Microsoft Entertainment Pack 2
Microsoft Entertainment Pack 2 is a package of multiple entertainment programs including seven single-player games and a screensaver developed and published by Microsoft for Windows 3 in 1991. This is the second title in the series. The various games were made by a variety of developers and included the following:
|FreeCell||FreeCell solitaire||Jim Horne|
|IdleWild (7 new screensavers)||Screen saver||Bradford Christian|
|JigSawed||Jigsaw puzzle||Tito Messerli|
|Pipe Dream||Port of Pipe Mania||Wes Cherry|
|Rattler Race||Snake game||Christopher Lee Fraley|
|Rodent's Revenge||Block-pushing game||Christopher Lee Fraley|
|Stones||Tile game||Michael C. Miller|
|Tut's Tomb||Pyramid solitaire||Rick LaPlante|
Although FreeCell is often thought of as a default Windows game, it wasn't included in Windows until the 32-bit release of Windows 3.1.
I never owned Entertainment Pack 2, but occasionally I would use a computer that had the pack loaded on it and play the games. I have beaten FreeCell, JigSawed, and Tut's Tomb.
I do not own this title.
Best Version: Windows 3
— This section contains spoilers! —
- There is a fairly decent assortment of games. Two card games, active and passive puzzle games, and and action video game.
- Even though it was rare at the time, some of the programs take into account display sizes beyond 640x480 resolution.
- All of the games are casual, so they're all lacking depth.
- The programs are lacking media being mostly devoid of music, sound effects, and animation.
- Being mostly dependent on puzzle games, the collection is pretty slow-paced.
- JigSawed is a pretty unimpressive jigsaw puzzle game.