3D Pinball Space Cadet is one classic that continues to reemerge and attract users of all ages. If you have ever played pinball on the computer, there’s a good chance it was this one. I remember playing this game on my dad’s old computer when I was growing up. It was great then and it is still great today. So how do you play the classic 3D Pinball Space Cadet Game? Don’t get yourself all worked up, we are going to discuss how and on what platforms you can enjoy this simple classic. Pinball may have an easy purpose, but the fact that this game continues to stand the test of time, is an admirable quality you can’t deny it of.
If you’ve never played this game, then I’d be more than happy to give you some insight.
What is it?
Pinball is a game with a very simple concept. You want to keep the ball in motion on the play area for as long as possible. The longer it stays live, the higher score and rank you will receive. The game was introduced in 1995 and became an instant hit.
The whole goal is to complete the missions and get higher in rank. The theme of the game is space and because of that you are in the cadet fleet. There are nine different ranks to go through. These are:
- Lieutenant Commander
- Fleet Admiral
The game used to come as a desktop app on Windows, but with recent updates it is no longer an addition. You have to either download the game or find a way to play it through a website.
So how does one play the classic Pinball Space Cadet game?
- Download the 3D Space Cadet executable file.
- Click on “Run.” This will begin to start the file or “run” the file.
- Install it into the default location. It should show up in the ‘Games’ location.
- Just like that, you should be able to find it in the ‘Games’ section of your Windows computer.
- Go to the “Start Menu” and it will be there.
- Launcht the game and make sure it is running properly.
When it comes to Macs and PCs you have to download it by downloading a file, like the one above. You can find various pinball games on the Apple App Store and Google Play, but I checked and Pinball Space Cadet was not there. This is because it was specifically created for Windows, but since it was such a hit, it is now able to be converted onto other platforms.
Once you find the right file to download, you will follow the steps above. It will probably get saved to a different default location thant the one on Windows, but that is because each platform has a different set up.
So now you have it all downloaded and the only thing left to do is play the game.
How to play
When you open up the game you will see a pinball machine on your screen. This is the only visual you need, in order to actively and successfully play the game. On the right hand side of the screen, you will see the number of ball you are on, the player and before you launch the pinball, one section will say “awaiting deployment.” So now that we have the visual aspect of the layout out of the way, let’s get down to the controls. Memorize these certain keys and functions and you will be well on your way to climbing the ranks of Pinball Space Cadet.
The following keys and their funtions are listed below.
- Z – Left flipper (this is the left side of the two flippers that you will use to hit the pinball back up.)
- / – Right flipper (this is the right side of the two flippers that you will use to hit the pinball back up.)
- . (the period key) – Right table bump
- X – Left table bump
- Up Arrow – Bottom table bump
- Space Bar – Plunger (this will release the pinball from the secure location and into the field of obstacles.
There you have it. Those are the default controls to Pinball Space Cadet. If you want to change the controls into something that will stick better for you then all you need to do is go to “Options.” Once you are there go to “Player Controls.” That will allow you to switch it up. It just so happens that when you press F8, it sets you up for the default controls. So if you switch the control keys and realize you don’t like them, then press F8 again and save yourself the time of going to the options setting.
Now I could go into detail about the rules of the game, but it is pretty simple to understand. You get three pinballs and with those three you are trying to make them last as long as you can. The longer they are in motion and in live play, the better it is for you. Pinball is all about staying focused and not losing track of the pinball. Keeping your eye on the ball is key…oh and also having a fast reaction time. The pinball tends to gain some serious momentum and because of that, it makes the entire game that much harder. It looks simple, but don’t let looks fool you. It is quite easy to lose a “life” or one of your pinballs.
If you get stuck and don’t like how you are playing then you can always reset the game. It will wipe out what you previously did and you can start all over. It isn’t bad to reset or restart, but it is good to keep in mind that you will probably lose that score that you previously earned. Well, if you want to reset the game then you more than likely don’t care about the score you just got. Either way, the secret to pinball is not hard to conclude. Hand-eye cordination will get you far in this game.
Final Word on Pinball Space Cadet
Classic games will never go out of style. The fact that this game is so simple and easy to play also gives it a boost in staying relevant. Although, we may not see it around as much becasue you have to download it to your computer, it still gets those downloads. People all over the world are enjoying tracking a pinball and increasing their ranks. If you like fun visuals, then give this one a try. It is full of color and unique noises. You will feel like you have been transported into a completely different world. One where flippers and pinballs rain supreme. The futuristic space vibe you receive while playing is one that will not go unnoticed. Reach the highest level of rank and be known as the ultimate space cadet.
What I like best about this classic is that it is simple. You aren’t overwhlemed with too many controls or directions. You have one goal and one goal only. It makes gaming pretty easy when I can focus on a small amount of things. With that being said, it is still difficult to master. As you continue to gain momentum and have fast turns and cuts from the pinball, it becomes harder to keep up. That is where your skill in the game comes in handy. The more comfortable you are with the controls, the better chance you have at furthering yourself in the Pinball world. Don’t get distracted by all the noises and flashing colors. It adds to the appeal of the game, but it can definitely throw you off. But that is what makes it fun. I like having to focus and try my best to block out distractions. It makes games exciting and it also raises my nerves. How could you not want to be on the edge of your seat while playing a game? Isn’t that the whole point of them? To keep you entertained and drawn into that virtual world. I don’t know if I would necessarily consider this gaming, because it is an arcade game that gained traction on computers. But we can all agree that it is one great way to have some fun and pass the time. Before you know it, you will be sitting there for a lot longer than you had anticipated, and you won’t even feel bad about it.
Classic Pinball Space Cadet will be something that gets played for a long time. Anyone of all ages can enjoy it. Now I will say, frustration might set in if you get stuck on a rank, but what fun is a game if it is extremely easy to beat? Play it on your Windows PC, Mac, or any other platform where it is capable of being on. All you have got to do is find the download, but if you follow the steps above, then it shouldn’t be hard.
Get on board with this classis and in the words of Taylor Swift, it’ll “never go out of style.”