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[[Image:SkiFree - WIN3 - Screenshot - Title.png|thumb|256x256px|The title screen and game start.]]
  
'''''SkiFree''''' is a skiing video game developed by [[Chris Pirih]] and published by [[Microsoft]] in 1991 as part of the [[Microsoft Entertainment Pack 3]], and re-published in the [[Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack]] in 1995. On 2005-04-04, Pirih found his original source code, and recompiled the game to work on 32-bit Windows machines, and released it as freeware.
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'''''SkiFree''''' is a skiing video game developed by [[Chris Pirih]] and published by [[Microsoft]] for [[Windows 3]] in 1991 as part of the ''[[Microsoft Entertainment Pack 3]]'', and re-published in the ''[[Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack]]'' in 1994. On 2005-04-04, Pirih found his original source code, and recompiled the game to work on 32-bit Windows machines, and released it as [[freeware]].
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==Personal==
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I first played this game shortly after it was released because a friend of mine had the third ''Entertainment Pack''. I didn't become much of a fan of the game because there is so little to do, but I did appreciate the various quirks added by the designer.
  
 
==Status==
 
==Status==
I didn't own Entertainment Pack 3, but I have played this game many times. A 32-bit version was made freely available by the creator.
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I didn't own Entertainment Pack 3, but I have played this game many times. A 32-bit version was made freely available by the creator. The game cannot be beaten.
  
 
==Review==
 
==Review==
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{{Video Game Review|2|3|4|1|2|Windows 3}}
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{{Spoilers}}
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===Good===
 
===Good===
* The game is quirky. Examples include, the yeti eating the player, the random dog walking across the mountain and peeing, dead trees bursting into flames when you collide with them, cracking stumps into mushrooms, etc.
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* The game is quirky. Examples include, the yeti eats the player when they get too far, hitting the dog several times causes it to pee, trees will sometimes be seen walking along the mountain, dead trees burst into flames when you collide with them, hitting a stump will turn it into a mushroom, etc.
 
* Getting caught and eaten by the yeti when you get too far down the mountain is hilarious, and trying to avoid him is always a fun challenge.
 
* Getting caught and eaten by the yeti when you get too far down the mountain is hilarious, and trying to avoid him is always a fun challenge.
  
 
===Bad===
 
===Bad===
* Because the game view port scales to the size of your screen, it means players with higher resolutions will have an easier time playing the game.
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* Because the game's view port scales to the size of your screen, players with higher resolutions will have an easier time playing the game.
 
* The yeti doesn't fairly catch you, but instead teleports to your position if you get too far ahead.
 
* The yeti doesn't fairly catch you, but instead teleports to your position if you get too far ahead.
  
 
===Ugly===
 
===Ugly===
* The game has very little to do. There are two slalom races and a freestyle race, each lasts about one to two minutes, and none are very impressive. This means you can see everything the game has to offer in about 5 minutes.
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* The game has very little to do. There are two slalom races and a freestyle race, each lasts about one to two minutes, and none are very impressive. This means you can see everything the game has to offer in about 5 minutes, excluding [[Easter eggs]].
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* The game doesn't come with any documentation or even a help file, and there are a lot of undocumented commands.
  
 
==Media==
 
==Media==
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===Graphics===
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<gallery>
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SkiFree - WIN3 - Sprite Sheet.png|SkiFree graphics.
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SkiFree - WIN3 - Icon.png|The game's icon.
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SkiFree - WIN3 - Icon - Beta.png|The game's icon during beta.
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</gallery>
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===Screenshots===
 
===Screenshots===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
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===Videos===
 
===Videos===
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj8NRq4IUDY youtube.com/watch?v=Vj8NRq4IUDY] - Nostalgia Nerd.
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{{#ev:youtube|Vj8NRq4IUDY|256|inline|Review - Nostalgia Nerd.|frame}}
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji6IFDJFr8k youtube.com/watch?v=Ji6IFDJFr8k] - Dorkly comic.
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{{#ev:youtube|Ji6IFDJFr8k|256|inline|Dorkly comic.|frame}}
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L20ovQCIic youtube.com/watch?v=3L20ovQCIic] - Real life SkiFree.
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{{#ev:youtube|3L20ovQCIic|256|inline|Real life SkiFree.|frame}}
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qf3p0WGS5mc youtube.com/watch?v=qf3p0WGS5mc] - Evading the yeti.
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{{#ev:youtube|qf3p0WGS5mc|256|inline|Evading the yeti.|frame}}
  
 
==Download==
 
==Download==
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==Links==
 
==Links==
* [https://www.mobygames.com/game/skifree_ mobygames.com/game/skifree_] - MobyGames.
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{{Link|MobyGames|https://www.mobygames.com/game/skifree_}}
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SkiFree en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SkiFree] - Wikipedia.
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{{Link|Wikipedia|https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SkiFree}}
* [https://ski.ihoc.net ski.ihoc.net] - Official page.
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{{Link|TCRF|https://tcrf.net/SkiFree}}
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{{Link|Official|https://ski.ihoc.net}}
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* [https://www.everything2.com/title/Skifree everything2.com/title/Skifree] - Game details.
 
* [https://www.everything2.com/title/Skifree everything2.com/title/Skifree] - Game details.
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* [https://xkcd.com/667 xkcd.com/667] - xkcd.
  
  
 
[[Category: Games]]
 
[[Category: Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Games]]
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[[Category: 1991 Video Games]]
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[[Category: Video Game Prime Order - Action, Adventure, Strategy]]
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[[Category: Video Game Genre - Racing]]
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[[Category: Media Theme - Sports]]
 
[[Category: Windows Games]]
 
[[Category: Windows Games]]
 
[[Category: Windows 3 Games]]
 
[[Category: Windows 3 Games]]
[[Category: Action]]
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[[Category: 4-bit Color Graphics]]
[[Category: Sports]]
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[[Category: Software Distribution Model - Freeware]]
[[Category: Racing]]
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[[Category: Video Games That Can't Be Beaten]]

Latest revision as of 09:33, 28 September 2020

The title screen and game start.

SkiFree is a skiing video game developed by Chris Pirih and published by Microsoft for Windows 3 in 1991 as part of the Microsoft Entertainment Pack 3, and re-published in the Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack in 1994. On 2005-04-04, Pirih found his original source code, and recompiled the game to work on 32-bit Windows machines, and released it as freeware.

Personal

I first played this game shortly after it was released because a friend of mine had the third Entertainment Pack. I didn't become much of a fan of the game because there is so little to do, but I did appreciate the various quirks added by the designer.

Status

I didn't own Entertainment Pack 3, but I have played this game many times. A 32-bit version was made freely available by the creator. The game cannot be beaten.

Review

Video Game Review Icon - Enjoyment.png Video Game Review Icon - Control.png Video Game Review Icon - Appearance.png Video Game Review Icon - Sound.png Video Game Review Icon - Replayability.png
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Best Version: Windows 3

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • The game is quirky. Examples include, the yeti eats the player when they get too far, hitting the dog several times causes it to pee, trees will sometimes be seen walking along the mountain, dead trees burst into flames when you collide with them, hitting a stump will turn it into a mushroom, etc.
  • Getting caught and eaten by the yeti when you get too far down the mountain is hilarious, and trying to avoid him is always a fun challenge.

Bad

  • Because the game's view port scales to the size of your screen, players with higher resolutions will have an easier time playing the game.
  • The yeti doesn't fairly catch you, but instead teleports to your position if you get too far ahead.

Ugly

  • The game has very little to do. There are two slalom races and a freestyle race, each lasts about one to two minutes, and none are very impressive. This means you can see everything the game has to offer in about 5 minutes, excluding Easter eggs.
  • The game doesn't come with any documentation or even a help file, and there are a lot of undocumented commands.

Media

Graphics

Screenshots

Videos

Review - Nostalgia Nerd.
Dorkly comic.
Real life SkiFree.
Evading the yeti.

Download

SkiFree was released as freeware by the game's creator. The download below includes the original 16-bit version and a re-compile for 32-bit Windows.

Links

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