Anyway, with this Pac-Man game, you had to enter the game speed/clockspeed (0-30000 or something), and then you could choose how many ghosts the game would have (1-4, 1 being the number we generally went with since the game ran the smoothest that way). As mentioned above, the game was all text-mode/ASCII graphics; Pac-Man was represented by the Smiley Face, and the ghosts by a respective card suit (Spade,Heart,Diamond,Club). After Game Over, there was a leaderboard of about ten high scores that you could enter your name on. It was a pretty damn fun little game.
Oh, I think I had this on my first PC! We had bought it used and the previous owner obviously didn't bother to clear the hard drive, so there was definitely some copyright infringement going on...
Back then it was very exciting for me to look around that 20 MB hard disk (btw. it had DR-DOS, we always said "Doctor DOS"
) and discover some new little program or even game hidden somewhere... Apart from that Pac-Man game mentioned, it had some other games with ASCII "graphics", I think one was a Bridge (card) game I never understood (at that time I couldn't speak or read English)... The games Sokoban and Blockout were also on there, and PC-World - a geography program with outline maps and statistics for all countries of the world (of that time, that is), and I also recall some really weird file manager type program or more like a "Wannabe-Windows/GEOS", but with no real graphical interface but made of ASCII text... I remember the "icon" in the corner of a window to close the window was the character of 3 horizontal lines)... In retrospective I fail to see the point of the program, as Norton Commander was (of course) also on it and better suited for all the tasks that weird program could do (well... file management and text file editing - as far as I remember it, that is
). I surely remember that although as a kid I didn't have any purpose for it I kinda liked that program and ran it just to goof around a little - at least until we installed Windows
I remember at one occasion I typed a letter for a classmate in it, then I realized, that program didn't even have a Print feature! Well, I just hit the "Print Screen" key and so I got it printed anyway... and the next day my friend could wonder about the menu bar on top of the letter.
Well, eventually the hard disk just "gave up" with no warning and all those "trasures" were lost...
Back to the Pac-Man game, I'm not sure if the game I remember had the speed setting and number of ghosts, but I clearly recall Pac-Man being represented by the smiley face and the 4 card suits being the ghosts.
So, I'm interested in seeing that one again, too
Edited by Herbarius, Sun Feb 7, 2010 9:34 PM.