Now you can play 3D pinball from Windows on almost anything


3D Pinball Space Cadet was a game first included in ‘Microsoft Plus!’ pack for Windows 95, and gained popularity for its inclusion in Windows XP. Although the game no longer comes with Windows, you can still play it on almost anything.

The fun started in late 2020, when Muzychenko Andrey (‘k4zmu2a’ on GitHub) started decompiling the classic 3D Pinball game for Windows, fixing bugs on modern devices in the process. The game was supposedly removed from Windows because a bug prevented a 64-bit x86 port, but Andrey notes in the readme that “the decompiled game ran in x64 mode on the first try.”

Andrey’s reverse-engineered port works on modern Windows, Linux, and macOS, and precompiled versions are available for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows. There’s also an older version that has builds for ARM Windows, so you can play it natively on devices like the Surface Pro X. The only drawback is that you have to get the original 3D Pinball files (such as .WAV sounds) and put them in the same folder as the executable/application. I have a funny feeling if you do a web search for “3D Pinball – Microsoft Space Cadet Plus”. 95, ” might find the files you need.