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This adaptation of the action movie with the same name is a 3D open-world action and driving game. The player takes the role of Kyle Reese and protects Sarah Connor from the cyborg sent back in time to kill her, or becomes the Terminator and attempts to eliminate Sarah and her protector. Either way, the player chases his opponent through Los Angeles buying or stealing weapons and equipment while attempting to eliminate his enemy and avoid the police. There is only one objective for each of the protagonists, but both can engage in side activities that have no influence on the plot, which includes hijacking and driving cars or exploring the large playing area on foot.


The Terminator DOS Rating
The Terminator DOS In-game map of the entire available gameworld. That's a lot of LA for 1991.
The Terminator DOS Roaming
The Terminator DOS You have a wide variety of vehicles to choose from, though they all drive the same.

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User Reviews

Undiscovered Masterpiece (Precursor to GTA III) K M (3) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Open world but slightly boring Daniel Allen (15) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
A Real Trailblazer! Jacob Sans (3) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

Critic Reviews

Power Play Dec, 1991 73 out of 100 73
Play Time Dec, 1991 55 out of 100 55
PC Joker Dec, 1991 54 out of 100 54
Just Games Retro Nov 12, 2006 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1991 5 out of 12 42
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Nov, 1991 Unscored Unscored


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Game Mechanics 3 St. Martyne (3649)
Jun 17, 2009



[Taken from the game's credits screen]:
This game was written in 100% assembly and takes up more than 35000 lines. The game contains approximately 20000 3D objects. It was developed using Turbo Assembler and Turbo Debugger with all debugging being done remotely. It was created on a variety of 286 and 386 computers. All graphics were created on IBMs and Amigas using DPIII and DA. More than 700 frames of animations were created. The delta mode compression yielded a 100 to 1 ratio.

Also used were
LHA 2.11
LHARC Source
DigiView Gold
Targa Plus

Game world

The game takes place a huge (roughly 10 miles by 6 miles) 3-D rendered area of central Los Angeles. The game area runs roughly from Beverly Drive to Central Ave (lengthwise), and from Mulholland Drive to National Blvd (vertically). A game map is included in the box for reference. Though the buildings and their placement within the world is generic, and highways/overpasses have been removed, the streets and their layout are largely accurate. The game also includes some landmarks, such as Dodger Stadium, Griffith Park, and the Silver Lake Reservoir. Not bad for 1991 home technology!

Information also contributed by BurningStickMan.

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ClydeFrog (10529) added The Terminator (DOS) on Jun 24, 2000
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