A small little financial game- something like the old Lemonade Stand
games, except for the drug sales, robberies, shootouts with the police.
No graphics- everything takes place on a text screen. You start out with $500, in one of 8 cities (Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Diego, and Washington DC). Buy and sell 8 different types of drugs (Ludes, Speed, Grass, Crystal, Acid, Heroin, Crack, Cocaine- in order from lowest to highest in street value.) Sock some money into the bank so you don't lose it due to robbery; visit loan sharks (and try to pay them off before they beat you up); buy overcoats to increase your "holding" potential, and more.
You also attempt to build your reputation- but the higher your reputation, the more cops on your tail. You can try to run or fight the cops (and if you've got the rep, bring along friends)- but fights with large numbers of cops can quickly kill you, and trying to run from large numbers of cops can be nearly impossible.
Drug prices fluctuate seemingly at random (but around a base point) when going from city to city, although large scale events like street raids, factory explosions, etc. can cause temporary price increases or decreases in one round while in the same city.
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The registered version of the game gives you the ability to save and load games. Additionally, it comes with a printed and bound copy of the manual (slightly updated), and a "Strategy Guide" to life on the street, by Owmi Money. It also contains a file named NOTICE.DOC with the following text:
To All Registered Version Owners:
The registered version of DRUGLORD is not public-domain. I realize that it would be very easy to give out free copies of this software. This would assuredly undermine the purpose of shareware, which gives users the ability to "try before you buy". With the earnings made from users registering DRUGLORD, I am able to provide product support and keep writing games to be enjoyed by all.
The software you have is licensed to you for your own use. The only coping of this software that is permissible is for backup purposes only, as precautions for data loss. This software is to be treated the same as a "book", that is, it may exist only on one computer at any given time.
Your co-operation in keeping the shareware ideals alive is deeply appreciated.
This entry to the MobyGames database was contributed by Robert Morgan (868)
on Jul 21, 2000.