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Age of Empires

Age of Empires

Windows - Released - October 15, 1997

Control your tribe with the mouse. Make them build houses, docks, farms, and temples. Advance your civilization through time by learning new skills. The game allows for the player to advance through the ages: stone age, tool age, bronze age. If the player would rather get away from the historical aspect, the game offers a random terrain generator and a custom scenario builder.

Age of Empires (Demo Version)

Windows - Released - October 3, 1997

The public trial version of Ensemble Studios' Age of Empires features an exclusive campaign, Reign of the Hittites. A branch of the Indo-European migration into Asia Minor, the historical Hittites eventually rose above the bloody power struggle within the ranks of their own royalty to build a superpower of the ancient world that would rival the mighty Egyptian Empire. Over the course of five scenarios, the campaign roughly follows the history of the Hittite kingdom from its humble beginnings, culminating with the Battle of Kadesh, which is is possibly the earliest well-documented large-scale...

Allegiance

Allegiance

Windows - March 16, 2000

Allegiance is an online multiplayer game (the only offline component is the tutorial) with action and strategy elements. The game features six playing modes: Deathmatch, deathmatch with a time restriction capture the flag, properity (generating a certain income), artifacts (searching for artifacts) and conquest (conquering all systems). Every player can take control over the various space ships with different tactical uses, e.g. salvation ships for rescuing shot down pilots (otherwise they are out for a while) or stealth fighters for scouting. Then the game plays like a traditional space...

Barney Goes to the Circus

Barney Goes to the Circus

Windows - 1997

Barney's Fun On Imagination Island

Barney's Fun On Imagination Island

Windows - 1998

Barney's Fun On Imagination Island is an educational title aimed at pre-school children aged two and upwards. It was compatible with the Barney ActiMate toy via a device known as a PC Pack, for example covering the toy's eyes caused both the toy and the in-game character to play peek-a-boo while squeezing the toy's middle toe caused both Barney's to sing a song related to the current game. The game has keyboard shortcuts that perform the same functions for those who do not have an ActiMate.

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...

Chess Titans

Chess Titans

Windows - Released - November 8, 2006

Chess Titans is a chess game with 3D graphics developed by Oberon Games and included in Windows Vista and Windows 7 Home Premium, Business/Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate. It is a fully animated, photorealistic interactive game with ten difficulty levels. It can be played by two participants, or one player against the computer.

Chip's Challenge

Chip's Challenge

Windows 3.X - Released - 1991

Nerdy Chip desperately wants to join the "Bit Busters" computer club, led by Melinda the Mental Marvel. However, before she'll let him in, he must prove his intelligence by passing the initiation test. 149 increasingly difficult levels, including a few hidden ones, await Chip in this tile-based puzzle game. Use tools such as keys, and special shoes to bypass obstacles. Manipulate switches to and use dirt blocks to build bridges across waterways. Avoid enemy creatures, grab all the computer chips in the level, and hurry to the exit: On top of everything else, there's a time limit!

Deadly Tide

Deadly Tide

Windows - October 3, 1996

Deadly Tide is a pre-rendered shooter in which the player gets to control a deadly new undersea vehicle. The basic plot behind the game is that the aliens have arrived on Earth, and they are not friendly. They take up residence in the oceans of Earth, and begin to launch attacks on shipping. Plus, they are also slowly raising the level of the oceans, trying to flood humans from the planet. Your mission is to stop them. The game is split up into a number of stages, taking place in various locations, the ultimate aim being to make your way through to the end of that level in once piece. There...

Fury³

Fury³

Windows 3.X - Released - 1995

Terrans have won the war for the Coalition, but at a terrible price. It has unleashed the powers of the Bions, warriors bred for battle and victory. After the war ended, Bions started their own war against Humanity... And humanity managed to win again, but Earth was decimated in the process. We thought we had destroyed all the Bions, but apparently we are wrong. A few Bions have survived... and they are rebuilding on the planet named Fury... As a councillor in Council of Peace, the premier peacekeeping force, you will take the advanced fighter and repel the Bion invasion, and eventually...

Gahan Wilson's The Ultimate Haunted House

Gahan Wilson's The Ultimate Haunted House

Windows 3.X - Released - 1994

You have been locked in the haunted house and you have 13 hours to escape, and the only way you can escape, is by collecting all 13 keys. Or you will be trapped in the house forever. You must explore all the rooms and meet monsters and give them 1 of 50 items, in exchange for them to leave you alone. Explore the house and have fun in the games room, but make sure no monsters catch up with you and give you curses. There are lots of curses such as the color curse where all the colors get mixed up, the objects curse where you can't pick up any objects.

Hearts

Windows - Released - October 1, 1992

Hearts is a shareware implementation of the card game for four people, it is the second version of the game from this developer. As usual the player competes against three AI opponents in the standard game though, unusually, there is an option to compete against another program. The standard game will be familiar to anyone who has played the game that comes free with Windows, all cards are dealt out, three cards are passed to an opponent and the object of the game is to avoid winning a trick containing a heart or the queen of spades. Many optional rule variations are catered for in this...

Isaac Asimov's: The Ultimate Robot

Isaac Asimov's: The Ultimate Robot

Windows 3.X - Released - 1994

Producer Byron Preiss has done a superb job bringing the ideas of the late Isaac Asimov to this CD-ROM, which touches on almost all topics related to robots and robotics. You'll learn about the history and principles of robotics, and hear and see Asimov himself discuss the field. The Robotoid Assembly Toolkit (created by Ralph McQuarrie, the production designer for Star Wars) lets you build, animate, and save or print images of the virtual robots you construct. You can also see film clips of famous and not-so-famous movie robots or read from the sizable collection of Asimov's short stories...

JezzBall

JezzBall

Windows 3.X - Released - 1992

Borrowing certain gameplay conventions from Qix, JezzBall presents another scenario forcing the player to divide and conquer a 2D playfield by whittling away slivers of it until it is at only 25% (or less) of its original size. The complicating factor here are balls, more with every level, bouncing off the edges of the continuous playfield and, incidentally, quite lethal to the player's marker, only tangible while in the act of diminishing the playfield by marking off areas no longer to be used. The player can choose to trim horizontal or vertical segments -- depending on which axis they...

The Magic School Bus Discovers Flight Activity Center

The Magic School Bus Discovers Flight Activity Center

Windows - April 1, 2001

Seatbelts, everyone! Get ready for some high-flying fun with Ms. Frizzle and her inquisitive class as they discover the magic of flight! With Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus Discovers Flight Activity Center kids ages 6-10 can spread their wings and learn about flight, aircraft, and animals that fly. Kids can play exciting games like Blaze Blasters, pilot a hot air balloon, and earn lots of fabulous feathers for their flight cap in The Flight is Right.

The Magic School Bus In Concert Activity Center

The Magic School Bus In Concert Activity Center

Windows - Released - September 12, 2000

Scholastic's The Magic School Bus CD-ROM series is based on Scholastic Entertainment Inc.'s Emmy award-winning television show and the successful children's science book series. Like the TV show and books, the award-winning software titles feature science teacher extraordinaire, Ms. Frizzle , and her inquisitive students, who take virtual field trips around the world on a magical school bus. Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Activity Center CD-ROMs balance educational value with entertainment appeal by introducing fun science concepts through multilevel games, stimulating activities,...

Magic School Bus Lands on Mars

Windows - Released - November 11, 2000

The Magic School Bus Lands on Mars Activity Center combines both educational value and entertainment appeal, making players learn the joy in learning science with activities that help kids want to keep playing and learning. Build Your Own Mars Rover and challenge Liz in Race Your Rover! Guide the Mars Lander to the surface of Mars! Create and print your own Crew Pass! Learn cool and exciting facts about Mars, Earth, and the Solar System, and build critical thinking skills. 3 levels of science fun and learning in every game.

Microsoft 3D Movie Maker

Microsoft 3D Movie Maker

Windows - Released - 1995

Using this program, directors are able to place 3D characters in pre-made environments, add actions, sound effects, music, text, speech, and special effects then show these movies off to friends, family, and the world. The program features two helper characters to guide users through the various features of the program. The character McZee provides help throughout the studio while his assistant Melanie provides various tutorials. Creating animation in 3D Movie Maker is a straightforward process, allowing younger users to create movies with ease. By default, 40 actors/actresses are available,...

Microsoft Adventure

Microsoft Adventure

Tandy TRS-80 - 1980

You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building. Around you is a forest. A small stream flows out of the building and down a gully. There is a shiny brass lamp nearby. Get ready to make the first decision that will affect your course through "Colossal Cave" in the first complete version of Adventure ever Implemented on a personal computers! As you prove yourself sufficiently skilled in overcoming obstacles, more sections of the cave will become open to you. Proceed, explore the cavern and collect your treasures. But watch out! Killer dwarves, green snakes, active...

Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2: WW II Pacific Theater

Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2: WW II Pacific Theater

Windows - Released - October 13, 2000

The sequel to Microsoft's first Combat Flight Simulator, the focus shifts to the Pacific theater, where carrier battles and island hopping dominate the strategy. Fly for the Japanese Navy or the American Navy/Airforce in either single battles or branching campaigns. Controllable aircraft include the standard Zero, the P-38, Wildcat, Hellcat, Corsair, and George, each fighter representing different design philosophies from the most nimble Japanese planes to the powerhouse American designs. Escort bombers, strafe transports, and provide CAP for your carrier group. Learn how to successfully...

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 Dinosaurs

Microsoft Dinosaurs

Windows 3.X - Released - 1993

Microsoft Dinosaurs is an educational interactive CD-Rom developed by Microsoft, themed around dinosaurs. Players can explore the content in four different ways: Atlas, Timeline, Families, and Index. There is also a guided tour, hosted by "Dino" Don Lessem.

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 Flight Simulator (v4.0)

Microsoft Flight Simulator (v4.0)

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

Version 4 of Flight Simulator was released just 15 months after version 3. The changes include: Makeshift airplane designer, which allowed for wing adjustments and weight, speed, and color changes. New aircraft: Sailplane Random weather patterns Dynamic scenery (e.g. air traffic) Like the previous release, version 4 included scenery for five cities (New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago). It featured CGA through VGA (in EGA resolution) support, and multi-user play. Version 4 also supported newer add-ons such as Microsoft's Aircraft & Scenery Designer, and Sublogic's...

Microsoft Flight Simulator (v4.0)

Microsoft Flight Simulator (v4.0)

Apple Mac OS - Released - 1991

Version 4 of Flight Simulator was released just 15 months after version 3. The changes include: Makeshift airplane designer, which allowed for wing adjustments and weight, speed, and color changes. New aircraft: Sailplane Random weather patterns Dynamic scenery (e.g. air traffic) Like the previous release, version 4 included scenery for five cities (New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago).

Microsoft Flight Simulator (v5.0)

Microsoft Flight Simulator (v5.0)

MS-DOS - Released - 1993

The fifth take on the Flight Simulator series. This version added SVGA graphics, textures in certain areas, sound card support, and two new flight areas, Paris and Munich. This was the final DOS-only release.

Microsoft Flight Simulator (v5.1)

Microsoft Flight Simulator (v5.1)

MS-DOS - Released - 1995

In 1995, Flight Simulator 5.1 was introduced, adding the ability to handle scenery libraries including wide use of satellite imagery, faster performance and a barrage of weather effects: storms, 3D clouds and fog became true-to-life elements in the Flight Simulator world. This edition was also the first version that was released on CD-ROM and the last for DOS. This was released in June 1995. In the fall of 1995, with the release of the Flightshop program, nearly any aircraft could be built. The French program "Airport" was also available for free which allowed users to build airports (FS5.1...

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002

Windows - 2001

Microsoft Flight Simulator for Windows 95

Microsoft Flight Simulator for Windows 95

Windows - Released - July 1, 1996

As Windows 95 was released, a new version (6.0) was developed for that platform. Although this was more or less just a port from the DOS version (FS5.1), it did feature a vastly improved frame-rate, better haze, and additional aircraft, including the Extra 300 aerobatic aircraft. It also featured more 3-D detailing, this could be noticed in many places such as Manhattan, Meigs etc. Instead of using the version number in the title, Microsoft instead called it "Flight Simulator for Windows 95" to advertise the change in operating system. It is often abbreviated as "FS95" or "FSW95". This was...

Microsoft Golf 2.0

Microsoft Golf 2.0

Windows 3.X - Released - August 31, 1995

Microsoft Golf 2.0 is the second and last of the Win 3.1 Microsoft Golf games. As its predecessor, it is simply Links 386 Pro, but with added graphical detail that comes much closer to its original DOS version. The main layout of the screen is changed but otherwise the game remains the same. Select Quick Start to use the default settings or settings from a previous game. There is a Practice Mode and an in-game Help System that teaches you about the game of golf in general as well as how this game is played. Microsoft Golf 2.0 comes with two courses: Torrey Pines and Firestone South. The...

Microsoft Pinball Arcade

Microsoft Pinball Arcade

Windows - Released - December 15, 1998

Take a trip down memory lane with accurate simulations of seven pinball tables made by the Gottlieb pinball company: Baffle Ball (1931) Humpty Dumpty (1947) Knock Out (1950) Slick Chick (1963) Spirit of '76 (1976) Haunted House (1982) Cue Ball Wizard (1992) All games include either the original music, or a background CD track representative of the time. The newer games allow up to 4 players.

Microsoft Space Simulator

Microsoft Space Simulator

MS-DOS - Released - 1994

In the grand tradition of Microsoft's Flight Simulator series, Space Simulator takes you on a journey through the Milky Way--and even beyond it, if you're adventurous and have a lot of time to kill. Developed by the same company that worked on the Flight Simulator games, SS is a painstakingly detailed spaceflight simulator that allows you to explore the galaxy in a variety of ships, from the spacewalking MMU to the massive Zander Freighter. The entire solar system is modeled, along with dozens of other hypothetical systems, and you can also explore comets, nebulae, and other celestial...

Minesweeper

Minesweeper

Windows - Released - 1990

The goal of the game is to uncover all the squares that do not contain mines without being "blown up" by clicking on a square with a mine underneath. The location of the mines is discovered by a process of logic. Clicking on the game board will reveal what is hidden underneath the chosen square or squares (a large number of blank squares may be revealed in one go if they are adjacent to each other). Some squares are blank but some contain numbers (1 to 8), each number being the number of mines adjacent to the uncovered square. To help avoid hitting a mine, the location of a suspected mine can...

Purble Place

Purble Place

Windows - Released - 2007

Purble Place is a suite of three computer games. Developed by Oberon Games for Microsoft, it was introduced in Windows Vista and is also included in Windows 7. The collection has a single home screen that offers three packs of games: Purble Pairs, Comfy Cakes, and Purble Shop.

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 in the Age of Dinosaurs

Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Explores in the Age of Dinosaurs

Windows - Released - October 9, 1996

Climb on board the Magic School Bus and join the enthusiastic and indefatigable Mrs. Frizzle and her class on a trip back to the age of the dinosaurs! The game features three prehistoric time periods the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous and seven areas Argentina, Arizona, Colorado, Tanzania, the Tethys Sea, Alberta, and Mongolia--to explore. Throughout the background, each time zone has various dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures to learn about. Meanwhile back on the bus, there is so much to see and try. A map of the world shows you many sites where several fossils have been...

Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Explores the Human Body

Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Explores the Human Body

Windows 3.X - Released - 1994

In this second Magic School Bus game based on the educational book series from Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, Ms. Frizzle and her class take a trip inside classmate Arnold's body. From Arnold's head to his toe, the group travels through every system, including the Upper and Lower Digestive System, the Circulatory System, the Respiratory System, Liver, Nervous System and the skin. Only when all the areas and 12 body parts have been visited can the class leave Arnold's body through one of three natural exits. All actions in this game are performed with the mouse. In the classroom, selecting the...

Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Explores the Ocean

Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Explores the Ocean

Windows - October 24, 1995

Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Explores the Ocean is the third game in the series based on the children's educational books by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. In this adventure, Ms. Frizzle and her class are headed to the ocean on a mission to explore zones and answer three clues that will lead to a sunken treasure. Traveling by submarine bus, the group will make stops at the Coral Reef, the Open Ocean, the Deep Ocean, the Hot Vents, the Kelp Forest, and more. At each stop the player can access activities, reports and experiments related to that zone by clicking on items nearby. There are...

Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Explores the Rainforest

Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Explores the Rainforest

Windows - May 1, 1997

In this sixth Magic School Bus title based on the book series by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, the class mission is to travel to the Costa Rican rainforest and clone missing parts of the ecosystem so they can turn their classroom into a virtual rainforest. In the classroom there are reports to view and and projects to hear about by clicking on items and characters in each of the two rooms. Clicking the lockers brings up a board of 14 rainforest/ecosystem themed games, ranging from jigsaw puzzles to dodging falling raindrops to mini-platformers. Most actions throughout the game are performed...

Spider Solitaire

Windows - January 1, 1998

Spider Solitaire, also known as Microsoft Spider Solitaire (Spider in the About box in some versions), is a solitaire card game that is included in Microsoft Windows. It is a version of Spider. As of 2005, it was the most played game on Windows PCs, surpassing the shorter and less challenging Klondike-based Windows Solitaire. The game was first included as part of Windows 98's Microsoft Plus! package[4] and has been since featured on most subsequent versions of Windows. Spider Solitaire was not included in Windows 2000, but was added to Windows ME and later on Windows XP; the game gained...

Starlancer

Starlancer

Windows - April 27, 2000

It's 2160, and the Eastern Alliance has launched a surprise attack on the Western Coalition's fleet and decimated it. The call has gone out for volunteers to become Alliance fighter pilots, and you have signed up with the 45th Volunteer Squadron. Designed by Chris and Erin Roberts, the creative force behind the Wing Commander/Privateer megaseries, this space fighting simulation features the genre's standard mission types: escort, fighter sweep, interception, attacking space stations, fighting in asteroid fields, etc. 12 pilotable fighters (you can choose which you fly as well as missile...

Urban Assault

Urban Assault

Windows - July 31, 1998

The plot of Urban Assault is set in the future, where ozone depletion, termed The Big Mistake, results in destruction of the ocean's phytoplankton, causing the Earth's food chain to collapse. Scarce food supplies results in a resource war, and plasma formation technology — the ability to form solid constructions using only energy — allows military commanders to create entire armies to subjugate their foes. The technology was leaked to enemy factions, destroying fragile political alliances and launching the planet into a third world war. Citizens are forced into domed communities, which shield...

Voodoo Vince

Voodoo Vince

Windows - September 23, 2003

Voodoo Vince is a 2003 platforming video game created by Clayton Kauzlaric, developed by Beep Industries and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox. Unlike other Xbox games, however, this one is not compatible with an Xbox 360. It was released in North America on September 23, 2003, in Europe on October 17, 2003 and in Japan on July 22, 2004. A remastered version for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One was released on April 18, 2017.[1 In the game you play as Vince, a voodoo doll who can perform an assortment of moves to make his way through the levels. Vince can perform standard moves...

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