Release date July 22, 2009 at 12.00 a.m.
Tampere, Finland, July 22, 2009. Cowboy Rodeo has published the Pinball Fantasies game for the Apple iPhone/iPod Touch, a successor to the wildly popular iPhone port of the classic Pinball Dreams by Cowboy Rodeo.
The game is a port based on the Pinball Dreams, Fantasies and Illusions trilogy first published for Commodore Amiga in the 1990s, a series that set off a company which became one of the largest in Europe, now owned by Electronic Arts; Digital Illusions CE - DICE.
Literally over a million copies of Pinball Dreams, Pinball Fantasies and Pinball Illusions were sold for most major gaming platforms making the series a true best-seller of its time.
Pinball Fantasies features the 4 original tables from the Amiga release with remastered graphics and yet again comes with 100% of the original addictive game play, now running to a true 60 FPS on all devices.
This time around Cowboy Rodeo got unexpected high level support for the project as Markus Nyström, the man behind all of the graphics and tables in the original trilogy revisited the game’s logo and did all of the menu graphics for the port!
On top of this Olof Gustafsson, the man behind the music and the effects, has kindly contributed with new studio quality remixes and tunes for a VIP section on the game’s WWW-pages, available for everyone buying the game.
”The Pinball Dreams trilogy was the absolute cream of the crop when it comes to pinball simulators, and we believe that a good game will always be a good game and the experience lives throughout generations. By porting and publishing Pinball Fantasies we are proving that their basic idea and game play still works, and thus we bring this fantastic piece of old school game craftsmanship to the players of 2009 – ranging from fans of the original versions back in the day to youngsters who never got to enjoy the world when Commodore Amiga and other 16-bit legends dominated”, tells Juuso Salmijärvi, Cowboy Rodeo’s CEO.
Andreas Axelsson, co-creator and coder of the original series summarizes their view about the comeback of their game:
“Being able to reach out to a whole new generation of gamers with such an old game is something usually reserved for the true classics. We're immensely proud to be considered worthy.”
“When Pinball Dreams was born as a crazy idea in a summer cottage 20 years ago it was beyond our wildest dreams that it would get the kind of attention and appreciation it has. I'm truly proud that people still enjoy the games.”
“The physics algorithms alone were astoundingly developed for the time and the developers spent six months on them before even starting the rest of the game development. After that, each table took 6 to 8 months of hard manual labour and love. Because of all this, you can still see and appreciate how everything has been crafted with extreme care and on top of all - talent”, tells Juuso Salmijärvi.
Cowboy Rodeo is an independent Finland-based game developer working on Apple iPhone and Sony PSP platforms.
The original Pinball Dreams IPR is licensed from Rebellion – www.rebellion.co.uk
Genre: pinball, arcade, simulation
Platforms: Apple iPhone/iPod Touch
Producer: Cowboy Rodeo
Publication: July 2009
For more information, please contact:
Cowboy Rodeo, Juuso Salmijärvi, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. +358 50 369 5970
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