Old DOS game... something to do with buzzards?

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Old DOS game... something to do with buzzards?

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I am reaching clear back into my brain to find an old DOS game that I thought was called Buzzards, or had something to do with buzzards (the bird).

This was a game I would have been playing probably sometime around 1987 to 1989. That doesn't mean it couldn't be older though if my dad had some older software. I was playing this game around the same time I was playing Bouncing Babies (which came out in 1984).

The graphics were very, very primitive - black background I think, probably with white for the other stuff.

Sorry I don't have anything else to go on. Something about buzzards though!!!
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The more I look at other games and their graphics, I'm thinking it was probably made sometime around 1984-86.
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Sorry... one more addition...

I'm starting to realize that all of the games I played back then were Freeware or Shareware. I was only about 5 years old, and I'm guessing my dad was too cheap to actually buy me any games.

So... old Ninja game, very primitive graphics, possibly 1984-1986 release date, and most likely freeware or shareware.
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Post by Masa El he'Avar »

I vaguely remember a game of that sort... IIRC, it had somewhat similar gameplay to Galaxian, or actually more like the first round of the game Round 42 (also looked like it graphics-wise). I can't remember the name, though.

As for the ninja game, surprising as it might sound, I remember playing quite a lot of ninja game in the eighties... Here are some of the most memorable ones:
http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/ninja_/screenshots
http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/maste ... creenshots
http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/sabot ... creenshots
http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/bushido/screenshots
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Hey Masa,

Thanks for the reply. I just realized I mixed up my posts - it probably seemed a bit confusing.

The buzzards game had nothing to do with Ninjas. I mentioned Ninjas in that last post because I am also looking for a Ninja game that was freeware or shareware and was around that same time.

Unfortunately, it's not any of the ninja games you posted. This one I think had even older graphics than those.
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Post by Masa El he'Avar »

Actually you were pretty clear, as was I. The first paragraph of my post is regarding the first game and the second paragraph is regarding the ninja game.
I did not think you meant that the first game had ninjas in it.

Have you checked the first round of Round 42 ? Is it similar to your buzzards game?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvnpdAn-mh4&t=0m11s
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splproductions wrote:Unfortunately, it's not any of the ninja games you posted. This one I think had even older graphics than those.
Ow, back to the really basic ones then ...
Karateka? (Probably one of the first ones.... :laugh: )
http://www.mobygames.com/game/karateka


Or also basic: Bruce Lee?
http://www.mobygames.com/game/bruce-lee/screenshots

We're getting far from that 'buzzards' game, ah well, that's what you get when mixing several games in one topic.........
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Re: Old DOS game... something to do with buzzards?

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When you say 'Buzzards', is it anything like Phoenix? :)
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I do believe you were referring to Buzzard Bait, a clone of the arcade game Joust (Wikipedia has an entry on Joust)

I had that back in 1987 on a Compaq Portable II... Never understood what it was about though, since I was only 4 yo at the time.

I would like to play that again though.
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We can't link to the site here but if you are searching for

"buzzard bait" abandonware

you may find what you seek ... :shifty:
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Post by Masa El he'Avar »

emmzee wrote:"buzzard bait" abandonware
The game obtained by googling the aforementioned expression is in fact the game I was talking about. It is a game amazingly similar to Round 42.
See pictures here:
http://www.uvlist.net/game-181909-Buzzard+Bait
BTW, to run it in DOSBox you'll need CGA machine mode.

The Joust clone that ElPato77 is talking about is a different game, albeit also called Buzzard Bait.
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Post by ElPato77 »

I was actually thinking of the Sirius game. And yeah, I already had it. Just didn't have time to figure out how to run it, it was all messed up in DOSBox.

Setting the .conf to machine=cga works. Thanks Masa B)

I still haven't figured out how to actually play it though lol.
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