Microsoft “Pandora’s Box” Puzzle Sweepstakes Offers Chance to Win A Trip to One of Seven Mystical Cities

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 1, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that a free* trial version of
“Pandora’s Box,”
the epic puzzle game from the creator of Tetris, is available for download from . Web users can register to win** a trip to one of the seven cities featured in the game that takes puzzle fans on a visually stunning journey to the ends of the Earth.

The grand prize in the Piece Together the Mystery of
“Pandora’s Box”
Sweepstakes is an eight-day, seven-night trip for two to the winner’s choice of one of the following locations: Honolulu; London; Nairobi, Kenya; Santa Fe, N.M.; Shanghai, China; Vancouver, British Columbia; or Athens, Greece. The winner will be drawn at random from entries received before Dec. 31, 1999.

“Pandora’s Box”
takes players on a worldwide adventure as they strive to reconstruct the mythical Pandora’s box, whose pieces have been scattered around the world by seven fabled tricksters. Only by solving a series of puzzles are players able to find the missing pieces.

“The puzzles in ‘Pandora’s Box’ are not like typical word and logic puzzles but instead take advantage of computer technology by challenging players’ visual skills,”
said Alexey Pajitnov, game designer for
“Pandora’s Box”
at Microsoft.
“While traveling the globe, players are treated to visually stunning puzzles that include fine art and famous landmarks from around the world.”

“Pandora’s Box”
contains 10 different puzzle types with more than 350 challenging and visually stunning puzzles. The easy-to-learn interface of
“Pandora’s Box”
allows for instant fun, and gameplay options allow players to follow the game’s story line or jump directly to their favorite puzzles. As the game progresses the puzzles become more and more challenging, providing hours of addictive gameplay.

“Pandora’s Box”
has an estimated retail price of $19.95 (U.S.). More information about it and the Piece Together the Mystery of
“Pandora’s Box”
Sweepstakes is available at .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software – any time, any place and on any device.

*Connect-time charges may apply.
**No purchase necessary. Open to U.S. residents 18 years or older. Game ends Dec. 31, 1999. See promotion Web site for full rules. Void where prohibited.

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