There are computer games that do not go out of style and that they are resisting the passing of the years and the news that Windows 10 includes, mobile applications or increasingly sophisticated online game pages. Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, Minesweeper, Pinball or Hearts are proof of this.
However, Windows 7 was the last Microsoft operating system to bring the classic games, while the latest version of Microsoft’s Windows stopped including these games installed as standard. Now They are in the Microsoft Store, although in principle they are free, and they come with advertising and the subscription option if you want to become a paying user.
How to download the Spider or minesweeper on your PC from the Store
If you have on your PC installed Windows 10 operating system you can play Xbox games on any PC from your home network. To do this, you must access the start button, (the four squares of the typical windows window located on the taskbar on the left), sign in with your Microsoft account. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, create one.
Now you can access the Microsoft Store. Here will appear options of the applications that are available according to categories. You have the “start” and then games, entertainment (this is for music, movies, and so on), productivity, and other. Go to games and you will see a long list of options. Some paid and some free. Microsoft has divided the Game Store into different sections: the best sellers, the main free games or the favorites in general (among others).
To get more games or install games that you have on other devices, select Find games in the Microsoft Store. And if you are nostalgic and want the complete pack of “Solitaire” games that have been accompanying you in previous versions from Windows you can download the Microsoft Solitaire Collection. In the Store search engine, located at the top right of the page, you can continue looking for other of your favorite games.
Get the “Best of Windows Entertainment Pack” from Archive
Another way you can enjoy the classics is by accessing the Archive.org website to download the Best of Windows Entertainment Pack file, which contains 10 of the classic games, including those already mentioned and that always came from serial in older versions of Windows. Plus also includes the old version of the like MS Paint and a classic version of the Windows Calculator.
You have two options. On the one hand, the Torrent file that contains all the games. In this case, remember that this is an external and unofficial file, so you must download it at your own risk if you are not sure if it can be clean or not. For another, you can opt for the direct download that comes with 12 links and you decide which ones you want and which ones don’t interest you. They have a 32-bit architecture.
Another way: Winaero has created the complete nostalgic pack
What’s more, Outside the Microsoft Store, the Winaero company has bundled the games of the Redmond company that you can download from its website in a simple way and that does not include advertising (something that Windows does in many of its programs and that has given much to talk about).
What this website offers is the complete set of games that Windows 7 included as standard, such as Free card, chess, hearts, Mahjong, Minesweeper, different solitaires or Purble Place. It also includes the link to play Backgammon, Checkers and Spades on the Internet, as the Redmond firm did before.
If you download this pack, the games they will appear inside a folder, called Games, in the start menu of your Windows 10.
The same old Pinball thanks to ghacks
The 3D Space Cadet Pinball, that was included in Windows Plus! 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows ME and Windows XP can also be accessible on Windows 10 computers.
Thanks to Ghacks, you will be able to play it again on Windows 10. To start, you can download the game from here. The installer comes compressed in a ZIP file. The installation process is like any other program.
Play minesweeper and solitaire online: the best websites
If you don’t want to download the games and you prefer to access the Internet to enjoy Solitaire, Spider, Hearts, Minesweeper or Pinball, here is a list of the best websites where you can play:
- Ludoteka. This page of games survives the passage of time as does the minesweeper. It is one of the most traditional websites. You can register or you have the option to test a game without the need to log in. In addition to the Parcheesi and card games in which you can compete with other users, you also have the solitary games tab where the ones mentioned in this article are, although you do not have the Pinball or the Spider.
- Solitariosspider.com. For spider lovers, there is a website where you can play this game, in its different levels, with the same interface that Windows 7 traditionally offered you and without having to sign up.