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Apple II game we used to play in elementary school

jbaker84

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Aug 23, 2008
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There was an interesting game that we used to play in 3rd and 4th grade. It was an educational program focused on math. The game consisted of the player going room to room inside of a pharoah's tomb, but to proceed, you would need to solve a math problem. I don't know what it would be called, and all I can remember was that we were playing this game right side of oregon trail and spellevator. Thanks!
 

jbaker84

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Aug 23, 2008
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Nope, this one is a real stumper. It's pretty much text based with graphics surrounding a text field. I've been looking for hours! :( It's got a neat ending with a tomb of treasure and the like. But yeah, you've got to solve a math problem to move on. It's a purely educational game. Thanks!

i know of a game like that, but i'm not sure if it requires math to move on...heres a link to the game i'm thinking of. http://www.mobygames.com/game/pyramids-of-egypt

this link has a list of tons of games made for the Apple II, so you might look on that list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Apple_II_games
 

intenselan

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Jun 22, 2015
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I may know the game you're talking about, but I haven't been able to find it either. I knew it under the name "Calculated Risk", and you start out going to the Egyptian stores having to pick up food, weapons, ammo, and other supplies, and you had to HAGGLE for the best prices (Note, I remember if you keep lowballing the shopkeeper, you're banned from the store and the shopkeeper says "GET OUT! And may the sun bleach your bones!". Then, after you finish that part of things, you go into the pyramid where you fight monsters and mummies and other raiders and you can pick up treasures and weapons (best weapon was a sword to run the monsters through. Killing raiders especially netted you other food and supplies.

You could starve to death or die of thirst there if you didn't calculate your proper supply needs, and between every major "Level", you had to answer a math problem to the Sphinx guardian. If you died either brutally or you died from hunger or thirst, the "death sequence" was your character looking dead and turning multicolored to the beat of some funeral dirge music. For an Apple II game, it was very well done. I just have never to this day found it either under the "Calculated Risk "name or any other (Pyramids of Egypt I don't think is it, but I may be mistaken).
 

12vElectronics

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Anyone remember what the game was called that we used to play in school on our Apples in like the year 2000. It was a Zoo game of some sort..
 

Ahnros

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Jun 14, 2016
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My dad actually made that game back in 1984ish. There were only a handful of copies sold. I was just discussing it with colleagues and decided to search for it. No mention anywhere but here.

I'm glad you guys enjoyed it. He spent around a year of working around the clock making it. I was 14 at the time and spent many hours playtesting. At the time there were basically no resources that taught you how to make games so it was missing a lot of ideas -- like double buffering the graphics!
 
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breezy17

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Feb 11, 2017
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i remember a game where you have to move a white rabbit using math and there was a hedgehog croquet game in it too. been trying to find it. anyone have any idea what i'm talking about?
 

intenselan

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Jun 22, 2015
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My dad actually made that game back in 1984ish. There were only a handful of copies sold. I was just discussing it with colleagues and decided to search for it. No mention anywhere but here.

I'm glad you guys enjoyed it. He spent around a year of working around the clock making it. I was 14 at the time and spent many hours playtesting. At the time there were basically no resources that taught you how to make games so it was missing a lot of ideas -- like double buffering the graphics!

Are you talking about Calculated Risk?? It starts out where you have to go from store to store to buy weapons, food, and camping/survival supplies! You have to haggle a lot to get the best price. It had a very Indiana Jones feel to it, well except for the Math!

Please hit me back! I have been looking for this game for my entire life, and if your dad made this game and there were only a handful of copies sold, it explains why it's impossible to find! DO YOU HAVE A COPY OF THIS GAME??? Please let me know! It's a shame about the rarity! It was the best Apple II game in existence in the mid-80's! I lived in Michigan at the time!
 

Mac'nCheese

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Are you talking about Calculated Risk?? It starts out where you have to go from store to store to buy weapons, food, and camping/survival supplies! You have to haggle a lot to get the best price. It had a very Indiana Jones feel to it, well except for the Math!

Please hit me back! I have been looking for this game for my entire life, and if your dad made this game and there were only a handful of copies sold, it explains why it's impossible to find! DO YOU HAVE A COPY OF THIS GAME??? Please let me know! It's a shame about the rarity! It was the best Apple II game in existence in the mid-80's! I lived in Michigan at the time!
Poster won't hit you back, he's been gone for almost two years.
 

Ahnros

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Jun 14, 2016
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Are you talking about Calculated Risk?? It starts out where you have to go from store to store to buy weapons, food, and camping/survival supplies! You have to haggle a lot to get the best price. It had a very Indiana Jones feel to it, well except for the Math!

Please hit me back! I have been looking for this game for my entire life, and if your dad made this game and there were only a handful of copies sold, it explains why it's impossible to find! DO YOU HAVE A COPY OF THIS GAME??? Please let me know! It's a shame about the rarity! It was the best Apple II game in existence in the mid-80's! I lived in Michigan at the time!

Hey this game came up again in conversation and I thought to search for this post. So yes, this is the same game I am talking about. Sadly I don't think there are any copies at all. The game was only printed to 5 1/4 inch floppies and the company that published it (Woodbury Computer Associates) didn't really have a plan to market it. After a year or so of sitting on 3000 floppies that weren't going anywhere they just used them as normal data storage and that was the end of the game. My dad was pretty upset about that.

I'm honestly kind of shocked you ever had the chance to play it. Did you actually buy it somehow? I was just a teen at the time but I remember thinking it was weird that it wasn't for sale anywhere. I'm a game developer now myself so I like to think of that as my first game I worked on - pretty much just play testing.

If you ever do find a copy of it I would love to see it. My dad passed away a decade ago and it would be nice to see that again. Trivia: the music was Scheherazade which was one of his favorite songs.
 

unsynchronized

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Jul 9, 2020
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If you ever do find a copy of it I would love to see it. My dad passed away a decade ago and it would be nice to see that again. Trivia: the music was Scheherazade which was one of his favorite songs.

Looks like you're in luck - someone has found it and archive.org has digitized it:

 
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