Ludum Dare 36 — August 26th-29th, 2016 — Theme: Ancient Technology

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by Jimbly - Competition Entry

Digging through some ancient technology, I have used a TI-82 Calculator graphics library for Borland Turbo Pascal and created a (very simple) game for 16-bit DOS.

Minimum System Requirements:
* 80286 3MHz or higher
* EGA or VGA Graphics Adapter
* 30 KB Disk Space (floppy or hard drive)
* DOS 5.0
* PKUNZIP v2.04g

Maximum System Requirements:
* An OS that can run 16-bit DOS programs. Windows XP is the last one that will work, I suspect. I recommend Windows 3.1 or OSX/Warp.
* DOSBox is included for emulation on more futuristic computers.

Well, I had only a few hours available, but wanted to submit *something*, so decided to just dive into some ancient technology, reliving my early coding days from when high school AP Computer Science courses were still taught using Pascal. This game is probably not worth playing, perhaps more fun is trying to get it to run on a modern computer!

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NinjaNic says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 8:15pm

I haven't downloaded the game, but it looks really cool! I want to go get out a calculator and play this one. XD

Good work, and I completely understand what you meant by that you only had a few hours to work but wanted to submit something. I will feel the same way, when I upload my game here.

Crown Games says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 8:40pm

Good job! Fits the theme perfectly

iamevn says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 9:48pm

love it, great use of theme

ryte2byte says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:44pm

Turbo Pascal FTW!

Reminds me a lot of River Raid! I got 697.

bigoss73 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:48am

Very funny how you fit into the theme by actually making a game for an "ancient" OS xD

Khaoz_Fang says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:11am

Fit the theme in a..interesting way.Much more difficult than it appears to be.

Nichii says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:41am

excellent use of the theme, good job. I giggled from the concept of this. The gameplay is pretty simple but it finished what it strived to do so good job on that.Also the game runs well on windows 10 so good to know that the max os isnt xp.

chrisdugne says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:56pm

what a good idea :D I *did* start programming with a TI-89 myself

dos says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:38pm

928! \o/
Pretty clean code for a quick game jam DOS game, congrats :)

Jimbly says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:55pm

dos: Heh, it's Pascal, it's a language made to look like clean psuedo-code! =) Also, nice score!

Dr. Dos says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 3:41am

This is definitely the kind of game I'd have kept on my graphing calculator back in the day.

I'm also amazed to find out I'm not the only person who made something requiring Dosbox!

CMangas says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 10:17am

Wow, amazing idea to make a game for DOS.

Game is simple but fun! It is really hard to stay alive :)

tphx says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 5:25am

Very well done. So simple yet so amazingly awesome. Some of the parts it seemed like the map scrolled faster than I could move but maybe that's just me hitting the wall and blaming it on the game. I'm a big fan of games being made on ancient technology.

Mathiouza says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 9:07pm

Cool little game, badly, I did not understand the link with the theme :/

upisfree says ...
Sep 11, 2016 @ 7:26pm

So cool, pretty and nice!
Very good job, dude!

One of the best games of LD#36.

ohsqueezy says ...
Sep 14, 2016 @ 1:59am

I remember playing something similar on TI-83 where you're driving through a tunnel. I loved playing graphing calculator games. I like this game as well. I think there is potential to use automatic repeat key presses as an advanced technique for difficult turns.

Sep 15, 2016 @ 5:16pm

Very nostalgic, great job! Not much more to say since it's such a simple game.

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