QBasic Gorillas (DOS)

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QBasic Gorillas
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Platform: DOS
Year: 1991
Developer: Microsoft Corporation
Online: Download

QBasic Gorillas is a simple artillery game where you and an opponent play as gorillas who are throwing exploding bananas at each other atop a city skyline. The objective of the game is to hit your opponent before they hit you.

The game was included with MS-DOS 5.0 to showcase the operating systems new Quick BASIC programming language. The full source of the game was included so programmers could study the programming methods and alter the game as desired. Despite being included in a Microsoft operating system and being written in a Microsoft programming language, the game was developed by Microsoft and Published by IBM.


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The title screen.

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Setting up a new game.

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A nice fresh city skyline, about to be demolished!

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Told you!

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Finally scored a direct hit!

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The sun doesn't appreciate your bananas!


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The game only has a couple brief PC speaker jingles. The title theme is a excerpt from the 1812 Overture by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, which was also used in the other game that was released with DOS 5.0, Nibbles. Nibbles, however, doesn't contain any other songs.


# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Title Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyUnknown 0:02
02 Introduction UnknownUnknown 0:14
03 Explosion and Victory Dance UnknownUnknown 0:05


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QBasic Gorillas was programmed in QuickBASIC and uses Microsoft BASIC MML for music and sound effects, a type of Music Macro Language. It was ripped directly from the source code and recorded during emulated playback in DOSBox.

Audio Devices


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(No source - Game doesn't have audio setup.)


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MS-DOS v5.0 - DOS - USA.jpg
Title: QBasic Gorillas
Platform: DOS
Released: 1991-??-??
Publisher: IBM Corporation