No one can argue that PC games have taken over globally since coming into existence in the late 1950s. Over the decades, we have been blessed with an array of PC games and are spoiled for choice. However, I am sure that most of us agree that classic Windows PC games will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Many of us used these Windows PC games as a way to relax or distract ourselves from tedious, mundane daily tasks, especially through the 90s and the beginning of the 21st century. It seems that not much has changed and that these Windows games are still extremely popular today. They are also now available as mobile apps, and they appear timeless.
So, below is a list of the most popular classic Microsoft Windows games that people are still playing today.
5: 3D Pinball for Windows
Of course, 3D Pinball: Space Cadet ranks within the top 5. It is one of those classic games that will probably stay with us for the rest of our time. 3D Pinball: Space Cadet first appeared as an add-on bonus within the Windows 95 Plus! Package, and later on, went to be a part of Windows NT 4.0. After that, the popularity of the game ensured its appearance within Windows 2000, Windows ME, and Windows XP.
Unfortunately, however, 3D Pinball: Space Cadet was nowhere to be found when Windows Vista was created in 2007. This was because the software developers at Windows could not transfer the game, so they decided to delete the game instead.
The way in which the game works is that the player’s objective is to complete the missions of the game in order to rank as highly as possible. A player can also accept missions by hitting ‘mission targets.’ This then selects the type of mission that the player will pursue. A number of tasks need to be completed within each mission before it can be completed and the goal is achieved.
4: FreeCell Solitaire
In 1991, FreeCell was launched as part of the Microsoft Entertainment Pack. This game became very popular in 1995 within Windows 95 after being used as a 32-bit demonstration program for the Win32s API.
The objective of the game is to move cards from the tableau to the foundations at the top of the screen, and the player needs to solve the different types of deals given. The first version of the card game had 32,000 various deals, and most of these deals were solvable. However, there are a few deals that are unsolvable, such as deal number 11982.
Thus, it is clear that FreeCell is a complicated strategy game that holds the attention and interest of many players.
Ranked at number three within the top 5 classic Microsoft Windows games is none other than Minesweeper. Minesweeper was originally part of the Microsoft Entertainment Pack 1. In 1992, it was then a part of Windows 3.1
The game’s objective is to locate and mark every mine with a flag. The player does this by clicking on the box they believe is a bomb. As a result of this, numbers are placed in the squares next to the boxes, thus, being able to discover where the bombs are placed within the grid.
The game is won when the player has marked all the bombs, and the squares are cleared. However, if a bomb is selected but not marked, it results in an explosion, and the game is lost.
Minesweeper has had a few changes over the years; however, the game’s primary objective has remained the same. Minesweeper was given a graphical update with Windows Vista; however, it was pulled from Windows 8.
2: Spider Solitaire
Ranked at number 2, this card game is definitely a timeless classic. Spider Solitaire was created in the early 1990s and became increasingly more popular by the year 2000 when Microsoft included a digital version of the card game with Windows ME.
The objective of Spider Solitaire is to get rid of all 104 cards on the screen by creating a sequence of cards in descending order, beginning with King and ending with an Ace. You can choose between easy, medium, or hard levels and can choose to play with either 1, 2, or 4 colors on the table. Naturally, the more colors you use, the more complex the game becomes to solve.
1: Klondike Solitaire
And of course, last but not least, Solitaire This card game ranks top of the 5 best classic Microsoft Windows games. Simply put, Solitaire is the best digital card game ever created by Windows.
As you may or may not know, the objective of the card game is to get 4 suites built onto a foundation, starting from Aces and all the way to Kings. Unfortunately, although the rules of this Solitaire game are easy to follow, it is not easy to complete the game. According to experts, this Klondike card game can only be successfully solved 48% of the time in the most challenging setting (the three-card draw). However, the single-card setting will allow you to complete the game nearly every single time.
So, there we have it. The top 5 best classic Microsoft Windows games of all time thus far. These card games have remained extremely popular since the early 1990s and are still widely played today. Despite being one of the most difficult to complete, Solitaire is the King of all digital card games. It is followed by Spider Solitaire, Minesweeper, FreeCell, and 3D Pinball: Space Cadet.