MiniLD #71 : THE RETRO CHALLENGE — hosted by rnlf — January 2017

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Virtual Escape

by hitchh1k3r - Mini LD Entry

A DOS game about escaping a modern room.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: DOS, 1MB RAM (for DOS), ~45MHz CPU, 5MB disk space, VGA display card
- You will need a DOS machine or emulator to run the game.
- It should run (but is untested) on most hardware from the 90's.

CONTROLS: Mouse, Arrows or WASD, Space/Enter, ESC
- The game uses standard mouse point and click mechanics from games like Myst.
- You will have to search the room to discover how to escape.
- Escape the room to win!

TOOLS: TurboC, Sublime Text, Smart Phone Cameras, Several Props, Photoshop, Aseprite
- The game was written in C, and compiled with (the non-ANSI compliant) Borland Turbo C 2.01.
- At first I liked the yellow on blue IDE (it reminded me of the PowerBasic IDE I learned to program in). After a few days it got old though and I moved to good old Sublime Text.
- Most photos were taken with a OnePlus 3T smart phone, and edited for VGA display in Photoshop.
- Sprites and click masks were created using Aseprite.
- We went way over the normal Ludum Dare time limit of 48 hours. I spent a week familiarizing myself with TurboC, and A SECOND WEEK to actually make the game. I learned a lot in the process, and it took much longer than I would have liked. This is probably the last time I'll make a DOS game though, and there were a lot of things I wanted to try out. ^_^

CREDITS: Made for Mini Ludum Dare 71 "Retro Challenge/Modern Technology"
- HitchH1k3r (@HitchH1k3r)
- Naali (@AlopexL)

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montyontherun says ...
Feb 7, 2017 @ 8:16am

solid work, man!
gonna try it on my 486 very soon and let you know how well it went - but I bet there is no reason for it to shine

Tijn says ...
Feb 14, 2017 @ 9:59pm

I just saw this game in rnlf's video and it looks super awesome. Good job!

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