
Curved surfaces. Walls and ramps can have both straight sections
and smooth flowing arcs, as simpy as dragging a few points around.
True 3D rendering. Tables come alive with realistic
shading and shadows. Choose to view the table at any angle, at any
resolution - a small window to play while multi-tasking or full-screen
max-resolution for the complete pinball effect.
Shaped Lights. Flashing arrows, arcs, semi-circles; lights can be made
into any shape you deisre, or choose a simple circle to quickly whip a concept
Complete freedom over rules. The amazing VBScript based engine
allows you to have any event create any effect! Combine events to create
complex tasks, and give your game a real plot.
All the pinball parts are here. Plungers, flippers, kickers,
bumpers, ramps, lights, text displays, gates, spinners, timers, triggers,
decals, and drop targets are all at your disposal. And any wall section
can become a slingshot with the click of a checkbox!
Shape your objects any way you want. A tall, thin bumper with a
wide overhang? A short, stubby flipper that spins all the way
around? Not a problem, just do it.
Add images to your board. Add your own pictures to walls,
floors, spinners, bumpers, and targets to give your game a distinctive
personality. Choose any color you want for other parts like flippers,
lights and text displays.
Q: So, is Visual Pinball pretty much like Pinball Construction Set?
A: Yes, except advanced 20 years.
Q: Wasn't Pinball Construction Set released only 17 years ago?
A: Visual Pinball is that good.
Q: Can I recreate my favorite pinball game from the past?
A: Visual Pinball can more or less faithfully reproduce the gameplay of most
pinball tables created before 1990. More modern tables tend to use
complicated engineering which is beyond that supported by VP. Of course,
every table has it's own gimmicks, which usually can be reproduced with varying
degrees of success.
Q: When will Visual Pinball be released?
A: Look for an official public beta release before Christmas.
Q: Isn't this a pretty short FAQ?
A: I haven't been asked a lot of questions yet.
Operating System: Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000
Processor: Pentium 166 or above
Graphics: 16-bit color or above
RAM: 16 megabytes (32 or more recommended)