Tagged: Windows 3.1

Title screen from Microsoft Dinosaurs

Microsoft Dinosaurs Educational categorySoftware category

Microsoft Home’s Jurassic reference guide upends the digital encyclopedia model by showing the relations between articles, even if its information is out-of-date.

Screenshot from Millennium Auction

Millennium Auction Other category

A combination of random events and speculative fiction creates drama in this game’s virtual auction house. Does it matter that we can’t separate the randomness from the intentional storytelling and character? (This article includes a history of the game’s rocky production.)

Screenshot from MindGym

MindGym Multimedia categoryOther categorySoftware category

This unique, stunning surrealist self-help guide gets arrogant when it uses the strengths of the multimedia CD-ROM format to make players examine how they think.

Screenshot from Mirage

Mirage Multimedia category

The live-action interactive Wild West movie Mirage is an incoherently surreal fiasco. Turns out there’s a surprising reason why it’s so confusing…

Screenshot from The Multimedia Bird Book

The Multimedia Bird Book Educational category

Birds are all around us, and birds are very pretty. This virtual cross-country birding adventure does a great job teaching those two facts to kids.

Screenshot from Music Brush

Music Brush Software category

Music Brush creates expressionist art that toys with animation and music, which also makes it a great tool for idle reflection.

Screenshot from Noir: A Shadowy Thriller

Noir: A Shadowy Thriller Adventure category

Noir recreates the world of a generic 1940s detective story with incredible production values and the genre’s trademark convoluted plotting.

Screenshot from Pirate's Plunder

Pirate’s Plunder Board category

This bite-sized shareware pirate adventure was made to fit into a coffee break. For first-time game designer Erin Pavlina, it was another new challenge to adapt to.

The promises of friendlier emulation Essay category

Some thoughts about the new frontiers opened by the risky but extremely promising emulation work recently implemented by the Internet Archive.

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