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3D Pinball: Space Cadet

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Title Screen

3D Pinball: Space Cadet

Developer: Cinematronics, LLC
Publisher: Microsoft
Platform: Windows
Released in US: August 24, 1995


TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
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ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

3D Pinball: Space Cadet is actually a demo of one of three tables from Full Tilt! Pinball, published by Maxis.

The primary gameplay difference is that, while Full Tilt! Pinball had multiball, this demo will award "replays" instead of locking the balls.

Sub-Page

Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info

Debug Mode

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: Check for other parsed words in retail and proto versions, linked source mentions "QUOTES" and "CINEMATRONICS".
3D-Pinball-Frame-Debug-Mode.png
3DPinball-MemoryUsage.png

During the game, type in hidden test. You will now be able to control the ball using the mouse and gain access to the following functions by pressing the respective keys:

  • Y: The title bar will change to "Pinball", and after a while will start displaying the current framerate in the title bar.
  • M: A "Mem:" window will pop up showing the amount of memory used by the game.
  • H: Ends the game with one billion points. However, the score will always be below the first legitimate score.
  • R: Promotes you by one rank.

If all four debug functions are accessed, in any order, the game will start to turn all updated frames red.


(Source: Mr. Speaker)

Table Selection

The menu contains an option called "Select table" which does not appear in the actual game, apparently left over from Full Tilt! Pinball. The message No other table found similarly goes unused. The option executes code that is presumably intended to enable players to select a table, but in this game displays the following error:

3DPinballTableError.png

Edit Components

3D-Pinball-Space-Cadet-Debug.png

There's a window called "Edit Pinball Components FOR TESTING ONLY" in the game's executable, which is also in Full Tilt! Pinball. It cannot be re-enabled in either game.

Plunger Graphic

3dpnbsc tablebgnd.png

There's an invisible part of the plunger in the table background bitmap.

PINBALL2.MID

3DPinball PINBALL2.MID.png

The PINBALL2.MID file in the game's folder is not actually a MIDI song file. It contains a series of 95 glyphs corresponding to the printable ASCII characters, possibly intended as a bitmap font resource. Glyphs are stored uncompressed in an ASCII-art style using only the 'P', 'i', and null characters. They appear to be assumed 23 pixels tall with each glyph prefaced by a single width byte. When rendered as an image using the same colors as the font used in the game, they appear as above (with separator lines added between glyphs to identify blank entries and their widths). Identical A-Z glyphs are repeated, corresponding to the upper and lowercase letters. A few mistakes in the repeating dither pattern are present in several places such as the 0, B, and C glyphs. The dither pattern here uses fewer colors than the final font used for text in the game. Many of the characters are different when compared to the game's actual font.

To address users' complaints that the file couldn't be played as a music file, Microsoft released the Knowledge Base article Q138747 in June 1999, describing that it is not a MIDI file, is not used by the game, and may be safely deleted.

Version Differences

The version bundled with Windows NT 4.0 included ordering information for Full Tilt! Pinball in the About screen. This was removed from later versions.

Icons

The Windows XP version received an updated icon. The old icon is technically still in the Windows XP version, used as a fallback when Windows is running with low color depth.

Original version Windows XP version
Silver and Pixelated. Shiny And Glossy!

About Dialog

The original version uses its own About dialog, whereas the Windows XP version uses the standard Windows About dialog.

Original version Windows XP version
3DPinballOriginalAbout.png 3DPinballXPAbout.PNG

Unused About Dialog

3DPinballUnusedAbout.png

An About dialog box leftover from before the German Maelstrom prototype. The dialog appears in the resources, but does not appear in-game.