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Introduction

For news about the Windows XP SP2 problem, see the news page.

For those of you whose version is expiring, there is a new V6.1 download available from www.vpforums.com and www.irpinball.com.

Visual Pinball is a new tool that allows users to create and play thier own pinball tables.

Features:

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 up.

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.

 

FAQ:

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.

 

System Requirements:

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)