Microsoft Entertainment Pack (series)
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The original Microsoft Entertainment Pack (MEP) 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 Microsoft Windows, but cannot run on 64-bit versions.
Series[edit | edit source]
- Microsoft Entertainment Pack for Windows
- Microsoft Entertainment Pack 1
- Microsoft Entertainment Pack 2
- Microsoft Entertainment Pack 3
- Microsoft Entertainment Pack 4
List of games[edit | edit source]
Here is a complete list of the original Microsoft Entertainment Pack titles:
- Chip's Challenge
- Cruel (a card game)
- Dr. Black Jack (a card game)
- FreeCell (a card game)
- Fuji Golf
- Go Figure!
- Golf (a card game)
- IdleWild (a screensaver program)
- JigSawed (a Jigsaw puzzle)
- LifeGenesis (based on the Life simulation by John Horton Conway)
- Maxwell's Maniac
- Pegged (a form of Peg solitaire)
- Pipe Dream (by LucasArts)
- Rodent's Revenge
- TETRIS for Windows
- 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)
- TicTactics (a Tic-tac-toe variant)
- TriPeaks (a card game)
- Tut's Tomb (a card game)
- WordZap (a word game)
GameSampler[edit | edit source]
For much of the early 1990s, the Gamesampler, a subset of the Entertainment Pack called 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 | edit source]
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 (RattlerRace), Taipei and TicTactics. However, Freecell and Minesweeper have had official 32-bit versions bundled with Windows 95 and later. 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[edit | edit source]
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:
*Not included in the original Best of Windows Entertainment Pack.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Microsoft Arcade
- Microsoft Entertainment Pack: The Puzzle Collection - a later 32-bit collection for Windows 95
- Microsoft Entertainment Pack 2.0 for Windows CE
- Microsoft: The 6-in-1 Puzzle Collection Entertainment Pack
- Microsoft: The Best Of Entertainment Pack
- The Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack