• Category Archives DOS
  • Solo Flight (MicroProse, 1983)

    Atari, C64, Apple II, IBM PC / 1983 / MicroProse

    This early example of a flight simulator tasked players will flying solo (hence the name) over the United States, delivering bags of mail. The game covered many of the states, and even included altitude data for mountains and taller hills. However, due to the technology limitations at the time, the in-game landscape always appeared flat. Flight models were reasonably realistic for the time, with fairly authentic recreations of cockpit instruments to watch and maintain as players flew. The game was created by notable developer Sid Meier and was one of the earliest titles published by MicroProse, a studio co-founded by Meier.


    Solo Flight was one of the earliest games by Sid Meier and MicroProse and one of the earliest flight simulators. The goal was simply to fly around the country delivering bags of mail. It was released initially for the Atari 8-bit in 1983 and then ported to the Commodore 64 and Apple II. A little later it was also ported to DOS based computers.

    For the time, it was a fairly realistic flight simulator with accurate instrumentation and even accurate elevation data though everything appeared flat regardless of the elevation. Despite the relative quality for the time, old flight simulators are a type of game that don’t really hold up well over time. Frame rates tend to be slow and the graphics limited and sparse. Still, it’s decent quality for 8-bit or early DOS computers and offers something a little different than Flight Simulator, Jet and other early flight simulators.

    Commodore 64 version

  • Digital Archaeology: Codex (Floppy Disk) #6

    This 5.25-inch magnetic scroll contains some very ancient e-mails of sorts. The disk is labeled “Conferences 8/3/85” (I think…with the handwriting it is kind of hard to tell…it could be “Confessions” but I think “Conferences” makes more sense in context). This appears to be a conversation about reorganizing some conferences/special interest groups. It’s hard to tell from the context exactly what is going on but it looks like these two people (John and Connie) were moderators (perhaps on a Compuserve special interest group?). These conferences are being downloaded, edited and being put back somewhere. Where are they being moved, what is ‘infams.co’ and who are John, Connie…and Peg? Perhaps we’ll never know…


    Dear John,

    This is a list of conferences from the old sig newsletter. Some of
    them, I am sure, contain some very good information that the database
    could use.

    You suggested that I not download all these conferences because you
    most likely had them on disk.

    I’d suggest that we use some of these conferences, but only after
    doing some heavy editing to remove all the extraneous garbage.

    1 - Open House
    2 - Virginity
    3 - Rejection
    4 - Fantasies
    5 - Sex Talk
    6 - Christmas Eve Party part 1
    7 - Christmas Eve Party part 2
    8 - Sexuality and Ourselves
    9 - Telesex part 1
    10 - Telesex part 2
    11 - Sex Among Friends
    12 - Adultery

    Anyway, let me know what you think. If you want to send some of the
    conferences to me as they now are for the heavy editing I’m talking
    about, you can drop them into Preview area and I’ll pick ’em up as
    soon as possible.

    Love you,


    P.S. I would particularly like the conference posted in which Rx came
    in and started his little game that really got things doing. That
    particular conference, tho I was sending to you like crazy about not
    knowing what to say, at least makes me appear more friendly than I
    normally do on line.

    Thanks, lover! [hugs] and [kisses]


    From: JOHNMYSELF 14-AUG-1985 21:18
    To: CABUYS
    Subj: conference transcripts

    Have edited and loaded to preview the following:
    Open House

    have located and peg and I will edit:
    Sex Talk
    Christmas Eve Party
    Sexuality and Ourself ves

    missing: Sex Among Friends. Seem to have misplaced all copies of
    this one.

    will have Peg helping me with the loading and editing of these files
    in the which case, check to see if it is her on my account which it
    could be.

    note: under no circumstances is ‘infams.co’ to be re-loaded to the
    new sig. per request of Peg herself.

    For those things in preview areas , check them out and decide where
    to put them. I posted them as going to ‘general’ for lack of a better

    Please advise what you do (and want done) with the rest).

                 Thanks Lover.           <warm hugs & ...>