Any good Windows 3.1 games?

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Re: Any good Windows 3.1 games?

Postby chrismeyer6 » 2017-11-21 @ 16:58

I still have all those games me and my family used to play them all time such good memories.
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Re: Any good Windows 3.1 games?

Postby firage » 2017-11-21 @ 17:03

Civ II, SimCity 2000, Oregon Trail II, Lode Runner: The Legend Returns, The Incredible Toon Machine, Microsoft Golf 2.0, Lander, a handful of titles across the Windows Entertainment Packs, etc.

There was a fairly rich Visual Basic scene. I'm sure it was true elsewhere as well, we had a bunch of really good small strategy games and such released in the native language here in Finland, most seemingly lost to time.
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Re: Any good Windows 3.1 games?

Postby KT7AGuy » 2017-11-23 @ 01:47

Space Bucks. A truly awful strategy game, but it ran on Win 3.x. One of the worst games I ever purchased.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Bucks

https://www.mobygames.com/game/space-bucks

Also, you can view a whole list of Win 3.x games here:

https://www.mobygames.com/browse/games/win3x/
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Re: Any good Windows 3.1 games?

Postby SW-SSG » 2017-11-23 @ 04:38

ScrabOut, a free Scrabble clone:

https://archive.org/details/Scrabout_1020
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Re: Any good Windows 3.1 games?

Postby Marian » 2017-11-23 @ 14:39

Hodj N Podj, a board game full of mini-games, designed by Steve Meretzky, who also designed games for Legend Entertainment and Infocom:

http://www.mobygames.com/game/hodj-n-podj
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Re: Any good Windows 3.1 games?

Postby Davros » 2017-11-23 @ 19:32

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Re: Any good Windows 3.1 games?

Postby Marian » 2017-11-23 @ 19:34

Panic in the Park, an adventure game with full motion video:

http://www.mobygames.com/game/panic-in-the-park
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Re: Any good Windows 3.1 games?

Postby Davros » 2017-11-23 @ 19:45

Has anyone mentioned Lode Runner: The Legend Returns
Edit: yes

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Re: Any good Windows 3.1 games?

Postby RJDog » 2017-11-23 @ 20:27

There is one reason I install Windows 3.1... Critical Path. It is one of the first "Interactive Movie" style games, and is consistently rated very poorly by reviewers, but it has major nostalgia points with me, and I still have the original CD and all of the original manuals, etc. I have never successfully installed it on anything other than Windows 3.1 with 640x480 resolution.
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Re: Any good Windows 3.1 games?

Postby jarreboum » 2017-11-30 @ 17:34

Plenty of good advice in this thread.

I tend to gravitate more towards games that integrate into the OS, being windowed, using the pointer and menus, etc. If the game is in full screen, using its own windowing system, then it doesn't really matter which OS is under it, and I just use DOS or Windows 95/98 with it.

- Battle Chess enhanced
- Sim City 2000
- Sim Tower (may need win32s?)
- The incredible machine 3
- glider

I also have a bunch of executables, I'm not sure of their real names, but
- neko
- pipe
- risk
- skifree

I tried civ 2 and myst, but I liked the mac versions better. better integration in the OS and better performance.
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Re: Any good Windows 3.1 games?

Postby KT7AGuy » 2017-11-30 @ 19:09

jarreboum wrote:I tend to gravitate more towards games that integrate into the OS, being windowed, using the pointer and menus, etc. If the game is in full screen, using its own windowing system, then it doesn't really matter which OS is under it, and I just use DOS or Windows 95/98 with it.


Your post reminded me of a really excellent strategy game that runs on Win3.x:

Metal Marines

It actually uses several windows. You fire rockets from one window into another.
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Re: Any good Windows 3.1 games?

Postby yawetaG » 2017-12-01 @ 20:26

Battle Isle 3. Might even be a Win32s game. IIRC, it used Video for Windows to render the videos.
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Re: Any good Windows 3.1 games?

Postby cskamacska » 2017-12-04 @ 08:31

I didnt see it mentioned, but it would be a true shame to leave out EarthSiege 2.

MobyGames - EarthSiege 2 (Windows 3.x)

One of the few Win3.1 compatible 3D games, this 1996 release was meant for Win95 but had a Win3.1 backport version for some curious reason, so it required WinG and Win32s to function.

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as an update, all in all I dug up 3 different versions US release, US budget release, and Euro release. US Release was Win 95 only. US Budget release went back and added Win 3.11 win32s support. However it is unstable and not compatible with Win 3.1 installed within a dosbox environment. The Euro release was released with Native Win 3.1 and Win95 support. This release does work in a dosbox/win3.x environment once all necessary addons are installed.
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Re: Any good Windows 3.1 games?

Postby chrismeyer6 » 2017-12-06 @ 03:14

Two more games I just thought of microman and chips challenge
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Re: Any good Windows 3.1 games?

Postby zerothis » 2018-2-14 @ 23:17

breech wrote:here is a decent list of 3.1 games http://www.uvlist.net/globalsearch?t=windows+3.1


not quite, try this: https://www.uvlist.net/search?fplat=97&fcols=g&ipp=c
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