Wood Fruit for DOS

Title screen for Wood fruit

Title screen for Wood fruit

One of the first shareware games we got from a magazine was wood fruit which is a fruit machine simulator for the IBM PC. It was made by Stephen Wood the year of which is lost to the mists of time as I couldn’t find any information about the game around the internet. The game is shareware and as the author states in the readme file he only wanted 50p (UK pounds) to register the game, although I imagine he is no longer available at the details provided.

Initial state

Initial state

The game runs on EGA with PC speaker for sound with no support for anything else. The graphics are reasonable and colourful, everything is easily identified. Sound is pretty basic and not bad as far as PC speaker goes. Given that the game was written entirely by one guy, he has done a pretty good job of creating graphics and sound for the game.

Game play is pretty simple yet some how compelling. Much like the real machines it is easy to invest half an hour to an hour, fortunately with out the financial consequences! There are many different ways of winning, and many mini-games that control how much you get.

After playing a while

After playing a while

Wood fruit is simple and fun, if you can manage to find it give it a try. It does rely on the speed of the processor it’s running on so I’d recommend that you use something like dosbox so you can adjust the number of cycles to make the mini-games a bit more playable. It works on most old hardware, but I wouldn’t use anything faster than a 386, the main requirement being the machine should have a EGA card (a VGA card also works).



2 Responses to “Wood Fruit for DOS”

  1. June 30, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Wow! Cool write up! Many thanks for your kind comments! I think I wrote it around 1989 iirc. Cheers! Steve.

    • June 30, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Cool, thanks for visiting my blog. When I wrote this I looked for information about the game and found nothing but articles about fruit trees! I forget which magazine we got it from, but I think it was a British one also distributed here in Australia. I certainly enjoyed playing it as a youngster and seeing games like it inspired my own often uncompleted small games in gwbasic.

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