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  • genre simulation / action / pinball
  • download size 325 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 342 user ratings.
  • release date December 31, 1998
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Cunning Developments / Barnstorm Games
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual (60 pages)

What's cool about it:

  • A challenging and well-designed table with lots of score-boosting quests
  • Fun and addictive gameplay for both the casual gamer and the pinball professional
  • Highly detailed pre-rendered graphics and realistic physics


Set your senses reeling as you're whisked on the wildest pinball ride of your life, in a whirlwind frenzy of colour, sound and adrenaline-pumping action. Take a white knuckle ride across the USA for your chance to complete on the 'big race' and win hoards of cash - but watch out for that police car on your tail.

Try real time hand-to hand mode for exciting two player action via LAN or the Internet. Meet innovate opponents - Monster Truck, Hot Rod, Sports Car, Mini Beetle and the ever-present Police Car. Have fun with the frenzy feature - ten balls in play at once! Balls, that really slide and spin!

Enjoy the fun road trip across America, featuring 16 major cities as play zones.

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: EVERYONE, PEGI Rating: 3+

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.

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This is the best pinball simulation I have ever played.

Posted on 2009-05-01 20:38:31 bysomedude's avatarsomedude:

Despite the fact that I have been playing this game for about the last decade, it still remains my favorite pinball game ever. The reason for that is simple - it is a near-perfect simulation of an actual pinball table, with an abundance of modes and interactive features, and it is incredibly fun to play. And, niche gaming genre or not, in all the years that have followed thisread more release, I have never come across another pinball simulation that could quite measure up.
Basically, this is as close as you're going to get to a real pinball table without actually owning one. With a fully customizable table slope, maintenance level, and a full-features operator's menu with detailed, per-feature difficulty settings and statistics, you can pretty much customize the game to play exactly how you want it.
And, of course, it wouldn't be a Pro Pinball game without a bit of a plot driving the pinball gameplay. During the game, you complete various tasks and modes, traversing across a map of the United States in order to compete in the game's ultimate mode, the Big Race. Along the way, you alternate between two board modes, In the City and On the Road, each with a large amount of different gameplay modes and challenges that can be activated. And like a true racing game, there's even a shop where you can upgrade various parts of your vehicle. Add to that well-rendered graphics, incredibly detailed physics for the ball and an engaging, not-too-repetitive soundtrack, and this game packs a ton of fun.
If you are a fan of pinball simulations, this is a must-have game for your collection, as it will outclass any other computer pinball game out there, at any price. And with GOG, there's no more CD swapping, so there's absolutely no excuse not to pick up the best pinball simulation ever.

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How Big Race USA made me a pinball believer

Posted on 2011-03-14 19:55:54 bydoctorfrog's avatardoctorfrog:

Big Race USA occupies one of those strange, treasured spots on my shelf: that of the unexpectedly marvelous. Having grown up in the age of Nintendo, it was my tendency to dismiss pinball machines as limited things, rooted to their mechanical nature and unable to provide a lasting challenge, or any real depth. And selling one lousy pinball machine as a whole game? That's just silly.
However,read more there are some things that are so well put-together, and lovingly crafted, that they tend to leap over such prejudices. Big Race USA is one such thing.
I don't need to tell you about the overall game: it's pinball. You control a few paddles, and can smack the table around, all to keep the ball from falling in the hole, incidentally scoring points along the way. However, Big Race USA has two major things going for it that you might not expect.
First, it is a believable pinball simulator, not merely a video game interpretation of one. Though the mechanical parts of the table are rendered in 3D, they perform like real mechanical parts. The flippers, bumpers, spinners, little pop-up trap doors, and the super-strong electromagnets under the table, all interact believably in the table environment and with your pinball. There's nothing "magical" or video-gamey about this table, everything it does is something that real pinball machines do. You can even adjust the *age* of the machine, and how well-maintained it is, enabling subtle effects on the play. The result is the great illusion that you're playing a machine.
This is every bit a simulator of a pinball table as IL-2 Sturmovik is a simulator of 1940's military aircraft.
The second advantage of Big Race USA is in its depth. Not having many quarters as a kid, I never realized that a pinball game could have any depth beyond a few cheap tricks and multiball. But there's a lot going on here besides trying to keep the ball from falling through to the bottom. The overarching quest is to take your cartoony cab to as many cities in the United States as possible. But, in each city, you can fill your cab with passengers, and drop them off. During that scheme, you'll inevitably trigger a variety of challenges from other cartoony cars, from offroading, to battling aliens, to outrunning the police. Each challenge opens up a part of the table, or reuses a table element, prompting you to complete optional stunts. There's even a store where you can buy stuff to give you an advantage on the field. The bottom line is that there is always something new and exciting to do, usually accomplishing two or three tasks while making progress on a fourth.
It's roughly analogous to the depth of a good fighting game: you can play it as a button masher, and have fun that way, or you can persist into the mechanics of the game itself and discover a whole new way of playing. It's up to you.
The other advantages to Big Race USA can be quickly summed up in bullet points:
- Great, authentic sounds and crisp colorful visuals
- Quick, fun play, easily as good as any 'living' pinball machine
- Low resource requirements makes it a perfect match for a netbook
I never really cared about pinball, and figured that a digital pinball machine wouldn't even be as good as "the real thing." Well, Big Race USA does a great job of impersonating the real thing, and attracting a whole new fan of the genre.

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The ultimate pinball :)

Posted on 2009-04-14 22:31:20 bytoshiro's avatartoshiro:

I've always loved this game! I've lost my previous copy several years ago and now thanks to GOG I have it back.
Several people reported issues when running this game under XP, but I haven't had any problem so far, it runs perfectly on my box (Core 2 Duo, 2Gb RAM, Audigy 2 sound card, XP sp3). I've run the installation program provided by GOG in Win98/ME compatibility mode (seeread more this link for more details: and haven't had any problem whatsoever.

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