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Come get some pinball!

Balls of Steel, a collection of five testosterone-packed pinball tables designed specially for the toughest of gamers, so hardcore that they had to put Duke Nukem on one of them, is available on GOG.com, for only $5.99.

So, you thought you would play yourself some pinball, did'ya? Perhaps you thought pinball is an easy game. Wrong! It takes a real gamer to handle the flippers. If you're not prepared, this game is going to make you cwy like a wittle gawl. Do you ever have pinball dreams? Well, welcome to the pinball nightmare! Just look at the title. Look at it, maggot! Is the game called Rainbow Unicorn Paradise Pinball? No! Is it called Magicall Flipper Fluffy Joyride? No! It's called Balls of Steel, and that's exactly what you need to play it and score high.

Balls of Steel features five pinball tables, none of them for the faint of heart. Hardcore horror, solid Sci-Fi, buckets of bullets, and tons of testosterone are the key design feature in this one-of-a-kind pinball game. With everything you could expect from a fast-paced flipper-arcade, including crazy multi-ball action, and a guest star appearance by Duke Nukem himself, this game will make any pinball fan sweat. With joy!

Today, Duke Nukem asks you one question only: are you tough enough to play some real hardcore pinball? If you think you know how to handle Balls of Steel, grab'em on GOG.com, for only $5.99!
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RafaelLopez: I'm not a huge fan of pinball myself, but the real problem is... seriously, digital pinball? Can it be even close to the real experience?
NO but your average pinball machine cost $1000+ and if you've ever played one outside of an arcade or bar you realize HOW LOUD they are! :D

I'd love a real machine but if I got one my pets would commit suicide and my neigbors would egg my house.
Oh my gosh! Yes! YES! Thank you for granting this wish (it's just more easier to get things via GoG.com, that's all)!
"Darkside" is one of the "best/super favorite"-virtual pinball tables I haven't played ever! :)
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RafaelLopez: I'm not a huge fan of pinball myself, but the real problem is... seriously, digital pinball? Can it be even close to the real experience?
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tinyE: NO but your average pinball machine cost $1000+ and if you've ever played one outside of an arcade or bar you realize HOW LOUD they are! :D

I'd love a real machine but if I got one my pets would commit suicide and my neigbors would egg my house.
But it's like saying "I like being outdoors so I'm painting my room sky-blue".

Okay, my example was terrible. I'm just saying pinball is a very particular kind of game, like bocce or horseshoes, it's just so unique in real life that the digital experience doesn't cut it, at least for me.
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tinyE: NO but your average pinball machine cost $1000+ and if you've ever played one outside of an arcade or bar you realize HOW LOUD they are! :D

I'd love a real machine but if I got one my pets would commit suicide and my neigbors would egg my house.
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RafaelLopez: But it's like saying "I like being outdoors so I'm painting my room sky-blue".

Okay, my example was terrible. I'm just saying pinball is a very particular kind of game, like bocce or horseshoes, it's just so unique in real life that the digital experience doesn't cut it, at least for me.
I actually totally agree, thats why I avoid real machines. If I was to play a real machine for just a few seconds I would have no choice but to go home and delete every pinball game from my hard drive. Of course I don't have any pinball on my hard drive at this moment so that was a really stupid thing for me to say.

Incidentally I use to be a horsehoes fiend untill I moved up north. It's kind of hard to play in ten feet of snow. Then again, maybe I could use that and create a new offshoot of horseshoes and patent it and make a gazillion dollars! Hmmmm
For an old game, this has some seriously high specs:

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.

;-)
^ They certainly are, especially compared to the original release.

Nice addition to the catalog!
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PimPamPet: ^ They certainly are, especially compared to the original release.

Nice addition to the catalog!
That's cute, "Pinball on Steroids". If that game was released now U.S. retailers would refuse to carry it! :P
I played this game once. BEST PINBALL EVER!!!!
I really liked pinball games when I was younger. I came across this game when they had a demo released. It featured the darkside table and it was really really awesome. It reminded me of extreme pinball. Which was also really great!

Thanks! Bought it!
Post edited January 31, 2013 by peterdk
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tinyE: Incidentally I use to be a horsehoes fiend untill I moved up north. It's kind of hard to play in ten feet of snow. Then again, maybe I could use that and create a new offshoot of horseshoes and patent it and make a gazillion dollars! Hmmmm
You could call it snowshoes.
I was waiting for BoS playable on Win7 without any fanpatches and it's finally here, instabuy. This game is just pure fun.
Bought it. Played 3 tables. Love it.

Thanks gog!
Very nice. I've always wanted to give this a real go. Thankfully, GOG actually made sure this game was playable - it's been notorious for being finicky as I can attest to since I have tried the demo of it sometime last year, which ran like crap.

Anywho, it's definitely a great addition. Second best to the Pinball Pro games here (not like that was a very difficult feat to pull off). The ball physics may be slightly floaty, but overall the game is good fun. I also enjoy the fact that the tables themselves are simpler. Now I just have to turn up the difficulty. Played a bit on normal and that was a little too easy. So, thanks GOG. :)
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RafaelLopez: I'm not a huge fan of pinball myself, but the real problem is... seriously, digital pinball? Can it be even close to the real experience?
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tinyE: NO but your average pinball machine cost $1000+ and if you've ever played one outside of an arcade or bar you realize HOW LOUD they are! :D

I'd love a real machine but if I got one my pets would commit suicide and my neigbors would egg my house.
It also do not need to be like the real experience, one can enjoy these games without expecting to get the same than that from a real pinball machine, it's just another different gameplay. And besides the more realistic-oriented games, there are also those fantasy pinballs with stuff impossible to replicate in real life.
Hmmm, looks like the game came with a soundtrack of some kind. Would have been nice to include that as the game is lacking in bonus content, but maybe there were legal problems?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_rKdObquBk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1oAFr_UnK8

(Maybe the music is just midi files or something?)
Post edited January 31, 2013 by tfishell