Cruel (Microsoft)

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About dialog.

Cruel is a video game version of the solitaire card game Perseverance. The program was developed by Ken Sykes and was published by Microsoft in their Microsoft Entertainment Pack For Windows for Windows 3 in 1990.

My first experience with Cruel was on my family's Packard Bell 386SX computer my parents bought back in 1991. The PC was a floor model which came loaded with software including the first Entertainment Pack. It took me awhile to understand how play Cruel solitaire and how, unlike Klondike, suits must match. Once I figured out the rules, I played the game until I beat it, and didn't care much for it after that.


I do not own this game, but I have beaten it.


  • Overall: 2/10
  • Best Version: Windows 3


  • The game accurately enforces the basic rules of Perseverance solitaire.


  • Games are very short and an optimal strategy can be learned after only a few plays.


  • There is little in the way of media. There is no music, sound, no animation, and even the ugly custom deck backs rarely make an appearance.