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Microsoft Solitaire Collection

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Title Screen

Microsoft Solitaire Collection

Developers: Smoking Gun Interactive, Microsoft Game Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Platforms: Windows, Android, iOS, Windows Phone
Released internationally: October 26, 2012


GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


Microsoft brings back the solitaire experience via this collection.

Hmmm...
To do:
  • Figure out how to decompress the .ARCHIVE and some of ZIP files from the CDN; a QuickBMS script for ZIP archives (or this) allows you to.
  • Join the insider program to access the beta.
  • Unused text.

Windows Version

Old Versions

Unused Graphics

MicrosoftSolitaireCollection-steve.png

An Xbox Live avatar, named steve.png. Could belong to one of the game's developers.

MicrosoftSolitaireCollection-debug pointer.png

The letter X. Judging by the filename, it's likely used somewhere on the debug menu.

MSSolitaireCollection-ads win10 previewBuild 3840.jpg

The Windows 10 version contains this graphic from a preview build. This was found in the Assets/GameEnd folder.

MSSolitaireCollection-CastleSiege.png MSSolitaireCollection-MicrosoftMajong.png

Also in the Windows 10 version are these unused icons for Microsoft Mahjong and Age of Empires: Castle Siege. These can be found in MSCasualGames.zip in the Arkadium.Win10.Upsell/Default folder.

Debug Menu

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: Can this be accessed?
Download.png Download Microsoft Solitaire Collection Debug Files
File: MicrosoftWindows8Games-DebugFiles.rar (9 KB) (info)

Like the other Microsoft games developed by Arkadium, in /Common/DebugModule/ there are five .xbf files containing data for a debug menu. There is a sixth debug file, AdModuleDebug.xbf, stored in /Arkadium.Advertisement/View/.

Regional Differences

Icons
Italian International
MSSolitaireCollection-MicrosoftMinesweeper1.png MSSolitaireCollection-MicrosoftMinesweeper.png

The icon for Microsoft Minesweeper is different for Italians.

Japanese International
MSSolitaireCollection-MicrosoftNumberPuzzle.png MSSolitaireCollection-MicrosoftSudoku.png

Microsoft Sudoku is called Microsoft Number Puzzle in the Japanese version.