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Hearts (Microsoft, Windows, 1993)

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Also known as: The Microsoft Hearts Network (Windows for Workgroups 3.1x to Windows Me)
Developer: Microsoft
Publisher: Microsoft
Platform: Windows
Released in US: August 11, 1993

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Another of the Microsoft card games, and the first one with multiplayer support. Still, it didn't quite gain the popularity of its sister games.


Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info

Debug Mode

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This game has a debug mode, but it's a bit harder to enable here because it requires editing the Windows registry.

Open a registry editor and go to key HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Hearts (create any sub-keys that don't exist). Add a REG_SZ named ZB and set its value to 42 (in Windows for Workgroups 3.11, add "ZB=42" to the [Hearts] section of win.ini).

After having done this, start the game and you'll be able to use the keyboard combination Ctrl + Shift + Alt + F12 to see the cards of your competitors. This was probably used to test the game engine and possibly also the AI.

Version Differences

The Windows XP version changes the icon (although the old icon remains as a low color depth fallback) and removes networking support.

Windows for Workgroups 3.11/9x/NT/2000/ME Windows XP
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Windows for Workgroups 3.11/9x/NT/2000/ME Windows XP
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Regional Differences

Opponent Names

The AI opponents have different names in each language.

Language Opponent (West) Opponent (North) Opponent (East)
English Pauline Michele Ben
Dutch Johan Annelies Wouter
Finnish Anne Keijo Juuso
French Jean-Pierre Bruno Michel
German Jutta Michael Matthias
Hungarian Levente Miki Viktor
Italian Giovanna Davide Roberto
Japanese かおる
Korean 진수
Polish Bartek Michał Marcin
Spanish Manuel Ana Jesús
Turkish Can Mehmet Gamze
Traditional Chinese 白素貞
Bai Suzhen
Nie Xiaoqian
Zhu Yingtai


The quote in the Help menu is different in some languages.

Language Quote Translation Explanation
I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts...
-Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene ii
Quote from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Later translated and reused in the Dutch, German, Japanese, Polish, Spanish, and Turkish versions of the game.
Kortit parhaat riviin pöydälleen saada tahtoo meistä jokainen...
- Heikki Salo: "Pataässä"
The cards are best lined up on their table to get the wants of each of us...
- Heikki Salo: "Ace of Spades"
Quote from "Pataässä", a song by Heikki Salo.
À vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire...
- Corneille, Le Cid
To vanquish without peril, one triumphs without glory...
- Corneille, Le Cid
Quote from Le Cid, a play by Pierre Corneille.
Óvakodj a Fekete Macskától !
Beware of the Black Cat !
Possibly a reference to black cats being considered bad luck.
Al cuor non si comanda.
You can't command the heart.
Italian proverb equivalent to "love is blind".