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Scorched Earth  1991

The Mother of All Games! That's how the author describes this game, and when I was in high school, it was true. In this turn-based simulation, up to 10 humans or computers can use tanks to blow each other up with anything from small missiles to thermonuclear weapons. Shields and parachutes allow players to withstand the destruction from weapons, environmental damage and the occasional tank falling on top of you. Use guidance to seek and destroy your friends and enemies, or unleash multiple projectile weapons on everyone on the screen. Weapons and armor must be purchased, and money is awarded based on kills. Despite extremely simple concept and gameplay, you can customize settings for everything from the effect of the walls around the screen to gravity, wind and economics. One of the most addictive multiplayer games of all time. Originally a small freeware game, Wendell Hicken started distributing the game as shareware when he received an unsolicited payment for the game! The registered version enables the triple-turreted tanks for users, and adds 25 new scanned mountains.

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Complete version history:

Scorched Earth v1.5 Shareware Version (706,934 bytes) 1995-06-03 DOS Play online
Scorched Earth v1.23 Shareware Version (200,767 bytes) 1993-01-11 DOS
Scorched Earth v1.22 Shareware Version (201,129 bytes) 1992-12-17 DOS
Scorched Earth v1.21 Shareware Version (178,892 bytes) 1992-11-25 DOS
Scorched Earth v1.2 Shareware Version (199,632 bytes) 1992-11-09 DOS
Scorched Earth v1.1 Shareware Version (219,499 bytes) 1991-11-23 DOS
Scorched Earth v1.0b Freeware Version (89,010 bytes) 1991-03-14 DOS
Scorched Earth v1.0 Shareware Version (127,570 bytes) 1991-07-20 DOS


Wendell Hicken still sells Totally Scorched, which contains every official version of Scorched Earth, a .MTN file builder, and an HTML version of the manual, for a minimum donation of $1.00.