Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Lost PC Game Versions

Updated 03-28-2021

Originally this blog entry was titled "The Lost PCjr. and Tandy 1000 Game Versions".  However, several years later there are very few games known to have any special support for PCjr./Tandy graphics or sound remaining unavailable.  So I have decided to expand this list with other notable games.  You won't find these games in any DOS or ROM collection, on any abandonware site, from any torrent site, or to buy from any legitimate retro PC game selling site like Good Old Games.  Where I know of corroboration for these games, I will give it.

Agent USA - Tandy
Supports PCjr. graphics and was advertised for sale in Tandy's catalogs, so a Tandy version with support for enhanced graphics may exist.

Congo Bongo - CGA Composite
This game, like Tapper, came as a "flippy" disk.  This is a disk where both sides are independent of each other and can be used in single or double sided drives.  This is rare on the IBM PC, and disks for the IBM PC have two index holes.  Ultima 3 also used a flippy.  One version had graphics suitable for RGBI monitors, the other was meant for composite color monitors.  The composite color version has yet to be preserved and distributed.

Dragon's Keep - PCjr.
Based on installation instructions in the manual for the PCjr. and magazine articles from the time period, this game may have been ported to the PCjr.

EcoQuest 1 - EGA 16-Color
EcoQuest uses the Sierra SCI1 engine, and like other SCI1 games, it had separate 16-color and 256-color versions.  Other SCI1 games like King's Quest V and Conquests of the Longbow have their 16-color versions available, this is the only one which is not available.

Gauntlet II - Tandy DAC
Gauntlet II had a bonus disk, which you had to send away for to Mindscape, that added digitized sound support for owners of a Tandy 1000 with a DAC, such as the TL, SL and their successors.

Mouskattack - PC
A 2019 discovery of this Sierra port from the Apple II and Atari 8-bit computers :

Oil's Well - PCjr.- PCjr.
Although there is a hack which gets Oil's Well working on a PCjr./Tandy 1000, the original disk still needs to be redumped because the disk was damaged where the PCjr. code was.  The original game may have PCjr/Tandy sound support.

Superbowl Sunday - Tandy
Supports enhanced PCjr. graphics.  Advertised in Tandy's catalogs, so a version that supports enhanced graphics on a Tandy may exist.

Wizardry II - 5.25" Disk
The Wizardry sequels were released on 5.25" disks and 3.5" disks, but only the latter are available for Wizardry II.  All booters should have 5.25" disks versions available because early computers like the IBM PC, XT and PCjr. did not have 3.5" drives.

1 comment:

  1. Hardball - Tandy: