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Hearts (Microsoft, Windows, 1993)

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Title Screen


Developer: Microsoft
Publisher: Microsoft
Platform: Windows
Released in US: August 11, 1993

DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.

Another of the Microsoft card games, and the first one with multiplayer support. Still, it didn't quite gain the popularity of its sister games.

Debug Mode

This game has a debug mode, but it's a bit harder to enable here because it requires editing the Windows registry.

Open a registry editor and go to key HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Hearts (create any sub-keys that don't exist). Add a REG_SZ named ZB and set its value to 42 (in Windows for Workgroups 3.11, add "ZB=42" to the [Hearts] section of win.ini).

After having done this, start the game and you'll be able to use the keyboard combination Ctrl + Shift + Alt + F12 to see the cards of your competitors. This was probably used to test the game engine and possibly also the AI.

Version differences

The Windows XP version changes the icon.

Windows for Workgroups 3.11/9x/NT/2000/ME Windows XP
MsHearts311Icon.png MsHeartsXpIcon.png