ONE of the most popular computer games of all time is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
You won’t find it on the bestseller lists,
and yet you probably already own a copy.
It’s Microsoft Solitaire – the single-player card game.
According to Microsoft, the
Microsoft Solitaire Collection, as it is known today, hosts over 35 million players
each month, from more than 200 countries and territories, and in 65 different
languages – and more than 100 million hands are still played every day around
From Microsoft’s announcement:
Solitaire we all know and love was first called Windows Solitaire on Windows 3.0 in 1990. The game helped people learn how to drag and drop items on
their computer screens using a mouse, which was novel at the time.
at the start of year 31, Microsoft
Solitaire is played on computers, laptops, tablets, and phones in every
corner of the globe, arguably by one of the most diverse gaming audiences in
the world. Its Microsoft Solitaire’s unmatched
familiarity and availability that’s contributed to its unending popularity,
with more than half a billion players in the past decade alone, which no doubt
added to the game being inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame in 2019.
celebrating the 30th Anniversary by inviting all players to join our
record-breaking event today, with our goal to reach the most games of Microsoft Solitaire completed in one
Join us as we
embark on this record-breaking mission by downloading Microsoft Solitaire Collection for free on Windows, iOS, or Android, or play right
through your browser! You can also
visit our 30th Anniversary Event
page on Facebook for more details and extra Anniversary fun. And don’t miss
Major Nelson’s interview with a pair of Solitaire experts discussing the
coveted winnability rate of the game.
you play to take a break and relax or to test your brain for a challenge, we
offer you, our players, a sincere round of applause for your passion and
dedication. For that, there’s something new that I couldn’t be more pleased to
introduce for the Microsoft Solitaire
community: Microsoft Solitaire
t-shirts and mugs are available now for the first time ever!
No matter where
you shuffle the deck from – whether it’s the US, Japan, Brazil, China, or the
UK – coincidentally, in order the territories with the most Microsoft Solitaire players, or the
Cocos Islands, Anguilla, Vatican City, Barbados, or New Zealand, in order the
territories with the most players per capita – thank you for creating this
It really is
something special that a game called Microsoft
Solitaire has brought together so many people for so many years.”
It’s worth noting the merchandise is only available from the US store, so you can buy it, but you’ll be paying in American Dollars and then there’s potentially shipping on top of that, which is almost certainly going to be more than a coffee mug is worth because shipping anything from the US to Australia just costs ridiculous amounts of money even at the best of times.
I did ask Microsoft if the merch would be available locally or if shipping to Australia would be included in the purchase price from the US, but they hadn’t come back to me at time of publishing the story so I will let you know what the information is if that changes.
At any rate, if you’ve ever found yourself stuck in front of a work computer and not wanting to do any work, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve fired up Solitaire at some point – so it’s nice to see the game is still hugely popular and there’s still so many fans around the world.