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Alley Cat

DOS - 1984

Also available on: Atari 8-bit

Year 1984
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action
Theme Arcade, Platform
Publisher International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
Developer Synapse Software Corporation
Perspectives Side view, Fixed / Flip-screen
Dosbox support Fully supported on current version
4.75 / 5 - 60 votes

Description of Alley Cat

If there were an award for "most enduring gameplay per KB of data," Alley Cat would have won my vote. In what seems like an incredible feat of programming, Bill Williams was able to pack hours of fun and diverse gameplay into only 38KB of space. As an alley cat, evade dogs, humans, and other obstacles to rescue your sweetheart.

One of the most amazing things about the game is that it actually sets its own clock speed so that the speed of your computer is irrelevant. This means you don't need Moslo to enjoy the game :)

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

dot 2022-10-09 0 point DOS version

I really liked this game. Simple to quickly learn what is happening and what to do, but deceptively varied and challenging gameplay. Really fast and tight controls. Excellent and well designed collection of minigames to discover. It has the content of like 4 or 5 times the amount as some similar games from the time. Funny and adorable art style and humour. Sound effects suit the style really well and sound great. It is just really fun all around. Really difficult on the hardest difficulty, and very easy to get into on the easiest difficulty, perfect!

larry 2022-01-01 0 point

many of the 80s and even 90s children, explored that gem in the folders of their dad's boring ibm pc's.

i first encountered it in 1993 and totally loved it. i am sure first time players in 2022, will still enjoy it very much.

RichardFromMarple 2020-11-27 1 point

Another game that came from one of mum Dad’s friends at work.

I could solve most of the levels but the fish tank one was nearly impossible.

ArayaScreams 2020-05-14 1 point

Just one of so many games I remember playing on the class computers at school. I actually hadn't known about this being one of those games that was clock adaptive. Of course those school computers were all 8088s even into the mid 90s.

indri693 2019-01-18 3 points

Anyone who likes this game should check out this excellent remake which was created a few months ago - Alley Cat Remeow Edition

GoldenShoppingCtr-Kid 2018-09-07 4 points

I remember Alley Cat fondly.
It was one of the games we had available in our then-newer after-school "Computer Club", alongside California Games, Lode Runner, etc..

Filled to the brim with Apple Computers, during school time the "computer lab" was used for early computer skills classes, such as teaching early word processing using WordStar (Ctrl-B, Ctrl-K to mark the start & end of a "[B]loc[K]" of text to Cut n Paste elsewhere) -- popular up to 1985, when WordPerfect became more popular, and later of course MS Word.

But during lunch break and after school, the lab became a hub of BBS activity and games.
Alley Cat, here, was very popular at the time!

Jenjen 2018-08-25 3 points

I remember when my brother brought this home on the old 5" floppy disk! Played it all the time on my TANDY 1000 ex. RIP tandy 1000.???? that machine lasted! We only got rid of it because we got a computer with internet and a mouse (yeah, we went high tech) ???? 2016-12-23 4 points


Johnny-D-Scratch 2016-05-29 5 points

My sister and I used to play this on our IBM-XT; I'll be sending this to her along with all of the other classics we used to play on that machine.


daggerboy 2016-02-06 4 points

i love cats

zeqin 2015-03-24 -1 point DOS version

yo i can't get it to play i need a x64 bit version is there anyway i can convert it?

Mika 2014-07-09 0 point DOS version

Found Alley cat 2:

indstr 2014-02-07 1 point DOS version

Absolute classic for sure! This was one of my family's favorites back in the 80's

Rafal 2013-12-06 0 point DOS version

I play this game on old Intel 8086! Now i play on Pentium III...
Ho giocato a questo gioco su un vecchio Intel 8086! Ora ci gioco su un Pentium III...

benny 2013-03-16 -1 point DOS version

if their was a new version it would be cool i wish i could download alley cat on my computer

Walkingtriangle 2013-02-17 0 point DOS version

AAAAAAH! I remember this game! it was my absolute favorite when I was six or five. My career as a crazy cat lady started here! Thank you so much! Finally I am going to be able to finish it. I've been fifteen years waiting for this.

dogpuke 2010-07-22 0 point DOS version

I think they have a remake called Alley Cat 2 over at Haven't played it tho.

JetClarke 2009-08-08 -1 point DOS version

Dang I wish they would make a new version of this with decent colors. That would be just awesome! So many imaginative minigames. I love knocking the fish bowl off the shelf! HAHAHHA.

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