Everyone's a Winner With These Windows 3.0 Cards by Susan Kare

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Practically everyone who used a computer in the 90s passed the hours playing Solitaire on Windows 3.0 at one point or another. Now, you can enjoy the game in real life with this deck of cards modeled after Susan Kare’s timeless, pixelated design. Even the box brings back memories.

Susan Kare is probably best known for designing the original Mac icons, but she also worked o the early versions of Windows. Microsoft first included Solitaire in Windows 3.0 in 1990 as a way “to soothe people intimidated by the operating system” and teach new users how to use the mouse. However, over the years, the game has become an icon in its own rite, not only for its characteristically simple 8-bit design but also its legendary addictive quality. (If you’re looking something a little more modern, try these Windows 98 Solitaire cards.)


It’s not the same when you play Solitaire in real life, but that’s part of the fun. The Susan Kare designed deck looks just like its digital relative, down to the chopped corners that mimic the low res appearance on Windows 3.0. The best part about these cards, of course, is that you can play more than a single one-player game with them.


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