Contains VMC10.exe
Type CLOAD & hit ENTER then select CHATEAU1.​C10 in the JimG subdirectory of the Cassette directory. Type RUN & hit ENTER.
Windows Application (Windows XP and later) (Compressed with ZIP. Free Unzip tools are available for most systems at

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Chateau Gaillard

by Tim Hartnell


1 review

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A type-in Basic game included as an example in the book Creating Adventure Games on Your Computer. The MC-10 version contains some bug fixes. It requires a second file to be loaded (CHATEAU2.C10) after you load and RUN the initial one (CHATEAU1.C10).

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Unknown
License: Public Domain
Development System: BASIC
IFID: Unknown
TUID: 7isknbq6d7dlla4m


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One of the "Master Gamesman's" Classics, April 30, 2014
by jgerrie (Cape Breton Island, Canada)
Related reviews: BASIC, RPG

I found the source code for this on an Atari site that has archived a whole bunch of published materials for early 8-bit computers. There seems to be something about the Atari crowd that inclines them to programming activities. Their collective efforts to support this inclination are also helpful for the rest of us 8-biters. One interesting book they have maintained in digital form is Tim Hartnell's classic Creating Adventure Games on Your Computer. In the course of porting "Chateau Gaillard" to the TRS-80 MC-10 I found a few errors in the original listing. For example, the way the code originally worked the weapon you chose seemed to have no effect on combat. There were elaborate routines for reporting and selecting which weapon you would use, but when it came right down to it, the value entered was not used in the combat routine. There were also some other bugs, such as the interaction with the Dwarf (Spoiler - click to show)(misreported the objects he was willing to accept during negotiations) and the fact that you could simply "go up" back to the surface from the initial room you fall into, contrary to the message that "there is now no way back." On the whole, the combat routine just seemed overly punishing and I found the game difficult to complete, so I adjusted it. Also, when you moved an excessive number of points were randomly subtracted from your statistics. I changed it so that only your strength is randomly diminished as you explore, and at a much lower rate. Now you at least have a chance of finding the healing potion and replenishing your strength. I also added a routine to allow you to re-roll your character stats at the beginning of the game until you get a reasonably fair dispersal. As with most Basic two-word parsers there are some quirks. There is no shorthand N, S, E, or W for moving. The closest you can get is GO N, GO S, etc. Otherwise, three letters is all you need for either word to register. However, I added a single word "INVENTORY" command, because I didnít like seeing an inventory automatically with every new screen. There are lots of arbitrary deaths in this game from traps, so youíll just have to play it multiple times and map it enough to learn where not to go. That being said, some meager clues are given to help you avoid some of these deaths. (Spoiler - click to show)The basic object of the game is to find the two keys, which are needed to allow you to escape two rooms that otherwise lock you in. Once you get the right keys for the right rooms, you can use them to unlock all the doors in those rooms, which will allow you to find a stairwell back to the surface. On the whole, it is a fun little 8-bit Basic dungeon romp. The combat routine is quite unique in the way it allows you to choose which vital statistics you will draw on in your combat against the different creatures (which have some very creative names) and their distinctive vital stats. (Spoiler - click to show)In brief you should try to select your highest stats while selecting the lowest equivalent stats of your opponent. Various clues about how to overcome dangers are also sprinkled throughout the maze, which is a nice touch.

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This is version 3 of this page, edited by jgerrie on 18 October 2014 at 8:37am. - View Update History - Edit This Page - Add a News Item