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Historical Software Collection

This collection contains selected historically important software packages from the Internet Archive's software archives. Through the use of in-browser emulators, it is possible to try out these items and experiment with using them, without the additional burdens of installing emulator software or tracking down the programs. Many of these software products were the first of their kind, or utilized features and approaches that have been copied or recreated on many programs since. (historic softwa...



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by Paul Stephenson
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Swashbuckler is a 1982 computer game for the Apple II family of computers, created by Paul Stephenson and published by Datamost. This combat game puts the player in control of a sword-wielding swashbuckler who must fight and dispatch various attackers. Combat occurs in a wooden-beamed chamber littered with skeletons and cobwebs, which the player views from the side. The fighter's actions are controlled with the keyboard, and include moving left or right (A and D), turning (S) and swinging the...
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by John W. Linville
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Fahrfall is a homebrew game for the Color Computer 1 and 2, created by John W. Linville between 2012 and 2015. The object of the game is to guide a character on platforms and fall to the next ones, trying to avoid the fire coming from above and the abyss below. Your score is your calculated time you can stay alive. For a series of essays and information about the making of the Fahrfall game (and cartridge manufacture), visit the official blog at http://fahrfall.blogspot.com/ .
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Topics: Fahrfall, Color Computer, Tandy, Coco, Game, Homebrew, Linville
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by Phil Shapiro and Dave Lyons
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Number Squares 1.1, designed by Phil Shapiro and Dave Lyons. Published by Balloons Software. Copyright 1989 by Phil Shapiro. Instructions: "1. Use the Arrow Keys. 2. Think." Many of you will be familiar already with the hand-held, plastic version of the number squares game. The hand-held version is widely available at toy stores, and has been a favorite puzzle for years. This computer program builds upon the original number squares game, adding a number of features to increase the fun...
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Topics: Number Squares, Apple II
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Sea Dragon is a side-scrolling game for the TRS-80 computer, written by Wayne Westmoreland and Terry Gilman, and released in 1982 by Adventure International. It was one of the most popular games for the TRS-80. Its success on the TRS-80 led to it being ported to the Apple II, Atari 400/800, and the TRS-80 Color Computer. The game concept and gameplay are similar to the Scramble, although the ending is more reminiscent of the game Phoenix. The player controls a submarine that can shoot torpedoes...
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by Russ Wetmore
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Preppie! II Adventure International Longwood, FL 16K Cassette 32K Diskette $34.95 Review by Steve Harding Up and coming prepster Wadsworth Overcash had the world by the tail until a failed Freshman initiation banished him to the tender mercies of the cruel Groundskeeper. Forced to recover wayward golf balls on a course of hellish design, Wadsworth barely escaped with his Lacoste intact. Now, the saga of Wadsworth Overcash continues as he faces his greatest challenge yet in -- Preppie! II"...
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Topics: Preppie, Adventure International
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Excerpts from an interview with Archer Maclean by James Hague: JH: 'What's the story of your first published game, Dropzone?' AM: 'After getting my degree with the minimum amount of work - too much game programming, aided by copious liquid inspiration - I eventually decided to try and produce a game which at least equaled the quality, speed and gameplay of the arcade games of the time. So I took inspiration from Scramble, Defender, Stargate, Galaxian and many others and went for it. It took me...
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Cat-Fur is telecommunications software, allowing the features of the Apple-Cat Modem to be used for increased speed and better transfers. It was one of the primary tools used for file and disk transfer for Apple II pirates.
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by Thorn EMI
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Drol is a 1983 computer game published by Brøderbund. It was originally released for the Apple II, but was later ported to the Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit, and Sega SG-1000. The original list price was US$34.95. The player controls a robot flying through a four story maze, attempting to rescue people and animals while avoiding traps and enemies such as alien creatures, snakes, eagles, magnets and axes. There are only three levels, but the game repeatedly starts over in a more difficult version...
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