Microsoft Entertainment Pack
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|Microsoft Entertainment Pack|
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The original Microsoft Windows Entertainment Pack (WEP) is a collection of simply-designed 16-bit computer games for Windows. These games were somewhat unusual for the time, in that they would not run under MS-DOS. Many of the games (still compatible with Windows XP) were later released in the Best of Windows Entertainment Pack. There were four Entertainment Packs in the original series. All games being 16-bit run on modern 32-bit versions of Windows but not on 64-bit Windows, except through a virtual machine.
List of games 
Here is a complete list of the original Microsoft Windows Entertainment Pack titles:
- ^ Included in Best of Windows Entertainment Pack
- ~ Bundled in some later versions of Windows
Microsoft Entertainment Pack for Windows 
- Cruel (a card game)
- Golf (a card game)^
- Pegged (a form of Peg solitaire)
- Taipei^ (known as Mahjong Titans since Vista)
- Tetris (Windows version)^
- TicTactics (a Tic-tac-toe variant)
- IdleWild (a screensaver program)
Microsoft Entertainment Pack 2 
- FreeCell (a card game)^ ~
- Jigsawed (a Jigsaw puzzle)
- Pipe Dream (by LucasArts)^
- Rattler Race
- Rodent's Revenge^
- Tut's Tomb (a card game)^
Microsoft Entertainment Pack 3 
- Fuji Golf
- Life Genesis (based on the Life simulation by John Horton Conway)
- TriPeaks (a card game)^
- WordZap (a word game)
Microsoft Entertainment Pack 4 
- Chip's Challenge^
- Dr. Black Jack (a card game)^
- Go Figure!
- Maxwell's Maniac
- Tic Tac Drop (a form of Connect Four with quadrilateral, triangular and plus-shaped boards and customizable win pattern and number of rows and columns)
For much of the early 1990s, the Gamesampler, a subset of the Entertainment Pack small enough to fit on a single high-density disk, was shipped as a free eleventh disk added to a ten-pack of Verbatim blank 3.5" microfloppy diskettes. Games on the sampler included Jezzball, Rodent's Revenge, Tetris, and Skifree. A "Best of" disk of several of the games was also available at times as a mail-in premium from Kellogg's cereals.
32-bit versions 
In the copies of Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 source code which leaked back in 2004, there are 32-bit versions of Cruel, Golf, Pegged, Reversi, Snake (Rattler Race), Taipei and TicTactics. However, FreeCell and Minesweeper have had official 32-bit versions bundled even with early versions of Windows NT. The original game developers of some of the games such as SkiFree, TriPeaks, WordZap now offer 32-bit versions. Third party developers have also created 32-bit freeware clones of Klotski, TetraVex Rodent's Revenge, JezzBall, and Tetris.
Port to the Game Boy Color 
A multicart containing seven games was released for the Game Boy Color as simply Microsoft Entertainment Pack. Four of the games on the multi-cart were ported from Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack, while the remaining three were ported from other Microsoft Entertainment Pack compilations.
Games found on the GBC Microsoft Entertainment Pack mult-cart:
- Tut's Tomb
- Life Genesis*
*Not included in the original Best of Windows Entertainment Pack.
See also 
- Microsoft Entertainment Pack: The Puzzle Collection – a later 32-bit collection for Windows 95
- Microsoft Arcade
- Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack
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