Microsoft Entertainment Pack

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Microsoft Entertainment Pack
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Developer(s) Microsoft
Publisher(s) Microsoft Game Studios
Distributor(s) Microsoft
Designer(s) Robert Andrews
Series Entertainment Pack
Platform(s) Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows XP
Release date(s) 1989
Mode(s) Single-player

The original 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 Microsoft 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.

FreeCell, Minesweeper, Taipei and Chess from this pack were later bundled with Windows.

Description[edit]

Microsoft advertised Entertainment Packs for casual gaming on office computers. The boxes had slogans like "No more boring coffee breaks" and "Only a few minutes between meetings? Get in a quick game of Kotski". The marketing succeeded; Computer Gaming World in 1992 described the series as "the Gorillas of the Gaming Lite Jungle", with more than 500,000 copies sold.[1]

List of games[edit]

The original Microsoft Windows Entertainment Pack titles include:

Microsoft Entertainment Pack 1[edit]

Microsoft Entertainment Pack 2[edit]

Microsoft Entertainment Pack 3[edit]

Microsoft Entertainment Pack 4[edit]

GameSampler[edit]

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[edit]

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.[2] 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,[3] TriPeaks,[4] WordZap[5] now offer 32-bit versions. Third party developers have also created 32-bit freeware clones of Klotski,[6] TetraVex[7] Rodent's Revenge,[8] JezzBall,[9] and Tetris.[10]

Port to the Game Boy Color[edit]

A multicart containing seven games was released for the Game Boy Color as The Best Of 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.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Included in Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack
  2. ^ a b c d Bundled in some later versions of Windows

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Welcome To Gaming Lite". Computer Gaming World. 1992-09. p. 74. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "We Are Morons: a quick look at the Win2k source". Kuro5hin.org. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ Chris (February 10, 2010). "The most officialest SkiFree homepage". Ski.ihoc.net. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ "TriPeaks Homepage". Rhogue.com. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Classic WordZap". Wordzap.com. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Klotski homepage". Phil.freehackers.org. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Tetravex Game in Delphi". Delphi.about.com. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Rodent's Revenge 2000". Web.archive.org. August 22, 2007. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ "J-Ball". Gametop.com. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ "CrystalOffice Games". Crystaloffice.com. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 

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