Desert Race (DOS)

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Desert Race holds the possible distinction of being the first (and only?) animated driving game programmed entirely as a DOS batch file. This implies all the expected limitations - system commands only, no real graphics/hardware access, and the absence of most useful programming constructs. Nevertheless, it manages to implement a top-down car race in ASCII graphics, albeit without real-time continuous play (the game waits for a keypress before advancing to the next frame).

There's even a story, in which you set forth on a brutal race for survival in a post-apocalyptic Mad Max-style scenario. The game takes place at night, and so only a section of the road is visible, fading to black at the edges; your only controls are moving left and right to switch lanes, trying to avoid incoming cars as they emerge from the darkness. Colliding with a car (or with the edge of the road) will permanently extinguish your road rage.

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Desert Race DOS The cars even fade in from the darkness as they approach.
Desert Race DOS Going out on a midnight ride...
Desert Race DOS Main menu
Desert Race DOS Switching lanes... incoming!

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Inscene 1999 demoparty - 100K Game compo: 3rd place

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vileyn0id_8088 (17313) added Desert Race (DOS) on Aug 27, 2015