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Cheese Terminator (Windows 3.x)

Cheese Terminator Windows 3.x Splash screen


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Cheese Terminator is a Sokoban clone, a top-down puzzle game where the player, controlling a mouse, must push all the pieces of cheese onto target squares, and only one piece of cheese can be pushed at a time. The game contains 50 levels. It's possible to choose to play any level with the "Practice Level" option. By choosing "New Game" from the menu, the player begins a scored game, starting from level 1 and advancing to the next level when the last one is completed. While in this game mode, the player can restart the current level at the cost of one life; running out of lives ends the game, and allows the player to enter his name into the high score table, recording the level he reached and the total number of moves he made.

Other features include undoing the player's last move by pressing Backspace, and a "boss key" (F10) which immediately minimizes the game.


Cheese Terminator Windows 3.x Splash screen
Cheese Terminator Windows 3.x Level selection window
Cheese Terminator Windows 3.x The window that shows up after completing a level
Cheese Terminator Windows 3.x Level three is more complicated. At the bottom we see the counters for moves and lives

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The game was originally distributed by Microsoft as a gift in Poland (and perhaps other countries). At the back of the Polish Windows 3.1 manual was a survey form inquiring about the user's PC hardware and how they use their computer; anyone who filled in the survey and sent it to Microsoft's Eastern Europe Marketing Department received a floppy disk with a copy of the game. Scans of the survey can be found in this blog post (in Polish.)

In 2015, a Polish internaut named Adam Kaczmarek found his old Windows 3.1 manual, and decided to try and submit the survey to the Polish branch of Microsoft to see what would happen. Much to his delight, Microsoft responded with "a letter from Santa" and a gift – a box, shaped like a piece of cheese, containing a floppy disk with a copy of Cheese Terminator and an external floppy drive.

Furthermore, in response to Adam's letter, Microsoft developed a Windows 10 remake of the game, titled Cheese Terminator: Reloaded and available for free from the Windows Store.
JudgeDeadd (24454) added Cheese Terminator (Windows 3.x) on Jan 08, 2016