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DOS - 1991

Year 1991
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action, Strategy
Theme Arcade, Shooter
Publisher Microsoft Corporation
Developer Microsoft Corporation
Perspectives 3rd-Person, Top-Down
4.11 / 5 - 53 votes

Description of Gorillas

Gorilla is a cute little BASIC game included free with the first version of Microsoft's QBASIC program (the other being a QBASIC version of Nibblers).

Casting you as a huge gorilla, the game is extremely simple: when it's your turn, you type the angle and how strong you want to throw your banana in hope that it would hit your opponent (either the computer, or another human player).

Despite the simple premise, the game is not as easy as it sounds. There are 2 obstacles that you will have to deal with: the blowing wind, and tall buildings on the screen. If you don't take strength and direction into account when throwing the banana, you'll never hit the opposing gorilla. If your banana hits the buildings, it will explode on contact. Having this "explosive banana" therefore leaves room for some strategy, since you can either try to get the banana over the buildings, or you can try to explode your way through them to reach the enemy gorilla.

Overall, Gorilla is a good example of a small, but well-coded BASIC game with which you can spend more minutes than you realize. The simple gameplay and primitive graphics probably won't make the game addictive for anyone, but it's certainly a lot of fun while it lasts. Recommended, especially as a quick game you can played with a colleague during coffee break :)

Be sure to also check out Gorilla 2, a great fanmade remake also reviewed on this site.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Jaime 2019-12-24 10 points

I have tears in my eyes, im 31 years old and i remember played this game with my mother when i was 4 or 5 years old, she pass away 4 years ago.
is funny how a silly game can bring you a lot of great memories.
Greetings from mexico =)

M. 2019-04-02 -4 points

Is there are version of this game for Windows 10

nikomaru 2018-11-21 2 points

found it

tigerfox64 2018-02-19 0 point

Nice game!

PasQ 2018-02-13 0 point

Great, thks

Dosbox 2018-01-17 1 point

Use dosbox to play this.
after installing dosbox you have to mount your file system, just type mount c C:
then find the file like you normaly would in cmd prompt. but in the dosbox prompt.
i.e c: brings up your mounted c drive
cd gorillas brings up the extracted folder if u extracted to C:

TechCunt 2017-05-29 1 point

It's and EXE. I wanted .BAS. Please have an option to download the .bas file, as this wont play on either dos, or on windows.

SHIKAMAN 2017-01-03 0 point


e5frog 2015-12-21 1 point

It's an exe-file... I was looking for the BAS-file...
Works fine, would like to play it on old hardware though.

ed143-2 2015-10-19 -1 point

It dosen't work

jm2k7 2015-06-18 7 points DOS version

i remember this

qbasic gorillas.bas

:-D nice.

Hulsie 2015-05-02 1 point DOS version

We used to modify this game all the time in my high school BASIC programming class. We would make the gorillas say obscene things and make the bananas too explosive to play the game properly. Fun times. 2015-03-13 0 point DOS version

Sorry, I can't find any access to play Gorilla.

(Version Xp 2003)

Biru 2014-08-27 0 point DOS version


nickjr 2014-04-07 0 point DOS version


Drill Sergant 2013-12-29 0 point DOS version


spinny 2013-12-13 0 point DOS version

You can tap into the settings of this game and make the blast radius of the bananas any size you want. From fire cracker to ATOM BOMB.

wamz 2012-05-22 0 point DOS version

i like it

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