Silverball is basically a commercially published version of the game Epic Pinball. The game engine is nearly the same, only the tables themselves are different. It comes with four tables: Fantasy, Blood, Snooker Champ, and Odyssey. Some distributions (Silverball Plus 2) include two extra tables, Warbot and Duel, which are more or less the same as the Excalibur and Magic tables from Epic Pinball with some different art and music. Finally, a seventh table, Nova, may or may not be a part of the game - see Trivia for details.
Game arcades were an important form of entertainment long before they started using computers to power up sophisticated games to play. After all, even Edison's motion picture viewing machines were more or less a penny arcade attraction.
But there is a machine without which you simply cannot imagine an arcade and that's the good old pinball machine, with its decades long tradition of producing weird sounds and forcing you to spend both time and money.
Apparently pinballs converted quite nicely from the classic tables into computerized version (there are many pinball games confirming this statement).
One of familiar names when talking about computerized pinballs is deffinetly Silverball, originally released in 1992. After three years on the market, the game was slightly modified and re-released in 1995 and that's the version we'll take a look at today (in the Silverball review by janm.l already on the site it's mentioned as "Silverball Plus 2").
Well, it seems that there really isn't much difference between the both games, except for the two added tables you can play (Warbot, and Duel). Here's a little overview of the tables prepared by WolverineDK (who is also the person you should thank for supplying the game archive):
Fantasy table is set in roleplaying setting (meaning dragons and other fantasy creatures are on the table).
Nova could be called a tribute to many 2d shooters, meaning there is a big space-jet near the bottom of the table and the game is set in space.
Blood table is also set in a fantasy setting, just like Fantasy.
Snooker Champ table is a Snooker Billiards themed table.
Odyssey is a Greek mythology themed table, with Atlas holding a pinball on his shoulders instead of the world.
Warbot is a futuristic robot themed table.
And finally Duel, which is a medieval/musketeer(ish) themed pinball table.
As a commercial follow up of "Epic Pinball", Silverball was the successor of the first pinball PC-Games having really realistic sounds, ramps, complex bonus systems and goals to achieved on the boards. As CPU speed was low these days, the option menu contains settings concerning graphical quality which was pretty uncommon these days. The graphics are good and the SoundBlaster sounds realistic as in a gambling hall.
Silverball comes with five tables: Fantasy, Nova, Blood, Snooker Champ, and Odyssey. The extended Version "Silverball Plus 2" included two extra tables: Warbot and Duel, which were more or less the same as the Excalibur and Magic tables from Epic Pinball. The boards appear to be very simple, but resolve to have a lot of secrets and hidden bonus lits and holes, ramps etc. Try it out! Maybe you will still get addicted to this pinball game which once was a milestone in gambling hall gameplay.
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