Cruel is a video game version of the solitaire card game Perseverance. The program was developed by Ken Sykes and was published by Microsoft in their Microsoft Entertainment Pack For Windows for Windows 3 in 1990.
My first experience with Cruel was on my family's Packard Bell 386SX computer my parents bought back in 1991. The PC must have been a showroom floor model because and it came with a little bit of demo software including the first Entertainment Pack. It took me awhile to understand how play Cruel solitaire and how, unlike Klondike, suits must match. Once I figured out the rules, I played the game until I beat it, and didn't care much for it after that.
I do not own this game, but I have beaten it.
- Overall: 2/10
- Best Version: Windows 3
- The game accurately enforces the basic rules of Perseverance solitaire.
- Games are very short and an optimal strategy can be learned after only a few plays.
- There is little in the way of media. There is no music, sound, no animation, and even the ugly custom deck backs rarely make an appearance.
- mobygames.com/game/win3x/microsoft-entertainment-pack-for-windows - MobyGames.
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruel_(solitaire) - Wikipedia.