List of TI-99/4A games
This is a list of notable releases for the TI-99/4A.
Tunnels of Doom
|Tunnels of Doom|
|Release||1982 31, December|
Tunnels of Doom is a video game programmed by Kevin Kenney in December 31, 1982 for the TI-99/4A computer system. It was released in two formats: cartridge with disk and cartridge with cassette, as part numbers PHM3042D and PHM3042T, respectively.
The features of the game include:
- Four character classes — fighter, rogue, wizard for games involving 2–4 characters, and a "hero" class for one player games.
- Random encounters with monsters.
The game is one of the first graphical role-playing video games . Based loosely on the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, it is a standard dungeon crawl adventure in which a player or number of players controls the fates of 1–4 characters as they navigate through a maze of tunnels. Texas Instruments used the game in its marketing, citing it as entertainment software involving "strategy and logic". In 2008, Howard Kistler of DreamCodex developed a revised version of the game, which he called Tunnels of Doom Reboot, that featured music by German composer Frank Scheffel.
The game has several features that could be considered a first for RPG's and games in general. Upon encountering an enemy, the game transitions to a separate, graphical, overhead battle screen, where a tactical turn-based combat system is used that allows for movement and positioning. It's possible to listen at doors for sounds of monsters, which can be negotiated with in combat as well.