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Microsoft Windows XP (included games) (Windows)

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Microsoft's Windows XP operating system. In addition to the functions of an OS, Microsoft Windows XP contains a number of games. As these games are not available stand-alone, they are considered part of a compilation:
  • Microsoft FreeCell
  • Microsoft Internet Backgammon
  • Microsoft Internet Checkers
  • Microsoft Internet Hearts
  • Microsoft Internet Reversi
  • Microsoft Internet Spades
  • Microsoft 3D Pinball for Windows - Space Cadet
  • Microsoft Hearts Network
  • Microsoft Minesweeper
  • Spider Solitaire
  • Microsoft Solitaire

  • Microsoft FreeCell
    In Microsoft FreeCell, the goal is to put the 52 cards sorted into the four spots on the top right section. All the cards are opened, having 8 stacks of 6 to 7 cards. For moving and sorting, the usual Solitaire rules apply.

    However, the players can utilize up to four place holder fields, to temporarily place unwanted cards there. Any cards can be stored there at any time, but pulling them from there to make the spots free again, only proper moves are allowed (e.g. black 6 over red 7). Once all cards are sorted, the players wins. If no more moves are possible, the player loses.

  • Microsoft 3D Pinball for Windows - Space Cadet
    This is the Space Cadet table of Full Tilt! Pinball.

  • Microsoft Hearts Network
    In Microsoft Hearts Network the player plays against three computer opponents. The goal of the game is to have the less points at the end of a match, and a match ends when one player reaches or exceeds 100 points. A match consists of several games in a row.

    In order to win, the player must either avoid hearts (worth one point) and the spade queen (13 points), or acquiring all hearts and the spade queen in a match (this is called "shoot the moon"; if the player manages that, all the other players receive 26 points at the end of the match). While playing, the player must follow the played color, unless the player don't has this color, then any color can be played.

  • Microsoft Minesweeper
    In this game, the player must reveal the location of mines by marking them. This is done by revealing empty fields, these contain numbers indicating how many mines are directly adjacent, ranging from 0 (no number, automatically reveals adjacent 0-fields) up to 8 (completely surrounded by mines). If a mine is clicked on, all mines are revealed and the game ends. If all mines are marked, the player winds the game.

    The game can be played in three game modes, increasing the size of the playfield and the amount of mines in there.

  • Spider Solitaire
    Unlike Solitaire, the entire playfield is used here. There are 10 piles of cards, and only the top cards are revealed. Cards are moved in the same manor as in Solitaire. The task is to again sort the cards in question. Another difference from Solitaire is that the player does not get one or three new cards from the pile containing the rest of the cards, but an entire set of 10 cards, which are put on top (below) the revealed cards.

    There are three game modes, which vary upon the number of different colors; one, two or four (with one color, the cards can directly sorted without the need of using opposite colored cards). The game ends in success if they are all sorted, or in failure if no more moves are possible.

  • Microsoft Solitaire
    In this card game the goal is to put all the cards sorted (ace, two, ..., queen, king) by color into the four fields at the top. When starting a game, the target fields are empty, the main field consists of 7 piles or cards, whereby only the top one is visible, also in an ascending amount (left side one card, right side 7 cards) and the rest of the cards are in one pile at top left.

    Cards can only be moved from one pile to another when putting a lower card of the opposite color on a higher card, when the pile is empty, kings can be placed there, and finally, when the target piles are empty, only aces can be put there (then twos on aces, etc.). Depending on the setting, the player either takes one or three cards from the top left pile. When all cards are sorted in the target piles, the player has won the game. If no more allowed moves are possible, the player has lost the game.

Screenshots

Microsoft Windows XP (included games) Windows Solitaire deck selections
Microsoft Windows XP (included games) Windows Pinball Table Components (screenshot included in the Pinball directory when installed)
Microsoft Windows XP (included games) Windows Internet Reversi - Black Wins (I lost)
Microsoft Windows XP (included games) Windows Internet Hearts start

Alternate Titles

  • "Spider Solitaire" -- Game included (English title)
  • "Microsoft Solitaire" -- Game included (English title)
  • "Microsoft Paciência Spider" -- Game included (Portuguese title)
  • "Microsoft Minesweeper" -- Game included (English title)
  • "Microsoft Internet Spades" -- Game included (English title)
  • "Microsoft Internet Reversi" -- Game included (English title)
  • "Microsoft Internet Hearts" -- Game included (English title)
  • "Microsoft Internet Checkers" -- Game included (English title)
  • "Microsoft Internet Backgammon" -- Game included (English title)
  • "Microsoft Hearts Network" -- Game included (English title)
  • "Microsoft FreeCell" -- Game included (English title)
  • "Microsoft Démineur" -- Game included (French title)
  • "Microsoft Campo Minado" -- Game included - Portuguese title
  • "Microsoft 3D Pinball for Windows - Space Cadet" -- Game included (English title)

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Spider Solitaire

After sucessfully finishing a game on easy difficulty, the total of score and moves will always be 1300.

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Xoleras (66271) added Microsoft Windows XP (included games) (Windows) on Jul 14, 2009