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theclaw
12-31-2010, 04:06 AM
What was there? Needless to say I have no first-hand experience not being around back then. I'd guess that would be mostly Zork level tech, except for very basic CGA which was available. Might be fun to toss some relics into dosbox to see what happens.

Edmond Dantes
12-31-2010, 04:45 AM
(Is that Lum in your avatar?)

I think IBM could do slightly better than Zork--it could, I think, go up to at least Space Quest I level. At my most generous I'd say it could handle Ultima IV, but probably not any after that.

theclaw
12-31-2010, 06:00 AM
Yes, I'm among the few. A boda fide natively english-speaking american Lum fan. We're no myth! :)

Space Quest? Ultima? No idea. Not genres I paid much attention to.

Edmond Dantes
12-31-2010, 06:56 AM
Wait, first-generation IBMs had genres besides RPGs and adventure games?

(Gotta admit my Lum experience is limited to just the "Beautiful Dreamer" movie, but I am a fan of Ranma 1/2, by the same author)

theclaw
12-31-2010, 07:02 AM
Well Mega Man PC looks pretty close, but I haven't played that. Supposedly awful

Nah, I don't "get" Ranma 1/2. Doesn't click somehow. Even though I liked the old TMNT cartoon. Weird.

Edmond Dantes
12-31-2010, 08:11 AM
Yeah, Mega Man PC isn't very good at all. It's like Duke Nukem 1, but Not Good.

... I'm not seeing the connection between Ranma and TMNT. They're not even really in the same genre, except insofar as they both pretend to involve martial arts.

theclaw
12-31-2010, 08:50 AM
Goes to show it takes more to enjoy a series than fight scenes. :)

Edmond Dantes
12-31-2010, 08:57 AM
I would hope so. If fight scenes were all it took, then every anime ever made would be awesome.

I just thought of another game that might work on a 1981 IBM: Battle Chess, particularly in CGI mode.

diskoboy
12-31-2010, 01:35 PM
Thexder will run on it if you have 256k of RAM.

And quite possibly, the first few Kings/Police/Space Quest games.

Gapporin
12-31-2010, 01:58 PM
Yes, I'm among the few. A boda fide natively english-speaking american Lum fan. We're no myth! :)

You and Matthew Sweet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffs_HWo7B8Y), apparently.

Kitsune Sniper
12-31-2010, 02:41 PM
If the game runs in text mode, it'll work. :P

tom
12-31-2010, 03:15 PM
Avalon Hill had the first IBM games advertised in CGW issue 4 (May 82), Stocks and Bonds (64k) and Galaxy (48k).
SSIs The Warp Factor (IBM 64k) was reviewed in issue 5. Also an early contender would be Microsoft Decathlon.
Here's an interesting round-up about the different US platforms gaining popularity from the year 1983 onwards:
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c173/thomasholzer/CGW100.jpg

NayusDante
01-11-2011, 12:30 AM
I can confirm that Mega Man 3 PC runs on a Compaq Portable, which was a compatible competitor to the IBM PC. It ran far too slow to be playable, but it did run.

If I'm not mistaken, Ken and Roberta were commissioned by IBM to write a game for the IBM PC Jr, and that resulted in King's Quest. I keep thinking that the PC Jr is more powerful than the original, and thus King's Quest I might be a bit much, but I could be wrong.

Jorpho
01-11-2011, 08:02 AM
I keep thinking that the PC Jr is more powerful than the originalIt did have substantially greater graphics and sound capabilities, of course, but processor-wise I think it was comparable.

Flack
01-11-2011, 11:16 AM
Wait, first-generation IBMs had genres besides RPGs and adventure games?

I remember playing Frogger, Dig Dug, Lode Runner, Hard Hat Mack, and Bushido on our IBM XT. I can't remember if we had King's Quest for both machines or not (we had both an XT and a Jr. at the same time).

Here are several CGA games that should all run on an XT: http://amigan.1emu.net/ibm

I have been playing with DOSPad and most of them run on my iPad, too.

megasdkirby
01-11-2011, 11:34 AM
I have been playing with DOSPad and most of them run on my iPad, too.

Wait...there is a DOS emulator for iPad?!

If so, can any game be used?

NayusDante
01-11-2011, 11:37 AM
DOSPad? Gee, us Android users are stuck with the abandoned aDOSBox port which crashes almost instantly.

blue lander
01-11-2011, 12:33 PM
I liked Alley Cat, Digger, Round 42, Red Baron and of course Space Quest 1 and 2. You could run Space Quest 3 but you needed to add an EGA card.

Flack
01-13-2011, 01:11 PM
My review of DOSPad/iDos: http://www.robohara.com/?p=2621

skaar
01-13-2011, 02:29 PM
If you're in XT land it really matters if you've got the full 640k or not. I had a 4.77mhz XT all the way into the era of the Pentium.... then I went to a TURBO XT with almost 10mhz!

Games that should run with CGA (better with EGA!)

King's Quest 1-3, 4 will run slow.
Space Quest 1-2, 3 is slow.
Thexder
Shamus (heh)
Surprisingly, Out of this world runs on a Turbo XT just fine.
Police Quest 1

Maniac Mansion

A lot of the older Apogee stuff (Commander Keen) runs OK, but needs EGA usually.

All the text stuff, obviously.

If requirements list a 386 on the box or mention VGA, you won't be able to run it.

Winter/Summer games, Gremlins, Karateka...

Ramble...

Oregon Trail, Carmen Sandiego... I can think of a bunch of games but few names.

Do you have a sound card... oh wait, you're using DOSbox. Well that's not as fun :(

Jorpho
01-13-2011, 10:54 PM
A lot of the older Apogee stuff (Commander Keen) runs OK, but needs EGA usually.Keen 1-3 were most definitely not CGA; SoftDisk's objection to its lack of CGA support is said to have led to the creation of id software to begin with. But Keen 4-6 have a CGA mode.

CMA Death Adder
02-19-2011, 01:38 PM
Keen 4-6 have a CGA mode.

As does Keen Dreams, though apparently only recently -

http://www.pckf.com/viewtopic.php?t=1818&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3940020/Keen%20Dreams.rar

NoahsMyBro
02-20-2011, 07:47 PM
My Dad purchased an original IBM PC, I thought in 1981, for his office. He was excited to show it to me, and I was excited to see it, until I discovered he hadn't bought it with the Hercules graphics card necessary for anything fun.

I specifically remember that Flight Simulator, a 'game' I'd read about in Creative Computing, required the Hercules graphics card. (For the sake of this discussion I'm considering Flight Simulator a game.)

BUT, my memory might be wrong in a couple of ways. According to this page: http://fshistory.simflight.com/fsvault/msfs1-pc.htm, the game came out in 1982, not 1981. Also, it looks to me like the game required CGA rather than specifically requiring a Hercules graphics card. I wasn't 'into' PCs then - was the Hercules card a CGA card?

Jorpho
02-20-2011, 10:54 PM
was the Hercules card a CGA card?Nope, Hercules graphics was special. Wikipedia has the details.

Kitsune Sniper
02-21-2011, 04:46 PM
As does Keen Dreams, though apparently only recently -

http://www.pckf.com/viewtopic.php?t=1818&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3940020/Keen%20Dreams.rar

... Those people need to learn how to create floppy disk images. They would've saved themselves the hassle of "preserving file dates". :p