Windows 8 RTM games revealed by Neowin forum member

While Microsoft has not commented on what kinds of games it will include in the final RTM version of Windows 8, one of Neowin's forum members, Danijel, has apparently discovered a way to find screenshots of these games.

In a forum post, Danijel says he used what he called "URL trickery" to discover screenshots to these games. They are new versions of games that should be pretty familiar to previous Windows owners; Solitaire, Minesweeper and Mahjong.

There's no current word on what features have been added to the new versions of these classic Windows time wasters ... er, games. We hope that there are some Xbox Live leaderboards and achievements added in, along with some online multiplayer elements.

Danijel also posted up what he says are images from the Windows 8 RTM version of the Microsoft Store in another Neowin post. He states:

This is the RTM Store loaded in Release Preview Store app by some URL trickery (with help of Fiddler2) so the only things working are homepage and search. It doesn't let me view details about apps or install them. It just says that the app is no longer available. But I managed to extract screenshot URLs by sniffing HTTP traffic (again, Fiddler) from XML files the Store app requestes (sic) from the MS servers.

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wow! metro twit is in the store! great job manan! also that's the most badass version of minesweeper i have ever witnessed

What about Spider Solitaire? I know if that's not there, then my mum won't be upgrading. That's a mandatory requirement.

Plus, it's such a shame they ditched the Solitaire used in Windows 7, this version is a poor replacement.

Ideas Man said,
What about Spider Solitaire? I know if that&!439;s not there, then my mum won&!439;t be upgrading. That&!439;s a mandatory requirement.

Plus, it&!439;s such a shame they ditched the Solitaire used in Windows 7, this version is a poor replacement.


https://services.apps.microsof...5161-4651-ae2d-13384e427ea8
According to this XML file there are 5 different versions of Solitaire included: "Five different Solitaire variations - Klondike, FreeCell, Spider, TriPeaks, and Pyramid!"

Also, 7 screenshots are available now:
http://wscont2.apps.microsoft....Screenshot.5196.1000001.png
http://wscont2.apps.microsoft....Screenshot.5196.1000002.png
http://wscont2.apps.microsoft....Screenshot.5196.1000003.png
http://wscont2.apps.microsoft....Screenshot.5196.1000004.png
http://wscont2.apps.microsoft....Screenshot.5196.1000005.png
http://wscont2.apps.microsoft....Screenshot.5196.1000006.png
http://wscont2.apps.microsoft....Screenshot.5196.1000007.png

Tiles for all three games
http://wscont2.apps.microsoft....62c/AppTile.3.5196.7747.png
http://wscont2.apps.microsoft....e52/AppTile.3.5861.6631.png
http://wscont2.apps.microsoft....56f/AppTile.3.5821.6671.png

Store XML data files for other two games:
https://services.apps.microsof...e742-494f-a1b1-009aa412a179 - Minesweeper
https://services.apps.microsof...75bc-4492-8c08-a059360e9609 - Mahjong

Chrome, shadows, reflections ... not good. The games should look totally and completely flat in order not to appear old-fashioned and cheesy like Windows 7.

Windows Nashville said,
Chrome, shadows, reflections ... not good. The games should look totally and completely flat in order not to appear old-fashioned and cheesy like Windows 7.

you can always just copy the game executables from a WinXP copy to your Win8.

btw they forget that Win8 comes with a new version of Pinball!

deadonthefloor said,
Glad there is minesweeper.
That was the upgrade deal breaker for me.

For me it was Chess Titans. So I won't be upgrading even though I really liked the metro start screen. But no chess?! :@

Can someone confirm if MS finally included the mouse-edge scroll in their own Apps which is available at the Start Screen?

Jose_49 said,
Can someone confirm if MS finally included the mouse-edge scroll in their own Apps which is available at the Start Screen?

I think that may be planned for sp1 or windows 9.

Jose_49 said,
Can someone confirm if MS finally included the mouse-edge scroll in their own Apps which is available at the Start Screen?

And what about back button support for mouse? It's ridiculous that such basic functionality wasn't standard from the get go.

my eyes are going to hurt going back and forth between low color bland lack of detail Metro screens and high color high detail games...ugh..

neufuse said,
my eyes are going to hurt going back and forth between low color bland lack of detail Metro screens and high color high detail games...ugh..

Or you could just stick with Windows 7......

neufuse said,
my eyes are going to hurt going back and forth between low color bland lack of detail Metro screens and high color high detail games...ugh..

I find that incredibly unlikely.

neufuse said,
my eyes are going to hurt going back and forth between low color bland lack of detail Metro screens and high color high detail games...ugh..

Anti-Metro comments are getting SO old.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,

Anti-Metro comments are getting SO old.

Well, this might be true. But wait till Windows 8 is publicly released. The Anti-Metro comments will be back with a huge bang!

neufuse said,
my eyes are going to hurt going back and forth between low color bland lack of detail Metro screens and high color high detail games...ugh..

Then don't use Metro Apps...

The only Metro forced on you is the Start Screen aka Full Screen Start Menu... And there are 20 ways around it if you have a brain cell.

neufuse said,
my eyes are going to hurt going back and forth between low color bland lack of detail Metro screens and high color high detail games...ugh..
Yeah, I always find my eyes hurt when I go between the Xbox 360 menu and playing Trine. </sarcasm> I can't imagine it's really an issue.

Detection said,
URL trickery ? Is that what they call downloading leaks now ?

They're not on the leaked version, in order to fetch titles that will appear there when W8 is GA you have to find out the requests and data being sent to and from store servers, that subsequently resulted in the discovery of these apps, but there could be others but with obscure/different names