Surely you remember them and spent hours and hours with them: with him Solitaire and Windows Spider Solitaire, with the Minesweeper, with the Pinball … Since Windows 7 we cannot play the classic games but, luckily, there is a way to reinstall them or play them again in Windows 10.
If you remember that the route was Programs> Accessories> Games and you are over twenty years old, you will surely remember them. They are far from the current fashionable titles but surely you have ever wanted to play these Windows classics that we do not have in Windows 10. Luckily, from Microsoft we can play again now and there are several options to do it …
Go back to old versions
You can test old versions of Windows from your browser thanks to some websites dedicated to it. For example, the PCJS.org website allows us to access old versions of the operating system to be able to return to games. It is not the most comfortable or useful option but you can return to Windows 98 or Windows 95 from the browser through specific pages dedicated to it.
Emulate or play on Windows 98:
You can try Windows 2000:
Archive.org is a website full of classic games, free music, free movies. And it also allows us to access the Archive.org Compatible version pack. What is it? A free package in which we can recover Windows games from the most classic like Solitaire or Minesweeper to less common ones like Pegged or Taipei. You can download the executable file of any game you want and you will not need installation but you can also download the complete pack.
Also from Archive.org you can download the classic Pinball Cadet that you played in Windows XP since 1995. It is an .exe file compatible with Windows 10 so you can use it on your computer without installing anything.
Download games for Windows 10
You can go to the Microsoft Store and download the games on your current computer. They have changed a lot but keep the essence of always.
Surely you’ve ever played the classic Windows minesweeper. The current one has the same old mechanics although a much more modern and renewed design. Surely you remember that for more than twenty years it has been there when you have had a free time, that gray screen without too many “ornaments”. Now the Microsoft Minesweeper or the classic Minesweeper has been launched but adapted to the times.
It can be downloaded for free from the Microsoft store and has several different modes of play. You can play a Classic Mode in which you will have to discover the positions of the mines to avoid them but also to an adventure mode that allows you to take the hero to the center of the earth while collecting treasures. In addition, there are daily challenges for true Minesweeper fans who want to keep practicing level after level.
In addition, as you can see in the download photos, there are all kinds of designs for the game, moving away from that classic sober gray interface.
Pinball is, along with Solitaire and Minesweeper, the third of the great essentials in classic Windows games. I arrive with Windows Xp although later this game disappeared. Now, luckily, it is possible to download a modern and updated version of it from the application store of the company’s new operating system if you want to revive those games.
Like the rest of this list, Pinball FX3 is a game with all kinds of improvements, new tables, new functions and with better graphics. It’s free and works on the computer or on Xbox and has tables based on Star Wars, Aliens, Family Guy, The Walking Dead, Marvel …
Microsoft Solitaire Collection
The Loners have been present in Windows since its inception and with the release of Windows 8 and 8.1 Microsoft was not going to deprive users of this hobby that has stolen so many hours of work and leisure. It is another of the essential and classic Windows games and you can also play it on Windows 10.
More than thirty years on the computer and you can play all solitary card games from this free game that you can download from the Microsoft Store. Includes all solitaire games in one single application in which is the Klondike Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, FreeCell Solitaire, TriPeaks Solitaire and Pyramid Solitaire. He is thinking, according to Microsoft, for an audience from eight to 108 years and you can play cards digitally with those timeless titles.
In addition, it allows you to have daily challenges, participate in monthly events, get rewards or unlock themes.
Another of the classic solitaire games and mythical Windows games is Mahjong, which you have surely played at some time. Like the others, it has been renewed with current images, better and more intuitive controls and graphics designed to offer you the best quality in Windows 10. A game of pairs that you can download for free and that has new daily challenges or that allows us to face our friends.
Sudoku are one of the hobbies in fashion for years and Microsoft has its own title with these puzzles. This title has 5 levels of difficulty different, as well as with an interface adapted to the current Windows and prepared to be used both on touch screens and with keyboard and mouse.
It has new ways to play beyond solving the classic puzzles. There are several levels of difficulty and all kinds of games and games that are available both in the classic format and in other formats such as irregular mode that each block of numbers will bet on different shapes instead of being square. Every day a daily challenge with new sudokus available.
Microsoft Jigsaw is the new version of the game adapted with several different modes, downloadable puzzle packs. You can play in three different modes: Classic Jigsaw, Jigsaw Jam, and Daily Challenges. A puzzle that you will have to complete in the usual style but through your computer. You can play classic puzzles using your mouse and your keyboard or through touch keyboards if you are going to use your tablet so you can move the pieces to complete the puzzle until the final image appears.
The Jam mode will allow you to play in a frantic mode in which you will have to place the pieces as the clock advances and get bonuses.
Microsoft Ultimate Word Games
Another game for Microsoft that you can download for free is Microsoft Ultimate Word Games for lovers of letters and words. It offers us different games or challenges such as crosswords, its jumble game in which we must create words or the Wordament game in adventure mode in which we have to solve minigames and tests to progress to the end.