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Subject: Deathmaze SOL-20 PC game from the 1970s rss

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The Processor Technology Corporation manufactured 10,000 SOL-20 PCs between 1977 and 1979. The Intel 8080 8-bit chip runs the OS, SOLOS, at 2 MHz.

Ray G. White coded the Deathmaze game onto the SOL-20, and by using the free SOL-20 emulator we can play it too!

You can find the SOL-20 emulator download at the bottom of the page here: http://www.sol20.org/solace.html

It’s only 1.2 MB and to quote from the site: “Don't worry, there is no install program, no registry changes, or other hassles. Just unzip into a directory and away you go.”

The Deathmaze files are about half-way down the page here: http://www.sol20.org/programs.html

There are 2 files, deathmaze_instr.ent is the instructions file, and deathmaze_play.ent is the game. Download them to your PC, they are very small. Only deathmaze_play.ent is needed to play but you may want to note the command keys given in deathmaze_instr.ent.

NB. To download the files in the correct ".ent" format do a right click on the link and choose “save target as” if you left click on the link you will just see a page with a bunch of code.

Now you have downloaded everything and unzipped the emulator; in the unzipped solace directory you can find readme.txt which explains how to get started but to summarise what you need to do is this:

1. Run solace.exe and go to File > Load Program
2. Browse to deathmaze_instr.ent or deathmaze_play.ent and Open.
3. At the bottom of the emulator screen it will say "program load address is $0000" for a few seconds and then you will be left with just the “>” prompt on the emulator screen.
4. After the “>” prompt type in “EX 0” without the quotes, that’s capital EX a space and then zero, hit enter and the program will run.

This works fine on my Windows 7 32-Bit system but the game itself is very hard!
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