Beneath Apple Manor is a roguelike game written by Don Worth for the Apple II and published by The Software Factory in 1978. Higher resolution 'Special Editions' were released in 1982 and 1983, through Quality Software, for the Apple II and Atari 8-bit family. It was one of the first video games to use procedural generation. The game is the oldest example of so-called 'dungeon crawler' genre and is even 9 years older than the legendary Dungeon Master. This genre of video games is extremely popular to this day, and among the latest examples you can find, for example, Minecraft Dungeons, a game based on the another famous game - Minecraft.
The goal of Beneath Apple Manor is to obtain a Golden Apple on the bottom floor of the dungeon. There are 10 rooms per level in the low-res version, and 5 in the high-res version. The high-res versions may be played in low-res/text mode, thereby gaining this increase in level size. It is notable for being the first commercial role playing game developed and released for a home computer as opposed to a mainframe computer.
Despite being included in the 'roguelike' genre, Beneath Apple Manor actually predates Rogue (created in 1980) by two years. The creator claims that neither he nor the implementors of Rogue knew about the other game.
Alan Isabelle reviewed Beneath Apple Manor in The Space Gamer No. 35, commenting that 'All in all, strengths by far outnumber weaknesses. The game is highly recommended.' Softline in 1983 said of Beneath Apple Manor—Special Edition that 'now it's back, and it's better', including improved graphics, varying difficulty levels, and the ability to save progress. The magazine concluded that 'BAM is not a game that you will tire of easily ... [it] is for any adventurer, beginner to expert'. Computer Gaming World's Scorpia stated in 1991 and 1993 that Beneath Apple Manor was 'terribly slow even by the standards of the day, but it was fun nonetheless' and 'not bad for a game' designed for a 16K Apple II.
Keyboard Command Summary
COMMAND USAGE COST
N* North DEXTERITY and 1 or 2 turns
S* South DEXTERITY and 1 or 2 turns
E* East DEXTERITY and 1 or 2 turns
W* West DEXTERITY and 1 or 2 turns
R* Run away in panic Half of DEXTERITY and 1 turn
B* Bash door STRENGTH and 1 turn
K* Knock at door STRENGTH and 1 turn
O Open door -
L Listen at door -
I Search for secret passages 3 turns
A* Attack a monster STRENGTH and 1 turn
O* Open treasure 1 turn (BODY if trapped)
D Drop gold Gold lost
1-9 Wait # turns # turns
0 Wait to rest 0 or several turns
? Status of player -
Z* Zap monster up to 1/2 INTELLIGENCE and 1 turn
H Heal 1/10 INTELLIGENCE and 1 turn
X Xray vision spell 1/4 INTELLIGENCE +15 and 3 turns
T* Teleportation Gold, 1/4 INTELLIGENCE + 5 and 1 turn
(Commands denoted with * can produce noise which attracts monsters within 3
squares of distance)
Notes: Play using RGB only.
This version of Beneath Apple Manor was designed for personal computers with operating system MS-DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System),
which was operating system developed by Microsoft in 1981. It was the most widely-used operating system in the first half of the 1990s. MS-DOS was supplied
with most of the IBM computers that purchased a license from Microsoft. After 1995, it was pushed out by a graphically more advanced system - Windows and
its development was ceased in 2000. At the
time of its greatest fame, several thousand games designed specifically for computers with this system were created. Today, its development is no longer continue
and for emulation the free DOSBox emulator is most often used. More information about MS-DOS operating system can be found
Available online emulators:
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