Hamurabi (1968)

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Hammurabi
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TI-99 4/A cassette edition
Rel Date: 1982-00-00
Publisher: Texas Instruments
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Hammurabi (1979)
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PET Version (8K)
Rel Date: 1979-00-00
Publisher: Creative Computing
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Developer: Creative Computing
Media: Compact Cassette
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Rel Date: 1979-00-00
Publisher: Creative Computing
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Hammurabi
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TRS-80 Version
Rel Date: 1978-00-00
Publisher: Radio Shack
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Video Game: Hamurabi (1968)
Hammurabi (1979)
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Type-in Version
Rel Date: 1978-00-00
Publisher: Workman Publishing
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HMRABI
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DEC BASIC Type-In Version
Rel Date: 1975-03-00
Publisher: Digital Equipment Corporation
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Hamurabi (1968)
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PDP edition
Rel Date: 1968-00-00
Publisher: Digital Equipment Corporation
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Description Edit | History

Hamurabi is a text-based game of land and resource management and is one of the earliest computer games. Its name is a shortening of Hammurabi, reduced to fit an eight-character limit.

Doug Dyment wrote The Sumer Game in 1968 as a demonstration program for the FOCAL programming language, programming it on a DEC PDP-8. The game has often been inaccurately attributed to Richard Merrill, the designer of FOCAL. Once a version of BASIC was released for the PDP-8, David H. Ahl ported it to BASIC. The game spread beyond mainframes when Ahl published an expanded version of it in BASIC Computer Games, the first best-selling computer book. The expanded version was renamed Hamurabi [sic] and added an end-of-game performance appraisal. This version was then ported to many different microcomputers.

Like many BASIC games of the time, Hamurabi was mainly a game of numeric input. As the ruler, the player could buy and sell land, purchase grain and decide how much grain to release to his kingdom.

The end-game appraisal compared the player to historical rulers (e.g., "Your heavy-handed performance smacks of Nero and Ivan IV."), a tradition carried on by many contemporary strategy games.

Source: Wikipedia, "Hamurabi," available under the CC-BY-SA License.

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Original PDP-8 version programmed by Doug Dyment.

BASIC version (Hamurabi) programmed by David H. Ahl and published in the book BASIC Computer Games.

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