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Mugwump is an early video game where the user is tasked with finding a "Mugwumps" randomly hidden on a 10×10 grid. It is a text-based game written in BASIC.

Mugwump
Mugwump video game screenshot.jpg
Developer(s)Bud Valenti (and students)
Bob Albrecht
Platform(s)BASIC
ReleaseApril 1973
Genre(s)Strategy game
Mode(s)Single-player

DevelopmentEdit

Mugwump was written by Bob Albrecht of the People's Computer Company and inspired by a similar program called 'Hide and Seek developed by students of Bud Valenti from Project SOLO in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A sample run first appeared in the People's Computer Company Journal Vol. 1 No. 3 in February 1973, and source code was published in Vol. 1 No. 4 in April 1973. Source code was again published in Vol. 3 No. 1 in September 1974.[1] Mugwump was later included in the book BASIC Computer Games.[2]

GameplayEdit

The user enters a pair of single-digit co-ordinates in the range from 0 to 9 which are the x,y coordinates to scan. If the mugwump is at that location then the user is alerted. Otherwise the user is told the distance from the scanned coordinates to the mugwump. The game ends after ten turns or when the mugwump has been found.

LegacyEdit

Frustration with grid based games like Mugwump led Gregory Yob to produce Hunt the Wumpus.

ReferencesEdit

  • Ahl, David H. (Ed.) (1978), BASIC Computer Games. New York: Workman Publishing. ISBN 978-0894800528.

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