August 24th-27th 2012 :: Theme: Evolution

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Evolution Gem

by Oceanspud - 48 Hour Compo Entry

After 3745 lines of code I have completed my game 'Evolution Gem'

Being that its written on qbasic, an emulator (Dosbox) which I provided is needed for all windows 7 and vista users.

I also wrote out instructions for the emulator step by step so if there are any questions please feel free to ask.

I'm happy with the finished product and I hope you all are also (Post your high scores in a reply)


Thanks for all the kind words

All you have to do to run on ANY OS is install dosbox and drag Evolve.EXE onto the installed dosbox icon and it will work :)

I am very pleased you all like the game (even if it is retro!)

Thanks again!

Downloads and Links




imef says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:45pm

Couldn't get it to work... I think it's because I have a 64-bit computer or something...

mdkess says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 12:03am

Cool - the game runs on DOS Box in Linux just fine, so you should add that to the download list. OS X will work fine as well. To make it run (assuming the game is extracted to /users/username/evogem):

sudo apt-get install dosbox

Then, in dosbox:
mount c /home/username/evogem

Anyway, I like it a lot. Very old school, and very cool. I played a bunch of times, never got far: high score just 7798, but I'll keep trying :) Also, you're crazy for writing this in QBasic (so bonus points for that)!

One point - I think that it would be nice to be able to skip the introduction rooms after the first play, and the game needs more instructions.

Overall, an excellent entry, which is both fun and sticks to the theme. Very out of the box, great work.

Cipher says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 3:16am

Very hard....was nice though

Oceanspud says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 4:25am

Make sure you talk to the 'wise elder' in the introduction room to get to your quests

Thanks for the sincere comments, I appreciate it :)

hercludes says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 4:36am

Nice, maybe some pre-generated trophies, instead of randomly generating every time you entered area. Good game nonetheless.

rxi says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 6:01pm

Absolutely dig that you wrote it in Qbasic. Did you use Qbasic as the IDE or did you write it in another editor and just use qbasic for "compiling" it? I'm amazed if you pulled off using the editor, it would have driven me mad!

I like the little "tips" and "facts" that pop up at the bottom, though they're incredibly distracting! Over all the game has a really nice feel to it, and gives me nostalgia for the old Qbasic games I used to play.

Mago says ...
Sep 6, 2012 @ 5:49am

Very hardcore and oldschool. respect for writing it in QBasic.

My best score 19144.

Sep 14, 2012 @ 6:52pm

Amazing, the source code alone looks great :D It is quite hard and I needed 3 deaths to understand the game mechanics. Totally extra points for QBasic, but the game would work with nearly every other theme. Still, I really like it and it definitly is a great must-play entry!

Last but not least: Please do not use these filehosters, they totally suck (you need to wait, they are slow and annoying). Just use dropbox or some webspace :)

Noble Kale says ...
Sep 17, 2012 @ 1:02am

I had a look at this one as part of my quick reviews (I can't vote since I'm not a participant) - small article over at

This game turned out to be one of my favorites - the look and feel is great, and while it takes a touch of time to get used to the controls, I felt like this is a really nice style.

localcoder says ...
Sep 17, 2012 @ 11:37am

Oh, wow, I love that this is in QBasic - I first learned programming from making Qbasic games :) none of mine were as sophisticated as this.

I suggest that you try using FreeBasic, it's a more modern compiler that works with Qbasic code and makes .exes that work without Dosbox.

The game is cool, and brought back memories for me of playing MegaZeux. I didn't get very far (I need to go to bed) but I'm very happy that I stumbled across this game :)

JonathanG says ...
Sep 17, 2012 @ 4:21pm

It's good, but really difficult! I keep running into things and dying, even on easy mode :(

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