Bluemoon's creation of SkyRoads is a polished-up remake of the video game Kosmonaut. The three months spent working on it paid off when the shareware title was released in 1993, selling internationally and getting LCR distribution deals from the U.S. to Taiwan.
The game's interface was an instant hit with downloaders. The space bar and directional keys are used to create an easy 'jump and move' motion. Up accelerates the ship and down slows down the ship. Meters at the bottom indicate the ship's speed, Oxygen Levels, and Fuel Levels. The meter to the left indicates the level progress, next to a grav-o-meter that describes the planet's gravity (100 is the lowest, giving a weightless feeling, and 1700 is the highest, allowing no jumping). The level is restarted if the ship is destroyed, runs out of fuel or oxygen or falls off the roads.
Certain colors on the roads indicate special properties upon contact:
Dark Gray: Ship can't steer left or right. (Called 'Slippery' in the game)
Dark Green: Ship decelerates quickly. (Called 'Sticky' in the game)
Light Green: Ship accelerates quickly. (Called 'Boost' in the game)
Light Red: Ship explodes. It is safe to be on the very edge of a light red square. (Called 'Burning' in the game)
Blue: Refills oxygen and fuel. Several levels have hidden blue tiles that must be reached in order to complete the level. (Called 'Supplies' in the game)
The game always ends with a tunnel that ends into space, signifying a win.
This version of SkyRoads 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:
4 different online emulators are available for SkyRoads. These emulators differ not only in the technology they use to emulate old games, but also in support of various game controllers, multiplayer mode, mobile phone touchscreen, emulation speed, absence or presence of embedded ads and in many other parameters. For
maximum gaming enjoyment, it's important to choose the right emulator, because on each PC and in different Internet browsers, the individual emulators behave differently. The basic
features of each emulator available for this game SkyRoads are summarized in the following table: