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1000 Miler

1000 Miler

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

1000 Miler is based on the french card games called Mille Bornes. Two players compete against each other to reach 1000 miles before the other. Each player gets seven cards, which can be miles cards for getting closer to your goal or positive or negative cards. Negative cards can be played to cause a flat tire for your opponent, letting him have a crash or other effects. The positive cards can be used to negate the effects of negative cards the opponent played on you. The winning player gets a little winning animation. Released in Loadstar #037.

Accordion

MS-DOS - Released - February 1, 1990

In this solitaire game, cards are laid out in a row. The object of the game is to pile all of the cards on top of one another. You can move a card or pile of cards either one or two spaces to the left when the card you are placing it on matches its suit or value. As cards are moved to the left, new cards are dealt onto the right side of the row from the deck. This implementation of the game allows the player to choose from a starting row of thirteen, ten or seven cards, and it also keeps track of ten high scores.

Actionauts

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

The object of Actionauts is to program your robot to perform a series of commands. Use the joystick to set the commands to make the robot walk through a path. On the Commodore 64, you can alter the grid to change the path, the programming is mainly done on the same page and you can select from four robot designs.

Alien Rampage

Alien Rampage

MS-DOS - Released - December 30, 1996

Alien Rampage is a 2D side-scroller with large animated sprites and multiple layers of parallaxing backgrounds. You are a lone angry alien dude with a bad attitude. You crash landed on an inhospitable planet, and thus you set out to get back to a ship so you can leave this horrible place. To make it, you'll blast hundreds upon hundreds of nasty creatures, enemy bounty hunters, and you'll use some pretty impressive weaponry to do it. You'll also get to buy power ups and get help from the goofy local troll-like natives, to solve puzzles. The gameplay consists of running, jumping and...

American Sign Language Tutor

MS-DOS - Released - May 1, 1991

This program helps its user to learn American Sign Language. Using vector graphics, it allows the player to look up the signs for various letters and words; it can even read a text file on screen in ASL at variable speeds. Once the user has studied sufficiently, the program offers a quiz mode where it displays signs and requires the user to type in what they mean. The program is quite configurable, even allowing the user to specify whether the signs displayed on screen should be right- or left-handed.

Anna's Gram

MS-DOS - Released - 1987

This game was a recurring feature on several of Softdisk's disk subscriptions; each time it appeared on a particular platform, it contained different puzzles. It's a combination word game/sliding tile puzzle in which letters must be manipulated and rearranged within a constrained area in order to spell out words. Several words can be worked on simultaneously, and the letters that appear in the last word of each set are determined by the positions of the letters in earlier words.

The Astronomy Quiz

MS-DOS - Released - December 1, 1988

This multiple-choice quiz game asks fifty questions about astronomy. It covers all facets of astronomy, its history, the cosmos and the people who discovered it. Interestingly, the player is given three marks and loses a mark every time a question is answered incorrectly. Bonus marks can be earned by answering five questions correctly. At the end of play, marks are cashed in for points, meaning that the best possible score is 63.

BattleStar

MS-DOS - 1992

Battlestar is a competent PC version of popular Battleship board game -- no more, no less. The game replaces the ships with nice-looking spaceships, but otherwise the gameplay remains identical: try to correctly guess the locations of the opposite player's five spaceships before your ships are discovered and destroyed. You can play against the computer or another human player, and the computer's AI is not half bad.

Biology 101

MS-DOS - Released - 1990

Biology 101 has five levels. The first level, SYSTEMS, deals with major organ and system functions; the next level, PLANTS, contains questions about plant groupings. The third section, ANIMALS, asks you to place various animals in the correct phylum and class. The fourth section, PIONEERS, is a quiz on the history of biology that asks the you to match scientists with their contributions. The last section, ECOLOGY, stresses a wide range of questions about the environment and requires knowledge of basic chemistry and other sciences as well as biology.

Boxzum

MS-DOS - Released - June 1, 1989

In this game, the player and several opponents leave trails as they move around an empty black field. Crashing into one's own trail or the trail of an opponent causes death; the object is to outmaneuver and outlive all of the enemies. Starting level, difficulty and game speed are all adjustable.

Brickwar

MS-DOS - Released - 1986

A variation of ball-and-paddle game (inspired by Breakout) by Richard Wong. There are two rows of bricks, one at the top, one at the bottom. Bottom row belongs to Player 1, top to Player 2 or computer. There are 1 to 15 bouncing balls on the field. When a ball comes into contact with the bricks, it shatters them. Each player has a paddle to deflect the balls and protect his bricks. If a ball breaches the wall of breaks, player loses the game.

Calc-Man

MS-DOS - Released - 1987

Most of us are big fans of integrated software, but this is ridiculous: CALC-MAN is a Pac-Man-like maze game played across a typical spreadsheet work screen. Instead of a Pac-Man character, you maneuver a cursor around the screen, clearing out the rows and columns of figures. (The arrow keys on the numeric keypad control the cursor.)

Catacomb

MS-DOS - Released - 1990

If you look too hard for a plot you might strain yourself; in what was pretty par for the course at the time, you guide a projectile-firing hero (nuanced shot types: little, big, and Really Big) through 10 levels in the DOS version or 15 levels in the Apple II and Apple IIgs versions (30 more in its look-alike sequel The Catacomb) of twisty, monster-filled mazes in what might critically be reduced to a pretty diluted Gauntlet derivative: advance through stages, avoid getting killed, rack up points and offensive bonuses. The game is mostly of interest for historical value: its preoccupation...

The Catacomb Abyss

MS-DOS - Released - 1992

You play the role of a magician, who is called upon by the townspeople to defeat his ancient archrival Nemesis again. After having defeated Nemesis in the past, his minions have erected a huge museleum in his honour, and as a result the townspeople are forced to live under a rule of horror. You must once again venture into the catacombs, defeat Nemesis and free the townspeople. Catacomb Abyss is a fantasy first-person shooter game. Similarly to the previous game in the series, it casts you as a mage who can fight enemies and destroy whole sections of walls thanks to the use of fireballs....

Catacomb II

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

Petton Everhail, the most powerful magician in the world is hired to recover an enormous treasure buried deep beneath the ruins of the Kieralon Palace. However, the path to the treasure chamber is long and confusing and guarded by evil monsters such as goblins, skeletons, and worse. Catacomb II, which was later renamed to The Catacomb, does not change the game principle of its predecessor, but offers 30 new levels to explore. Still, players explore the ruins from a top-down perspective, use their magical powers to fight enemies, and discover hidden passages.

Caverns of Kroz

MS-DOS - Released - September 1, 1989

Caverns of Kroz is a continuation of Kingdom of Kroz, and the third game in the original Kroz trilogy. The same formula of puzzles mixed with action applies to this text-mode game.

Chagunitzu

MS-DOS - Released - 1990

Chagunitzu is the predecessor of Paganitzu, and contains similar gameplay. The game is a top down puzzle game, where the player must push objects around and solve various puzzles. The player also has to watch out for enemies such as spiders.

Change Maker

MS-DOS - Released - November 1, 1991

In this children's game, a rabbit named Eddie is collecting change in his piggy bank. Each round, an amount of money is displayed on the screen. By moving Eddie under the correct types of coins and jumping up to catch them, the player has to count out exactly the right amount of change. Despite the elements of moving and jumping, no dexterity or timing is required to play; the player can't possibly miss a coin, and the challenge is entirely mathematical.

Circuitry

MS-DOS - Released - 1992

On Disk Monthly's Circuitry is a Tetris-style game where the player needs to connect one side of a 'well' to another with a 'circuit' of similar blocks. There are ten kinds of blocks, including 'stopper' blocks which permanently occupy a position on a game field, and 'universal' blocks, which complete any circuit. Blocks can be 'devalued' by one block type. The game ends when the field overflows. Blocks fall faster and faster as the game progresses.

Commander Keen: Keen Dreams

Commander Keen: Keen Dreams

MS-DOS - Released - August 15, 1991

Commander Keen: Keen Dreams is a platform game. Its events take place after Commander Keen 3: Keen Must Die! but before Commander Keen 4: Secret of the Oracle. Eight-year-old genius Billy "Commander Keen" Blaze, the hero of the universe, the saver of planets has a problem: his mom forces him to eat yucky vegetables. This night, he dreams that he found himself in the land of Tuberia, where sentient vegetables live and reign supreme, and where the evil king Boobus Tuber enslaves children brought by his Dream Machine. The objective is to reach and destroy king Boobus Tuber, but before this...

The Computer Quiz

MS-DOS - Released - July 1, 1988

This multiple-choice quiz game, published as part of Big Blue Disk #21, asks one hundred questions about computer hardware and software. Interestingly, the player is given three "men," and loses a man every time a question is answered incorrectly. Bonus men can be earned by answering ten questions correctly. At the end of play, men are cashed in for points, meaning that the best possible score is 113. Obviously, this is a bit dated, but it's a fun snapshot of the computer world of the late eighties.

Computer-Ease

MS-DOS - Released - 1992

Play the computer knowledge game and build a dream computer.

Conflagration

MS-DOS - Released - 1993

The object of Conflagration is to extinguish all the flames in the building. Any group of water droplets of the same color will extinguish flames of that color provided there are five or more in a contiguous group. This group of droplets can be in any shape as long as its members are "chained" by contact to the left, right, above or below. When all the flames have gone up in a puff of steam, the building is saved, and you move to another burning building with more flames and more challenges.

Crazy Eights

MS-DOS - Released - July 1, 1988

This adaptation of the classic card game was included in Big Blue Disk #21. In it, the player faces a computer opponent, using the keyboard to pick which card to play next. As in the card game, the player's object is to get rid of all of his or her cards as quickly as possible. The player must match either the value or suit of the previous card played, and eight cards are wild. If a card cannot be legally played, the player must draw, thus moving farther away from victory.

Cuckoo's Nest

MS-DOS - Released - 1987

For as long as you can remember, people have talked about the once-stately Victorian mansion on the edge of town. The secretive comings and goings of the eccentric Uppingham family fueled town gossip for over a century. Even now that the last Uppingham has died, the rumors continue. Supposedly, at least seven fabulous jewels are hidden somewhere in the decaying mansion. An adventurer with quick wits and steel nerves might explore the hidden passageways and come back with a fortune.

Cyberchess

MS-DOS - Released - 1992

A chess game with cyber-/Tron-like theme. The layout of the board has been modified to have pieces rest on intersections instead of squares, but the gameplay is identical to chess.

Dangerous Dave

MS-DOS - Released - November 1, 1990

In 1990, Softdisk Publishing publishes Dangerous Dave (also known as Dangerous Dave in Trophy Trouble, Dangerous Dave in the Deserted Pirate's Hideout!), a puzzle-solving game for the DOS system. Offering action genre, it is now an abandonware. One of John Romero's earliest games before he became world-famous as one of id Software legends, Dangerous Dave is a fun platformer similar to Super Mario. You are Dangerous Dave, a little precocious kid who must find ten skateboarding trophies that your nemesis Clyde Cooper hid in a pirate's hideout. Gameplay in Dangerous Dave is nothing you haven't...

Dangerous Dave in the Haunted Mansion

Dangerous Dave in the Haunted Mansion

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

Dangerous Dave in the Haunted Mansion (a.k.a Dave 2) is a sequel to Dangerous Dave. In this side-scrolling action game you run through a huge mansion with many different levels, battling all kinds of monsters and collecting items (mostly bonus points). Every so-and-so points you get an additional life, and every so-and-so levels you combat a boss. One of the things that make this game unique is that instead of just having a limited amount of ammunition, you have a shotgun and can shoot 8 bullets at any given time. However, you must wait in order for Dave to reload his gun. Another thing...

Dangerous Dave's Risky Rescue

MS-DOS - Released - 1993

Dangerous Dave is back in this gory and macabre side-scrolling action game. Battle wolves and other man-killing creatures with your shotgun attempting to rescue Dave's little brother Delbert from the castle of the evil Dr. Nemesis. There are eleven levels in the game and some more creatures than in the previous installments.

Dark Designs I: Grelminar's Staff

MS-DOS - Released - February 1, 1991

In this fantasy role-playing game, an army of evil extra-dimensional creatures is building above the Gandolan mountains, threatening the civilized regions to the south. There is no army to defend the lands, but if a few hardy adventurers can find a magical staff in the castle of a long-dead mage named Grelminar, the gate can be closed and the invasion averted. The player controls a party of four characters, each with some standard-issue attributes: Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Piety, Body Points and Magic Points. The game also features three of the usual character...

Dark Designs II: Closing the Gate

MS-DOS - Released - 1990

Having recovered Grelminar's Staff in Dark Designs I: Grelminar's Staff, a group of adventurers must now journey to Mount Delkeina, traverse the dangerous tunnels there, defeat an evil warlord, and close the dimensional gate he is using to build an army of monsters. This sequel features the same gameplay as its predecessor, though some minor enhancements have been made, like giving clearer names to spells and pooling gold for the whole party rather than giving it to individual characters. It is possible to import a party from the previous game or to start over with new characters.

Darts

MS-DOS - Released - June 1, 1989

This simulation allows players to throw darts at a virtual board by hitting the space bar three times at critical moments. The first hit determines where the dart is aimed on a horizontal plane, the second determines the angle of the throw and the third determines the strength of the throw. The object of the game is to run out of points; points are lost by successfully hitting the dart board. Players cannot score until they have "doubled in" by hitting a double scoring area, and they must "double out" by hitting a double scoring area worth exactly the right amount of points in order to reduce...

Dave Goes Nutz

MS-DOS - Released - 1983

Dave Goes Nutz is the fourth installation of the Dangerous Dave series. Dave has to rescue his little brother Delbert from the evil Dr. Nemesis who has hidden him in a mental hospital. Blast through levels of zombies using your shotgun.

Deep Sea Diver

MS-DOS - Released - 1992

Your job is to probe the sea floor and gather all the treasure you can find. Of course, it won't be a cake walk. Along the way you'll face man-eating sharks, killer clams and deadly baby guppies. Armed with an unlimited supply of spears, you must slice your way through 10 levels of formidable underwater foes. You have to keep an eye on your air gauge. If you aren't able to pick up the air that's dropped from above, you'll die of suffocation. You'll find three different types of treasure chests. One rewards you with 100 points, one is a smart bomb that kills every enemy on the screen...

Dino-Sorcerer

MS-DOS - Released - June 1, 1990

A mix-and-match program for kids, Dino-Sorcerer is probably best remembered as one of the earliest games coded by John Romero after he started working at SoftDisk. Dino-Sorcerer lets you create fictional dinosaurs from various parts. You can then save the resulting dinosaur to disk or print it. One of the most creative features in the game is that as you change a body part, the name of the dinosaur will also change accordingly. All the names sound semi-authentic, and some are quite amusing. If the player manages to recreate a real dinosaur species, they are given an opportunity to learn more...

Dungeon of Death

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

Greetings, adventurers! Many treasures await you in Martin Richardson's graphic role playing game, DUNGEON OF DEATH. But in addition to the diamonds, emeralds, and magic rings you will find, a formidable assortment of goblins, ghosts, and other fiends awaits as well. Survival depends on your ability as a warrior -- and how well you pick your battles. A little luck doesn't hurt, either.

Dungeon of Shalan

MS-DOS - Released - 1988

Somewhere deep inside a dungeon lives the evil Shalan. You are on a journey to find and kill him. But, before you can have your final showdown with Shalan, you must first confront his minions of creatures, ranging from the deadly skeletons to the mischievous zombies who steal the things you're carrying. The friendly boomerang, though, will sometimes bring the things back to you. Various objects can be of help to you: the sword can defeat several kinds of monsters, while others must be battled with different weapons. The emerald bird must be found and used in order to defeat Shalan, once...

Dungeons of Kroz

MS-DOS - Released - March 1, 1989

Dungeons of Kroz is the second installment of the Kroz trilogy - this game is very similar to the Kingdom of Kroz, only differing in level design and puzzles.

Eight Queens

MS-DOS - Released - 1986

See your PC solve the classic problem of placing eight queens on a chessboard with no two attacking each other. Includes algorithm in Turbo Pascal code.

Finagle

MS-DOS - Released - 1992

Finagle is a combination of Tetris and Poker. You Form 5 card hands by maneuvering cards with the arrow keys as they fall from the top of the screen. Forming pairs, three of a kind, and other poker hands will clear the cards from the playing area.

Flippy's Circus Coins

MS-DOS - Released - December 1, 1988

This educational program, included in Big Blue Disk #26, provides several mini-games designed to teach children about change. "Name That Coin" and "Pick the Coins" simply deal with matching coins and their names. "Silly Seals" requires the player to choose coins thrown by seals in order to reach a certain total of money. "The Cycler" involves catching falling coins to help make change for a dollar. "Refreshments" has the player picking coins to pay for a variety of food items. "High Diver" asks the player to add up coins and type in their total value; each correct answer sends a diver higher...

Four Card Solitaire

MS-DOS - Released - February 1, 1989

In this solitaire game, the player has four columns to work with, and each starts with just one card in it. Whenever two cards on the bottoms of stacks have the same suit, the card with the lowest value can be removed. At any time, a single card may also be moved from the bottom of any stack to a vacant column or a new set of four cards may be dealt onto the bottoms of the stacks. The object of the game is to have an ace at the top of every column.

FourSide

MS-DOS - Released - March 1, 1990

In this domino game, two players are each given a hand of five square tiles with numbers on each side. The players take turns placing these tiles onto a seven-by-nine grid, but tiles can only be placed next to one another if their touching sides have the same numeric value. Fortunately, tiles can be rotated to find the best possible fit. Every time a tile is put down, the player that placed it scores a number of points equal to the number of sides touching tiles already on the board multiplied by the values of those sides. Certain areas of the board are marked as BONUS or MINUS squares --...

Galactic Battle

MS-DOS - Released - January 14, 1990

This Space Invaders-style shooter pits the player against eleven different waves of alien opponents which recur over the course of an infinite number of levels. The player can move horizontally and (to a limited degree) vertically, and the traditional gun is accompanied by a shield that can be activated at the press of a button. Everything costs energy, however, so there is a time constraint to play. Medals are earned during play which can be redeemed for ship enhancements (reduced energy use, increased fire power or increased shot damage) if the player is able to successfully dock with a...

GeoTutor 1: Europe

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

Did you know that there are two countries which are completely surrounded by Italy? Or that Iceland is one of the most volcanic regions in the world? Or that the Soviet Union borders more countries than any other nation in the world? On this issue of ODM, you can learn many interesting facts about our European neighbors. Studies are always coming out telling us how little we know about geography, and Europeans are quick to notice that blank look on our faces when they mention their last visit to Liechtenstein--well no more!

GeoTutor 2: South America

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

Welcome to our second installment of the GeoTutor series. This month we present South America for your geographic perusal. Geotutor is designed not only to teach the location of countries but to teach a little bit about them as well. In addition to a paragraph or two about each country.

GeoTutor 3: Central America

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

Welcome to our third installment of Geotutor. This month we present Central America and the islands of the Caribbean. Geotutor is designed not only to teach the location of countries but to teach a little bit about them as well. In addition to a paragraph or two about each country, Geotutor gives some basic information on each locale. This information usually includes the country or region's formal name and affiliations, its population, system of government, capital and unit of currency and a description and picture of its flag. General items of interest, such as a country's...

Grammarama

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

Learn the rules of grammar the Big Blue Disk way. English lessons were never this much fun!

Handy Caps

MS-DOS - Released - April 1, 1991

This trivia game displays a map of the United States and quizzes the player on states and/or capitals. User-specified settings determine what kinds of questions are asked (states only, capitals only or states and capitals) and how many multiple-choice answers are provided (two, four or six). The game adapts to the user by asking incorrectly-answered questions more frequently.

Hovertank One

Hovertank One

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

One of many games developed by id to fulfill their contract with Softdisk. In Hovertank you play mercenary Brick Sledge, hired to rescue people from cities targeted for nuclear strikes. Get in your Hovertank and get them before the missile hits.

How to Weigh an Elephant

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

This is a very short and simple EGA game that helps children estimate what animals are bigger or smaller than each other. A series of zoo animals are shown, two per screen, and the question of which is bigger or smaller is given and the player presses the 1 or 2 keys and gets feedback on correctness. After 10 screens of "weighed" animals, the player is given his/her total score.

The IBM BASIC Quiz

MS-DOS - Released - February 1, 1989

This follow-up to The Computer Quiz features the same engine, but its hundred questions deal with the BASIC programming language. As before, the player is given three "men," and loses a man every time a question is answered incorrectly. Bonus men can be earned by answering ten questions correctly. At the end of play, men are cashed in for points, meaning that the best possible score is 113.

In Pursuit of Greed

In Pursuit of Greed

MS-DOS - Released - 1995

It is the year 15432, and criminal organizations are flourishing. Scavenging has become increasing profitable, since the criminal elite is willing to pay big money for their shady undertakings. A mysterious group known as A.V.C. contacts the acquisition squad Red Hunter to perform missions for them in particularly dangerous environments. The team departs on its needling ship, hoping to gain fame and riches in this perilous endeavor. In Pursuit of Greed is a shareware raycasting 3D (2.5D) first-person shooter. Over the course of the game, the player gains access to five different playable...

Kid's Kards

MS-DOS - Released - March 1, 1990

This game combines four popular children's card games into one program. For solitaire fun, it offers Memory Match, the classic "flip the cards and look for matching pairs" challenge. For play against a computer opponent, it provides Old Maid, Go Fish and Slapjack. The first two of these barely need explanation, but Slapjack is slightly less well-known. In it, players take turns laying down cards. If a Jack is played, the first player to slap it takes the whole pile of cards. The winner is whichever player manages to collect the whole deck. Because of the element of reflexes to this game,...

Kingdom of Kroz

MS-DOS - Released - June 1, 1988

A text-mode action/puzzle game. You have to get to the exit on each level, which is made more difficult by obstacles such as trees (which can be destroyed) and monsters. Various puzzles (in the form of one-off objects) are also used.

Kitadel

MS-DOS - Released - 1987

KITADEL is by the author of the Cuckoo's Nest adventure published in BIG BLUE DISK #14. It was with great dismay that we recently learned that Mr. Danvers was hit by a truck and killed, outside his home on the south side of Shreveport, only a few days after he had visited with us to hand in this program. Donald Danvers was one of our most talented submitters, and it is a great loss that he will no longer be gracing our pages with his well-crafted adventures. The BIG BLUE DISK staff extends its condolences to the Danvers family, and we present this final program of his as a tribute to his...

Legends of Murder II: Grey Haven

MS-DOS - Released - May 1, 1991

This is the second adventure in which the player takes on the role of the Inspector, a crime-solving fighter/mage. This time around, an apprentice at a school of wizardry has been murdered, and the player must investigate and find the culprit. The player must move around a rather tiny map of his or her surroundings, searching for clues, talking to other characters and occasionally fighting enemies through a menu-based combat system. There are items to collect and equip, experience points to gain, spells to cast and, of course, a crime to solve.

Legends of Murder: Volume 1 - Stonedale Castle

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

Legends of Murder is a fantasy/role-playing/murder mystery game. In Volume 1 of the series you, Inspector, have been summoned to a small castle near the harbor city of Erdwyn to investigate the murder of the King. Hired by the advisor of the deceased King, an elf named Ash, you set foot in the castle after a long journey across the sea, and the game begins... The ultimate purpose in the game is to discover the murderer of the King. The character is walking on a tiny map sized in 1/5 of the screen, and when he comes inside new room, the description is written. There are numerous riddles and...

Life in the Fast Lane

MS-DOS - Released - February 1, 1989

This game, offered in Big Blue Disk #28, is a simple implementation of John Conway's Game of Life, a mathematical diversion which simulates artificial life by applying a simple algorithm to an array of cells. This particular version allows the user to manually or randomly create a pattern and then watch it evolve in real time or step-by-step using either the classic algorithm or what it calls the 3-4 variant.

The Lost Crown of Queen Anne

MS-DOS - Released - December 1, 1988

This game, part of the Classic Adventure Series, has the adventuresome player searching for Queen Anne's crown, which was lost in the eighteenth century and last seen in the Arabian desert. Although entirely text-based, the game takes a somewhat visual approach to interactive fiction. The screen is split into several boxes: an area description (which specifies visible exits), an inventory, a list of visible items, an auto-map and a list of verbs. Several statistics are tracked at the bottom of the screen: score, moves, hunger, thirst and number of treasures found (out of 12). Replay value is...

Magic Boxes

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

A mathematical game with a twist: you are given a four by four equation lattice with the symbols and numbers missing. Your job is to fill in the squares so that all the equations across and down are correct. You have a set of numbers and symbols at the bottom of the screen that you can choose from and as you use them they disappear from the bottom of the screen and appear in the boxes you assign them. The Apple II version of this game has hi-res graphics. The PC version of this game was John Romero's first PC game ever and was written in Pascal while the game display was done in colored...

Meteors

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

The player, flying a scout ship in space, is asked to rescue survivors from a space station caught in a meteor shower. During gameplay, the player's ship continually moves forward on the screen from the bottom to the top. Whenever it hits the top of the screen, it loops back to the bottom. Control consists simply of moving left and right or firing to destroy meteors. To win, the player must conserve fuel and shields and rescue all of the crew members.

Missing Dots Matrix

MS-DOS - Released - May 1, 1991

This program displays phrases that appear to have been printed on a defective dot matrix printer -- they are missing lines of pixels. The greater the difficulty level (Easy, Medium or Hard), the more pixels are missing. The player must figure out what the phrase says and type it in. Answering correctly leads to more information relating to the phrase (the person who said a famous quote or the answer to a riddle) and a congratulatory line of synthesized speech. The game's instructions include information on creating your own puzzles for use with the program.

Murder in the Museum

MS-DOS - Released - 1988

Professor P. U. Plum, the curator of the Calhoon Museum, has been found dead in the museum's Dome Room. You, Inspector Claude la Mort of the Surete, have been assigned the task of investigating the case. You suspect foul play, but can you find out who murdered Plum, and why? Watch out, though; the murderer might just get you before you get him (or her)!

Nations and Capitals

MS-DOS - Released - 1987

NATIONS AND CAPITALS is one of the toughest quiz programs we've seen. After playing it, our resident Trivial Pursuit ace (the one who specializes in "blue" geography questions) was last heard muttering something unprintable about programs that "expect you to know that 'Ouagadougou' is the capital of Upper Volta!"

Papu's Odyssey

MS-DOS - Released - 1993

Papu's Odyssey is a fun puzzle game in the same style as Epyx's popular Chip's Challenge game, except that you are now a fish fighting to save the reef. Your job is to open the gate that opens the way to the next level. To do that, you need to open all the oysters on the level to retrieve the pearl inside. You need to examine each level carefully to be sure to locate all of the oysters, moving obstacles such as conch shells out of your way, and avoid hostiles such as sea slugs and electric eels. Many of the levels are designed to mislead you into moving shells into the wrong location, so...

PARAGON

PARAGON

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

PARAGON is an Arcade/Puzzle game where your goal is to guide a bouncing ball through a maze collecting treasures and avoiding obstacles. Your ball moves back and forth on wires until you release it, at which point it bounces around the maze until it hits another wire. It has a limited number of "hit points" so you must time your releases to steer the ball over treasures while avoiding laser cannons and evil black "zombie" balls. Once you have obtained the correct numbers and types of treasures, an exit opens which takes you to the next of the 20 mazes.

Pixel Puzzler

MS-DOS - Released - February 1, 1990

This program takes graphic files, splits them into squares and shuffles the squares around. By selecting two squares with the keyboard or mouse, the player can swap their locations on the screen. The object is to reassemble the image to its original appearance. A variety of now-obscure graphics formats are supported: *.PIC, *.SCN, *.BSP, *.BSS, *.PAK, *.PBL, *.IFF and *.LBM. The puzzles can scale from 32 to 256 pieces in size. It is possible to save and later reload a puzzle in progress. The program also comes with Pixel Puzzle Maker, a utility which allows Print Shop clip art to be used to...

Planet of the Robots

MS-DOS - Released - 1986

Welcome to the future! The freak time warp that picked you up in the late 1980s has dropped you here in the 23d Century. While over two centuries have passed, you should be familiar with much of what you find here. We have shopping malls, subway systems, city halls. You might even find a bulletin board system still operating. Of course, some things have changed. The human race, for example, no longer exists. (There was a nasty little war some years back, complete with neutron bombs and biological warfare.) You aren't alone however; robots still go about the jobs they were...

Proto Type

MS-DOS - Released - March 1, 1989

This touch-typing tutorial includes a few games to help players practice when they're not taking lessons. The first, "Touch Typing Tests," simply involves typing sentences quickly. The second, "Tic-Tac-Toe," gives the player a Tic-Tac-Toe board. Each turn, he or she selects a square and is given a sentence to type. If the sentence is typed quickly enough and contains no errors, the square is won; otherwise, it is given to the computer. The final game, "ESCAPE," has the player running away from an enemy. A letter always appears in the box in front of the player. Typing this correctly sends the...

Pyramid Solitaire

MS-DOS - Released - November 1, 1991

In this solitaire card game, the player is presented with a pyramid of twenty-eight cards. There is also a draw pile and a discard pile. Cards may be discarded from the pyramid if they are completely uncovered and their face value is one point higher or lower than the card on the top of the discard pile. If no cards can be discarded, the top card of the discard pile can be replaced with a fresh card from the draw pile. The object is to discard all of the cards in the pyramid; if the draw pile runs out before this happens, the game ends in failure. There are two difficulty levels -- in level...

Pyramids of Egypt

Pyramids of Egypt

MS-DOS - Released - 1990

You control Mike the Explorer as he makes his way through the treacherous Pyramids of Egypt. There are 100 cobra-filled chambers to live through, starting gas fires to burn the snakes as often as you can. Collect all the jewels in a chamber and you can exit and continue your thievery in another dangerous chamber.

Relix

MS-DOS - Released - 1993

Objective: Score points by boxing in objects that pop-up on the screen without hitting them. How to play: Use the cursor keys or a mouse to move your line around the play area. Box objects in by forming a closed rectangle with the line. Extra points can be scored by boxing in more than one object at a time: 200 for 2 objects, 400 for 3, 800 for 4, etc. Watch for the special numbered blocks that lengthen your line, and the block that will give you an extra line. Watch for the lightning bolts! They can't be captured! Extra lines are also at 50,000 points and every 100,000 points...

Rescue Rover

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

Rover, your favourite pet dog, has been dog-napped by evil robots, and it's up to you to save your pup before something terrible happens. Explore 30 levels of mind-bending puzzles to solve and deadly robots to destroy.

Rescue Rover 2

Rescue Rover 2

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

Aliens have mistaken your dog Rusty for Earth's leader and sent evil robots to kidnap him. Now you must free him from a variety of doggie prisons in this puzzle game. Dognapped consists of a series of rooms containing forcefields, traps, robots and obstacles which you move through with precisely timed steps and the clever use of objects. You must carefully plan how to push crates and balls in front of robots to block their line of sight or make a bridge over water hazards. Once you've reached your dog, you then have to lead him back to the exit without anything happening to either of you.

Return to Kroz

MS-DOS - Released - September 1, 1990

This is the first game of the Super Kroz trilogy. Despite the name, it's very much more of the same - more puzzles, more monsters to kill or avoid, and even more levels. Re-released under two other names.

Same or Different

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

This is a very simple EGA game that displays a screen with four images of random items and the child chooses whether all the images are the same or if one of them is different. After answering YES or NO, feedback is given on correctness (if one image is different and the child answers incorrectly the image flashes on the screen to show them where the differing image is located) and the child then goes on to the next screen of images. Ten sets of images are played through and the game ends with the child's score displayed.

Scramble

MS-DOS - Released - September 1, 1990

This game centers around rearranging the letters of words. It has several different modes. In the standard game, a word is presented and the player must find as many words as possible by mixing around letters from the word. In the "anagrams only" game, things work much like the standard game, but the player must use all of the letters of the word to make new words; subsets are not allowed. In "?-letter words only," the player may only create words of a specified length. Finally, in "unscramble," the word's letters are initially displayed as a jumble and the player must rearrange them. When the...

ScubaVenture The Search For Pirate's Treasure

MS-DOS - Released - 1993

Your father had located the sunken remains of the Barbarosa, one of the last terrible pirate ships to sail in Caribbean waters. But he disappeared mysteriously during a diving trip. Now it's your turn to go to the Barbarosa to solve this mystery and fulfill your father's dream of treasure You play a diver who must find the treasures of the Barbarosa, a sunken pirate ship. In search of those treasures you encounter the inhabitants of the Caribbean waters and pirate ghosts.

Shadow Knights

Shadow Knights

MS-DOS - Released - 1990

As a ninja with a mission to "redeem Naipusan, the once peaceful land that was destroyed by the northern armies", you have to defeat the evil Shogun of Death. Shadow Knights is a platform game where you try to complete several levels, such as a village, a cemetery or a castle, before confronting the final boss. On each level, you'll encounter a lot of enemies - initially dogs and ninjas with clubs and bows, but more types of enemies appear later. To defeat them, you can slash at them with your sword. However, your ninja also has magic powers. He can spend this magical energy to toss...

Slordax: The Unknown Enemy

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

Legends tell of a race of super beings, the Slordax, who once tried to conquer the galaxy. The war lasted for a century. In the end, the Slordax were repelled. The Slordian system was dead for over seven hundred years. But now the Slordax are back. The Intergalactic Defense Alliance gave you the task to take them out with your RedDog Adaptive Strike Ship before they grow too strong to defeat. Slordax is a rather typical shoot-'em-up vertical scroller with EGA graphics and five levels. An unique feature is the ability to control how fast the screen scrolls.

South American Trek

MS-DOS - Released - 1986

Geography class. Remember the routine for the "region of the week"? Monday: read the chapters. Tuesday and Wednesday: endure the lectures. Thursday: stare at the badly mimeographed maps. If you were able to rattle off the rivers, mountain ranges, and top five cash crops on Friday's test, you had it made. Five milliseconds after handing in your paper, you could forget everything you had learned. Geography, however, is too important to be forgotten. After all, for many of us, geography is our first (and last) experience with places and cultures different from our own. How then can we...

Squares

MS-DOS - Released - March 1, 1989

In this Tic-Tac-Toe-style game, the player and the computer compete to be the first to make a 2x2 square within a 10x10 grid. The computer AI has five levels of intelligence, and the player gets to choose who goes first. It is also possible to save a game and resume it later.

Starship Encounter

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

You are the lone astronaut on a long-range deep-space probe of the Horse Head Nebula. Your small ship is suddenly overtaken by a gigantic alien spacecraft. Before you can escape, you are seized by a tractor beam and pulled aboard their ship. The aliens immediately blast your ship apart and drag you from the wreckage. Although you fight valiantly, you are overpowered and taken to a room. Strapped to a table, a helmet-like object is placed upon your head. Instantly you feel a searing pain. In between bouts of agony you realize the aliens are probing your mind for information about Earth.

States and Capitals

MS-DOS - Released - June 1, 1988

This quiz game, included in Big Blue Disk #20, is designed to help players remember United States capitals. It contains five data sets, each containing ten states and capitals that must be matched up. At the start of play, each state is matched with a random capital; by swapping the placement of pairs of capital names, the player must correctly match each state with its capital.

Submarine

MS-DOS - Released - April 1, 1989

This game allows the player to control a simulated United States attack submarine. The game is played in a hybrid turn-based/real-time mode -- there are turns, but there is a timer on each turn, so the player needs to act quickly. The screen displays a large amount of information on the current situation, and the player must use menu commands to perform actions such as moving, targeting, firing and using radar or sonar.

Tiles of the Dragon

MS-DOS - Released - 1993

The goal of this game is to remove as many tiles from the board as possible. Tiles are removed two at a time, matched tiles only, and, an eligible tile must have no other tile on top of it or touching it on at least one side... it must be open on either its left or right side. There are two modes: solitary and tournament. In solitary mode there is no time limit. In tournament mode there is a pre-established time limit per game, but otherwise it is played the same as in solitary mode.

Twilight Treasures

MS-DOS - Released - September 1, 1989

You guide your frogman down to the chest, grab it, and swim back to your boat. But there are sharks and eels who you should try to avoid. Sharks swim from the right side of the screen to the left side, and eels swim from left to right. On every higher level there will be more sharks and eels. On even higher levels there are also floating mines on chains that you should not touch. To make it even harder you also have a limited supply of air. DOS version published on Softdisk's Big Blue Disk #35.

Western

MS-DOS - Released - 1988

The object of this game is to capture and bring to justice (put in jail in other words) criminals in the Old West for cash. Your score depends on how much cash you make during your adventure.

Word Ladders

MS-DOS - Released - April 1, 1991

Word Ladders is a variant on the common word puzzle in which the player must turn one word into another by changing one letter at a time, with each intervening step still being a valid English word. The game is broken into rounds which offer increasingly challenging puzzles; there is an optional Expert Mode which adds further difficulty to play. Each puzzle has a par, which is the number of steps the player is expected to need to complete a transformation. Breaking par causes a penalty to the score, while completing a puzzle quickly leads to a timer-related bonus. Players start the game with...

Xenopods

MS-DOS - Released - May 1, 1991

Xenopods is a futuristic overhead tank shooter. The year is 3871, and you take the role of a lone survivor on a frontier outpost that's been attacked by sinister-looking alien larvae. As pilot your security drone around each sector, you must repair the communication links to alert the Federation. However, the aliens will do everything they can to sabotage your work on your crucial mission.

Zappa Roidz

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

In Zappa Roidz you fly around in a space ship and you have to shoot all the asteroids and aliens you encounter. When you shoot a large asteroid it will break into smaller asteroids that you also have to shoot. On a map you can see where all the asteroids and aliens are. Your space ship can be destroyed by colliding with other objects. When you have lost all your space ships the game is over.

Zig Zag Flag Shag

MS-DOS - Released - June 1, 1991

Zig Zag Flag Shag contains ten puzzles in which the goal is to move from the left side of a seven by twelve grid to a specific space containing a flag located off of the right side of the grid. To accomplish this goal, the player can move orthogonally or by using chess-style knight moves. To make things more challenging, the player has a limited number of moves in each direction (which varies from level to level and by difficulty setting). Additionally, some puzzle squares contain stop signs (which force the player to start over) or arrows (which automatically move the player to another...

ZZT's City

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

Ah, life in the big city. Everyone said it would be great, and you, foolishly believed them! Little did you know about the bureaucracy, smog, and desperate weirdos you would encounter! So of course, your goal in this game from the Worlds of ZZT is to ESCAPE FROM THE CITY! To complete ZZT's City, you must master 30 game boards filled with creatures and ingenious puzzles. The game is very challenging and requires a high degree of mental skill as well as quick reflexes. Worlds of ZZT requires a PC compatible computer with at least 512k RAM and any graphics adapter with a color or...

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