Games Included with Windows Vista

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Mahjong Titans

For those interested in games, Windows Vista comes with many free ones.

  • Vista Home Basic and Starter editions include: FreeCell, Hearts, Minesweeper, Purble Place, Solitaire, and Spider Solitaire.
  • Home Premium, Business, Ultimate and Enterprise editions include: the games listed above as well as Chess Titans, InkBall, and Mahjong Titans.

Some of the games are updated versions of classics (like Solitaire), while others are brand new.

Fun fact: Windows 3.0 came with Solitaire so that new users would learn and develop their skills at using a mouse.

Mahjong Titans is a game included with some versions of Microsoft Windows Vista.

Mahjong Titans is a form of solitaire that is played with tiles instead of cards. The object of this game is for a player to remove all tiles from the board by finding matching pairs. When all the tiles are gone, the player wins.

How to Play Mahjong Titans

  1. Open the Games folder: Click the Start button, click All Programs, click Games, and click Games Explorer.
  2. Double-click Mahjong Titans. (If you do not have a saved game, Mahjong Titans starts a new game. If you do have a saved game, you may continue your previous game.)
  3. Select the tile layout: Turtle, Dragon, Cat, Fortress, Crab, or Spider.
  4. Click the first tile you want to remove.
  5. Click the matching tile and both tiles will disappear.

Class and Number

You have to match tiles exactly to remove them. Both class and number (or letter) of the tile must be the same. The classes are Ball, Bamboo, and Character. Each class has tiles numbered 1 through 9. Also, there are unique tiles on the board known as Winds (match exactly), Flowers (match any flower), Dragons, and Seasons (match any season).

To remove two tiles, each of them must be free - if a tile can slide free of the pile without bumping into other tiles, it is free.

Notes:

  • To go back a step – use Undo.
  • To erase a move - click the Game menu, and click Undo (you will lose two points, but you can do this as many times as you want. The only penalty is losing points).
  • Use hints - click the Game menu, click Hint, and two matching tiles will flash or right-click on a tile and a free matching tile will flash.
  • Combination bonuses – if you match pairs of the same class two or more times in a row you get bonus points. You also get extra points for clearing both pairs of flower or season tiles in a row.

Adjust the Game Options

Turn sounds, tips, and animations on and off and turn on auto saves, using the Options dialog box.

  1. Open the Games folder: Click the Start button, click All Programs, click Games, and clicking Games Explorer.
  2. Double-click Mahjong Titans.
  3. Click the Game menu, click Options.
  4. Select the check boxes for the desired options and click OK.

Save Games and Continued Saved Games

If you want to finish a game later, just close it. The next time you start a game, the game will ask you whether you want to continue your saved game. Click yes, to continue your saved game.

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Purble Place

Purble Place is a set of three educational games (Purble Pairs, Comfy Cakes, Purble Shop) included with every Windows Vista edition. These games teach colors, shapes, and pattern recognition in an entertaining and challenging way.

  • Purble Pairs is the school house on the left. This is a memory game. The goal is to remove all the tiles from the board by finding matching pairs.
  • Comfy Cakes is the bakery in the middle of the screen. Comfy Cakes challenges players to create cakes at match the cake in the upper left-hand corner of the game. Choose the correct pan, cake batter, icing, etc., to build the cake. The more progress the player makes, the higher the number of cakes must be made at the same time.
  • Purble Shop is the store on the right. This is a game of logic and recognition. The goal of Purble Shop is for the player to determine the features of a Purble (a game character) hiding behind the curtain. The more correct features you choose, the higher the score.

Start a Game

 

  1. Open the Games folder: Click the Start button , click All Programs, click Games, and click Games Explorer.
  2. Double-click Purble Place.
  3. Select the game you want to play: Purble Shop, Purble Pairs, or Comfy Cakes.

If you have not saved a game, you'll start a new one. If you have saved a previous game, you may continue that previous game. Note: The first time you play this game, you will have to select a difficulty level.

 

Adjust Game Options

Turn sounds, tips, and other settings on and off using the Options dialog box. You can also use Options to automatically save games and select the game's difficulty (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced)

  1. Open the Games folder: Click the Start button , click All Programs, click Games, and click Games Explorer.
  2. Double-click Purble Place.
  3. Select the game you want to play: Purble Shop, Purble Pairs, or Comfy Cakes.
  4. Click the Game menu, then click Options.
  5. Select the check boxes for the desired options, click OK when finished.

Save Games and Continue Saved Games

 

If you want to finish a game later, just close it. The next time you start a game, the game will ask you whether you want to continue your saved game. Click yes to continue your saved game.

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InkBall

InkBall is a game included in some versions of Microsoft Windows Vista.

The object of InkBall is to sink all colored balls into the matching colored holes. The game ends when a ball enters the hole of a different color or the game timer runs out. Players draw ink strokes to stop balls from entering the wrong holes or to point colored balls into the correct matching holes.

Inkball starts automatically when you open it. You can start playing immediately, or you can choose a new game and a different level of difficulty.

How to Play

  1. Open InkBall: click the Start button, click All Programs, click Games, click InkBall.
  2. Click the Difficulty menu and select a level.
  3. Use the mouse or other pointing device to draw ink strokes that guide balls into holes of the same color. Block balls from entering holes of a different color.

Notes:

  • Gray is a neutral color – balls can enter any color hole. A gray hole can accept any color ball, but no points are awarded.
  • When a ball bounces off an ink stroke, a wall, or another ball, it does so at the same angle that it struck.
  • An ink stroke will disappear when a ball hits it. One ink stroke affects only one ball.
  • If you raise the level of difficulty, ball speeds will increase and there will be more balls, holes, and more complex boards.

Pause/Resume InkBall

Click outside the InkBall window to pause, and click inside the InkBall window to resume.

Points Scoring

InkBall colors have the following value: Gray = 0 points, Red = 200, Blue = 400, Green = 800, Gold = 1600

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Chess Titans

Chess Titans is a computer chess game included with some versions of Microsoft Windows Vista.

Chess Titans is a complex strategy game. Winning this game requires planning moves ahead, watching your opponent and making changes to your strategy as the game progresses.

Basics of the Game

The object of the game is to put your opponent's king in checkmate - each player has one king. The more of your opponent’s pieces you capture, the more vulnerable that king becomes. When your opponent's king cannot move without being captured, you have won the game.

Each player starts with 16 pieces, arranged in two rows. Each opponent moves his/her pieces across the board. When you move one of your pieces to a square that your opponent occupies, you capture that piece and remove it from the game.​

Start the Game

  • Open the Games folder: Clicking the Start button, click All Programs, click Games, and click Games Explorer.
  • Double-click Chess Titans. (If you don't have a saved game, Chess Titans starts a new game. If you have a saved game, you can continue your previous game.)
  • Click on the Chess piece you want to move. (Squares, where it can move, will be blue; squares, where your piece can capture an opponent's piece, will be red.). Next, click on the space where you want the piece to land.

Players take turns moving their pieces across the board. Players can't move to a square occupied by a piece from their own army, but any piece can capture any other piece of the opponent's army.

Type of Game Pieces

There are six types of game pieces:

  • - can only move forward, one square at a time. On the first move, a pawn can move forward either one or two squares. Pawns move forward diagonally to capture opponent’s pieces.
  • Rooks –can move forward, backward, or sideways in either direction for as many squares as you want.
  • - move two squares in any direction, and then turn 90 degrees and move one more square (making an “L” shaped move). Knights are the only piece that can jump over other pieces.​
  • - Bishops can move diagonally, in any direction for as many squares as you want.
  • Queens - move in a straight line forward, back, sideways, and diagonal for as many spaces are you want. Other than the king, the queen is the most valuable piece.
  • Kings - can move one space in any direction.

Visit the Chess site to learn more about the games history and strategy.

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Purble Shop Game

Purble Shop is one of three games included in Purble Place. The goal of Purble Shop is to select the correct features of the game character behind the curtain.

Behind the curtain sits a hidden Purble (game character). You have to figure out what it looks like by building a model. Select features from the shelf on the right and add them to your model. When you have the right features (such as hair, eyes, hat) and the right colors, you win the game. The game is appropriate for older children or challenging enough for adults, depending on the difficulty level selected.

The scoreboard will tell you how many features are correct. If you need help, click on Hint - it will tell you which features are wrong (but not which ones are right).

Watch the score change with each feature you add or take away – that will help you figure out which ones are right and which are wrong. Once you have one of each feature on your model Purble, click the Guess button to see if you've matched the hidden ​Purble.

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Purble Pairs Game

Purble Pairs is one of three games included in Purble Place. Purble Pairs is a matching pairs game that requires concentration and a good memory.

The goal of Purble Pairs is to remove all the tiles from the board by matching pairs. To begin, click on a tile and try to find its match somewhere else on the board. If two tiles match, the pair is removed. If not, remember what the pictures are and their locations. Match all the pictures to win.

When the sneak peek token appears on a tile, find its match before the token disappears and you'll earn a free look at the whole board. Watch the time and match all pairs before time runs out.

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Comfy Cakes Game

Comfy Cakes is one of three games included in Purble Place. Comfy Cakes challenges players to make cakes that match ones displayed quickly.

The cake will move down the conveyor belt. At each area, select the right item (pan, cake batter, filling, icing) by pushing the button at each station. As you improve, the game gets more challenging by increasing the number of cakes you have to correctly make in the same amount of time.

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FreeCell

FreeCell is a game included with all versions of Microsoft Windows Vista.

FreeCell is a solitaire-type card game. To win the game the player moves all cards to the four home cells. Each home cells holds a suit of cards in ascending order, beginning with the Ace.

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Spider Solitaire

Spider Solitaire is included with all versions of Microsoft Windows Vista.

Spider Solitaire is a two-deck solitaire game. The object of Spider Solitaire is to remove all cards from the ten stacks at the top of the window in the fewest number of moves.

To remove cards, move the cards from one column to another until you line up a suit of cards in order from king to ace. When you line up a complete suit, those cards are removed.

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Solitaire

Solitaire is included with all versions of Microsoft Windows Vista.

Solitaire is the classic seven-column card game you play by yourself. The object of the game is to organize cards by suit in sequential order (from Ace to King) in the four upper right blank spaces on the screen. You can accomplish this by using the seven original card spaces to create alternate columns of red and black cards (from King to Ace), then transferring cards to the 4 spaces.

To play Solitaire, make available plays by dragging cards on top of other cards.

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Minesweeper

Minesweeper is a game included with all versions of Microsoft Windows Vista.

Minesweeper is a game of memory and reasoning. The object of Minesweeper is to remove all mines from the board. The player turns over blank squares and avoids clicking on concealed mines. If a player clicks on a mine, the game is over. To win, the player should blank squares as quick as possible get the highest score.

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Hearts

Hearts is a game included with every version of Microsoft Windows Vista

This version of Heart is for a single player with three other virtual players simulated by the computer. To win the game, the player gets rid of all his or her cards while avoiding points. Tricks are groups of cards set down by players in each round. Points are scored whenever you take a trick that contains hearts or the queen of spades. As soon as one player has more than 100 points, the player with the lowest score wins.

For more information about how to play this game, adjust game options and save games, click here.