Full Tilt! Pinball
Windows - 1996
Also available on: Windows 3.x
Description of Full Tilt! Pinball
Full Tilt! Pinball is an excellent pinball game from Maxis, a company best known for Sim games.
The game will be familiar to anyone who has the Microsoft's Plus! Windows 95 companion pack, since one of the tables - Space Cadet - was included there as a bonus. All the tables in this collection are one-screen tables: viewed from an isometric 3D angle, so you do not need to scroll the screen to see the entire table. There are only three tables in FTB - too few compared to most pinball games that feature six or more. However, all the tables are quite well done.
The version of Space Cadet table in FTB is the same as the version in MS Plus!, except it has been enhanced with improved graphics, multi-ball play, and support for multiple resolutions. With the largest viewable surface, Space Cadet is the simplest and easiest of the three tables. All the tables have a nice built-in help feature: small arrows light up to show you the next target/ramp/bumper to hit for bonus points.
One of the best features of FTB is the soundtrack. You will hear hear digitized pirates telling you to walk the plank on the pirate-themed Skullderduggery table, kings commanding you to slay the dragon on the fantasy-themed Dragon's Keep. Sound effects such as laser fire, cannon fires, and water splash are all realistic and add significantly to the atmosphere. The problem is FTB is the same as with most one-screen games: the ball is too small to follow its trajectory accurately, so only sharp-eyed pinball experts will have a chance at high scores in this game.
While Full Tilt! Pinball is by no means a classic pinball game, it is fun enough to warrant a revisit once in a while. Compared with other one-screen games, it's not as good as Crystal Caliburn, but much better than average fare. Thumbs up, but not a Top Dog.
Review By HOTUD
How to play Full Tilt! Pinball Windows
Federico Dossena made a complete guide to get it to work on Windows 10: https://fdossena.com/?p=fulltilt/index.md.
Comments and reviews
Matt 2024-02-28 0 point Windows version
The ISO version appears to be a corrupted image. It will not mount.
Moldy 2024-01-15 -1 point Windows version
I got the game to at least open on my Win XP machine but the issue is that every time the game is about to launch, it says that a general protection fault has occurred and the game closes. Any ideas?
Roybie 2023-10-22 1 point Windows version
Running on Windows 11
I mounted full_tilt.img using WinCDEmu. The native windows 11 iso reader does not work for me. It fails to mount the image, hence why I'm using a 3rd party app. After mounting it, go directly to the corresponding folders: Cadet, Dragon, or Pirate. Just double click the corresponding .exe files in the folders and this should run the game. No need for setting the compatibility. I can't seem to run the fulltilt.exe file (which I assume is the games launcher) in the root directory. But there's really no need to as you can run the individual tables directly without having to go through the launcher.
Light-Rock97 2023-10-14 2 points
I downloaded all three versions, the one that worked is the one called ISO version. Here's what I did on Windows 10:
Mount the .CUE, go inside the WIN95 folder, then the FULLTILT folder. FULLTILT.exe doesn't seem to work, but that's not the only way to play, there are three folders for each of the games, CADET, DRAGON and PIRATE. The .exe files inside those run the games flawlessly on Windows 10.
You can just grab the FULLTILT folder to have the games installed anywhere you'd like and unmount the CD image. Seeing a slightly, but yes, noticeably better looking version of the Space Cadet I grew up with is... Something else.
PalZer0 2023-07-17 -3 points Windows version
The "ISO" is in an odd format and I can't seem to mount it in an XP Pro VM regardless of which file I try.
BeyondX 2021-12-14 2 points
The Pre-Installed Space Cadet from Windows XP Had An Easter Egg Where If You Type
"hidden test" (without quotes), Once You Click The Ball, You Can Drag The Ball.
Yokai watcher 2021-01-28 11 points
they say its not a classic, DESPITE THE FACT IT HAS SPACE CADET
Niki 2020-08-07 3 points
This program can actually be run under Windows 3.1 (or 3.11) with Win32s installed.
...which means you can run it under DosBox via Win311, if you first install Win32s for Windows 3.1 (or 3.11).
I suggest using RUNEXIT with it, so if you exit the game, it exits Windows 3.1, and then DosBox itself.
If you have RUNEXIT:
WIN /B RUNEXIT D:\CADET\CADET.EXE
If you don't have RUNEXIT:
WIN /B D:\CADET\CADET.EXE
("/B" creates a boot log file we don't care about, but also prevents the Windows logo from appearing...)
Important note: do not run the launcher (the first EXE you see) itself, it will just display an empty chooser (no idea why); you must run the target table (for instance, CADET\CADET.EXE for Full TILT 1, or ALIEN\ALIEN.EXE for Full TILT 2).
Imtheguyifyouwantpie 2020-04-17 -7 points
What worked for me was mounting the .iso file, then exploring the .iso I right clicked SETUP.EXE and set compatibility to WIN95 and it installed and ran perfectly
CocoTheMii 2020-03-23 -2 points
If it's an IMG file, you should mount it as a floppy disk. There is an ISO download available that you can mount as an optical disk.
Bro 2020-03-19 1 point
Get vmware or virtualbox its not that hard then get an xp iso then mount the iso look up how to do that on youtube
cock the glock 2020-02-01 2 points
I mounted the .img file into a virtual machine and it refused to mount, do i need to compile all the files into a iso? (upvote if yes)
Stifmeister 2020-01-15 5 points
When I download iso version on Windows 10 and try to open FULL_TILT file it says that the disk image file is damaged. Can someone please help me !?
Y-5ive 2020-01-12 2 points
for the iso version
go to WIN95 folder then FULLTILT then copy the content of the mode you want to play (CADET, DRAGON or PIRATE) into a new folder named 'd' then execute the exe file from there
Superfitter 2019-11-25 0 point
On a win 7, go to program files and find the game. Now right click on the game and a window will open. Go to the compatibility tab and click on it, change compatibility to windows XP. It should run now.
TheNumber1Korean 2019-10-02 -43 points
Shoutouts to Funnyjunk bringing me here
EndLordMC 2019-09-25 1 point
Hi, im new to this website. Im having trouble getting this to run on my windows vista 64Bit PC, when i try to run it it says i need a 64bit version of the program but of course this is a 16 bit program. How can i fix this? please help.
Diglted 2019-08-06 12 points
3D Space Cadet but better.
Thanks LGR to reminding me that the 3D Space Cadet incluided in earlier versions of Windows was just a demo, although it's still just 3 pinball sets. It will still hold a special place in my childhood
6 2018-05-02 1 point
To get this working in Win10, check out this guide: https://fdossena.com/?p=fulltilt/index.md
Bill 2018-04-20 0 point
I have both Full Tilt Pinball games. However, they will not in in Windows 10.
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