Microsoft has released three new Ultimate Extras exclusively for Windows Ultimate users. One of the extras, Microsoft Tinker (a game in which you control a little robot around an obstacle course), is surprisingly a lot of fun.
The three extras released were:
- Ultimate Extras Sounds from Microsoft Tinker
- Windows DreamScene Content Pack #4
The sounds and the content pack for DreamScene are, well, OK if you like that kind of stuff (from what I can gather the whole purpose of DreamScene is to heat up your CPU).
Tinker is different. Why? Because it's a lot of fun. OK, it's fun if you like that sort of thing, but Tinker is the kind of game that I think is capable of burrowing into your head, especially if you like a good puzzle. Sure, it's aimed at the casual gamer, but it's got that sort of Solitaire/FreeCell feel to it that's capable of melting away hours.
A couple of oddities:
- The game seems to be 32-bit only. While it runs just fine on 64-bit, I'm surprised that there's no dedicated 64-bit version.
There's mention of a level editor, but so far I've not found it. It's here.
I give Tinker a score of 7 out of 10, making it the best Ultimate Extra to date.
For more information on Tinker, visit the Microsoft website.