Tommy's Space Farmer (DOS)

Tommy's Space Farmer DOS The start of a game.
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Tommy's Space Farmer is a shareware card game in which the player plays against six AI opponents, the Earth game this is based on is for two to eight players but this is the version played in space by aliens.

The game is played with a standard deck of cards from which all the eights and three of the four sixes have been removed, the six of hearts remains. The game plays a bit like blackjack with the aim being to draw cards to the value of sixteen. It is played for chips and the pot is called 'The Farm' and the dealer is known as 'The Farmer'. At the end of a round the player's cards are revealed. Anyone with a spot count of sixteen wins, if there is a tie then there are rules to decide who should take the farm. There are additional rules that award chips in special circumstances, for example, any player whose hand count exceeds sixteen must pay 'The Farmer'.

It's a sad fact that, in space where this game is played by aliens, not all aliens are honest and some of them cheat. To replicate the fun that this can bring to the game there is an optional CHEAT function. When enabled the AI opponents may cheat and the player can challenge them. If the challenge is successful the AI player is zapped and the remaining players share it's stack. However the player challenges someone when they were not cheating then they get zapped and the game ends.

The game is entirely keyboard controlled. It has basic sound effects and command line switches to start the game with sound turned off and to force either a colour or monochrome display.


Tommy's Space Farmer DOS The game's exit screen
Tommy's Space Farmer DOS The game begins. 
Here the first deal is complete and the player, P1, has to decide whether to draw or stay
Tommy's Space Farmer DOS The first screen of the game's instructions
Tommy's Space Farmer DOS When all cards are revealed the player gets the chance to challenge one of the other players. The decision must be taken within five seconds

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piltdown_man (151727) added Tommy's Space Farmer (DOS) on Nov 08, 2014