Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Gorilla: The best game from Microsoft

Many people say Microsoft is all about closed-source software, yet one of their best creations was distributed as source-code only. As the title reveals, I'm talking about the old cult game GORILLA.BAS. For the younger ones, GORILLA.BAS was a QBasic program aimed as an example of that programming language and was distributed with DOS and Windows 9x/NT. The game consists in trying to hit the opponent with an explosive banana.

If you never played it, you can find all you need online. Go for example here and download the file qbasic.zip. You have to uncompress it, call a command line and execute the following inside the directory where you've put the files:

If you did it right, you'll see an introduction and be asked for the name of the players.

If you want to have some fun specifying the gravitational acceleration, you can choose one value from the following table or enter a negative one:

PlanetG (m/s2)

Now you are ready, just enter the angle and the speed.

If it is getting boring, try to hit the sun and see what happens.

or check out the fan-games Jorillas and Gorilla 2: The Return.

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Blogger sherrina said...

thanks dude, exactly what I was looking for. This is where I learn about angle :)

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Theres an adaptation in the sony J70 cellphone...

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey-sorry this is a basic question but how do i get it to work, i have a folder in c drive called qbasic which contains my gorilla.bas file

then do i type in qbasic...
C:\qbasic>qbasic /run gorilla.bas
It comes up with an error "expected statement"

6:16 AM  

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