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Robot Odyssey

DOS - 1985

Year 1985
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Adventure, Educational, Puzzle
Theme Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Publisher Learning Co., Inc., The
Developer Learning Co., Inc., The
Perspective Top-Down
4.8 / 5 - 55 votes

Description of Robot Odyssey

This is one of the most original puzzle games ever designed, and my most favorite Apple II game. The objective here is to escape from Robotropolis, a dangerous underground robotic city. To escape, you have to program your robots to solve various mind-bending logic puzzles.

The game also has one of the best on-line tutorials I've ever seen in a game. It is in some ways like the programming puzzle in Sierra's Castle of Dr. Brain, only ten times more fun-- and difficult. There is IMHO no better way to learn mathematical logic than this game :)

Review By HOTUD

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Fred SinClair 2024-03-27 0 point

Robot Odyssey 1 (1986) from Internet Archive The IBM and Apple manual for Robot Odyssey 1 (1986)

Fred SinClair 2024-03-26 -1 point

Manual for Radio Shack Robot Odyssey 1 (1986) from Internet Archive
The artwork, maps and diagram are very useful and well done. I remember use the manual that came with Robot Odyssey 1in college lab, there lot useful that get lost.

jon 2022-06-08 0 point

You must use shift+number pad arrow keys in order to move in smaller steps for precise movement on screen.

For the soldering iron fix for robot odyssey:

You'll need to edit the game.exe and lab.exe files with a hex editor

got to line 0x1A8C0:
original: EB 18 90
replace: 31 C0 CB

go to line 0x15690:
original: EB 18 90
replace: 31 C0 CB

someone made a python script to fix some other issues. google, and you'll find it, but good luck figuring out how to make it happen if you don't know how to use python already.

JAbrams 2019-07-15 0 point

I remember playing this endlessly in 1987. It is wonderful, and I have been wanting to use it with students ever since. Thank you for making this, and its intro program Rocky's Boots, available. This is amazing!

Game is broken 2019-01-19 0 point

The file is broken, game is unplayable without soldering iron

jon 2018-11-29 0 point

shift plus arrow keys on the numeric keypad allow slow movement. this doesn't work with the regular arrow keys, at least not when using dosbox on a mac. You'll need to edit the game.exe and lab.exe files with a hex editor:

got to line 0x1A8C0:
original: EB 18 90
replace: 31 C0 CB

go to line 0x15690:
original: EB 18 90
replace: 31 C0 CB

m 2018-06-05 1 point

This version isn't playable online, but you can play it at

Trex 2017-10-15 0 point

Anyone figure out how to get the solder pen to work in the game? I think everything else is working for me. Thanks for the tips for the fine movement.

FuzzyBoots 2017-09-27 1 point

For those looking to relive the experience, there was a Java clone named Droidquest that replicated everything in the game plus an additional secret level available through the path of the original game's easter egg room.

Me 2016-05-04 1 point

When I was trying the dos version with dosbox, I was able to get the small step by using win7 virtual keyboard. (C:\Windows\System32\osk.exe) I pressed the shift key + the virtual keypad. Of course that means you can't go full screen.

But before you get too far, go to the game and make sure the soldering iron works. I went through all the trainings OK, but it didn't work in the real game.

The emulator I use is AppleWin1.25.0.4

Wistful 2016-05-02 0 point

I haven't tested this approach yet, but I found this link poking around on your website and it appears very helpful so I'd thought I'd share here since there is not an obvious link on the home page:

Wistful 2016-05-02 2 points

Hi, I remember this game was great as a kid, one of the best! However, it is not responding to (either) "shift" key when I attempt to careful-walk. I can't even clear the 3rd tutorial screen! Any insights or advice? Running DOSBox/OS X. (I tried the Apple ii route and was able to find the disk images but not an emulator to open it. It said the file size was too large. I suppose you could also recommend a good Apple emulator, although in a perfect world, I'd stick with DOSBox.) Thanks! :~)

Me 2016-04-29 1 point

Never mind, found the Apple version with disk images, and it works good with latest Apple IIe emulator. Took a little tweaking and experimenting for laptop without keypad, but runs good. Made it to level 2 and soldering iron works.

me 2016-04-29 0 point

Anybody ever get this to work? Had no success remapping dosbox keys for my laptop, but was able to get short steps using win7 virtual keypad. Tutorial worked fine, but...
Soldering iron doesn't work, and all robots cease to function on last screen of first level.

Stoaty 2016-01-24 0 point

What a fantastic game this was. AND you learned something playing it. I remember thinking this kind of game would be the future of educational gaming. Sad that I was wrong, happy that someone has preserved it. Now if only some bright spark would remake it...

Marswolf 2015-12-04 0 point

I loved this game. Still have it and still have the Tandy 1000 that I played it on. Of course I had those wonderful Radio Shack Tandy joysticks.
I still have a working Coco II. Isn't history great?

roobee 2015-08-21 0 point

How to do fine movement on a computer without a numpad?

ferkid 2015-04-01 0 point DOS version

Does anyone kow how to get past the skyway puzzle odd before even i order? This is the four buttons. I tried 1,3,2,4 both with just barely touching each button to make it quick and with touching each until the robot's bumper hits. Maybe I need to hit start at a different time or something... Any help would be great!!!

MinibikeMike 2014-11-24 -1 point DOS version

I played this on my 64kb trs80 (coco),my first computer.
i really miss the old days of computing,i hope to have this running tonight,brings back so many memories.

max 2014-05-08 0 point DOS version

very good

musklala 2014-04-03 1 point DOS version


sunflow 2014-03-11 0 point DOS version


Demeny 2014-03-08 0 point DOS version

I want to try this game

ifenx 2014-03-03 0 point DOS version

slow movement is bugged

richellehearts 2014-02-19 0 point DOS version

Any idea how to do fine movement in Boxer for Mac? I can't seem to get anything to work

Níghtwolf 2014-02-15 -1 point DOS version

Yes, hold the left and right shift buttons down while using the keypad numbers for fine movement (with numlock on; doesn't work with the numbers above the letters on your keyboard).

Níghtwolf 2014-02-15 0 point DOS version

For fine movement try holding both shift keys (left and right) at the same time and move. I think that works if I remember right.

asd 2014-02-11 0 point DOS version

scratch that last comment of mine. the slow movement is fine as long as you have a keypad and numlock is turned off

asd 2014-02-11 0 point DOS version

slow movement is bugged

rabbit 2014-02-08 0 point DOS version

Does anyone else have the problem of being unable to do fine movement in this game? As far as I can tell from Google, you're supposed to hold down Cntrl and use the arrow keys. But doing that simply causes the arrow keys to not work at all! I've tried Shift-arrow also - no luck. I'm running this in DosBox on a Windows 7 machine. Everything else seems to work fine. Love this game - haven't played since I was a kid!

G.I.Gio 2014-01-29 0 point DOS version

Slate brought me here.

hey! 2014-01-29 0 point DOS version

how do I run this on windows 8

bbu 2014-01-27 0 point DOS version


iovan 2014-01-26 0 point DOS version

is this free ?

blub 2014-01-26 0 point DOS version

why do i go to the comment box?

MrM 2014-01-26 0 point DOS version

Heard about it on Slate.

yeh 2014-01-26 0 point DOS version

Heard about this game through a blog post. Thought I'd give it a go.

AndyManCan 2014-01-26 0 point DOS version

Awesome Game, just read a review about it, must download.

derp 2014-01-26 0 point DOS version


Slimeman120 2014-01-26 0 point DOS version

I am posting this so I can get the game :D

DJRobX 2013-11-22 0 point DOS version

Probably the greatest game I've ever played. Amazingly advanced for its time. Looking back on it - they effectively turned object-oriented programming into a "point and click" puzzle solving adventure. You can watch the program run in real-time with lines changing color as the states change.

There's even a "debugger" in the form of the Innovation Lab.

Ottscay 2013-07-20 0 point DOS version

Thanks guys. This is great stuff.

mdrobot 2010-07-24 0 point DOS version

Cool game. Program robots with digital logic to exit a series of mazes.

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