Mini pinball is all-pixels

You won’t find those familiar steel balls inside this mini-pinball cabinet. That’s because [Luis'] latest creation is a fun way to play virtual pinball. The playing field is a 10″ LCD screen with an accompanying 8″ screen in the marquee. Inside the well-crafted case you’ll find a mini-ITX motherboard running HyperPin, a frontend software suite for LCD-based virtual pinball. He’s also using PinMame for the score board that was often provided by a gas plasma display on newer mechanical machines. There’s video after the break, and take a moment to check out [Luis'] other mini-cabinet builds.

What’s that you say? No substitute for the real thing? That’s exactly what [Ben Heck] thinks too.


  1. Entropia says:

    Put Pinball Fantasies on it! :P

  2. sam seide says:

    this is spectacular. I was trying to figure out how to do this but it looks like I was beaten to the punch. Congrats on the great build!

  3. tyco says:


    what awesome software that was. But can an Amiga support dual displays?

  4. Frenchie says:

    C’est tres bon

  5. Tiago says:

    So, where can I get mame roms?
    Can anyone help me?
    Very nice mini cabinets he as made!!!

  6. Jac Goudsmit says:

    I noticed on the pictures the coin slot is fake, but if it were real and if I had access to that thing, I would definitely dump some Pesetas in there!


  7. pod says:

    this is ultra sleek, great job!
    I can imagine throwing in a couple motors with off axis weights and little custom code to have haptic feedback on ball hits :D

  8. KnightFire says:

    Wow! Sweet! I’m scrapping my miniPinball hack for something that more closely resembles Luis’, totally impressed! :-)

  9. HacKing says:

    eheh Amazing!!!

  10. strider_mt2k says:

    Now THAT’S how it should be done!!!


  11. James says:

    Beautiful work! Well done!

  12. Wonko The Sane says:

    Just bolt a Wii remote inside & bluetooth dongle for real tilt sensing – no need for buttons to tilt the table… ;-)

  13. shiffte says:

    Does it have TILT function if u hitting, maybe kicking the box? :D

  14. MS3FGX says:

    I couldn’t care less about pinball, but that is an impressive build. It all comes together exceptionally well.

  15. SpellingNazi says:

    You mis-typed, it’s HyperSpin, not HyperPin

    • Mike says:

      Actually, SpellingNazi, if you’d done your homework, youd’ve realized it actually is Hyperpin… Hyperspin is the frontend that controls a multitude of emulators… Hyperpin only does pinball emus…. which is what he is using. FYI.

  16. Mike says:

    Pure awesome!

  17. msc says:


  18. pocket_lucho says:

    Exactly, it´s hyperpin and it´s not fake ;)

    The tilt functions will come later, I have to finish the machine for this weekend for a videogames convention in Madrid made by game (gamefest)

    Thank you guys!

  19. GeoD says:

    Beautiful job man!! What was the total investment if I may ask?

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