Well, I couldn't resist, so I've unpacked the 5155 and found a copy of the game. It's the one with a tiny LOADER.COM, not the booter. (Which I wasn't able to find.)
The results: running PC DOS 2.10, the LOADER.COM did nothing and just returned me to the DOS prompt. Running MS-DOS 3.30, the LOADER.COM worked and was able to load the game. Upon startup, it displayed the 'select control' screen but then *immediately* displayed the main menu screen [skipping the intro, it would seem] without any keys being pressed. And once on the menu screen, it wouldn't accept any key input. It didn't freeze the machine, though: eventually the keyboard buffer filled up and I started getting beeps (from the BIOS) with any additional keypresses.
It sounds like this might be slightly different to what you experienced?
I can confirm that my generic turbo XT clone system was able to run the game as expected from the same floppy.
My 5155 also has the 11/08/82 BIOS, but it's not the original CPU. At some point in the distant past, the machine had its original 8088 CPU removed and replaced with a 286 accelerator card. So in the process of restoring the 5155 to "stock" configuration I have installed an AMD P8088-1. I've got the original CGA and floppy adapters installed as well as an AST SixPackPlus to bring it up to 640K RAM.