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

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Urban Survival

by Persimmon Pomelo - Mini LD Entry

The game is a direct adaptation of a piece of interactive fiction from the short story anthology 'The Gnome's Child' written by my son.

This game runs in DOS ONLY. It will run perfectly fine in DOSBox (

It was made in QBasic 4.5 running in DOSBox on OS X in an afternoon of procrastination and reminiscence of long hours spent in QBasic many years ago.

Original Story: Kiran Gill -

Coding: Tim Cox - @flipsy

UPDATE: Running fine in Windows XP (for me a least) So may work in other versions of Windows as well.

Downloads and Links


egordorichev says ...
Jan 19, 2017 @ 8:27am

Awesome small game! One remark: if you always press B - you will win :) Also, if you would add some more options and some ascii art - that would be amazing. Can you post the source code?

egordorichev says ...
Jan 19, 2017 @ 8:27am

Oh. Only for the first question answer is A. Sorry.

Jan 19, 2017 @ 8:48am

Thanks ergodrichev, I added the source code to the page - SOURCE.BAS - It's a little janky though. I'm aware of the press B thing. Although now you've given away the secret ;) I left it like that as I was trying to make a faithful adaption of the text version that my young son made. I don't think it ruins it because the fun is in the losing anyway. Thanks for playing :)

Emerysfire says ...
Jan 25, 2017 @ 10:33pm

Hey! My game is written in QBASIC as well! I was just wondering how you compiled it for DOS, your game is funny btw

Jan 26, 2017 @ 12:06pm

Hi Emerysfire, I used QuickBasic 4.5 which has a compile option. It can be found online easily (often listed as QBasic 4.5). From memory the Qbasic that came free with DOS wouldn't compile but QuickBasic (at least the later versions) which was a seperate program you had to buy, would compile. Not sure on the legality of The QuickBasic 4.5 downloads you can find but I owned it back in the day so felt OK about using it. Thanks for playing, will make sure to play your game when it's up.

Emerysfire says ...
Jan 27, 2017 @ 2:31am

OHH, thanks, I was using just regular QBasic on my grandfather's DOS machine lol I've got QuicBasic in DosBox now, I'm making a quick dungeon crawler with a twist *wink* I'll probably post it in a few day's, I'm coding the ending right now and testing for bugs

Jan 27, 2017 @ 7:55am

Cool, I've just started working on a dungeon crawler too. Interested to see what your twist is.

eruiz00 says ...
Jan 28, 2017 @ 3:06pm

How great were those qbasic (and turbopascal for me) nights...

pitr_ says ...
Jan 29, 2017 @ 3:36pm

Very Fun Game. I like it

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