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Spacewar – Terminal – 1969

Spacewar is a two player networked game inspired by the original Spacewar! on PLATO. Two players control a spaceship each in a two dimensional representation of space. The ships can thrust, rotate, and fire and must try to destroy each other. The ships are represented by custom ASCII graphics. Unlike the original Spacewar!, here ships have only limited fuel and hyperspace jumps. Connected users are listed on screen (big board) and can be challenged to a duel.

Space Travel

Space Travel – Mainframe – 1969

In Space Travel the player is free to explore the solar system. The game uses a two dimensional scale model of the solar system and the player is free to fly around. Physics are simplified as the player is only affected by the single strongest pull at a given time. There are no explicit objectives in the game, but the player can navigate around the solar system and attempt landings on planets and moons. The space craft can be moved and turned and the simulation speed can be increased to quickly reach destinations.

Lunar – Mainframe -1969

Lunar is the original Lunar Landing game. The player’s aim is to successfully land a lander on the moon’s surface. The game plays in turns which represent one second and is completely text based. In each turn the player is asked to determine the rock fuel burn rate, which can be between 0 and 200. The velocity, height above surface and remaining fuel is reported back to the player.