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February 2nd, 2014, 11:17 PM
Hello everyone, i want to ask you the name of some games for the early MDA graphics. They can be based only on ASCII graphics/text mode of course :)
Thanks for help

February 2nd, 2014, 11:33 PM
ZZT is compatible with MDA and will run on basically any PC with 512KB RAM, although it can be a bit slow on pre-386 machines (luckily you can adjust the play speed to suit your needs.) More modern ZZT "worlds" are heavily geared towards color machines, but the original ones should be playable in monochrome.

Also, don't forget the classic CASTLE.EXE.

Great Hierophant
February 3rd, 2014, 04:28 AM
Also 101 Monochrome Mazes and Zyll, both released by IBM.

February 3rd, 2014, 08:39 AM
Poke-Man is an excellent 80x25 text-mode Pac-Man clone:


And of course don't forget the original Tetris (intro screen is 80x25 but game is 40x25 so it will only take up half the screen on MDA) and its clone Nyet (full 80x25 game):



Lawn Mower is another fun text mode game:


February 3rd, 2014, 08:52 AM
I have a big box CD version of The Lawnmower Man from Sony if anybody wants it but it's a totally different animal. It requires a 386, VGA and Sound Blaster.

February 3rd, 2014, 09:35 AM
I thought mobygames used to be able to search on graphics but I don't see that option (unless I didn't narrow down the results far enough)... that and now it seems fairly convinced I should be interested in a russian bride or paying to chat with women for 30 minutes.

February 3rd, 2014, 07:08 PM
Also 101 Monochrome Mazes and Zyll, both released by IBM.

Sadly at least the former is copy protected- at least, I've never been able to run just an image of the floppy. Doesn't mean it can't be done though.

February 3rd, 2014, 07:33 PM
I cheated and swapped out my MDA card for MGA - can't tell the difference from the outside :P
That small upgrade, and some fiddling with floppy disks, means you can play Leisure Suit Larry on a 256Kb 5150 (I was surprised).

Sadly I can't contribute to the ASCII game list, as I don't think I ever played any. MS Adventure is the only one that pops to mind.

February 3rd, 2014, 08:53 PM
There was a shareware disk called "Graphic-Less Games", distributed by Reasonable Solutions, which I have a copy of somewhere. As I recall, it had a few maze games, a few puzzle games, a few Tetris clones, the aforementioned "Poke-Man" Pac-Man clone, and a rather fun skiing game.

February 3rd, 2014, 10:11 PM
Don't think I've seen Adventure listed yet. It's fairly text mode and as far as I know works on almost anything (even serial terminals probably).

February 4th, 2014, 02:24 AM
Thanks for tips, castle, tetris and nyet works fine, but Lawn Mower not, too much colors there :)

February 7th, 2014, 09:21 AM
You might also try the Kroz games (Kingdom of Kroz, etc.), Thor Trilogy, Attack On Altair, Snipes, Castle Adventure, and Wizard's Castle games. All text mode games, though I'm not absolutely positive about MDA. :)