DOS - 1985
Description of Young Math
Young Math is an edutainment math game that was written by Elmer Larsen and published by a company called Stone & Associates. Its copyright info has the company named Nighthawk Computing, and it was copyrighted first in 1985 and then again in 1990. There are a number of games to play within it, all having to do with numbers.
How to play Young Math
When using the game in DosBox. Configure the "autoexec" portion of theDosBox settings file using the proper "mount" command so that the folder containing the game (Young Math Files) is mounted a drive letter in DosBox. Then run DosBox, change to that drive letter, and type "young" or "ymath" and press enter to run the game. Alternatively, you can install it like this.
First, mount the Young Math Files directory as your A drive in DosBox and another directory as your C drive, and make a directory on your DosBox C drive to hold the game. Then copy all the files from the A drive into this directory in the C drive. This must be done, because the official installation procedure (running the place.bat file) doesn't work in DosBox as the batch file runs a command that for some reason isn't recognized in DosBox. Since this game uses relative timing (CPU clock cycle timing), and not absolute timing (millisecond timing), you'll need to configure DosBox to run at a slower speed. Otherwise it will run way too fast on modern computers.
When using Microsoft Virtual PC, Oracle Virtual Box, or VMware Player. Install DOS from a DOS floppy disk image "inserted" in your virtual floppy drive, to your virtual harddrive. After your virtual machine is configured as a DOS computer, insert the disk image for Young Math (Young Math.ima) into the virtual floppy drive.
You can play it directly from the floppy disk as described in the DosBox section above or you can install it (something that l doesn't work on DosBox even if you set up to "drives" properly, as one of the commands that installer batch files uses doesn't work in DosBox). To play from the floppy, you just go to the A drive and type "young" or "ymath" and press enter.
To install the game, go to the A drive and type "place" and press enter (it "places" the needed files on the hard drive). Then go back to the C drive and go to the directory "stone" (it's named after the publishing company Stone & Associates). Then type "young" or "ymath, and press enter. Be warned though that in Microsoft Virtual PC, Oracle Virtual Box, and the free version of VMware (called VMware Player), you will NOT be able to slow down the CPU speed (it runs at the maximum possible speed, only limited by the speed of the actual physical CPU in host computer). Therefore the game will run MUCH faster than normal.
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Comments and reviews
JR 2020-10-02 0 point
I played this as a kid in grade school in California, then took a computer programming class with its creator in high school in Washington state, and only just now did I realize this connection.
admin 2015-03-10 0 point DOS version
@Ann Onymous: available in the Liverpool Public Library (NY 13088 USA)
Ann Onymous 2015-03-09 0 point DOS version
There is a game by the same publishing company called "Kids Stuff". I've been trying to hunt it down for ages. If anyone should stumble upon information leading to it, PLEASE post it here!!
Videogamer555 2012-12-10 0 point DOS version
I found this on Ebay. It is very rare. I don't know if there is an older version, but if there is, then I don't know what its difference would be. Fewer features in the older version maybe? Also if it does exist, I think it would take a miracle to find a copy. Also this game had a 5.25in disk and a 3.5in disk in the version I uploaded. Needless to say, I used the 3.5in disk to get the copy. However if there was any older version it likely would be for 5.25in disk only, and there would be no way to get a copy of that onto any modern computer. Drives for disks that size are no longer made, nor are the cables, nor are the controller cards, nor are the motherboards that have sockets that those cards would fit into (they were ISA card slots, but all slots now are either PCI or PCIe slots). Currently there is no converter to ISA bus slots. I'd like to see a USB to ISA converter that would have a USB cable ending on a board that had the right chips and socket to make it so that any ISA card could be used in a modern computer as an external connector for experimental (more like retro gaming) uses. However this retro gaming market while of decent size is too small to justify the marketing decision by any electronics company to manufacture such a product line. So unless you personally make some hack for this, it will be IMPOSSIBLE going into the future to ever be able to back up 5.25in disks.
Me 2012-10-19 0 point DOS version
This is the second version of the game. Do you also have the one from 1985?
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