Ever wondered why there were so few games that came in default in Windows and they were always Solitaire, Minesweeper, Hearts, and FreeCell? Turns out, those games were designed for a purpose greater than passing the time.

Solitaire is the oldest Windows game and dates back to the 3.0 version released in 1990.


The game was actually created to familiarize computer users with its drag and drop feature of the mouse.


Minesweeper on the other were intended to help users develop speed and precision when using the mouse making left and right clicks a natural habit.


Hearts and FreeCell on the other hand were for a way to get users to interact amongst each other online.


Windows eliminated the games from their operating system in 2012.