For computer-users who just wanted to kill “a few minutes between meetings” (or spend their entire shifts playing Free Cell), the games of Microsoft Entertainment Pack paved the way to casual gaming long before we had access to that sort of fun on our phones. Released between 1990 and 1992, these games were made by Windows employees essentially when they had a minute or two, and they were given little to no funding for their work. In total, four volumes of games were created over the two-year period, and a Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack was released in 1994. The success of these games even saw a Game Boy Color release in the year 2000. I enjoyed these games because they were accessible and fun to play on the fly. A personal favorite was Chip’s Challenge which had an extraordinary number of puzzle levels that kept me seated for far longer than the typical MEP gaming session (see my Mayz article for more of my thoughts on the game). Do you remember these games? Let me know about your experience in the comments!
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