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Reversi (Microsoft, Windows, 1985)

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Title Screen


Developer: Microsoft
Publisher: Microsoft
Platform: Windows
Released internationally: 1985

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Reversi was the first game bundled with Microsoft Windows, mostly forgotten about these days because Microsoft hasn't shipped it with their operating systems since forever (though there were plans to that effect). It's most famously known for its brutal and unforgiving AI.

Version Differences


Windows 1.x & 2.x Windows 3.0 Windows 3.1 (Driver Library)
ReversiWin2Icon.png ReversiIconWin30.png ReversiWin31Icon.png

The game went to having a bitmap icon in the version bundled with Windows 3.0 rather than a monochrome vector icon.

Other Differences

The Windows 1.x and 2.x versions lacked a help system.

Although this game was not included with Windows 3.1, there is a Windows 3.1 version,[1] included with the Windows 3.1 Driver Library.[2] This version adds animations and replaced the green background with a grey one. The last known build of Windows 3.1 containing Reversi, the Beta Release 1/build 034f, includes the Windows 3.0 version of Reversi instead.[3]

Unreleased Windows XP Port

Reversi in xp.png
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Aside from the graphics, are there any real differences?

A fully functional version of Reversi exists in the Windows XP source code, along with various other 16-bit programs that never made the jump. The original vector graphics still work, but are forced into monochrome.