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Geo-, Mapping- & Astro-Game-DOSes

Postby General P. Error » 2019-6-29 @ 08:18

Hiho! I am not sure if lists are allowed on this board, but i think i give it a try. The following DOS *games* are what i dug on www in for the themes "astronomy" & "geography". I think they are all free- or shareware, googled by chance or from BBS-archives like garbo pc-archive or simtel. The very most of them is extra-antique, i stated every version i found. Some are excellent "grandpas" of modern apps (like Skyglobe 3.6 = ultra fast Stellarium), others are so bad that they make you shiver. In any case progs like "ASTRO - Athabasca University Micro Planetarium 2.02" (tip: google "athabasca") are true software-treasures...

Name : ACE - AstroSoft Computerized Ephemeris
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1985
Notes : opens DOSBox-folder

Name : AST - Practical astronomy with your PC
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1985

Name : ASTRO - Athabasca University Micro Planetarium 2.02
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : Athabasca University
Year : 1992

Name : ASTRONOMICAL DATA C2.0
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1988

Name : ASTRONOMY PROGRAM - PLAN_TARY DATA
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1987

Name : ASTROVIEW
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1985

Name : ASTROVU
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1990

Name : Bird Dog Satellite Tracking Program
Genre : Satellite
Publisher : Environmental Research Inst. Michigan
Year : 1989

Name : CELSPHER
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1990

Name : COELI - An elecric planisphere 3.86
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : Swimming Elk Software
Year : 1996

Name : Dance of the Planets 2.0
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : A R C Software
Year : 1990

Name : DEEP SPACE 1.3
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1987

Name : Deep Space 3D 3.03
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1991

Name : Deep Space 3D 4.01
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1994

Name : Deep Space 5.56
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1998

Name : Discover Space
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : Broderbund
Year : 1993

Name : Earth Watch 1.1
Genre : Sundial
Publisher : ElanWare, Inc.
Year : 1990

Name : Earth Watch 1.2
Genre : Sundial
Publisher : ElanWare, Inc.
Year : 1990

Name : Earth Watch 2.0 CGA
Genre : Sundial
Publisher : ElanWare, Inc.
Year : 1991

Name : Earth Watch 2.0 VGA
Genre : Sundial
Publisher : ElanWare, Inc.
Year : 1991

Name : Earth Watch 3.0 CGA
Genre : Sundial
Publisher : ElanWare, Inc.
Year : 1993

Name : Earth Watch 3.0 VGA
Genre : Sundial
Publisher : ElanWare, Inc.
Year : 1993

Name : Earth Watch 3.5 CGA
Genre : Sundial
Publisher : ElanWare, Inc.
Year : 1997

Name : Earth Watch 3.5 VGA
Genre : Sundial
Publisher : ElanWare, Inc.
Year : 1997

Name : EGASTARS
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1989

Name : ESAO Sky-Atlas 258997 V. 1.4
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : Tomi Soft
Year : 1990

Name : Expert Travel Planner
Genre : Geography
Publisher : M & R Technologies
Year : 1992

Name : Fastmap 1.1ec
Genre : Geography
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1992

Name : GeoChron 1.0
Genre : Sundial
Publisher : GeoGraphics Software
Year : 1986
Notes : t max. = 1999

Name : GeoClock 2.1
Genre : Sundial
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1988

Name : GeoClock 3.0
Genre : Sundial
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1988

Name : GeoClock 4.0
Genre : Sundial
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1989

Name : GeoClock 4.5
Genre : Sundial
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1992

Name : GeoClock 5.1
Genre : Sundial
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1993

Name : GeoClock 5.3
Genre : Sundial
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1994

Name : GeoClock 7.0
Genre : Sundial
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1995

Name : GeoClock 8.2
Genre : Sundial
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1999

Name : GEOVIEW
Genre : Geography
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1989
Notes : uses MWDB-II

Name : GPS CGA 2.7
Genre : Geography
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1997

Name : Grand Tour 4.1
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 2003

Name : GRAVITY 2.0 Gravitational Simulator
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1990

Name : Makeplan V1.3
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1993
Notes : Part of STARPLOT

Name : MapIt 1.0
Genre : Geography
Publisher : Allison Software
Year : 1992

Name : MapIt 1.2
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : Allison Software
Year : 1993

Name : MapIt 1.4
Genre : Geography
Publisher : Allison Software
Year : 1994

Name : MapIt 2.0
Genre : Geography
Publisher : Allison Software
Year : 1998

Name : MapMaker 2.1
Genre : Geography
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1985

Name : MAPPER - DX Mapping and HF Propagation Prediction
Genre : Geography
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1987

Name : MAPVIEW 2.0
Genre : Geography
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1989
Notes : part of S.W.I.V.E.L.

Name : MIRAPLA - The Sky in a PC
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1997

Name : MWDB II - Micro World Database
Genre : Geography
Publisher : Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Year : 1986
Notes : opens DOSBox-folder

Name : Ortographic Earth View
Genre : Geography
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1992

Name : PC Globe 3.5
Genre : Geography
Publisher : PC Globe Inc.
Year : 1990
Notes : Full-version = $ 89.-

Name : Planetarium
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : Plain Vanilla Software (?)
Year : 1991

Name : Planetarium V 6.1
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1994

Name : PLANETS 1.0
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1985

Name : Planets 1.10
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1988

Name : PLANETS 3.2
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1986

Name : PLANETS 3.4
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1987

Name : SEESTARS
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1990
Notes : CSTARDEM

Name : Silicon Sky 1.0
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1988

Name : Silicon Sky 2.0
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1988

Name : SKY Planetarium 1.21p
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1989

Name : SKY Planetarium 2.1
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1990
Notes : Starts as: SKY VIEW

Name : SKY Planetarium 2.2r
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1992

Name : Sky View 1.15d
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : Digital Technology Art
Year : 1994

Name : SKYASCII
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1986
Notes : Fragment, anon, downloaded as: Skyplot

Name : SkyBase 2000.0 SkyChart V4.1
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1988

Name : SkyGlobe 1.1
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1989

Name : SkyGlobe 2.0
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : KlassM Software
Year : 1990

Name : SkyGlobe 2.5
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : KlassM Software
Year : 1991

Name : SkyGlobe 3.1
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : KlassM Software
Year : 1992

Name : SkyGlobe 3.52
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : KlassM Software
Year : 1992

Name : SkyGlobe 3.6
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : KlassM Software
Year : 1994
Notes : Thank you for registering

Name : Skymap 2.36
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1998

Name : SKYPLOT - the Planetarium Simulator
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1985

Name : SKYPLOT - the Planetarium Simulator Version 2.0
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1987

Name : SOLARPIX
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1988

Name : Star Atlas 2000.0
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1993

Name : Star View 2.0.08
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : Digi-Tech Consultants (?)
Year : 1988

Name : STARPLOT 2.0
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1993
Notes : Belongs to: Makeplan

Name : Starry Nights v. 5.0
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1989

Name : Starry Nights v. 6.2
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1991

Name : STARS 1.5 - Star Almanac, Star Finder and Plotter
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1989

Name : StarSide 2.3
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : Virtual Srket Technology (?)
Year : 1990

Name : STARWAYS - Galaxy Simulator
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 2003

Name : STSORBIT 8919
Genre : Satellite
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1989

Name : STSORBIT 9122A
Genre : Satellite
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1991

Name : STSORBIT PLUS 0223
Genre : Satellite
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 2002

Name : STSORBIT PLUS 9517
Genre : Satellite
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1995

Name : STSORBIT PLUS 9748
Genre : Satellite
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1997

Name : SWIFT PC ATLAS 4.0
Genre : Geography
Publisher : COSMI
Year : 1992

Name : SWIVEL
Genre : Geography
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1988
Notes : = SimpleWorldInteractiveViewingEnhancedLibrary

Name : Telescope 1.0
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1990

Name : Tellstar 1.03
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1984

Name : TerraTime 2.1
Genre : Sundial
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1988
Notes : t max. = 1999, old name = GeoChron

Name : The Big Blue Skies Planetarium 1.2
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1990

Name : The Electric Astrolabe
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 2000

Name : THE NIGHT SKY 2.07
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1990

Name : The World 1.0
Genre : Geography
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1985

Name : The World 2.0
Genre : Geography
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1986

Name : The World 2.6
Genre : Geography
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1987

Name : The World 2.71
Genre : Geography
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1987

Name : The World 2.9
Genre : Geography
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1989

Name : The World 2.97H
Genre : Geography
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1993

Name : VersaMap 1.1
Genre : Geography
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1991
Notes : uses MWDB-II

Name : VersaMap 1.4
Genre : Geography
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1994
Notes : uses MWDB-II

Name : VersaMap 1.5
Genre : Geography
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1995
Notes : uses MWDB-II

Name : VGASTARS
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1989

Name : Visible Universe
Genre : Astronomy
Publisher : Parsec Software
Year : 1995

Name : Voyage to the Planet Earth
Genre : Geography
Publisher : BBS, CD, Free- or Shareware
Year : 1993

Name : WCD - World City Distance Computer V3.0
Genre : Geography
Publisher : GeoGraphics Software
Year : 1988

Name : WORLDVU 1.2
Genre : Geography
Publisher : Technical Solutions
Year : 1992

If i forgot or overlooked something very old and/or exotic, please let me know. I'm also looking for map-data for MapIt! from Allison-Software (which is the only serious DOS-Atlas i know of, probably killed by AutoRoute) ...
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Re: Geo-, Mapping- & Astro-Game-DOSes

Postby Jo22 » 2019-6-29 @ 11:59

Hi! Great list, thanks! :cool:
Btw, I created short clips of some of them..

* GeoClock
* Newtonian Motion
* STS ORBIT Plus (STSPlus)

That being said, I also covered a few for the Amiga platform.. :)
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Re: Geo-, Mapping- & Astro-Game-DOSes

Postby General P. Error » 2019-6-29 @ 13:49

Sorry, my GSM-snail-internet is far too slow for watching videos...

Re: STSORBIT - it's great, there would have been further updates, but the author (David H. Ransom, Jr.) died some years ago. There are lots of details to mention for different apps/authors (like "The World" by Robert L. Lloyd, sad story, too), but as usual: So many things (at present i'm in Win 3.1) - so little time...

Jo22 wrote:...for the Amiga platform.. :)


What is Amiga? A spanish girlfriend? A toaster? Ah yes, you probably mean "Amilo" (My Laptop is an Amilo) The only correct computer-historama is: -Zuse Z100 -The 1940s US-Machine Mark??? -Sharp MZ 700/800 -Sinclair Spectrum -Commodore 64 -PCs -Androids...

OK, joking aside: The list is long, but if you delete the trash & take only one version per app, it's suprisingly poco. I mean, apart from office-computers, they were used by NASA, at universities etc. long before the PC-era. I assumed to find much more, but i think the list is more or less complete. Maybe it has to do with poor hardware, especially complex maps = vector-graphics need power ...

The best at last: There is "Sky Travel" from Commodore, a *superb* planetarium for C64, could'nt find the date, but must be 1982-85. You need 10 min. for the settings and the app needs 5 min for computing 10 or 20 stars...
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Re: Geo-, Mapping- & Astro-Game-DOSes

Postby Jo22 » 2019-6-30 @ 08:27

General P. Error wrote:Re: STSORBIT - it's great, there would have been further updates, but the author (David H. Ransom, Jr.) died some years ago.
There are lots of details to mention for different apps/authors (like "The World" by Robert L. Lloyd, sad story, too), but as usual:
So many things (at present i'm in Win 3.1) - so little time...

Yes, I heard of this. In fact, a friend of our family was in contact with Dr. Ransom. His son told our friend about his passing. Very sad.
The program was written VB DOS, if I'm not mistaken. Too bad there never was an update for SVGA also (libraries for the compiler were available).
The program was very professional, despite its aforementioned "origin type". At one point, it was used on a laptop at MIR space station.
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Jo22 wrote:...for the Amiga platform.. :)


What is Amiga? A spanish girlfriend? A toaster? Ah yes, you probably mean "Amilo" (My Laptop is an Amilo) The only correct computer-historama is: -Zuse Z100 -The 1940s US-Machine Mark??? -Sharp MZ 700/800 -Sinclair Spectrum -Commodore 64 -PCs -Androids...

OK, joking aside: The list is long, but if you delete the trash & take only one version per app, it's suprisingly poco.
I mean, apart from office-computers, they were used by NASA, at universities etc. long before the PC-era. I assumed to find much more,
but i think the list is more or less complete. Maybe it has to do with poor hardware, especially complex maps = vector-graphics need power ...

Have a look down the list, my very first entry was for the MZ-700, which was about my first computer.
Before I got my 286, I used to play games for S-BASIC and BASIC 5510. And machine language, of course (check Defender).
Alas, today's retro community has little interest in anything non-Commodore,-Sinclair,-Atari. *sigh*
Reading all these retro articles about the 80s and 90s, I sometimes feel like I'm from an alternate reality or so, hah. :blush:
That being said, the A1000 (and A2000 to some extend) was a good Personal Computer. It was functiona, expandablel and well-designed.
IMHO, the A500, A600 and other toy computer model were really hurting the platforms reputation, but also caused a lot of money to flow.
Personally, I'm rather interested in the OS (Kick 1.x, WB 1.x) of the system and the GUI applications it could run.

General P. Error wrote:The best at last: There is "Sky Travel" from Commodore, a *suberb* planetarium for C64, could'nt find the date, but must be 1982-85.
You need 10 min. for the settings and the app needs 5 min for computing 10 or 20 stars...

Cool. Among my first astronomy programs was "Visible Solar System".
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In what to one race is no time at all, another race can rise and fall..." - The Minstrel

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