PC-DOS (included game) (DOS)

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Included with IBM's PC-DOS was Microsoft's BASICA (Advanced BASIC) interpreter and several programs, one of which was a game and hence is of interest to us: DONKEY.BAS.

Directing a sports car on a stretch of rural road, the player must beware of donkeys roaming its picturesque lanes. Spot a donkey ahead and the player must quickly determine whether to switch lanes with the space bar before the car's course brings it into a messy head-on collision. With each burro successfully traversed, the car moves a little higher on the road -- closer to earning a point for the player (after passing eleven mules) but also giving less response time between the appearance of the titular donkey and its potential impact.


PC-DOS (included game) DOS Gradually creeping higher up the screen
PC-DOS (included game) DOS File list of "DONKEY.BAS" on IBM-DOS 1.00 original, Run "BASICA.COM" -- Donkey needs BASICA (IBM BASIC Advanced)
PC-DOS (included game) DOS Clear driving
PC-DOS (included game) DOS File list of "DONKEY.BAS" on BASIC A1.00, Load"DONKEY.BAS",r

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Alternate Titles

  • "Microsoft Disk Operating System" -- Working title
  • "Donkey" -- Game included
  • "86-DOS" -- Working title

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You should have seen it, but you don't have to like it. Daniel Saner (3237) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars
Amusing, but too simple to be worth much time. Tracy Poff (2025) 2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars
A long long time ago, on a PC long long ago gone Σπυρίδων Γιαννούτσος (3) 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars

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completing the circle 1 Pseudo_Intellectual (60962)
Oct 24, 2007


This bundled game was included as a demonstration of interactive graphics and sound capabilities of Microsoft's BASICA interpreter included with the PC-DOS installed on the original IBM PC. At least one of its authors went on to bigger things 8)

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Pseudo_Intellectual (60962) added PC-DOS (included game) (DOS) on Aug 10, 2007