Decompilation of 3D Pinball for Windows – Space Cadet
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Summary: Reverse engineering of 3D Pinball for Windows Space Cadet, a game bundled with Windows.

How to play: Place compiled exe into a folder containing original game resources (not included).
Supports data files from Windows and Full Tilt versions of the game.


  • pinball.exe from Windows XP (SHA-1 2A5B525E0F631BB6107639E2A69DF15986FB0D05) and its public PDB
  • CADET.EXE 32bit version from Full Tilt! Pinball (SHA-1 3F7B5699074B83FD713657CD94671F2156DBEDC4)

Tools used: Ghidra, Ida, Visual Studio

What was done:

  • All structures were populated, globals and locals named.
  • All subs were decompiled, C pseudo code was converted to compilable C++. Loose (namespace?) subs were assigned to classes.

Project uses C++11 features and depends on Windows libs.
Compile with Visual Studio; tested with 2017 and 2019.


  • Decompile original game
  • Resizable window, scaled graphics
  • Loader for high-res sprites from CADET.DAT
  • Cross-platform port using SDL2, SDL2_mixer, ImGui
  • Text translations
  • Misc features of Full Tilt: 3 music tracks, multiball, centered textboxes, etc.
  • Maybe x2: support for other two tables
    • Table specific BL (control interactions and missions) is hardcoded, othere parts might be also patched

On 64-bit bug that killed the game:
I did not find it, decompiled game worked in x64 mode on the first try.
It was either lost in decompilation or introduced in x64 port/not present in x86 build.
Based on public description of the bug (no ball collision), I guess that the bug was in TEdgeManager::TestGridBox