FreeCell (Microsoft, Windows, 1991)
FreeCell is another all-time favorite among lazy workers. It managed to spawn quite a lot of clones seeking to improve upon the original.
Unlike its sister game Solitaire, the debug menu is still accessible here. Press Ctrl + Shift + F10 to trigger a dialog box offering three options: Ignore, Retry, and Abort. Ignore just closes the message box, Retry causes you to lose when you make your next move, and Abort induces an instant win.
The menu was likely there to check whether the win/lose stuff works properly, as there doesn't seem a point in cheating in a game like this.
The game lets you specify the seed for the RNG used to shuffle the cards. The game has a few trick seeds that result in special deals.
- -1 - The unwinnable deal shown in the screenshot.
- -2 - Another unwinnable deal.
- -3 - Rigged so that making a single move will lead to the game automatically winning itself. Not all versions have this seed.
- -4 - Automatic win again. Again, not all versions have this seed.
The Windows XP version got a new icon.
| Windows Entertainment Pack
through Windows ME
The Windows Entertainment Pack version has its own About screen. The Win32s version uses the Windows About screen, as did the versions that came with Windows 95 and later.
|Windows Entertainment Pack||Win32s||Windows XP|
The Windows XP version increased the number of deals from 32,000 to 1,000,000.
The Windows Entertainment Pack and Win32s versions lack the ability to undo the last move.
The Windows Entertainment Pack and Win32s versions have a hidden "Standard mode" and "Fast mode", activated by pressing CTRL+F1 and CTRL+F2, respectively. These appear to be absent in later versions.
|The Microsoft Entertainment Pack series|
|Windows Entertainment Pack||Cruel • Golf (Prototype) • TicTactics (Prototypes) • Minesweeper (1990) (Prototypes) • Tetris • Taipei|
|Windows Entertainment Pack 2||FreeCell (1991) • Pipe Dream (Prototype) • Tut's Tomb • Rattler Race (Prototype)|
|Windows Entertainment Pack 3||LifeGenesis • SkiFree • TetraVex (Prototype) • TriPeaks • WordZap|
|Windows Entertainment Pack 4||Dr. Black Jack • Chip's Challenge • JezzBall|
|Other||Microsoft Entertainment Pack • Microsoft Puzzle Collection|