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HP-41 Games II ?
Message #1 Posted by John Mills on 11 July 2001, 1:23 p.m.

I've been told that there exists another HP-published games solution book for the HP-41C, titled something like "HP-41 Games II" or "Games 2", and which includes much better games than the first one, even a chess program (!!??!!)

Is that so ? Does it actually exist, and if yes, does it really include a chess program ? On the 41C ? I find that unbelievable, to say the least.

However, if everything's true, where can it be found ? Cost ?

Re: HP-41 Games II ?
Message #2 Posted by Jim L on 11 July 2001, 1:37 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by John Mills

You can get it on this site! The software can be downloaded from the 41C software library and the CD has scans of the documentation.

It does include a Chess program but it's on a 5x5 board instead of an 8x8 board in order to allow the machine to play quickly and use less than the full memory of a CV and to allow boards to be printed if you like. Pretty impressive for a pocket calculator of that time.

I haven't tried it myself.

Re: HP-41 Games II ?
Message #3 Posted by Tony Duell on 11 July 2001, 7:42 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by John Mills

You have been informed correctly. The Games II Solution Book certainly exists. It contains the following games : The Caves (a text adventure) ; Mini Chess (Chess on a 5*5 board, will print the board on the thermal printer) ; Pinball Wizard ; Truck (Drive a truck across the country, avoiding various hazards); Flipo (Othello, IIRC) ; Code Crack ('Mastermind' like game) ; Adventure (Another text adventure, this one works uses data in the user registers to define the rooms, possible moves, etc). You should be able to get the programs from this website (in the HP41 software library), I am pretty sure it's one of the solution books that I uploaded the programs from. I don't know where you'd get the instructions from, though. Mini-Chess _is_ impressive on the HP41, but not suprisingly it's not all that fast. It does work, and it is fun to play.

Re: HP-41 Games II ?
Message #4 Posted by John Mills on 12 July 2001, 4:18 a.m.,
in response to message #3 by Tony Duell

Thanks to both of you for your very interesting and useful answers. I've been looking where you told me and indeed the Games II programs are there ! :-)

The point now is, I've been devouring all info available, and now I would be quite eager to get an actual, original Games II Solution Book, printed edition of course, in very good condition. Any ideas where can it be found ? Perhaps HP still has some stock ? Official price if from HP, or fair price if from a collector ?

Thanks a lot.

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