Microsoft Entertainment Pack For Windows

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Microsoft Entertainment Pack For Windows is a package of multiple entertainment programs including seven single-player games and a screensaver published by Microsoft for Windows 3 in 1990. The various games were made by a variety of developers and included the following:

Title Game Type Developer
Cruel Perseverance solitaire Ken Sykes
Golf Golf solitaire Ken Sykes
IdleWild Screen saver Bradford Christian
Minesweeper Minesweeper Robert Donner, Curt Johnson
Pegged Peg board solitaire Mike Blaylock
Taipei Mahjong solitaire Dave Norris
Tetris Tetris Dave Edson
TicTactics 3D tic-tac-toe Robert Donner

Although Minesweeper is often thought of as a default Windows game, Windows 2.0 and 3.0 shipped with Solitaire and Reversi, not Minesweeper. This was the first Microsoft product released which contained Minesweeper. Shortly after the release of Entertainment Pack, Microsoft began shipping Minesweeper with Windows 3.1, and included then it with every subsequent version of Windows.

This program came loaded on the Packard Bell 386SX computer my parents bought back in 1991. It was one of the few game packages I had for Windows at the time, so I became very familiar with each of the games.

Status

I do not own this title.

Review

  • Overall: 5/10
  • Best Version: Windows 3

Good

  • There is a fairly decent assortment of games. Two card games, a tile game, a peg board game, a pen-and-paper game, and two true video games.
  • Each game plays well and is mostly bug free.
  • This was the first Windows port of Tetris.
  • Even though it was extremely rare at the time, some of the programs take into account display sizes beyond 640x480 resolution.

Bad

  • All of the games are casual, so they're all lacking depth.
  • The programs are lacking media being mostly devoid of music, sound effects, and animation.
  • With only one action game, the collection is very slow-paced.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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