Like I promised, today I'm going to talk about a very obscure Apple II game that I played in Kindergarten: Mathosaurus, by Micrograms. Here's the video.
Now, this is the first Apple II game I'm covering here, so I'll have to explain something for those unfamiliar with it: the Apple II was Apple's first successful attempt to break in to the personal computer market. Before the Apple II was, of course, the Apple I, and afterwards they tried to make machines like the Lisa and the Apple III. However, these proved to not be very popular.
The Apple II, like every personal computer of its time, had no mouse, because it didn't have a graphical user interface (GUI), because that wasn't a thing yet. As such, the only method of interface with the Apple II was a keyboard, or a joystick if you were playing a game that used one.
This one did not. When you boot up this game (normally by putting the floppy disk in the drive and then turning the computer on), you're greeted with a very simple title screen.
|And also a little bit creepy.|
|Note the "cool" dinosaurs in the upper right and lower left.|
The first one is what I call "Egg Counting". You're given a number and you're supposed to find a set of that number, represented by eggs.
|EGGS! Eggs! E-double-g-s, eggs!|
|Could they at least have added an exclamation mark?|
|Awww, baby dinos! How cute!|
|GAH! This is even more creepy than the title screen!|
|Wow, Barney really let himself go.|
|He does NOT, however, make a little love. Good.|
In "Ice Cream I", you are supposed to count the number of ice cream scoops one dinosaur has and give the other one, Spike, the same number.
|At least they don't complain about the flavors.|
After doing this a few times, another dinosaur comes down and eats all of Spike's ice cream.
|Who knew dinosaurs loved ice cream so much?|
|Not even a "please"?|
|...Actually, scratch that; he deserves it for being so rude.|
|...Why's the one guy wearing shoes? I just noticed that now.|
|"So long, sucka!"|
|"I've heard of being high, but this is ridiculous!"|
|"It was nice hanging with you!"|
Sadly, the nostalgia does not save this one. Mathosaurus gets a failing grade.
I guess I was very easily impressed by computer games when I was little; even though I had a Windows computer (the beloved Compudyne, which still works, by the way), I was madly in love with this game. The only other Apple II games I played at my elementary school were "School Bus Driver" by Fisher Price and "Quilting Bee" by MECC. Sadly, I can't find either of these games anywhere. I do know School Bus Driver was also released for MS-DOS, but as far as I know, Quilting Bee wasn't. It was also one of the final Apple II games ever released.
As for Mathosaurus, there was actually a Windows release later on, and that one is still being sold! ...In unit purchases and site licenses only. I also see it pop up on eBay once in a while, but not this one. And now I see why.
Anyway, the next game will be another edutainment game (apparently I can't stay away from those), Type to Learn. Man, I have fond memories of that one. Just remember to watch out for dinosaurs the next time you eat ice cream. They'll do anything for ice cream. See ya next time!