What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

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What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

Postby Ultrax » 2019-3-24 @ 09:45

Windows 3.1 was/is not an ideal OS for games, but 3.x games are one of the many reasons I own a 486.
Does anyone else here have a love for 3.x games as well?

My personal favorites are:
Chip's Challenge
Rodent's Revenge
JezzBall
Rattler Race
Monopoly Deluxe
and, of course, SkiFree :-)

What are your favorites? There are may games I wish to play, such as The Even More Incredible Machine, that I haven't played yet because either I haven't got myself up to install them, or I can't because they require CD-ROM. Seeing as I'm getting a NIC soon, that shouldn't be a problem anymore.
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Re: What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

Postby TheMLGladiator » 2019-3-24 @ 15:48

The Windows 3.1 version of Lode Runner: The Legend Returns
There is also a version of Myst for Win 3.1 (uses a 16 bit executable instead of 32 bit), but I have never actually played it.
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Re: What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

Postby bfcastello » 2019-3-24 @ 16:11

Currently it's SimTower.
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Re: What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

Postby Standard Def Steve » 2019-3-24 @ 23:05

I remember playing a 3.1 game where you had to guide a paper plane through a house. I'm sure I tried others, but none of them really held my interest.

I even remember wondering: if this Windows thing is supposed to be the future, why do its games seem so simple and boring compared to DOS games?

That was all during the early days of Windows though. I'm not sure if 3.1 gaming ever got more exciting, as I didn't pay much attention to Windows games until Win98 and DirectX came along. Suddenly, DOS games seemed old fashioned. :P
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Re: What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

Postby akula65 » 2019-3-24 @ 23:27

Ultrax wrote:My personal favorites are:
Chip's Challenge
Rodent's Revenge
JezzBall
Rattler Race
Monopoly Deluxe
and, of course, SkiFree :-)


Others who are interested in your choices should be aware that three of those Microsoft Entertainment Pack games (Rattler Race, Rodent's Revenge and SkiFree) are available from Microsoft or the original developer's web site:

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=22210&start=360#p694297

Some vendors released parallel packages where you got both Win 3.1 and Win 95 versions on the same disk. I recall Sierra/Impression Games' Civil War Generals II: Grant, Lee, Sherman was such a game. Game AI and single player were poor, but it had and still has a good reputation in the multiplayer community.
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Re: What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

Postby Ultrax » 2019-3-25 @ 04:54

Standard Def Steve wrote: I even remember wondering: if this Windows thing is supposed to be the future, why do its games seem so simple and boring compared to DOS games?


DOS games were more standard and had way more time to mature. I think it took until 95 for Microsoft to fully realize that people also want Windows for games, not just office work.

As simple, boring and potentially stupid as they are, holy crap are they hooking! :-P
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Re: What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

Postby Zup » 2019-3-25 @ 05:52

- Operation: Inner Space
- Yoda Stories / Indiana Jones Desktop Adventures
- Minesweeper

Apart from these, I really liked a Risk clone that I used to play with my friends... I don't remember much from it, except that it allowed up to 6 players and could chose from six maps (one was "traditional" risk, other had the shape of a turtle). Does anybody remember the name or some useful data to get it?

Also, not a game, but can be classified as a toy... the sound driver for PC Speaker. It hardly can be useful (because windows stopped every time it had to sound), but we used it to get some fun in school computers.
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Re: What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

Postby Dominus » 2019-3-25 @ 06:59

Operation: Inner Space is my favorite and while you can still play it in later 32bit Windows versions, the Joystick controls only worked (correctly) in Windows 3.x and Windows 9x.
Another great series is Spiderweb Software's Exiles series (shareware back then)
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Re: What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

Postby Whiskey » 2019-3-25 @ 10:25

I have a epically long running game of CIV II on Windows 3.11, I highly recommend it if you enjoy that kind of turn based game. It being a CD-ROM release means you get some nice music and some cheesy FMVs.
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Re: What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

Postby root42 » 2019-3-25 @ 11:05

Woodruff and the Schnibble of Azimuth. I liked the wacky Gobliiins games, and this is another game from that universe. I was impressed that it ran on Windows 3.1 back in the day. I think a few other Sierra adventures were also available for Windows 3.x. There was a small window before Windows 95 was released where there were some games for Windows 3.1, maybe with Win32s support and/or WinG (iirc).
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Re: What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

Postby oeuvre » 2019-3-25 @ 12:58

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Re: What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

Postby skwid » 2019-3-25 @ 13:34

Metal Marines!
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Re: What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

Postby GrampaGotTheKeys » 2019-3-26 @ 00:37

I'm shocked no ones mentioned Sink Sub Pro yet

Dominus wrote:Operation: Inner Space is my favorite


Great pick, I must admit I couldnt help but doodle a Star Trek vessel to play with a few months back (file attached)
Talking of custom ships though, are there sites that still host any?
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Re: What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

Postby akula65 » 2019-3-26 @ 01:24

GrampaGotTheKeys wrote:
Dominus wrote:Operation: Inner Space is my favorite


Great pick, I must admit I couldnt help but doodle a Star Trek vessel to play with a few months back (file attached)
Talking of custom ships though, are there sites that still host any?

Did you get these before Software Dynamics went away?:

https://web.archive.org/web/20120513175 ... iplist.htm
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Re: What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

Postby Dominus » 2019-3-26 @ 06:24

They are now at http://www.sdispace.com/
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Re: What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

Postby oeuvre » 2019-3-27 @ 19:13

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Re: What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

Postby STX » 2019-3-27 @ 19:34

Standard Def Steve wrote:I remember playing a 3.1 game where you had to guide a paper plane through a house.

I think you mean Glider 4.0. That was a good one.

I liked Operation: Inner Space.
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Re: What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

Postby Dhigan » 2019-3-28 @ 19:46

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Re: What are your favorite Windows 3.1 games?

Postby red_avatar » 2019-3-29 @ 10:21

Well I'll go with my most memorable games since I haven't played many of these in years:

Castle of Winds - It was my first contact with a MUD or rogue game and I recall playing it for many hours and even completing it

To go the more "raunchy" route, I bought this warez CD back in 1994 and it had this erotic game called Virtual Vallerie 2 that ran under Windows 3.1. For 14 year old me that was quite an experience as well with its early 3D rendered graphics :lol:

And probably the best Win 3.1 game: Civilization II. It's amazing how they decide to make it a Windows game - no big AAA games were really Windows exclusives that I recall before that.
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