Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Mother of All Games

Hasta la vista, baby! sdasdasdasdas
A friend asked me to name some addictive games I know. Aside from XCOM of course, the next game that comes to my mind is Scorched Earth: The Mother of All Games.  Developed by Wendell Hicken using C++ and Turbo Assembler, you control your tank to wipe out all other tanks from the face of the earth by adjusting two levers: Power and Angle.

You earn money through the levels to equip your tank with nasty missiles, warheads, and funny items such as parachute.  The fun part is changing the text files TALK1.CFG TALK2.CFG.  The files serve as the tanks' shoutouts before an attack, and their dying words before disintegrating.

The game can still be downloaded here. You need a DOS emulator to play because the game was designed for slower machines of yesteryears.

It brings good memories of the late 90s when college nights in the dormitory were long and stress-free.


A modern port was released and named Scorched3D.  You can visit the official site here.  Sorry, I haven't tested it yet.

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