A look at Windows Vista's casual games [update 1]

GameSpot recently ran a feature showing off the new casual games that will be coming with Windows Vista. The graphical update are, naturally, noticeable and appreciated. Now we can get fired from work for playing Solitaire ... in style! None of the titles were too surprising, as we had seen most of them at E3, but here is what GameSpot highlights:
  • Solitaire
  • FreeCell (now with an undo option!)
  • Spider Solitaire
  • Hearts
  • Minesweeper
  • Purble Place (new title)
Premium titles (not available in Home Basic version of Windows Vista):
  • Mahjong Titans
  • Chess Titans
  • InkBall (only in Vista versions that have tablet support)
Why the Titans titles are exclusive to non-Home Basic consumers is a bit perplexing -- no one is going to buy a more deluxe version because, on top of whatever else makes it better, it has Chess and Mahjong (yay!). Also conspicuously absent from the list are favorites such as Reversi, Spades, and Space Cadet Pinball. We will let you know the fate of these titles as soon as we find out.

[update 1: glaring typo -- better "late" than never]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.