Friday, May 15, 2020

Let's play - Number Munchers

If you're of a certain age, you may remember a game on the Apple II. My class had Number Munchers, and we loved it. Number Munchers was a fun math game where you selected numbers that matched certain criteria. If the criteria was "multiples of 5" then you had to select all the numbers like 5, 10, 15, 20, and so on.

Because it was a game, we kids wanted to play it rather than do homework. And our clever teachers figured that if we finished our math homework, then we could play Number Munchers. And by playing Number Munchers, you got better at math. So it was a win-win, but we didn't realize it.

Number Munchers was eventually ported to DOS. And that means you can play it on FreeDOS:

Unfortunately, Number Munchers is not open source software. I'd love for someone to make a version of this for FreeDOS, as open source software. The game would need to use different graphics, but I think it's fair to use the same game concept (multiples of, divisible by, less than, greater than, etc)

If you want to write such a game, let me know!

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