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Awesome tricks for 3D Pinball in Windows XP

Games in Windows XP such as Solitaire, FreeCell, and Minesweeper are nice distractions, nothing blows off steam like a good round of 3D Pinball for Windows. Here are a few secret codes to get more enjoyment out of your play time.

Games in Windows XP such as Solitaire, FreeCell, and Minesweeper are nice distractions -- nothing blows off steam like a good round of 3D Pinball for Windows, especially in full screen mode with the volume cranked all the way up!

3D Pinball for Windows has nine rank levels, ranging from Cadet to Fleet Admiral. Complete each mission and advance to the next rank, but you go back to Cadet at the beginning of each game. Here are a few secret codes to get more enjoyment out of 3D Pinball. Note that the 3D Pinball window must be active for these codes to work.

  • Regain your old rank from a previous game by starting a new game and immediately typing rmax. Each time you type this secret command, you'll advance one rank level.
  • Get an extra ball while the Awaiting Deployment message displays by typing 1max.
  • Activate the Gravity Well by starting a new game and immediately typing gmax.
  • Get an unlimited number of balls and essentially play for as long as you like by starting a new game and immediately typing bmax. Each time you lose a ball, a new one will appear. (While playing with an unlimited number of balls, none of the other tricks will work.)
  • Control the ball with your mouse by starting a new game and immediately typing hidden test. When you do, you can click the ball with your left mouse button and essentially drag it anywhere you want and rack up an unbelievable number of points.

Keep in mind that there isn't a text box into which you enter these secret codes -- you simply type them.

Note: This tip applies to both Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional.

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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

36 comments
Systems Guy
Systems Guy

Has anyone ever come across cheat codes for MS Pinball Arcade? I'd just be happy with one that turns off the tilt function. Also, a way to display the high scores list. I got this game when win95 and win98 were new. Higscores displayed on them. With w2k and xp the high score list still displays but you can't see the scores.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

Cool, Thanks Greg! i'll actually play som pinall again tonight. A few years back, I bought a clarance sale copy of Pinball Arcade (around $4) which has real classic games on it, including the ANCIENT baseball. but my favorite table they have is Spirit of '76. I remember skippign school and hittign teh pool hall to play that for hours! Ah, the classic memories.

lukitascf
lukitascf

hidden test has clik donde sea y moveras la vola y no se va a caer si la sueltas se cae

abbos
abbos

So, no challenge anymore. I notice to often that ppl need to cheat, pity. "If you dont have a skill, use cheats". Maybe fun to fool around a little but for the rest...

annettea
annettea

keep going you have only seen the half of it wait till you kick in to second geer. that is when the pro becomes clear... come on look. you've got to add mit. it to see it works.. best hands on eye say hand on eye corordination the spell is no wear to be found but you know its there just out of sight. see it say's so! c more bells and whistles when you get to that level playing field. corny sew say I,so I've bean Told.. Turn it over the proof is in the points did you c it check it out tips are there for you to be taken inn c.told yah!

dulpange
dulpange

hidden test? I am unable to do this, when I try, i keep getting the "high scores" dialog box...

ryngonz
ryngonz

Ahahaha. I love it esp the hidden test.hehehe

duane_inge
duane_inge

YOU GOT MY ATTENTION, BUDDY, I'LL BE PLAYING PINBALL AND WINNING FOREVER, THANKS

ddbergen
ddbergen

3D Pinball is OK, but I much prefer Future Pinball, from http://www.futurepinball.com/ . Both it and tons of tables are free to download. The graphics can be configured like a 'real' video game, to fully take advantage of that new 8800 GT card you just bought. Download the hungry dead table and get addicted.

dickdowning
dickdowning

The outfit that did 3D Pinball for Microsoft put out a whole series of different tables with some really weird special effects. You had to buy them but I ran across them a few years back on a mark down table at Compusa or Best Buy. I think each set of three tables cost me $10. I bought a couple of sets for the grandkids and of course myself. I was going through some boxes of old computer stuff a few months back and ran across a set of them. Most of the other tables were a lot more challenging than the one in Windows.

sboverie
sboverie

I use Pinball to test computers, especially the weird intermittent problems. Pinball really stresses the computer and it uses a lot of resources. In Win2K, Pinball uses so much resources that task manager has to pause until some resources are freed up. The conditions I am testing are intermittent lockup, BSOD and memory/graphics problems. Start Pinball and select demo mode and let the game run over night and if there is a problem, then this should help find it. Years ago, I had heard that Solitaire was a good memory test, but only if you win. It was something about the leaping cards when you win.

mini76er
mini76er

this is great for the kids and lets them have more fun....thanks

2DVS4U
2DVS4U

Wow, I have been an avid fan of this game since its introduction. At last some tricks but being able to play the game for real is still awesome.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Now, does anybody know how to get a Minesweeper window bigger than 24x30?

cpe.grimm
cpe.grimm

231136250 in 15 min. that totally kills my previous high score.

joesac
joesac

Sounds good to me...

libskrap
libskrap

I have always wondered if there were hidden codes. First time I've ever made it past Lt. Well, now I need a new game. Thanks for the tip.

Chaz Chance#
Chaz Chance#

Pinball is one of my favorite time-sinks. The FP link promises to disperse more of my free time. I am not big on cheats, but this article is worth it just for this link. Cheers!

dcmccunn
dcmccunn

Before retiring I used to measure system performance by clocking the time it took to boot Pinball. Several years ago the ranges were from 4 to 14 seconds. How fast does it take to boot pinball now with current hardware?

SemiRetired
SemiRetired

Nice game. Where does one type these tips?

RPip
RPip

Hmm, I always assumed when I set it for 40x40 that's what I was getting. Now I see I've been cheated! BTW, this was the best way to set it up for the kids when they were young - 24x30 with only 10 mines. They usually win with 2 clicks.

minstrelmike
minstrelmike

Thanx for the pinball cheats. Those will be fun. FreeCell has an 'anticheat' for anyone who thinks every game is solvable. Choose select game and enter in -1 or -2.

ssanders
ssanders

the game originally came with Plus for Windows 95 and for some reason didn't come with Win98 - if it did I never found out how to make that work - but in Win2k and XP, the game has a different "feel". It is as if the ball is heavier and goes slower. I always liked it much better in Windows 95. I think on Win2K server it played faster like in Win95. I wish I knew how to make the game play in XP with the same "feel" as it had in Win95. I would rather know how to do that than cheat; I used to run up some pretty nice totals on the old Win95 game. Not that I don't like these tips - I haven't played the game in a long time and this will give me a reason to try it again sometime. It's one of the best if not the best PC pinball game ever.

seanferd
seanferd

while the Pinball window is active. There is no text box for entry. Oh, and by "active", this means that the title bar at the very top of the window is blue or whatever, that it is not "greyed-out" like when you have more than one window open. The active window title bar will have the "active" color, all other windows will have a different color than the active one (usually grey). The colors may be different than blue and grey if you have a color scheme or theme other than windows default. Again, just type from the keyboard, there is no text entry box where you will see what you typed. :)

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

There is no text box or any special pplace that you type the codes, you just type them.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

When you're running 24 x 30 with 150 mines or more.

paul
paul

It isn't just different versions of Windows, I've noticed a difference between processors and machines. With the dual Zeon I'm running now it also makes a difference what and how many other programs are running. Oddly, when I am streaming audio I get that "zip" you remember from Win 95. I had it with Win 2000 also after I made some now forgotten adjustments to the system.

fxit38
fxit38

Copy the C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Pinball folder from a Windows XP machine to a flash drive, and then put it in a folder of your choice. I made a folder on the desktop called games. It works on Vista 32bit or 64bit or Windows 7 32bit or 64bit.

Mehul Bhai
Mehul Bhai

I meant to say for Minesweeper on XP.

dmacleay
dmacleay

3D Pinball works in Vista. Simply copy the executable file. The cheats work, too.

Mehul Bhai
Mehul Bhai

It seems to not work for me on XP. Are there any other cheats like these for the other Microsoft games?

stuartc
stuartc

This still works, tried it now on XP

DigitalFrog
DigitalFrog

from Windows 3.1. It used to be x y z z y Shift+Enter Enter (without the spaces) and would activate a single pixel in the top left corner of the Windows desktop as a mine detector white=safe, black=mine was a great way to baffle friends and coworkers. Anyone know if the current version has a similar cheat?

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