Castle Adventure (DOS)

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Castle Adventure
Platform: DOS
Year: 1984
Developer: Kevin Bales
Online: Download

Castle Adventure is a home-brew text-based action adventure game where you are trapped in a deserted castle and must explore the castle in order to find a way out. The game kind of looks like Rouge or Kroz, but it's quite different in play style. Movement uses the arrow keys, and brief actions are typed into the parser like "Look Gate."

The game is one of the earliest examples of the pay-what-you-can model, as the creator Kevin Bales released the full game for free and just asked for donations. Unfortunately, this led to shady companies like Keypunch Software changing the title to "Golden Wombat" and selling it without Bales's permission.


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The title screen.

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The game play instructions.

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How did you get trapped in this castle in the first place?

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Your snake fangs are no match for my antique sword blade!

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I hate it when demons try to usurp the throne!

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Couldn't quite make it. Notice the typo?


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The game only has a couple brief PC speaker jingles. Sound effects come from various blips and beeps as you interact with the castle.


# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Castle Adventure Theme Kevin Bales 0:06
02 Harp Kevin Bales 0:01
03 Perfect Ending Kevin Bales 0:04


(Source: Game's text file.)

Game Rip






Castle Adventure was programmed in GW-BASIC and the music and sound effects use the Microsoft BASIC MML, a type of Music Macro Language. It was ripped by pulling the string data out of the Castle.exe file and storing it into a new GW-BASIC file. It was then executed in DOS Box and recorded.

Audio Devices


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


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Title: Castle Adventure
Platform: DOS
Released: 1984-??-??
Publisher: Kevin Bales