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Boa

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

Certain versions of the Microsoft Mouse driver for DOS came bundled with a game called Boa (included alongside such utilities as Paintbrush and Mouse Menus). Boa takes the familiar premise of Snake games and turns it on its tail: the player is now the food, trying its best not to be consumed by an always-moving, ever-growing snake. Our hero - a mouse - is controlled, as one might expect, with the mouse. The only objective is to survive as long as possible without being captured by the computer-controlled boa constrictor, which twists across the playfield in pursuit of its prey - touching...

Fun on the Farm with Barney

Fun on the Farm with Barney

Windows - 1997

Microsoft Complete Baseball: 1994 Edition

Microsoft Complete Baseball: 1994 Edition

Windows 3.X - Released - 1993

This software is designed to please the true aficionado of the nation's pastime, featuring a comprehensive list of records and statistics as well as a multimedia almanac that offers a broad perspective on the history of the sport. Information can be accessed in several ways, through a favorite player or team or by a particular statistic or record. Fans that make their way through the disk can test their new baseball knowledge in the All-Star Trivia Challenge, which includes over 900 questions in eight categories. Another 1995 Edition was also released.

Microsoft Complete Baseball: 1995 Edition

Windows 3.X - Released - 1994

This is the 1995 update of the previous Microsoft Complete Baseball. New in this edition is a “Ballparks” section, with almost ridiculously detailed information for every major-league park – history, measurements, seating charts, phone numbers, multiple photos, up-to-date scuttlebutt on parks up for replacement – there’s even hotel and tourism information for each. There's also a brand new interface for dialing up daily box scores and statistics for every player, which could be downloaded from the internet in various formats to fit almost any spreadsheet program.

Microsoft Complete NBA Basketball Guide '94-'95

Microsoft Complete NBA Basketball Guide '94-'95

Windows 3.X - Released - 1994

This encyclopedic disc has perfectly chosen full-motion video clips of great plays, brief team and player profiles, and addictive trivia. It more than lives up to its name. The easy-to-use interface leads to seven categories: Almanac, Chronicle, Players, Trivia, Teams, Records, and Daily. There are stats for every NBA player dating back to the league's inception in 1946, and the help icon does a fine job of aiding in any search for either player or team information. The Almanac allows the user to sift through every season. You can check on the league leaders or peruse the final standings,...

Microsoft Entertainment Pack: The Puzzle Collection

Microsoft Entertainment Pack: The Puzzle Collection

Windows - Released - 1997

Microsoft Entertainment Pack: The Puzzle Collection features ten new puzzle games, designed by Alexei Pajitnov, the creator of Tetris. The puzzle games are: Fringer Finty Flush Mixed Genetics Rat Poker Lineup Jewel Chase Color Collision Charmer Spring Weekend Muddled Casino Each of the games have a number of levels of increasing difficulty and some music to go with them.

Microsoft Explorapedia: The World of Nature

Microsoft Explorapedia: The World of Nature

Windows - Released - 1995

QBasic Gorillas

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

Gorillas, also known under the source code's file name Gorilla.Bas, is a video game first distributed with MS-DOS 5 and published in 1991 by IBM corporation. It is a turn-based artillery game. The game consists of two gorillas throwing explosive bananas at each other above a city skyline. The players can adjust the angle and velocity of each throw, as well as the gravitational pull of the planet. Written in QBasic, it is one of the programs included as a demonstration of that programming language.

QBasic Nibbles

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

Nibbles first: in short, it's Microsoft's version of the classic "snake" game. The player navigates their snake so that it can eat up the random numbers appearing on the screen. After consuming a number, the snake grows longer. It dies if it runs into the walls or into its own tail, which grows pretty long after several helpings of numbers. The higher levels feature more walls, therefore, navigating them is more difficult. The game has a two-player mode as well as the standard single-player. All objects in this game, including the snakes and the walls, are represented by simple ASCII...

Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Explores the Solar System

Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Explores the Solar System

Windows 3.X - September 22, 1994

The Magic School Bus Explores the Solar System is the first title of Microsoft’s Magic School Bus educational game series. Ms. Frizzle is lost somewhere in outer space and as the player gathers clues from every planet he/she visits, they will also learn about the nine planets of the solar system with fun facts. Ten mini-games and nine experiments are included, as well as video clips from NASA. The recommended age group is 6 to 10.

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