Destination Mars Is Alive And Well And Working On Windows

Aaaaaaaaand…I do believe I’ve smacked headlong into the next thing that’s going to send any hope of productivity I may have had straight down the tubes.

Back when I was in high school, some kind fellow students went to the trouble of installing several games on the computers in the student lab. Nobody gave us a whole lot of grief about them being there most of the time, so there they stayed. And should they mysteriously disappear, they would just as mysteriously reappear, sometimes within a few hours. Funny that. To give you an idea of how old I am or how up to date our computer lab wasn’t, these were DOS games. Ask your mom and dad if you’re confused, kids.

One of them was called Destination Mars. The object was to successfully pilot your ship 35 million miles and make it to Mars without getting yourself killed. It was hard, and it was fun! Of all the games we had, it was one of my favourites. So imagine my face lighting up today upon receiving word that Richard De Steno decided to bring his old game out of retirement and give us all a version for Windows.

I’ve only played once so far, but it’s just as fun as I remember. It’s weird hearing actual modernish sound instead of speaker beeps like the old days, but I can train my brain to get used to that as I play, which I’m sure I’ll be doing a lot of.

If you’ve never played before or if you remember it and are just as excited as I am, you can download it for free here. Warning: I’m not sure what it looks like for sighted players, but feel free to try it out and let me know. And yes the game is free, but if you like it, you can throw a donation in Rich’s direction via PayPal at

Have fun, and I’ll talk to you whenever I can pull myself away from this thing and get something done. Kind of the way it was back in the day, now that I think about it.

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