Saturday, 5 November 2016

monkey island ibm 5155

This could be the nerdiest post ever on The Bearded Trio. It's a video of Lucasarts (Lucasfilm Games) 'The Secret of Monkey Island' being played on an IBM 5155.  The machine was released in 1986 and you could say this was the laptop of the day.  It had a staggering 256kb of memory or you could expand to the dizzying heights of 512kb.

What is impressive is in this video you can see the game actually running on the machine and the glorious Monkey Island theme being played (eventually.)  It's wonderfully retro with the music being played from the PC speaker, no sound cards here.  You also get to see the strange 'Dial-A-Pirate' copy protection in action.

The music starts at 2m54s but it's best to watch from the beginning to give you an idea of how long we would have to wait to experience that SCUMM magic



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