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3D Pinball for Windows: Space Cadet

3D Pinball for Windows: Space Cadet

Windows - Released - August 24, 1995

3D Pinball for Windows – Space Cadet is a version of the Space Cadet table bundled with Microsoft Windows. It was originally packaged with Microsoft Plus! 95 and later included in Windows NT 4.0, Windows ME, Windows 2000, the 32-bit editions of Windows XP and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. The Windows 98 installation CD has instructions on installing Pinball 3D on this version of Windows which are partly wrong; Microsoft later issued an updated support article.[1] Windows XP was the last client release of Windows to include this game.[2] The look and feel of Full Tilt! Pinball and 3D...

Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion

Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion

Windows - August 25, 2000

Continue your empire building and conquering with this expansion pack to Age of Empires II. Five new civilizations are introduced, including the Aztecs, Huns, Koreans, Mayans, and Spanish, each offering new units and unique technologies to master. There are 26 new technologies in total; seven are general economic and military upgrades, while one or two are civilization specific. All 18 civilizations also feature distinct starting bonuses in areas such as buildings, combat, advancements, and upgrades. Other additions include four maps based on real-world geographical locations, nine fictional...

Age of Empires III: Gold Edition

Age of Empires III: Gold Edition

Windows - October 23, 2007

Age of Empires III Gold Edition combines the exciting Age of Empires III and its respective expansion pack, Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs for one compelling gaming experience at a great value. Age of Empires III gives players the opportunity to pick up where Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings left off, placing them in the time period of roughly 1500-1850. As players work to establish their empire, they will take on the role of a European power struggling to explore, colonize and conquer North and South America. In addition, players will also have the chance to engage in epic warfare in...

Alan Wake Limited Collector's Edition

Alan Wake Limited Collector's Edition

Microsoft Xbox 360 - Released - May 18, 2010

Fill the shoes of one Alan Wake, a man who makes his living from the terror of others as a best-selling suspense novelist. Trapped in the deceptively peaceful Washington town of Bright Falls, where he came to escape the trauma of losing his fiancée, Alan must piece together a mystery to prevent himself from being trapped inside a nightmarish world forever. An intense psychological thriller from Remedy, the creators of Max Payne, Alan Wake looks to raise the bar for future games, creating a true cinematic experience. Explore an expansive world filled with missions, unique puzzles, intense...

Arthur's Reading Roundup

Arthur's Reading Roundup

Windows - 1999

Ascend: New Gods

Ascend: New Gods

Microsoft Xbox 360 - Released - April 1, 2013

Ascend: Hand of Kul (formerly Ascend: New Gods) is a 2013 free-to-play game for the Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows.[1] It was unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2012 during Microsoft's press conference. It was available in the Xbox Live Arcade for free if you are a Gold member. On August 18, 2014 the game was delisted from the Xbox marketplace. On August 21, 2014 it was announced the game's server will be closing November 18, 2014. The PC version remains online.[2][3]

Asheron's Call

Asheron's Call

Windows - Released - November 2, 1999

Asheron's Call (AC) was a fantasy MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) for Microsoft Windows PCs, developed and published by Turbine Entertainment Software. Though it was developed by the Turbine team (with Microsoft's extensive assistance), it was published as a Microsoft title until 2004. The game was set on the island continent of Dereth and several surrounding smaller islands and archipelagos on the fictional planet of Auberean. The game was played in a large seamless 3D virtual world which could host thousands of players' characters (or avatars) at a time. Released...

Azurik: Rise of Perathia

Azurik: Rise of Perathia

Microsoft Xbox - December 15, 2001

A high-profile, first-party Xbox title that pits you in a battle to bring justice to your land, Perathia. "Azurik: Rise of Perathia" will have a heavy focus on action, jaw-dropping graphics and a unique, element-based combat system.

Barney Under The Sea

Barney Under The Sea

Windows - 1998

This 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. This game comprises the following six activities: Baby Bop's Mermaid Castle - Here players are shown two scenes each depicting a room...

Close Combat

Close Combat

Windows - June 30, 1996

Close Combat is a World War II real-time tactics game, developed by Atomic Games, and released on January 1, 1996 for the Mac[1] and June 30, 1996 for the PC.[2] The first installment of the Close Combat series, the game is played on a two-dimensional map, between two players.[3] Close Combat is based on the fighting of the U.S. 29th Infantry Division and the German defenders from Omaha Beach to Saint-Lô during Operation Cobra; all the units in the game are based on those used in 1944. The game may be played as either the Germans, or the Americans.The game received mainly positive...

Counter-Strike

Counter-Strike

Microsoft Xbox - November 18, 2003

Counter-Strike is a first-person shooter in which players join either the terrorist or counter-terrorist team (or become a spectator). Each team attempts to complete their mission objective and/or eliminate the opposing team. Each round starts with the two teams spawning simultaneously.

Crimson Alliance

Crimson Alliance

Microsoft Xbox 360 - September 7, 2011

Crimson Alliance is a co-op action role-playing game developed by Certain Affinity and published by Microsoft Studios. The game was first announced at RTX 2011 and was available for demo at E3, ComicCon and PAX Prime,[2] with the press release being announced on May 31, 2011.[3] Crimson Alliance was released on September 7, 2011 on Xbox LIVE Arcade for free as a freemium. Player can choose to pay between 800 Microsoft Points for one character class or 1200 Microsoft Points for all three character classes.[4] The game was also offered as a free bonus code download for those who purchased all...

Crimson Skies

Crimson Skies

Windows - September 15, 2000

Set in an alternate history of the 1930s in which the United States has balkanized into a number of smaller sovereignties, and in which air travel has become the primary mode of transportation in North America. The game centers on Nathan Zachary, an adventurous air pirate seeking to rob the affluent of their wealth and power.[4] Throughout the campaign, Zachary leads his gang of air pirates, the Fortune Hunters, on a quest to gain fame and riches.

D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die

D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die

Microsoft Xbox One - Released - September 18, 2014

D4 is an episodic video game developed by Access Games and published by Microsoft Studios exclusively for the Xbox One.[3] The game was announced during Microsoft's E3 2013 press event.[3] The title represents the phrase "Dark Dreams Don't Die", as well as the fourth dimension (time).[4] The game is unrelated to the D video game series.[4] D4 was released one day early on September 18, 2014.

Ducktales Remastered

Ducktales Remastered

Microsoft Xbox 360 - November 9, 2013

DuckTales: Remastered is a hand-crafted, beautiful reimagining of one of the most cherished 8-bit titles of all time. Go back to one of the golden ages of gaming, but now refined with a level of detail that will please the most hardened devoted Disney or retro Capcom fan, alike. Featuring hand-drawn animated sprites, authentic Disney character voices talent and richly painted level backgrounds from the classic cartoon TV series, Scrooge McDuck and family come to life like never before. The gameplay retains the authenticity of its 8-bit predecessor, simple and fun, with slight modifications to...

Dungeon Siege II

Dungeon Siege II

Windows - August 15, 2005

The game begins with the player-controlled protagonist and his friend, Drevin, serving as mercenaries in the army of Valdis, a warlord who has aligned himself with a race of Dark Wizards and wields the magical Sword of Zaramoth. The player character and Drevin are ordered to capture a temple held by dryads. After the temple is captured, however, Valdis attacks the mercenaries. Drevin is killed, but the player character is only knocked unconscious. The player character regains consciousness in the custody of the dryads. Rather than execute him, the dryads allow the player to earn his freedom...

Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna

Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna

Windows - November 11, 2003

[Also includes the full version of the original Dungeon Siege.] In this expansion pack to 2002's Dungeon Siege, players venture out from the familiar Kingdom of Ehb into the savage realm of Aranna. The result is a new campaign spanning nine areas, ranging from lush jungles to arctic wastelands, as players prepare to do battle with more than 100 different creatures. Enhancements to the original include 50 additional spells to wield, such as Diminution, Animal Rage, Zorkon's Bonecrusher, and the Orb of Fire, and the ability to play as a new character: the half-giant, who uses brute force to...

Fable Anniversary

Fable Anniversary

Windows - Released - September 12, 2014

FOR EVERY CHOICE, A CONSEQUENCE. Fully re-mastered with HD visuals and audio, Fable Anniversary is a stunning rendition of the original game that will delight faithful fans and new players alike! The all new Heroic difficulty setting will test the mettle of even the most hardcore Fable fan.

Fable Anniversary

Fable Anniversary

Microsoft Xbox 360 - February 4, 2014

For Every Choice A Consequence As one of the best-selling RPGs on the original Xbox, Fable made sure every player's choice had a consequence. The world of Albion has inspired gamers to fall in love with the franchise for nearly a decade and counting. Updated to HD to unlock the power of Xbox 360, Fable Anniversary is a major visual leap over the original. Vivid graphics and remastered audio result in a stunning re-imagination of Fable that will impress fans old and new. This role-playing adventure puts you in full control of the choices that will determine your skills, appearance, and...

Fable III

Fable III

Microsoft Xbox 360 - June 1, 2011

Set 50 years after the events of Fable II, the continent of Albion (where the Fable series is set) is under the control of Logan, a tyrant king and the Hero's older brother[1]. The player's character, the "Hero", is forced into a quest to become a revolutionary leader to defeat Logan after he reveals his true personality to the Hero. Over the course of the first half of the game, the Hero will overthrow Logan and become ruler of Albion themselves. During the second half of the game, a strange force from Aurora, called The Darkness will threaten Albion and the player has to decide how to react...

Fable III

Fable III

Windows - May 17, 2011

Set 50 years after the events of Fable II, the continent of Albion (where the Fable series is set) is under the control of Logan, a tyrant king and the Hero's older brother[1]. The player's character, the "Hero", is forced into a quest to become a revolutionary leader to defeat Logan after he reveals his true personality to the Hero. Over the course of the first half of the game, the Hero will overthrow Logan and become ruler of Albion themselves. During the second half of the game, a strange force from Aurora, called The Darkness will threaten Albion and the player has to decide how to react...

Fable III: Limited Collector's Edition

Fable III: Limited Collector's Edition

Microsoft Xbox 360 - October 26, 2010

Set 50 years after the events of Fable II, the continent of Albion (where the Fable series is set) is under the control of Logan, a tyrant king and the Hero's older brother[1]. The player's character, the "Hero", is forced into a quest to become a revolutionary leader to defeat Logan after he reveals his true personality to the Hero. Over the course of the first half of the game, the Hero will overthrow Logan and become ruler of Albion themselves. During the second half of the game, a strange force from Aurora, called The Darkness will threaten Albion and the player has to decide how to react...

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

Microsoft Xbox - Released - May 12, 2003

Finding Nemo is a 2003 action-adventure video game developed by Traveller's Tales. The game is based on the Finding Nemo film by Disney and Pixar. The goal is to complete different levels under the roles of film protagonists Nemo, Marlin or Dory. It includes cutscenes from the movie, and each clip is based on a level, e.g. hopping through a batch of jellyfish. It was also the last Disney/Pixar game developed by Traveller's Tales.

Forza Horizon 2

Forza Horizon 2

Microsoft Xbox One - Released - September 30, 2014

Forza Horizon 2 will take place in southern Europe and will feature hundreds of cars to drive, including the 2014 Lamborghini Huracán, which is the cover car for the game. The Xbox One version of Forza Horizon 2 is built on the Forza 5 engine, led by Playground Games.

Forza Horizon 3

Forza Horizon 3

Windows - 2016

You’re in charge of the Horizon Festival. Customize everything, hire and fire your friends, and explore Australia in over 350 of the world’s greatest cars. Make your Horizon the ultimate celebration of cars, music, and freedom of the open road. How you get there is up to you.

Forza Motorsport

Forza Motorsport

Microsoft Xbox - May 3, 2005

Racing sim from Microsoft, targeted at gamers who are passionate about cars and racing. Own, customize, and race your favorite cars in the most technologically advanced and realistic driving sim yet. Use race earnings to buy upgrades and aftermarket parts, so you can transform real production cars into high-performance racers. On the track, experience an impressively accurate simulation, while putting your performance-tuned creations to the test against the online gaming world on Xbox Live. Features car models from more than 60 top car manufacturers, customization via decals and team...

Forza Motorsport 3

Forza Motorsport 3

Microsoft Xbox 360 - Released - October 27, 2009

Forza Motorsport 3 is a racing video game developed for Xbox 360 by Turn 10 Studios. It was released in October 2009. It is the sequel to Forza Motorsport 2 and the third installment in the Forza Motorsport series. The game includes more than 400 customizable cars (More than 500 cars in the Ultimate Collection version) from 50 manufacturers and more than 100 race track variations with the ability to race up to eight cars on track at a time. These cars vary from production cars to race cars such as those from the American Le Mans Series.[1]

Freecell

Windows - Released - January 1, 1992

FreeCell is a solitaire card game played using the standard 52-card deck. It is fundamentally different from most solitaire games in that very few deals are unsolvable, and all cards are dealt face-up from the very beginning of the game. Although software implementations vary, most versions label the hands with a number (derived from the seed value used by the random number generator to shuffle the cards). Microsoft has included a FreeCell computer game with every release of the Windows operating system since 1995, greatly contributing to the game's popularity. It is so definitive for many...

Fuzion Frenzy

Fuzion Frenzy

Microsoft Xbox - October 24, 2001

Fuzion Frenzy is a launch title for the Microsoft Xbox. At its core, Fuzion Frenzy is a four-player party game featuring 45 different mini-games (not including the titular Fuzion Frenzy). A demo of the game was included with some other launch titles in the US, including Halo, Munch's Oddysee, the first Project Gotham Racing game and Amped. The title was among the first to be released as a part of the Xbox Originals program. A sequel was later released for the Xbox 360, entitled Fuzion Frenzy 2.

Gears of War 4

Gears of War 4

Microsoft Xbox One - December 20, 2016

A new generation of soldiers battles the enemy in Gears of War 4, the next game in the blockbuster third-person shooter series.

Gears of War: Limited Collector's Edition

Gears of War: Limited Collector's Edition

Microsoft Xbox 360 - Released - November 21, 2006

This limited edition of Gears of War is packaged in a collectible metal box along with a book entitled "Destroyed Beauty," which offers a detailed look at the artwork featured in the game's futuristic environments. Also included is a second DVD that explores the making of Gears of War with lead designer Cliff Bleszinski and his development team. Anointed by the games media as Microsoft's first "killer app" for its Xbox 360, Epic Games' Gears of War is a futuristic third-person shooter emphasizing tactical action over run-and-gun battles. Players are thrust in a climactic clash between...

Gears of War: Triple Pack

Gears of War: Triple Pack

Microsoft Xbox 360 - February 15, 2011

Gears of War Triple Pack contains the original Gears of War, Gears of War 2, and the Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection, which includes the "Road to Ruin" campaign and 19 multiplayer maps. Unlike other shooters, Gears of War is all about teamwork in a big way. All game modes, levels and scenarios are designed specifically to encourage co-operative play, whether it be with A.I. partners or human players (with A.I. teammates designed with specific strengths, weaknesses and personalities.) On top of that, voice recognition will be available for players, and obviously voice chat to discuss...

Grabbed by the Ghoulies

Grabbed by the Ghoulies

Microsoft Xbox - Released - October 15, 2003

Grabbed by the Ghoulies follows a young man named Cooper Chance who sets out to rescue his girlfriend, Amber, from Ghoulhaven Hall. This mansion is full of supernatural creatures, and Cooper will receive help along the way from the many hired hands that work there.

The Gunstringer

The Gunstringer

Microsoft Xbox 360 - September 13, 2011

Story and Theme The Gunstringer has no name other than being identified as the pivotal "Gunstringer". He is a skeleton marionette of a dead, betrayed cowboy--and he's out for revenge against his old posse who shot him dead and left him buried in the desert. The Gunstringer faces off against any number of wildly imagined "Old West" cliches as seen from the perspective of a puppet-focused stage play, complete with a live-action audience (made up of the Twisted Pixel development team, and some of their special guests). The Gunstringer must face and defeat a brothel madam, "Big Oil" tycoons, evil...

Halo 2

Halo 2

Windows - Released - May 31, 2007

Halo 2 is the sequel to the highly successful and critically acclaimed Halo®: Combat Evolved. In Halo 2, the saga continues as Master Chief—a genetically enhanced super-soldier—is the only thing standing between the relentless Covenant and the destruction of all humankind.

Halo 2: Multiplayer Map Pack

Halo 2: Multiplayer Map Pack

Microsoft Xbox - DLC - July 5, 2005

This pack is an add-on for Halo 2 with a collection of multiplayer maps for gamers who do not have access to Xbox Live. It contains 9 new maps (Containment, Warlock, Turf, Sanctuary, Gemini, Relic, Elongation, Terminal and Backwash), an auto update that brings the game to the latest version, with cheating countermeasures, and all prior Live updates. The disc also contains a bonus cinematic that showcases unseen side events during the Old Mombasa mission of Halo 2 and a behind-the-scenes documentary containing interviews with the designers about the inspiration for the new maps.

Halo 4 Limited Edition

Halo 4 Limited Edition

Microsoft Xbox 360 - Released - November 6, 2012

Halo 4 is the start of a new saga in the Master Chief's story. This saga is known as the Reclaimer Saga. At the end of the legendary mode of Halo 3 we see Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 orbiting a planet and hear him say to Cortana "Wake me when you need me". Well now is the time to be needed. The game starts where you last left off in a torn in half ship orbiting a planet around four years after the events of Halo 3. John wakes up to Cortana screaming "John I need you!" This creates the beginning of a new saga. In Halo 4 we see a new breed of enemies called the Prometheans. The...

Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector's Edition

Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector's Edition

Microsoft Xbox One - October 27, 2015

A premium edition of Halo 5: Guardians for collectors and Halo fans alike. The Limited Collector's Edition is the ultimate expression of Halo 5: Guardians with a commemorative statue designed by 343 Industries.1 The Master Chief and Spartan Locke appear as a team - but there's another story... the statue splits and they separate, ready to face-off. Which scene tells the true story?

Happy Wars

Windows - May 28, 2014

Happy Wars is a casual multi-player action game in which a large number of players control comical characters in fun battles. In a variety of fantasy battlefields including grasslands, a dark world, and the ocean floor, players can control any of 3 types of characters: warrior, mage, and cleric. Cooperate with friends to enjoy action on the grand scale, casting magic spells, attacking castles, and so on. For off-line fun, the player can take on missions in the solo campaign mode.

Hover!

Hover!

Windows - August 1, 1995

Hover! is a video game that was included on CD-ROM versions of the Microsoft Windows 95 operating system. It was a showcase for the advanced multimedia capabilities available on personal computers at the time. It is still available from Microsoft and will run on all of Microsoft's 95-compatible operating systems, from Windows NT 3.51, up to and including Windows 7 and 8. Additionally, Hover! will run in WINE on Unix-like systems. The game is a combination of bumper cars and capture the flag. On October 2, 2013, Microsoft released an online version of Hover in collaboration with an...

Impossible Creatures

Impossible Creatures

Windows - January 7, 2003

Impossible Creatures is a Microsoft Game Studios and Relic Entertainment real-time strategy game which allows the player to combine and fight different types of animals in a single-player campaign (where the player must "collect" DNA samples from each creature) or through a multiplayer mode, where the player can play against the computer or other players with his mutated creations. The game, released in 2003 with later game add-ons, boasted 76 different varieties of animals to mix-match, allowing for at total of 127,392 combinations of unique creatures.

Kinect Nat Geo TV: America the Wild

Kinect Nat Geo TV: America the Wild

Microsoft Xbox 360 - September 18, 2012

Part of Microsoft's "playful learning" initiative, Kinect Nat Geo TV uses augmented reality and motion-controlled activities to let young gamers learn and play with wildlife as they take part in interactive episodes of Nat Geo Wild TV. Players can explore habitats, take on the role of animals like bears and owls, speak up or gesture to learn more when they see something interesting, meet exotic animals, and solve mysterious puzzles. There are eight 30-minutes episodes in all, and gamers can also access archived clips of the TV series or view classic National Geographic photos.

Kinectimals

Kinectimals

Microsoft Xbox 360 - November 4, 2010

Kinectimals is one of the launch titles for Microsoft's hands-free controller, the Kinect sensor. The game falls in line a bit with Nintendo's Nintendogs titles about playing with and taking care of virtual pets. Except here, petting the animal has moved from swiping a stylus across a small screen to physically petting the animal with your hands using the Kinect camera. The game features thirty different cubs that can be raised, trained, and played with. It also features light story elements focused on pirate treasure with various mysteries to solve on and about the island, Lemuria, on...

Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders

Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders

Microsoft Xbox - October 12, 2004

Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders is a tactical wargame developed by the Korean studio Phantagram for the Xbox. It is the sequel to the 2001 game Kingdom Under Fire: A War of Heroes, and continues its storyline. Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders combines third-person action and role-playing elements in its gameplay, which differs from its predecessor. Its sequel is Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes. Another sequel is to be released in 2015 entitled Kingdom Under Fire II for PC and PlayStation 4.

Links 2004

Links 2004

Microsoft Xbox - November 11, 2003

Links, the best-selling golf franchise for the personal computer, has been rebuilt—from the ground up—exclusively for the Xbox video game system. Links 2004 delivers one of the most realistic and competitive golf experiences for Xbox. Golf fans worldwide can compete online in friendly matches with old golfing buddies or compete in tournaments against the best golfers in the world via Xbox Live. Links 2004 also features top championship courses and top professionals, including cover athlete Sergio Garcia.

Mahjong Titans

Windows - Released

Mass Effect [Platinum Hits]

Mass Effect [Platinum Hits]

Microsoft Xbox 360 - November 20, 2007

The heroism of one brave human being could have a massive effect on the entire galaxy, in this original sci-fi RPG from BioWare. Players take the customizable role of a celebrated starship captain, who is exploring the fringes of known space when the story begins. Mass Effect is set soon after human beings have discovered the secrets to interstellar travel, and the people of Earth were both surprised and challenged to find that the universe is full of intelligent races that are far more advanced than they. However, it may very well be those human ties to a more primal nature that ultimately...

Mass Effect Limited Collector's Edition

Mass Effect Limited Collector's Edition

Microsoft Xbox 360 - November 20, 2007

This Limited Edition includes an artbook, a fiction book, and a DVD with exclusive video content about Mass Effect. Set 200 years in the future in an epic universe, Mass Effect places gamers in a vast galactic community in danger of being conquered by a legendary agent gone rogue. A spectacular new vision from legendary developers BioWare, Mass Effect challenges players to lead a squad of freedom fighters as they struggle against threatening armies to restore peace in the land. Mass Effect is the first in a trilogy of games with an overarching story. As the first human Specter – sworn...

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

Windows - May 21, 2014

Max, the main protagonist of Max & the Magic Marker arrives home from school one day and finds his younger brother Felix playing in his room and smashing his beloved toys. Being annoyed by his little brother Max searches online on the search engine website “Giggle” for a way to get rid of Felix. He immediately stumbles upon a spell which promises to make his brother disappear. Reading the spell out loud opens up a mysterious portal from which a giant claw emerges and kidnaps his little brother Felix. Realizing the consequences of his actions, Max jumps without hesitation into the portal to...

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

Microsoft Xbox One - Released - December 20, 2013

Max, the main protagonist of Max & the Magic Marker arrives home from school one day and finds his younger brother Felix playing in his room and smashing his beloved toys. Being annoyed by his little brother Max searches online on the search engine website “Giggle” for a way to get rid of Felix. He immediately stumbles upon a spell which promises to make his brother disappear. Reading the spell out loud opens up a mysterious portal from which a giant claw emerges and kidnaps his little brother Felix. Realizing the consequences of his actions, Max jumps without hesitation into the portal to...

Maxwell's Maniac

Windows 3.X - 1992

According to the second law of thermodynamics, the fate of the universe is to unwind (over a great period of time) like an old spring-loaded clock as high energy flows only toward low, and as order irreversibly gives way to disorder in a process called entropy. Back in the 1870s, the British scientist Hames Clerk Maxwell caused an uproar when he unleashed "Maxwell's Demon." Maxwell's Demon was a theoretical being capable of opening and closing a gate between two chambers of unbalanced molecules. Through such precision control of molecules, Maxwell's Demon would be able to reverse entropy...

MechCommander 2

MechCommander 2

Windows - Released - July 17, 2001

MechWarrior 4: Black Knight

MechWarrior 4: Black Knight

Windows - October 31, 2001

Kentares IV has been in political turmoil since Ian Dresari took possession of the Ducal throne. Details of his succession are sketchy, but many feel that his sister Johanna was the heir apparent. Since her untimely death, civil unrest has grown into open rebellion. Karl Sonntag, a staunch loyalist to the Dresari family, turned his back on the fledgling sovereign and was recently arrested for sedition when he publicly condemned the new regime. His fate - as well as those of other political prisoners - is uncertain, but we do know that his leadership could prove invaluable if a resistance is to...

MechWarrior 4: Vengeance

MechWarrior 4: Vengeance

Windows - November 23, 2000

The game takes place on the Inner Sphere planet Kentares IV and its moon. Players take control of Ian Dresari, son of famed Clan War hero Duke Eric Dresari and heir to the throne of Kentares. A civil war erupts on the planet after William Dresari, Ian's cousin, betrays the family and seizes the throne for himself under the banner of Katherine "Katrina" Steiner, ruler of the Lyran Alliance and responsible for annihilation of loyalists to Victor Steiner-Davion, brother of Katrina. After a surprise attack by Steiner forces on the Dresari royal palace, leaving Eric Dresari and the majority of...

Microsoft Adventure

Microsoft Adventure

MS-DOS - Released - 1981

The earliest commercial home computer port of the first mainframe adventure game, Colossal Cave. Players explore said cave, searching for treasure, solving puzzles, using magic, avoiding threatening little dwarves, and navigating mazes of twisty passages, all alike.

Microsoft Arcade

Microsoft Arcade

Windows 3.X - Released - 1993

Microsoft Arcade brings you fast-action play of five classic arcade games (Missile Command, Tempest, Centipede, Asteroids & Battlezone) -- right in Windows! Take a few minutes out of a busy day to defend your turf or take a few hours and rid the universe of evil intruders! Any way you play Arcade, it's a bona fide blast!

Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator

Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator

Windows - Released - November 1, 1998

Microsoft's flight simulators aimed realistically portray life as a commercial pilot for over a decade before combat was added. In this offshoot (pardon the pun) of the series, you are a combat pilot during World War II, for either the RAF, USAAF or Luftwaffe. Eight different planes and the battered cities of Berlin, Paris and London are incorporated. Full cockpit designs and damage models are featured - watch for engine smoke and explosion debris. There is a full campaign mode, which takes in the Battle of Britain, defending London during the Blitz, and finishing the job started on...

Microsoft Decathlon

Microsoft Decathlon

MS-DOS - Released - 1982

A simulation of the 10-event Olympic Decathlon, this early game was basically a series of 10 arcade games back to back. The player used the keyboard to control how fast the character would go in a race or when to throw the javelin, for example. Decathlon also had a training mode which let you play any of the events individually. A nice feature about the game is that up to six players could play the game in hot seat mode. Several of the events were one player at a time, but many of the races were two at a time, giving you some live competition. You were scored based on your performance at...

Microsoft Entertainment Pack 2

Microsoft Entertainment Pack 2

Windows 3.X - Released - 1991

Microsoft Entertainment Pack: Volume Two is filled with new games to keep you amused for hours. You may never get out of the office! One more game before you leave can turn into an entire evening of unplanned entertainment. Do coworkers have you climbing the walls? Relieve some of the stress with challenging games like Pipe Dream™, FreeCell or RattlerRace. And when you're not playing games, save your screen with one of the stunning screen-savers. Microsoft Windows has never been this much fun!

Microsoft Entertainment Pack 3

Microsoft Entertainment Pack 3

Windows 3.X - Released - 1991

The third Entertainment Pack from Microsoft, created for its new Windows 3.0, is a collection of the following games: Fuji Golf Klotski LifeGenesis SkiFree TetraVex TriPeaks WordZap ...and IdleWild (a collection of eight new screen savers).

Microsoft Entertainment Pack 4

Microsoft Entertainment Pack 4

Windows 3.X - Released - February 3, 1992

Designed for Microsoft Windows environment as stress relief for that busy office. Titles include: Chess Go Figure! (mathematics theme) Tic-Tac-Drop (puzzle game) Maxwell's Maniac (pong clone) Dr. Black Jack JezzBall (Qix clone - trap bouncing balls) ... and the licensed Epyx game Chip's Challenge.

Microsoft Entertainment Pack for Windows

Microsoft Entertainment Pack for Windows

Windows 3.X - Released - 1990

This compilation contains: Cruel Solitaire Golf IdleWild (A screensaver utility) Minesweeper Pegged Taipei Tetris TicTactics The pack also includes several screen savers.

Microsoft Flight Simulator (v1.0)

Microsoft Flight Simulator (v1.0)

MS-DOS - Released - 1982

Even back in 1982, Microsoft's first release of Flight Simulator was advanced enough to meet FAA regulations, giving players full control of the instrument panel. The sim is loaded with features, configurable for any experience level, and includes more than 20 airports with varied terrain.

Microsoft Flight Simulator (v2.0)

Microsoft Flight Simulator (v2.0)

MS-DOS - Released - May 1, 1994

The second version of Microsoft's flight simulator. Just like the ones that came after, it was a very sophisticated simulator for its time. Major added features included more hardware support, more simulation variables, and many overall tweaks.

Microsoft Flight Simulator (v3.0)

Microsoft Flight Simulator (v3.0)

MS-DOS - Released - 1988

A flight simulator featuring three different planes, over 100 different airports and maps for major U.S. cities. Microsoft Flight Simulator also includes formation flying, a NAV system and a few other bells and whistles.

Microsoft Flight Simulator '98

Microsoft Flight Simulator '98

Windows - September 30, 1997

Microsoft Flight Simulator '98 is the sequel to the popular Microsoft Flight Simulator '95, with many improvement, including the ability to fly helicopters and aerial stunt plane and more. Terrain maps are plotted from actual NASA satellite photos, and you can even enter actual GPS coordinates and that will take you directly over a precise area.

Microsoft Inkball

Microsoft Inkball

Windows - Released - August 1, 2004

InkBall is a computer game that is included with Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 and Windows Vista except the Starter and Home Basic editions. It employs the use of a stylus or mouse to draw lines to direct balls into holes of corresponding colors. Points are awarded for putting colored balls in the correct hole, time left at the end of the round, and for breaking blocks. The game is over when time runs out, or when a ball enters a hole of the wrong color. However, gray is a neutral color and therefore if a gray ball goes into the hole of a different color or if any ball goes into a gray...

Microsoft Internet Checkers

Microsoft Internet Checkers

Windows - Released - 2009

Microsoft Minesweeper

Microsoft Minesweeper

Windows - Released - 2012

Play the classic puzzle game that has been a part of Windows for more than 20 years, now reimagined for Windows 10. Classic Mode Play the logic game you know and love, now with updated graphics and sound. Play with a touchscreen or with a mouse and keyboard to mark the location of all the mines without uncovering any of them! Start with an Easy puzzle and work your way up to Expert. NEW GAME MODE - Adventure Mode Players who want a different kind of challenge can try this brand new game mode! Use your skills in Adventure mode to guide your brave hero to the center of Earth, collecting...

Microsoft Solitaire

Windows - January 1, 1990

Solitaire is based on the most popular variant of solitaire, Klondike. To win, you must build four stacks of cards, one for each suit, in ascending order from ace to king.

Midtown Madness

Midtown Madness

Windows

Midtown Madness (also known as Midtown Madness: Chicago Edition) is a racing game developed for Windows by Angel Studios (now Rockstar San Diego) and published by Microsoft. The demo version was released via download on May 1, 1999 and the completed game was released toward the end of May 1999.[1] Two sequels followed, with Midtown Madness 2 released in September 2000 and Midtown Madness 3 released in June 2003 for the Xbox. The game is set in Chicago and its objective is to win street races and obtain new cars. Unlike racing games that restrict the player to a race track, Midtown Madness...

Midtown Madness 2

Midtown Madness 2

Windows - September 22, 2000

Midtown Madness 2 is a free roam racing/arcade sequel to Midtown Madness, part of the Midtown Madness series, developed by Angel Studios (now Rockstar San Diego) and published by Microsoft, which features a range of vehicles that can be driven around London and San Francisco.

Minecraft: Education Edition

Windows - Released - November 11, 2016

A Minecraft designed to be used as an educational tool. This is the purpose of Minecraft: Education Edition, which seeks to dynamically instruct students while the teacher follows all their progress in detail. The idea is that players put into practice in this cubic virtual world the lessons learned in the classroom, solve problems, assimilate mathematical concepts, or undertake new projects.

Monster Truck Madness 2

Monster Truck Madness 2

Windows - Released - June 30, 1999

Monster Truck Madness 2 is a monster truck racing video game developed by Terminal Reality and published by Microsoft for the PC (Windows 95/NT) in 1998. It is the sequel to Monster Truck Madness for the same platform, and was one of the first racing games to feature an online multiplayer mode. Online play for it was available on the MSN Gaming Zone until early 2006. The game is known for featuring the biggest names in monster truck racing like Bigfoot, Grave Digger and Carolina Crusher, as well as WrestleTrucks —monster trucks named after WCW talent. This sequel offers improved...

Motocross Madness

Motocross Madness

Windows - Released - 1998

Motocross Madness 2

Motocross Madness 2

Windows - May 25, 2000

Motocross Madness 2 is one of Microsoft's most popular games and also one of the most well received. This sequel to Motocross Madness was released with improved graphics, which included better textures and many landscape objects like trees, roadsigns and caravans. It has over 40 tracks in 6 event types, over 50,000 3D objects and a new career mode. Players as well as bikes are easily customized. Motocross Madness also supports network play over a LAN environment and, until June 19, 2006, multiplayer gameplay through the MSN Gaming Network.

Namco History Vol. 3

Namco History Vol. 3

Windows - Released - 1998

Namco History Vol. 3 (ナムコヒストリー Vol. 3), is a Japanese Windows 95 game. It has Pac-Man and Dig Dug games. The collection includes these games: Pac-Man-1980 You control all-time famous Pac-Man, a little circle with a mouth like a seven pieces in a eight-sliced pizza, but he's all yellow. The goal is that he must eat all the power pellets and normal pellets, but this is not very easy, since four ghosts, which are Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde, are hunting down Pac-Man. Unfortunately, Pac-Man does not have a weapon with him at all times, so to slow down ghosts, he uses tunnels and power...

NBA Inside Drive 2004

NBA Inside Drive 2004

Microsoft Xbox - November 18, 2003

Real-time, 3D NBA basketball simulation with online league capabilities. More responsive "juke" controls for one-on-one isolation moves. Gamers can play up to 25 NBA seasons with full general management capabilities. All-new Drive Cam camera angle brings the player closer to the action. For 1 or more players (online gaming requires Internet connection). Features 3D crowd.

NCAA Football 2005 / Top Spin Combo

NCAA Football 2005 / Top Spin Combo

Microsoft Xbox - December 31, 2004

A sports combo pack for the Xbox, featuring Microsoft's top-rated tennis game and Electronic Arts' college football sim. This compilation includes: NCAA Football 2005 Top Spin

NFL Fever 2004

NFL Fever 2004

Microsoft Xbox - August 26, 2003

Microsoft's own football game returns with updated Graphics and Roosters. There are now even more tackles, and avoiding moves to be learned. Play on any Nfl stadium possible, while the power of xbox giving you your own music, and real-to-real football penalties, players, fields, clothes, and the crowd cheering you on. Customize your own coverage, how you want. Play 1-4 players in a game, or 1-8 system link. Play Xbox live with a friend with, multiplayer, voice, friends, scoreboard

NightCaster: Defeat the Darkness

NightCaster: Defeat the Darkness

Microsoft Xbox - January 21, 2002

NightCaster is a third-person, single-player, action-adventure game for the Xbox, developed by VR1 Entertainment and published by Microsoft. Players take the role of Arran, a novice wizard whose magical power grows as he ages throughout his quest to collect spells and rid the world of eternal night. NightCaster was released on December 26, 2001 and its ESRB rating is Teen. In December 2002, the sequel, NightCaster II: Equinox, was released, with two-player compatibility. The game received generally middling reviews with a Metacritic average of 61.[1]

Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee

Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee

Microsoft Xbox - November 9, 2001

In Oddworld, you played as a former slave/worker that, almost despite himself, rose to lead his Mudokon people against the evil corporate scumbags the Glukkons. In Munch you're introduced to a new race, the Gabbits, who have been driven to extinction simply because their lungs happen to match the chain-smoking Glukkon's size and fit for replacement surgery. To make matters worse, Munch has been implanted with a sonic device by the Vykkers in an experiment, and is to be used to capture more creatures. With the help of the Fuzzles, big-toothed fuzzballs used for product testing, Munch escapes,...

Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori and the Blind Forest

Microsoft Xbox One - Released - March 11, 2015

Set as a 2D open world, platform game, the player controls Ori, a white guardian spirit. He has the ability to shoot Spirit Flame and wall run. He is required to interact with his environment as he jump from platforms and solve puzzles. He is faced with enemies as he makes his way to restoring the forest. The player helps Ori collect health shards, energy shards, new abilities, and upgrades. Beside him is Sein who is the light and eyes of the Spirit Tree.

Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori and the Blind Forest

Windows - Released - March 11, 2015

Set as a 2D open world, platform game, the player controls Ori, a white guardian spirit. He has the ability to shoot Spirit Flame and wall run. He is required to interact with his environment as he jump from platforms and solve puzzles. He is faced with enemies as he makes his way to restoring the forest. The player helps Ori collect health shards, energy shards, new abilities, and upgrades. Beside him is Sein who is the light and eyes of the Spirit Tree.

Pandora's Box

Pandora's Box

Windows - 1999

Perfect Dark Zero

Perfect Dark Zero

Microsoft Xbox 360 - Released - November 18, 2005

The Xbox 360 prequel to Rare's Nintendo 64 hit, Perfect Dark. Players once again slip into the role of Joanna Dark and fight their way through a twisting sci-fi storyline. The franchise's staple multiplayer mode returns, this time with full online support. Set in the year 2020, three years before the original hit game Perfect Dark, Perfect Dark Zero features a gripping story, multiple game scenarios for endless replayability, a massive arsenal of weapons and combat-enabled vehicles. The sci-fi, first-person shooter features a fully interactive world, support for up to 50 players online via...

Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2

Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2

Sega Dreamcast - Released - September 24, 2001

The realm of Phantasy Star Online has increased. Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 includes all of the original content, and expands the world with more levels, more features, and more evil to combat. Master the Ultimate Difficulty setting, survive the Challenge Dungeon, and reign as the champion of Battle Mode. The evolution of the original revolutionary gaming experience continues.

Portal: Still Alive

Portal: Still Alive

Microsoft Xbox 360 - October 22, 2008

Portal: Still Alive is an Xbox 360 port of the hugely successful PC puzzle game. Included are the original story campaign, as well as 14 additional puzzle maps with no connection to story.

Quantum Redshift

Quantum Redshift

Microsoft Xbox - September 17, 2002

Quantum Redshift is a futuristic racing game for the Xbox console, developed by Curly Monsters and published by Microsoft Game Studios in 2002. Created by Wipeout designer Nick Burcombe, the game puts the player in the shoes of 16 different characters, paired off in rivalries, whose stories unfold as tournaments are completed. The game has five different speed limits, which act as the difficulty levels for the game. Points earned after races allow players to upgrade their hovercraft's offensive and defensive capabilities. The game featured a soundtrack by Dutch musician Junkie XL. While...

RalliSport Challenge

RalliSport Challenge

Microsoft Xbox - March 5, 2002

You want real rally racing? Try strapping yourself in for the four play modes of Rallisport Challenge. Twenty-five licensed vehicles participate in Conventional Rally, RallyCross, Hill Climb and Ice Racing. Tracks are taken from the real world, with matching terrains and environments. Particle and weather effects heighten the realism. Rallisport Challenge's unique AI engine delivers drivers with their own individual personalities and driving habits, and effective graphics and animations bring it all to life.

Rallisport Challenge 2

Rallisport Challenge 2

Microsoft Xbox - May 4, 2004

RalliSport Challenge 2 is a 2004 rally racing video game, and the sequel to the 2002 RalliSport Challenge. This game contains new features such as a cockpit cameras and ability to change car at the last moment. However, stats like total horsepower and number of gears have been eliminated from the car selection screen. Cars are split up into 5 categories with 2 subcategories each plus "Classic" cars. There are 4 paint schemes on each car and drivers must drive 31, 87, and 249 miles before unlocking a new one. By winning all championships in the career mode, all paint schemes for all cars are...

ReCore

ReCore

Windows - Released - 2016

From creator Keiji Inafune and the makers of Metroid Prime comes the ReCore: Definitive Edition, an action-adventure crafted for a new generation. As one of the last humans, forge friendships with robotic companions and lead them on an epic adventure through a dynamic world.

Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action

Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action

Microsoft Xbox 360 - November 6, 2007

The popular DVD board game makes its first appearance on Xbox 360 with Lights, Camera, Action. Over 1,800 original movie-themed questions are available across two game modes: Play Now and Party Play. Packaged along with the game are four custom wireless controllers featuring large colored buttons so players can quickly submit or "buzz-in" a multiple-choice answer before their opponents. Featured categories include Child's Play, where a child's artwork is used to depict a movie scene; Quotables, where part of a film's dialogue is missing; Puzzle Picture, which scrambles an actor's image;...

Shadowrun

Shadowrun

Windows - May 29, 2007

According to the ancient Mayan calendar, magic is cyclical, leaving the world and returning every 5000 years. Magic enters the world, grows, peaks, and eventually retreats. When magic was last at its peak, a powerful Ziggurat was constructed near what would be modern day Santos, Brazil. The purpose of this construct is shrouded in the mists of history. Even the Chancela family, who secretly maintained the ziggurat for thousands of years, did not know its purpose. Nor did they know the purpose of the strange artifact somehow connected to the ziggurat. In the millennia since its construction the...

SkiFree

SkiFree

Windows 3.X - January 1, 1991

SkiFree is a computer game created by Chris Pirih, who was working as a programmer at Microsoft at the time. The object of the game is simple: to ski down an endless slope and avoid the obstacles.

State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition

State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition

Microsoft Xbox One - April 28, 2015

The end is here. Human civilization has been annihilated. The few, scattered survivors must band together, rebuilding civilization in a third- person action game packed with sweet guns, fast cars, hand-to-hand combat, and copious amounts of zombie gore. Players choose where to make their stand, designing and fortifying their settlements, performing daring raids for valuable stores of food and ammunition, and rescuing other playable survivors. The open world develops in real-time, shaped by player actions, with content determined by their choices and the ever-increasing zombie threat.

Street Trace: NYC

Street Trace: NYC

Microsoft Xbox 360 - Released - August 22, 2007

Street Trace NYC is a cel-shaded combat hoverboard racing game set in the Boroughs of New York City outside Manhattan by independent software developer Gaia Industries for the Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade service. The game gets its name from the New York City setting and the Tron-like light trails the hoverboards generate. The game was released on August 22, 2007. The game is reported to have had one of the longest development cycles of any of the Xbox Live Arcade titles, with a supposed initial release date planned for the date of Xbox 360 launch on November 22, 2005. The game languished in...

Sudeki

Sudeki

Microsoft Xbox - Released - July 20, 2004

Sudeki, a world torn apart into light, shadow and dark. Rent asunder by deceit and betrayal, the land cries out for a peace that only four united heroes can bring. Beyond the protective walls of Illumina Castle lie miles of pastoral, rolling countryside, though once a serene landscape, the Aklorian forces have transformed the countryside into a charred battlefield. Simply passing through the region is unsafe, as travellers must be ever alert for ambushes. Four friends have joined together to aid their queen. Though destined to encounter ancient gods, primordial wonders, and marvelous...

Super Time Force

Super Time Force

Microsoft Xbox 360 - May 15, 2014

Super Time Force is an action-packed platformer with a time-travelling twist! You’re in control of time itself, bending and stretching it to your advantage on the battlefield. Rewind time and choose when to jump back into the action, teaming-up with your past selves in a unique single-player co-op experience! Take control of up to 16 unique characters, and battle across 6 different time periods, from the long-ago past to the far-away future.

Super Time Force

Super Time Force

Microsoft Xbox One - Released - May 14, 2014

Super Time Force is an action-packed platformer with a time-travelling twist! You’re in control of time itself, bending and stretching it to your advantage on the battlefield. Rewind time and choose when to jump back into the action, teaming-up with your past selves in a unique single-player co-op experience! Take control of up to 16 unique characters, and battle across 6 different time periods, from the long-ago past to the far-away future.

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