Pinball Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator
PinMame is an emulator that enables the original rules, lights, counter and videogames of real pinball machines (packed in the rom-sets/files) to work hand in hand with Visual Pinball. Wheras VP is responsible for the ballphysics and the appearance of the playfield. This means realisations of original pinball machines, you might have played yesterday in an amusement arcade. Meanwhile there exist more than 580 (4/2016) tables rolling under VPinMame.
If you still work on an old PC I recommend systems from 2.0 MHz on or better and with at least latest models of average graphiccards. This is to say for 2016. Even actual low budget systems should have no problems. But versions VP9 and VPX should be played with some more graphicpower to have the possible brilliance of the tables.
For running VpinMame you need some extra files that should be kept up to date.
These should each be put usually unzipped in new folders. When installing VPinMame (in neighborhood of VP) you just need to change the proposed folderpaths if different to the step before.
Just unzip the tables (best in an extra folder; number of files ca.2,5 times the number of tables!) and start playing by usually #5 for credit and #1 for starting the game. Esc (or instantly F3) restarts the game. F1 and F2 show information on the keys used and to change. Problems with VP and VPinMame are very rare, the with FAQ`s, Help and Bug Forum will usually help solve the problem.
Sometimes tables that you want to play for the first time won´t start properly (display doesn´t show, insert coins isn`t working). Usually the key F3=restart or Esc+start helped me, sometimes some extra file might be missing or wasn`t properly installed.
VpinMame conversions work with the regular roms. Early conversions start with tables that came up about 1973. There is no difference in playing VP original conversions of this age that use no roms.
It becomes different with the machines that run with digital displays showing pictures and especially videogames in the display. The roms enable VPinMame to do just that on your monitor in the display of the pinsim (and in its size; press F5 to enlarge the display!). If starting a table you might get a sreen saying the rom is missing completely. Well download the right rom and start again. When only some parts are missing click on "don`t care...." and test if there are problems while playing. In this case the problems with the roms mostly refer to music etc and don`t affect the playing itself.