The Microsoft Solitaire Collection, the modern version of old Windows Solitaire, is getting an update soon that adds experience points and leveling up to the game. The update was announced in a video uploaded to the Microsoft Casual Studio’s YouTube channel, with an announced release date of ‘coming soon’.The update is being targeted at players of the casual game who ‘want to track their progress’ across the apps several varieties of solitaire games. The leveling system will also feature rewards for reaching different milestones in the game, although there are no details currently on what the rewards will be or how a player’s levels will affect how they play the game. Some information can be extrapolated from the video such as the fact that level 100 seems to be the highest level a player can achieve, and that each of the 5 types of solitaire will have their own level. So now you can finally live your dream of being a level 100 grandmaster … [Read more...] about You Can Now Level Up In Microsoft Solitaire…For Some Reason
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Somehow we missed this earth-shattering news when it was announced earlier this month. Microsoft Solitaire Collection, the version of Solitaire that comes free with Windows 10, is adding a leveling system. This news has been brought to us via the weirdly good video you can see above, which riffs off the famous "in a world" trailer for Comedian. To quote the video: "Solitaire is going to add a player leveling system with experience points and rewards." So I guess Solitaire is an RPG now? If shooters let us level up our guns and racing games let us level up our cars I guess it makes sense for a solitaire game to have some kind of harmless stat-tracking added to its profiles.Anyway, here's the trailer for Comedian featuring the legendary voice actor Hal Douglas, RIP. … [Read more...] about Microsoft Solitaire Collection adds a feature everyone has been waiting for: Leveling up
Lost and now found Allow me to tell you about the greatest test of logic ever devised. Originally conceived for the Atari Lynx (of all things), Chip’s Challenge found popularity when it was bundled with Microsoft Entertainment Packs for use with Windows 3.1. If you remember any of this, then you probably have fond memories of Chip. Both it and the sequel (more on that below) are on Steam for a price that’s less than your lunch. What it lacks in visual fidelity, even for its time, it more than makes up for in, well, challenge. You only need the directional keys to control Chip, but the game quickly lets you know that it seeks to befuddle and bamboozle you. Mastering the 149 levels requires you to fully understand how each piece of the puzzle works so intricately that you’ll see blocks, chips, and water whenever you close your eyes. It’s maddening in a sense, but that could just be the jaunty tunes playing in a loop. It may seem primitive to look at, but the … [Read more...] about Have You Played… Chip’s Challenge?
Almost everyone who had a Windows PC in the 1990s played SkiFree, but almost none of us know its origins. It's a simple game: you ski down a hill while avoiding obstacles and a ravenous, unrelenting Yeti. SkiFree was a harbinger of endless runners, and the kind of games you play in brief spurts at random moments. I'd play it at stores like Staples and Office Depot after guessing the easy passwords on the demo PCs while my parents browsed. I raced downwards, doing triple backflips off rainbows, building up more and more speed to outrun death at the Yeti's hands. It never worked.Chris Pirih. He made it independently in his spare time, licensing it back to the company he worked for. They paid what he calls a "trivial one-time fee" and it became part of the Microsoft Entertainment Pack series, a bid to show that Windows was just as appropriate for homes and small businesses as it was for large enterprises. The first Microsoft Entertainment Pack was so successful that Microsoft went on to … [Read more...] about Remembering SkiFree, and the Yeti that still haunts our dreams
This year’s finalists for induction into the World Video Game Hall of Fame, which is organized by The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, have been announced. Finalists include the original Metroid, Half-Life, Tomb Raider and Call of Duty. Twelve games, including console, computer and arcade titles, are up for consideration this year. Here’s the full list of 2018 World Video Game Hall of Fame nominees: Asteroids Call of Duty Dance Dance Revolution Final Fantasy 7 Half-Life John Madden Football King’s Quest Metroid Minecraft Ms. Pac-Man Spacewar! Tomb Raider “These 12 World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists span decades, gaming platforms, and countries of origin—but what they all have in common is their undeniable impact on the world of gaming and popular culture,” says Jon-Paul C. Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games, in a news release. “Whether it’s a true … [Read more...] about World Video Game Hall of Fame 2018 nominees include Metroid, Half-Life and Minecraft