Play 3D Pinball Space Cadet on modern Windows PCs

3D Pinball for Windows - Space Cadet, was a special version of the Space Cadet pinball table, that came bundled with Windows XP, and earlier versions of the Windows operating system including Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows ME.

The game, which was originally released as one table of Full Tilt! Pinball by Maxis, has not been made available for newer versions of Windows officially.

According to Wikipedia, the reason why Microsoft did not include 3D Pinball Space Cadet in Vista or newer versions of Windows was a "collision detection bug" in the 64-bit version of the pinball game.

While that may very well be the reason, it may come as a surprise to you that the game runs fine on modern Windows PCs. We have tested 3D Pinball for Windows - Space Cadet on Windows 7 and Windows 10 PCs, and the game ran just fine.

Download and install 3D Pinball Space Cadet

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The pinball table is available on various download portals. We have uploaded the latest version of the game to our own server for your convenience.

You can download the 3D Pinball Space Cadet game with a click on the following link: 3d-pinball-space-cadet.zip

The game is fully compatible with all 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows. We have tested it on Windows 7 and 10, and it ran fine and without issues. Please note that we don't support the download in any form.



The game is provided as a zip file that you need to extract first. You can right-click on 3d-pinball-space-cadet.zip for that and select the extract option that is displayed in the context menu, or use a third-party program such as Bandizip or 7-Zip for that.

Double-click on the executable file 3d_pinball.msi afterwards. It is the only file included in the archive. This starts the installation process for 3D Pinball for Windows - Space Cadet on your version of Windows.

The installation is straightforward. Please note that you cannot select a custom installation directory. The game is installed in the following directory: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows NT\Pinball

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You may check the "launch 3D Pinball" option in the last step of the installation, or launch it manually at any time from the directory.

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The game does not get added to the Windows Start Menu during installation. You may add it to Start if you run Windows 10 in the following way.

  1. Open the installation folder of 3D Pinball Space Cadet: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows NT\Pinball
  2. Right-click on PINBALL.EXE, and select "Pin to Start" from the context menu.

3D Pinball for Windows - Space Cadet Gameplay

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The pinball game has been designed for Windows XP, and it shows. The core issue that you may run into when you play the game is that it supports a resolution of 640x480 only.

You cannot change the window size, but may run it in fullscreen which I suggest highly. The reason for that is that the pinball table looks tiny on modern displays when you run it in window mode. If you run the game in fullscreen, it gets a lot better.

As far as controls are concerned, you may want to check the Options > Player Controls window. The game did not map the right flipper or right table bump controls properly on the systems that I did install it on.

You can map keys if they are missing on your PC as well, or change them as well if you prefer to control the pinball table with different keys.

3D Pinball Space Cadet features several missions, 17 in total, each with their own objectives. While you don't need to complete any missions, they make the game more fun by moving beyond the sole goal of accumulating points.

Missions increase in rank and difficulty. You find a complete list of all missions available in Space Cadet on Gamefaqs.

 

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Responses to Play 3D Pinball Space Cadet on modern Windows PCs

  1. jupe April 21, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

    This brings back memories, I remember getting this with the Microsoft Plus! Windows 95 Add-on Pack

  2. Bregje April 21, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

    Looks and feels like it should be on Win10 x64, really nice to go old-school again! Thank you very much for this one Martin :-D

  3. Andrew April 21, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

    Wow I remember this! Thanks for bringing this to my attention 20 years later I'll be playing it often.

  4. Thorky April 21, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

    Thanks a lot, Martin! :)

  5. Bart from Holland April 21, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

    Very nice, thanks Martin

  6. Earl April 21, 2017 at 6:53 pm #

    Wonder if I can play this on android phone with Exagear?

  7. Jim April 21, 2017 at 8:52 pm #

    OH NO! There goes a few more hours of my life.... ;)

  8. Albert McCann April 21, 2017 at 11:48 pm #

    I've been running this for years on Windows 7, both 32 and 64 bit. Maxis had a full version that included two other tables, "Dragon's Keep", and "Pirates".

    Here's a cheat (works in the full version from Maxis, I think it will work in the Windows version):

    BMAX which enables infinite balls.

  9. John April 22, 2017 at 12:40 am #

    The Maxis full version has higher resolution too. W7 x64. I could not get the cheats from Microsoft to work on full. Will have to try BMAX. Also, have not been able to get high scores to save across sessions.

    • Albert McCann April 22, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

      There's a bug or registry version issue which prevents the high scores from saving. When I look at the settings under reg key:

      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cinematronics\Pinball

      I see the table names and various registry entries are all truncated by one character.

  10. Victor April 22, 2017 at 2:39 am #

    Your link does not get you to the game only to a list of your articles which brings you back to this page.

    • Martin Brinkmann April 22, 2017 at 7:26 am #

      Works fine on my end, anyone else having problems?

      • Jacopo Galati April 22, 2017 at 7:47 am #

        For me it worked after I removed the slash at the end of the link

      • Omar April 22, 2017 at 9:14 am #

        I have the same problem, it automatically redirects to ghacks homepage.

      • Martin Brinkmann April 22, 2017 at 9:25 am #

        Do you run a script blocker or something like that?

      • Omar April 22, 2017 at 9:28 am #

        I have NoScript and disabling it doesn't fix the problem.

      • Martin Brinkmann April 22, 2017 at 9:38 am #

        That is indeed strange. Can you try a different browser? I plan to move downloads to a new server soon, maybe that is going to resolve the issue.

      • Omar April 22, 2017 at 9:55 am #

        I tried different browsers and computers and the problem is still there, but it worked when I tried using my phone!

    • Eleazar May 24, 2017 at 6:15 am #

      I did have the same problem, I fixed it deleting the last slash

  11. SJ April 22, 2017 at 7:46 am #

    Good nostalgia with this game. Almost brings a tear to my eye, lol. :)

  12. ilev April 22, 2017 at 7:54 am #

    No portable version ?

  13. Mart April 23, 2017 at 12:55 am #

    No issue`s with download here, Win 8.1, Cyberfox 64,+ the usual addon`s,
    Ran as admin, to save the previous score`s
    Thank`s.

  14. 420 April 24, 2017 at 8:03 am #

    and dont forget about all the dos pinball games

    http://playdosgamesonline.com/

  15. Gabriel April 25, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

    I can not download the file...

  16. vark May 15, 2017 at 4:41 am #

    Wee question, you indicate that it's the "latest" version (from way back when), but which version might that be? I long ago stashed and imported my favourite XP and pre-XP games (Spider, Freecell, Solitaire, MSHearts, and Space Cadet) and they all work fine with Win10 Pro-64. The version of Space Cadet I'm running is 5.1.2600.5512, no idea if that was the last version, the only version, or something other. Oh, it doesn't "look great" when run full-screen, it's adequate, but at least you can see what's happening as opposed to running it windowed. Cheers.

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