Screenshots of Minesweeper, Solitaire, and Mahjong games in Windows 8 RTM revealed

By LiveSide | Posted August 2, 2012 36 comments

Windows Store GamesEver since Windows 3.0, Microsoft had included the classic game Solitaire into its Windows operating system, and from Windows 3.1 onwards the popular game Minesweeper had also been included. This had continued until Microsoft “reimagined” Windows, which saw the removal of these games in the Windows 8 Developer Preview up until Release Preview, where it was argued that these games could be replaced by a plethora of both Xbox LIVE and non-Xbox LIVE game titles from the Windows Store (Microsoft did include a version of Solitaire available in the Windows 8 CP Store, but has since removed it in RP).

If you’ve missed these classic titles from Microsoft, don’t worry, because after digging a bit around the RTM version of the Windows Store, Danijel from Neowin Forums managed to find three classic Microsoft game titles that will make a return to the Windows Store in RTM, these include Microsoft Minesweeper, Microsoft Solitaire Collection, and Microsoft Mahjong. Check them out below:

Microsoft Minesweeper

Microsoft Minesweeper 2
Microsoft Minesweeper 4Microsoft Minesweeper 8Microsoft Minesweeper 6

Microsoft Solitaire Collection

Microsoft Solitaire Collection 1
Microsoft Solitaire Collection 2Microsoft Solitaire Collection 6Microsoft Solitaire Collection 8

Microsoft Mahjong

Microsoft Mahjong 1
Microsoft Mahjong 2Microsoft Mahjong 3Microsoft Mahjong 8

It doesn’t appear these are Xbox LIVE titles, so probably don’t expect to earn achievements from these. Update: It has been confirmed that these titles are part of “Xbox Windows”, and will provide achievements and Gamerscores to the user’s Xbox LIVE account:

Title Achievements Requirements Gamerscore
Minesweeper Savior of the World
Good Start
Happens to Everybody
Good Memory
Win a game on each board size.
Complete a minefield for the first time.
Trigger your first mine.
Complete a minefield for the first time without using any flags.
15
10
5
20
Solitaire Collection Well Played
First One’s Free
Jack of All Trades
Win your first game of Solitaire.
Flip over your first card.
Play at least 1 game of Klondike, FreeCell, Spider, TriPeaks, and Pyramid.
10
10
20
Mahjong The Fun Begins
Mahjong Pro
A Fresh Coat of Paint
Complete a puzzle.
Complete a Hard puzzle.
Change themes.
10
10
5

How do you like the look of these games, which has been given a full-screen revamped look? Are there any other Windows 7 games which you would’ve liked to see in Windows 8?

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 9:55 am
Category: News
Tags: Apps, Games, Windows 8, Windows Store
  • markjonson

    While I won’t miss it myself, it looks as though FreeCell is finally gone.

    • Windows 8 user

      If you look at the source, you can see a picture of Freecell

      • markjonson

        Oh, ok.

  • markjonson

    While I won’t miss it myself, it looks as though FreeCell is finally gone.

    • Windows 8 user

      If you look at the source, you can see a picture of Freecell

      • markjonson

        Oh, ok.

  • http://twitter.com/Georgesab George Sabourin

    I hope the Pinball game that was present in the CP store, returns. I quite liked it.

    • ymcpa

      I think it will, but I don’t think it will be free. I was searching for it and found their website that stated it is coming soon.

  • http://twitter.com/Georgesab George

    I hope the Pinball game that was present in the CP store, returns. I quite liked it.

    • ymcpa

      I think it will, but I don’t think it will be free. I was searching for it and found their website that stated it is coming soon.

  • cmwind

    its really too bad they are not Xbox Live. it would get all the casual users who are just looking for a free time waster to get hooked into Xbox and then possibly other Xbox services… plus its just one more of those annoying (seemingly unnecessary) little inconsistencies between Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8

    I do like that metro minesweeper logo quite a bit

    • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

      Minesweeper / Solitair are Xbox Live titles on Windows Phone 7.5, i have them with a few achievements

      • cmwind

        right they are… BUT they do not appear to be on Windows 8… which was the point of my comment

        • http://twitter.com/TimoTim19 Timothy Gamble

          Solitaire in the CP was listed as an Xbox Live title coming soon. I think both of them will be, and free. MS always includes at least one free Live title whenever they put it on a platform. Xbox 360 had Hexic HD…Windows Phone got Flowerz…Im almost certain Windows 8 will have a card game and something else.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      Slight correction in the post. These games will in fact have Xbox LIVE achievements and gamerscores available.

  • cmwind

    its really too bad they are not Xbox Live. it would get all the casual users who are just looking for a free time waster to get hooked into Xbox and then possibly other Xbox services… plus its just one more of those annoying (seemingly unnecessary) little inconsistencies between Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8

    I do like that metro minesweeper logo quite a bit

    • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

      Minesweeper / Solitair are Xbox Live titles on Windows Phone 7.5, i have them with a few achievements

      • cmwind

        right they are… BUT they do not appear to be on Windows 8… which was the point of my comment

        • http://twitter.com/TimoTim19 Timothy Gamble

          Solitaire in the CP was listed as an Xbox Live title coming soon. I think both of them will be, and free. MS always includes at least one free Live title whenever they put it on a platform. Xbox 360 had Hexic HD…Windows Phone got Flowerz…Im almost certain Windows 8 will have a card game and something else.

    • damaster

      Slight correction in the post. These games will in fact have Xbox LIVE achievements and gamerscores available.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vthenerd Valdano V.

    Well, I like their icons/tiles, but the game interface isn’t really that Metro. 

    • cmwind

      I think games are especially an area that do not need to be “metrofied.” Its no like Halo or Call of Duty are going to be made into metro experiences… so why should Minesweeper or Solitaire… In fact I kind of hate the way the Windows Phone versions of Minesweeper and Sudoku are metro… Metro is meant to apply to Interfaces… its meant to break away from the terrible, cheesy reproduction of real world elements (like leather or glass) in UIs… the point is to make the content the center of attention and not the Interface… Games are designed to immerse you in an experience though and the UI is part of that experience in a game

    • jrtorrents

      its a game.. not everything can or has to be metrofied for heaven’s sake 

      • http://www.twitter.com/vthenerd Valdano V.

        I know and I agree, but it’s the core product of every Windows version so far, so they should’ve made it Metro, too. That’s my opinion, though – they have their own visions and ideas. :)

    • http://simenm.tumblr.com/ Simen Mangseth

      Agree! Minesweeper is metro on Windows Phone, and looks much better there.

  • Guest

    Well, I like their icons/tiles, but the game interface isn’t really that Metro. 

    • cmwind

      I think games are especially an area that do not need to be “metrofied.” Its no like Halo or Call of Duty are going to be made into metro experiences… so why should Minesweeper or Solitaire… In fact I kind of hate the way the Windows Phone versions of Minesweeper and Sudoku are metro… Metro is meant to apply to Interfaces… its meant to break away from the terrible, cheesy reproduction of real world elements (like leather or glass) in UIs… the point is to make the content the center of attention and not the Interface… Games are designed to immerse you in an experience though and the UI is part of that experience in a game

    • jrtorrents

      its a game.. not everything can or has to be metrofied for heaven’s sake 

      • Guest

        I know and I agree, but it’s the core product of every Windows version so far, so they should’ve made it Metro, too. That’s my opinion, though – they have their own visions and ideas. :)

    • Simen Mangseth

      Agree! Minesweeper is metro on Windows Phone, and looks much better there.

  • Jose_cb0932

    Cuando saldran ? 

  • Jose_cb0932

    Cuando saldran ? 

  • Jose_cb0932

    what time are avaiable

  • Jose_cb0932

    what time are avaiable

  • jakebraca

    I honestly hope we’ll be able to side-dock these apps so you could be playing a game on the side while working/surfing/videoing on the other side.

  • #TeamCortana

    I honestly hope we’ll be able to side-dock these apps so you could be playing a game on the side while working/surfing/videoing on the other side.