Learn About Windows Games

Windows comes with a variety of games to play. There are board games, card games, multiplayer Internet games, and even games for kids.

You’ll find them all in the Games folder. To start playing, just open the folder and double-click a game icon.

Click to open Games.

The games you’ll see will depend on the edition of Windows 7 you’re using. Some titles only come in premium editions of Windows. In other editions, games are turned off by default. To learn more, see Where are my games?

Internet games
Several popular multiplayer games from Windows XP have returned with a new look. These titles—available only in premium editions of Windows 7—allow you to play online against human opponents. The games don’t work without an Internet connection.

Internet Backgammon
Backgammon is a two-person board game with a straightforward goal: be the first to move all your pieces around and off the board.

Number of players: 2

Difficulty levels: Beginner, intermediate, expert

Typical playing time: 10 to 30 minutes

Internet Backgammon

Internet Checkers
One of the oldest and most popular games in the world is back and better than ever. The perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon.

Number of players: 2

Difficulty levels: Beginner, intermediate, expert

Typical playing time: 10 to 20 minutes

Internet Checkers

Internet Spades
Spades is a popular, fast-paced card game that demands teamwork and strategy. You guess how many “tricks”—rounds—you and your partner will win. Guess too low, and you’ll lose big points. Guess too high, and you’ll “bag out”!

Number of players: 4

Difficulty levels: Beginner, intermediate, expert

Typical playing time: 10 to 30 minutes

Internet Spades

Board games
Chess Titans
Chess Titans brings the classic strategy game of chess to life with three-dimensional graphics and animation. Highlighted squares show where your pieces can move. Choose a porcelain, marble, or wooden board, and rotate it any way you like.

Chess Titans is only available in premium editions of Windows 7.

Number of players: 1 or 2

Difficulty levels: 1 (beginner) to 10 (expert)

Typical playing time: 10 to 60 minutes

Chess Titans

Minesweeper
Minesweeper is a deceptively simple test of memory and reasoning—and one of the most popular Windows games of all time. The goal: uncover empty squares and avoid hidden mines. Click one, and you lose!

Number of players: 1

Difficulty levels: Beginner, intermediate, advanced

Typical playing time: 1 to 10 minutes

Minesweeper

Mahjong Titans
Mahjong Titans is a solitaire game played with tiles. Remove matching pairs of tiles from the board. Remove them all and you win!

Mahjong Titans is only available on premium editions of Windows 7.

Number of players: 1

Difficulty levels: Varies by tile layout

Typical playing time: 10 to 30 minutes

Mahjong Titans

Card games
FreeCell
FreeCell is a form of solitaire played with a single deck. The key to victory lies in the four free cells in the corner of the table—hence the name!

Number of players: 1

Difficulty levels: One level

Typical playing time: 10 to 20 minutes

FreeCell

Hearts
Hearts is a card game that you play in rounds against three computer opponents. Avoid taking the undesirable cards—all hearts and the queen of spades—unless you’re planning to shoot the moon! The player with the lowest score wins.

Number of players: 1 (against 3 computer opponents)

Difficulty levels: One level

Typical playing time: 10 to 20 minutes

Hearts

Solitaire
Solitaire is based on the most popular variant of solitaire, Klondike. To win, you must build four stacks of cards, one for each suit, in ascending order from ace to king.

Number of players: 1

Difficulty levels: One level

Typical playing time: 1 to 15 minutes

Solitaire

Spider Solitaire
Spider Solitaire is a variant of solitaire that uses two decks’ worth of cards. The object: remove all the cards from the table in the fewest number of moves. Remove cards by making a complete stack in descending order (king to ace).

Number of players: 1

Difficulty levels: Beginner, intermediate, advanced

Typical playing time: 1 to 15 minutes

Spider Solitaire

Children’s games
Purble Place
Purble Place is actually three games in one: Comfy Cakes, Purble Shop, and Purble Pairs. Designed to teach children memory, pattern recognition, and reasoning skills, at higher difficulty levels the games challenge players of all ages.

Comfy Cakes
This game puts you in Chef Purble’s bakery, where you must complete an order for a batch of cakes. The bakery’s customers are very particular, so you’ll need to make the cakes exactly as ordered, with the right combination of shapes, batters, fillings, icings, and decorations.

Work fast because the cakes will keep on coming!

Number of players: 1

Difficulty levels: Beginner, intermediate, advanced

Typical playing time: 1 to 5 minutes

Comfy Cakes

Purble Shop
This game tests your powers of deduction. Your goal: to make your Purble’s face match the mystery Purble behind the curtain. Choose hair, eyes, nose, and lips from the shelves, then learn how many—but not which—features you got right!

Number of players: 1

Difficulty levels: Beginner, intermediate, advanced

Typical playing time: 1 to 5 minutes

Purble Shop

Purble Pairs
In this game, your goal is to find all the matching pairs of pictures before time runs out. Flip a tile over to reveal a picture, then find its match. Use a “sneak peek” token for a quick glimpse of all the tiles on the board!

Number of players: 1

Difficulty levels: Beginner, intermediate, advanced

Typical playing time: 1 to 10 minutes

Purble Pairs

What else can I play?
Ready for more? There are literally thousands of games available for Windows.

You’ll find some of them listed under Other Providers in the Games folder.

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